Going downey ocean
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 email@example.com. Thanks, Bill, I really did enjoy looking this one over!