Go­ing downey ocean

Record Observer - - Opinion -

I’m writ­ing the col­umn early this week as we are spend­ing most of the week down in Ocean City at­tend­ing the an­nual state fire­men’s con­ven­tion. I’m not sure just how many I have been to, but West Thomp­son got me go­ing some 50 years ago and I haven’t missed many since.

In fact, the Good­will Fire Com­pany used to take over a cou­ple floors at the Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel there on 7th Street when all 10 del­e­gates and wives and fam­i­lies made the trip down. Now it is just Butch Kauf­man and my­self at the meet­ings. We must try and get some of our newer fire com­pany mem­bers in­ter­ested in th­ese an­nual af­fairs at the ocean.

Be­sides get­ting a chance to say hello and chat with fel­low vol­un­teers we only see once a year, it is great to look over all the new equip­ment and ap­pa­ra­tus parked on the con­ven­tion hall lot. If there is a new am­bu­lance or fire truck from any of the county com­pa­nies I will try to get a shot or two and have it in the paper next week.

••• AM­BU­LANCE DRIVE Speak­ing of the fire com­pany, you have prob­a­bly re­ceived your let­ter from the fire com­pany’s EMS Di­vi­sion for the an­nual fund drive, as it helps keep two am­bu­lances on call around the clock. Last year we ran 1,310 calls, which av­er­ages out to more than three a day.

Be­cause it is tough to get driv­ers and EMTs away from reg­u­lar jobs dur­ing the day, the com­pany has hired paid qual­i­fied EMS per­son­nel to man the two am­bu­lances ev­ery day from 7 a.m. to 12 mid­night, so they can be out and on the way to any emer­gency within min­utes. Funds from our an­nual drive help pay for th­ese EMTs. The fire com­pany ap­pre­ci­ates your fi­nan­cial help.

••• MY OLD HOME­TOWN I’m still read­ing Ernie Pyle’s book “Home Coun­try” that he pub­lished back in the late ‘30s and get­ting quite a kick out of his vis­its with peo­ple he has met along the way trav­el­ing the na­tion. Was sur­prised when I ran across the name of Park­ers­burg, West Vir­ginia, the other day when he was go­ing through my old home­town. It was the only time it was men­tioned so far in his book.

••• FAIR 75 YEARS OLD Be sure to mark on your fam­ily cal­en­dars now the dates of Au­gust 7–12, our an­nual fair at the 4-H Park. This will be the 75th and I re­mem­ber go­ing out there on the grounds tak­ing pic­tures of the crew tak­ing down trees and get­ting the place fixed up for the first fair in 1942. This is a grand fam­ily event, and some­thing we all look for­ward to each year. I es­pe­cially like to check out the photography ex­hibit in the Main Hall each year. We have some great pho­tog­ra­phers in the county and the ex­hibit seems to get bet­ter each year.

••• “UR­GENT LET­TER”? Here we go again with an­other one of those ur­gent let­ters ad­dressed to Ruth. The slick en­velop had bold let­ter­ing on the front: RUSH DE­LIVER, and UR­GENT LET­TER along with IM­POR­TANT DOC­U­MENT EN­CLOSED.

As you know by now, in­side was a lit­tle book­let ask­ing you to read all about this “mir­a­cle” cure or some­thing like that, and ask­ing for money. On the back of the en­velop was an­other line of bold let­ters that stated: IM­ME­DI­ATE AC­TION RE­QUIRED and EXTREMELY IM­POR­TANT DOC­U­MENTS.

How silly! Well, I guess th­ese folks must make money with th­ese type mail­ings or we wouldn’t keep re­ceiv­ing ‘em.

••• VERY UNIQUE CAL­EN­DAR My good friend, Bill Lamp­man, has put out an­other ver y unique cal­en­dar that fea­tures many folks from Crump­ton, but also has other old pho­tos from around the county. He notes that the Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life is open the first Satur­day of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. out at that 4-H Park, and they are al­ways look­ing for pho­to­graphs of the Shore as it used to be. He will copy them and re­turn them to you if you have any to spare. You may call him at 419-758-4729 or email star­rroad@ver­i­zon.net. Thanks, Bill, I re­ally did en­joy look­ing this one over!

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