100TH ANNIVERSAY

The Lions Club International has just observed its 100th anniversary; while the local club formed in 1947, so we are not quite up to our 100th year.

Our founder, Melvin Jones was a visionary leader who wanted to connect people and today that is easier than ever with 4.8 billion mobile devices and scores of digital communication channels that were not available back when our founder started Lions International.

The Centennial issue of Lion magazine notes that every 60 seconds there are more than 2.4 million Google searches, 700,000 Facebook logins and 2.78 million YouTube video views! Whew, that’s a lot of connecting.

I hope we can keep doing what Melvin Jones said: “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.”

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THOSE BALTIMORE COLTS

This has really nothing to do with our Lions anniversary, but it was just 60 years ago this week that our own Baltimore Colts, world champions at the time, were led by the best quarterback in the NFL, Johnny Unitas, to a 29-0 shutout over the college All-Stars at Soldier Field in Chicago before some 70,000 fans. Unitas, who could stack up with that fellow Tom Brady of the Patriots anytime, threw three touchdown passes and defensive back Milt Davis returned an interception for a touchdown.

See in the papers that the Patriots have extended Brady’s contract and given him even more money; but he would have a tough time matching the exploits of Unitas and the Colts of long ago.

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CRAB GRASS

Is it just me, or is crab grass getting worse this summer? Seems like every time I am working in the yard there is more crab grass around. I am not sure just how to kill the darn stuff without killing the regular grass.

I am sure some of my reader friends will be able to fill me in.

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AUGUST CALENDARS

Well, here we are into August and the very interesting calendar put together by Bill Lampman for the Museum of Eastern Shore Life features Tolchester Beach on its August page. The Queenstown Bank’s calendar has a large photo of Bailey’s Hotel, which stood in the center of Millington in 1904.

Tolchester Beach was the most popular attraction on the Shore back in the late 1800s and early 1900s as steamboats brought people by the thousands from Baltimore across the Bay. It was founded in 1877 and closed in 1962. The photos show the Whirl-Pool Dips, and the little train that used to run around the Park. This was a favorite place for old and young, there were multiple hotels, restaurants, shooting galleries, horse racing, picnic ares, and an amusement park with a merry-go-round.

The big photo of Bailey’s Hotel on the Queenstown Bank calendar said it was also knon as Central Hotel, but was better known as Bailey’s Hotel because of the proprietor of the hotel, John F. Bailey. It was burned down and replaced in 1904. It now serves as an apartment building with retail space on the first floor. It looks almost like the original building from the photos.

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THE MONTH’S NAME

I have an Old Farmer’s Almanac that tells me the month August was named to honor the first Roman emperor who was a grand nephew of Julius Caesar, who was Augustus Caesar.

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GOODWILL’S ANNIVERSARY

We have another big anniversary coming up in town. The Goodwill Fire Company will be observing its 130th year of service to the community this year. We’ve had a couple meetings on what will happen and it appears we will have an “Open House” at the firehouse on Nov. 2 and invite the community to inspect the building, look at exhibits and have some refreshments.

I’ll have to go through the 100th anniversary book that West Thompson and I put together back in 1989, to see just exactly what was going on and how the company was founded so many years ago.

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