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Queen Anne’s County em­ploy­ees were told Wed­nes­day that all salaries will be frozen dur­ing the next fis­cal year be­cause of the bud­get crunch.

Freez­ing ap­prox­i­mately 340 em­ployee salaries is ex­pected to save the county about $ 230,000, ac­cord­ing to Joe Zim­mer­man, the county’s fi­nance di­rec­tor. That sav­ing does not in­clude about $ 1.2 mil­lion the county would save if the 412 teach­ers in the county go along with the pay freeze and if no new teach­ers are hired.

“We don’t like to be do­ing some­thing like this, but the way things are right now, we have to do it,” said Wil­liam V. Riggs IV, pres­i­dent of the com­mis­sion­ers.

••• Af­ter two rounds of hear­ings, the Queen Anne’s County Zon­ing Board of Ap­peals has ap­proved re­quests from three landown­ers to al­low a New Jer­sey log­ging com­pany to cut trees on prop­erty within the 1,000- foot crit­i­cal area.

The ap­proval of the re- quests marks the first time since the county’s adop­tion of its Crit­i­cal Ar­eas Or­di­nance that log­ging has been per­mit­ted in a Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Crit­i­cal Ar­eas District.

The con­di­tional use per­mits carry sev­eral con­di­tions lim­it­ing the har­vest to a spe­cific num­ber of trees which have been marked and shown to state and county of­fi­cials.

••• The founder of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory, Dr. Regi­nald Van Trump Truitt, died Thurs­day, April 11, 1991, at Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal at Eas­ton. He was 100.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab­o­ra­tory is now a part of the Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­men­tal and Es­tu­ar­ine Stud­ies of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Sys­tem. Dr. Truitt re­tired from the univer­sity in 1950 and moved to Kent Is­land, but still kept ac­tive, launch­ing a cam­paign to turn As­sateague Is­land into a na­tional shore­line.

Dur­ing his aca­demic train­ing, his sci­en­tific in­ter­ests had shifted from study­ing in­sects to the nat­u­ral re­sources of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

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