Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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