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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.”

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