50 YEARS AGO
Graduation exercises for 218 Queen Anne’s County high school seniors are in full swing.
Scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 8, commencement exercises this year will be final exercises in a double sense as the senior classes step out as the last graduates from the county’s four high schools. Graduation dates are: Stevensville High School, June 7; Sudlersville High School, June 7; Kennard High School, June 8; Centreville High School, June 8.
Traditional baccalaureate services will be held 3 p.m. June 5, the Sunday before graduation, in the school auditoriums.
• • • Delmarva Power & Light Co. will open its new allelectric building at Grasonville early in July, it was announced this week.
Five company people have already been assigned to operate full-time from this base, and live in the area when the building opens. Within two to three months, a three-man line crew will be assigned to this office.
The new office at Grasonville, with resident personnel, is a new undertaking resulting from thew growth of the area.
• • • A new church has arisen from the ashes of the old edifice, and will be dedicated by the congregation on Sunday, June 12.
The new Mount Vernon Methodist Church, built on Route 213 near the small crossroads community of Starkey’s Corner, replaced a frame building that was destroyed by fire on Oct. 15, 1956. The congregation has been worshiping in an old schoolhouse nearby ever since.
The principal speaker at the June 12 dedication will be Rev. Daniel L. Ridout, superintendent of the Chestertown District of the Peninsula Conference.
Maryland Superintendent of Schools Joseph L. Shilling will leave his state post to become the superintendent of the Queen Anne’s County public school system July 1.
Shilling’s appointment, announced by the county Board of Education last Tuesday evening, stunned county officials who had suspected that the board would appoint someone from within the county system.
Shilling, a 54-year-old Kent Island resident whose youngest of seven children is a junior at Queen Anne’s County High School, called his decision “difficult,” but termed it “the next step.” His county salary of $88,500 a year will be almost $9,000 less than the $97,421 he now receives from the state.
••• The state is tightening its belt and the shrinking budget may threaten the future of Queen Anne’s County’s parks.
“It looks pretty bad,” said Tom Rider, director of Queen Anne’s County Recreation and Parks Department, referring to Gov. William Donald Schaefer’s proposal to take $30 million from Program Open Space. The slash in the program may be due to the $109 million state deficit.
“If we lose Program Open Space, then we lose one third to one half of our capital budget and we won’t be able to make up the difference,” Rider said.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are considering a proposal to increase the sewer rates about 25 percent for all customers in the Kent Island and Grasonville area.
The increased rates are necessary to replace old equipment and increase the staff as the demand on the area’s two treatment plants continues to grow, said Gary Moore, environmental engineer for the county’s sanitary district, after meeting with the commissioners Tuesday morning.
In a memo to the commissioners, Moore recommended that they increase the rates after they had already “taken pretty much a ‘bare bones’ approach in balancing this year’s budget.”