Read­ing an­other let­ter from Thur­mont

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.


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.

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