This Week in History: March 26

March 25, 2014 

East Wake High School hunter safety team member Tyler Seitz watches the flight of an arrow during the archery portion of the District III Hunter Safety Competition in 2004.

2004 FILE PHOTO

This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years at what was going on in the eastern Wake area.

In 2004, we were looking at the quality of life in our coverage area in a special edition of the Eastern Wake News. In 1989, Zebulon Middle students were beginning to learn to use devices that have since become commonplace. And in 1964, Zebulon was continuing its fight against polio.

2004

In 2004, the “Eye on Eastern Wake” issue was released, which was focused around exploring the communities that compose eastern Wake County and evaluating the quality of life for those living here. One aspect in particular that was covered is one that has been the source of wailing and gnashing of teeth recently: The weather.

Resist the temptation to use “mild” when describing the atmospheric conditions around eastern Wake County.

Though the average high temperature is 70 degrees and the average low bottoms out around 41, the day-to-day routine is usually anything except normal. Summers typically inflict upper-90s and low-100s in extended spells, while winters have worsened in recent years with a recent 22-inch snowfall as well as several scrapes with major ice storms. The heart of the hottest months brings a constant threat of lightning-intensified thunderstorms, while even early fall carries the threat of hurricanes.

Though no inland invader has walloped the area with the impact of either Fran (which toppled trees and suspended activities for nearly a week) or Floyd (which swamped Zebulon with more than 20 inches of rain in less than 24 hours and caused severe flooding damage along the Little River), at least one or two annually effect the local forecast.

The article ends by saying that “Not knowing what to expect – besides sweat in summer, chills in winter, and a mixture of both in between – is definitely what to expect.

1989

Sometimes, even people who were around before computers were available for individual purchase forget what it was like to not have the entire sum of human knowledge in their pocket. We’ve come to rely on computers as a part of our everyday life, for everything from navigation to communication to entertainment. While few people, if any, foresaw the profound impact that computers would have on our civilization, in 1989, Zebulon Middle School was preparing students to use them.

As educational tools and techniques continue to evolve, Zebulon Middle School is striving to keep pace.

With the help of science instructor Carolyn Scarboro and math teacher Beth Calloway, the school is one of five in Wake County implementing a computer program designed for sixth- and seventh-grade students. Known as “Project SOAR,” (Student Opportunities for Academic Redirection) the purpose of the course is to encourage students to consider math, science and computer science as options in school work and career choices. The goal is to increase the students’ skills and enjoyment of each of the three areas.

In order to put the program into effect, Zebulon Middle needed first to obtain enough computers to allow each student ample opportunity to complete the course work. With five IBMs already in place, 10 Apple computers were added in January.

And even the “brick” phones we carry around today can outpace all of those computers put together. Ain’t technology great?

1964

Half a century ago, people in eastern Wake County were looking out for their own health by taking part in an immunization drive to ward off polio, a diseases that is now nearly wiped from the face of the earth.

During the first hour Sunday 865 persons ate their sugar cube soaked with three drops of oral Sabin vaccine at Wakelon school.

A total of 2,947 persons were immunized against the dread disease of polio, Mrs. Margaret Bowling, Wakelon School secretary, said.

The “Stop Polio Sunday” immunizations began at 12 noon and lasted until 5 p.m. at both Shepard and Wakelon schools.

Shepard officials said 1,047 persons took the polio immunization sugar cube.

Voluntary contributions at Wakelon amounted to $521.74, Mrs. Bowling said. Slightly over $50 was contributed at Shepard.

Three doses are required for full immunization.

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