The United Way Campaign begins this week in Wicomico County with a goal of $270,000. A luncheon for Super Gift Division solicitors, headed by Col. Robert W. Cook, will be held Tuesday at the Greater Salisbury Committee office suite in One Plaza East. Cook said he hopes to raise at least $50,000 and as much as $90,000 from his group. United Way helps to fund 10 local agencies, including the Girl Scouts, the Arthritis Foundation, the YMCA and the Salvation Army.
Citing inflationary food price factors and the federal government’s mandate to raise the minimum wage by 20 cents and out, Wicomico County will raise school lunch prices for the upcoming school year. Standard platter lunches will now cost 50 cents, milk will be 8 cents and ice cream will be 20 cents. Snacks for kindergartners will remain 50 cents for the week.
State Highway Administrator M. Slade Caltrider has announced the awarding of a $3.47 million contract to James Julian Inc. of Wilmington for completion of the Route 13 Bypass around Salisbury. Construction of the 1.54-mile section could begin in September. The construction will lead from the bypass to Meadow Bridge Road, Cedar Lane and Moon Glow Road. A bridge will span Meadow Bridge Road.
Some 70 supporters of the Salisbury Zoo attended the dedication of a new “cubbing” addition to the Spectacled Bear pen. The pen was built in reaction to last winter’s death of two bear cubs. Zoo officials said three new 3-by-6-foot chambers will offer more room for the mother and any new cubs that come along.
Canal Woods II opened for public inspection on Saturday, following a ribbon cutting held by its developers, Ahtes & Hanna Partners. The new complex features 28 three-bedroom condominium units that overlook the eastern stretch of Tony Tank. On hand for the opening were Mayor Elmer Ruark, William J. Ahtes Jr., state Sen. Joseph Long, George Callis and Henry Hanna.
In business news, Bob McGee, owner of Lens-Art of Salisbury, has been nationally recognized by the International Exhibition of Professional Photography in Chicago. Joanna Abercrombie of Ahtes & Hanna Partners has been recognized as one of Salisbury’s top producers by selling more than $1 million in real estate in the first half of 1979. Cam Jackson of Sam Seidel Insurance Agency has returned from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he attended a commercial lines insurance seminar sponsored by the Professional Insurance Agents’ Association.
Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center Executive Director said the hospital will save substantial money in travel expenses by having leadership figures attend the American Hospital Association’s 78th annual convention by viewing it on television. General Television in Salisbury has agreed to direct broadcast the event to PGHMC for free. Stevens said televisions will be set up in the hospital’s meeting rooms and programming schedules have been distributed to the Board of Trustees, medical staff members and department heads.