Reading another letter from Thurmont
As I know I have mentioned many times before, it is always a great pleasure to receive compliments on the column from folks on the street or in stores, and even more so, when my reader-friends take the time to write.
So we were happy to receive a note from former resident Jack Coursey, who lives out in western Maryland in the community of Thurmont, along with the photo that is with this week’s column.
Jack says his children gave him a subscription to the R-O and he turns to the column to bring back memories of yesteryear. One of my recent columns I mentioned the high schools in the county, but he says I failed to include Stevensville High, which is where he graduated after spending his first two years at Centreville High, although he spelled it with “Centerville.” He wrote that he liked the “historical photos like the one containing Mrs. Andrews (Pinky?). I remember her husband ver y well about 1940 as he was the lone state trooper in Queen Anne’s County.” He tells me to keep up the columns as he really enjoys the historical nature.
And I really appreciated his final comments: “Best wishes for more great writings in the R-O.”
Well, my friend of long ago, I’ll keep on writing and you keep on reading — thanks again!
••• CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS My latest edition of the “Volunteer Trumpet,” a publication by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, six times yearly, reminds us all of smoke alarms needed in your home. The state fire marshal says in the issue that as of Jan. 1, 2018, the replacement of battery-only operated smoke alarms must be made with units powered by sealed-in 10-year long-life batteries. He goes on to say both battery and hard-wire smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. In other words, smoke alarms manufactured in 2007 need to be replaced this year.
As Goodwill Fire Company members and the fire marshal’s office tell everyone: smoke alarms should be placed outside each sleeping room and on every level of your house.
This issue also noted that the next meeting of the MSFA executive committee would be holding it at the Kent Island firehouse on Dec. 2. It also contained a photo of Michael Faust, second vice-president of the MSFA, who spoke at a recent meeting. Michael is a member of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company.
••• THANKS FOR
THE RAIN My few tomato plants were happy to get the rain early this week, after so long a dry period.
This is being written on Monday so I hope we don’t get too much left-over stormy weather from Hurricane Nate that barreled across the Gulf of Mexico and into the U.S. over the weekend.
I know the people in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico certainly hope this hurricane season ends soon. I believe I read somewhere that we have had more named hurricanes this year than usual. As I mentioned before, I really remember Hurricane Hazel many years ago since I was out in the middle of it with the fire company trying to direct what traffic we had get through town and around safely.
••• GOOD SWEET CORN Still glad we are able to obtain good sweet corn from our farmer’s market uptown on Wednesdays or Saturdays. All that we have gotten has been very tasty.
Nothing like a good ol’ ripe tomato, preferably out of your own garden, with an ear of sweet corn.
Gene Butler, left, and Jimmy Barton, right, with their bikes in front of the Sheriff’s house on N. Liberty Street back in the 1940s. Sent to me by Jack Coursey, a former resident, now living in Thurmont, Md.