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The political pot is reaching a boil, but the lid isn’t off yet. One of the latest developments is the report by several members of the Democratic “organization” that they are urging support for charter home rule.
While refusing to be named at this time, these persons indicated that they “see no reason” why their party should be hostile to the home rule movement already taken by some party stalwarts.
Edgar Lane, who has already announced his candidacy for the House of Delegates as an “independent Democrat,” also indicated this week that he has had “many inquiries” about home rule and wants to learn more about it himself before taking a stand.
• • • More than 52,000 vehicles crossed the two-lane Chesapeake Bay Bridge over the past weekend, and the homeward bound traffic on Sunday evening resulted in two massive jam-ups, and three accidents involving 13 cars.
State Police, bridge patrolmen, Harbor Tunnel Police (who assist on the bridge on weekends) await with some trepidation the coming Memorial Day weekend, which promises to be the worst yet and the summer stretches ahead.
In the middle of all this, the Kent Island Fire Company ambulance, returning to its station from carrying an injured youth to Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis, caught fire on the bridge. [Reports did not mention any injuries from the fire.]
• • • A new Post Office building will be constructed in Crumpton, it was announced this week by G. Roland Harrison, Postmaster. He said that the office had been advised by Postmaster General Lawrence F. O’Brien that a contract had been awarded to Richard H. Rubin, Bethesda, Md., to build the new one-story Post Office and lease it to the Post Office Department.
Presently, the Post Office is in the corner of the general store owned by Howard Cole. Mr. Harrison, who has been Postmaster for 12 years, also owned the store for 27 years until selling it last year to Mr. Cole.
The estimated cost of the 1,100-square-foot building will be $12,000.
E. Lane Cole will soon become the next (Queenstown) town commissioner after winning a landslide victory over opponent John W.S. Foster III Monday night.
Over half of the 240 registered voters in this town of 453 came out to the town office to cast ballots. The final tally showed 121 votes for Cole and 13 for Foster. Cole will serve a three-year term, filling the seat of departing Commissioner C. Irving Pinder.
In Sudlersville, where incumbent Town Commissioner Sudler “Suss” Goodhand was the only registered candidate, only 16 voters showed up. Goodhand won his second term as commissioner with 13 votes, while write-in candidates Kimberly Adams and JoAnn Adams garnered two and one respectively.
••• A newly formed team of police offices working sobriety checkpoints and patrols have netted several arrests for driving while intoxicated and drug possession in Queen Anne’s County. The police team called LEADS (Law Enforcement Alcohol Drug Saturation) was set up earlier this year to deter car accidents and to respond to citizens complaints.
The team is made up of two troopers from Maryland State Police, two deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department, and two police officers from the Centreville Police Department.
••• Grasonville resident Robyn Bedford said “thank you” to the emergency service team who helped save her life two years ago at last Tuesday’s Emergency Services Center Open House.
Severely injured in a twocar accident on Route 50 near Kent Narrows, Bedford was attended by the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, and the Queen Anne’s County Advanced Life Support, and then flown to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Emergency Services Center Director Phil Hurlock awarded certificates to the rescue units from Church Hill, Queen Anne-Hillsboro, Kent Island, Grasonville, and Crumpton for their service. Volunteers who donated 500 hours or more to their rescue units also received awards.