50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Queen Anne’s County made its third at­tempt to ob­tain the use of a suit­able piece of ground for a refuse area in the Sev­enth District at a pub­lic hear­ing be­fore the Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals.

Fif­teen peo­ple, 10 of whom tes­ti­fied, ap­peared as op­po­nents to the grant­ing of a pe­ti­tion by the county for con­di­tional use of a 30-acre tract of land lo­cated on the road lead­ing from Mur­dock’s Cor­ner to the Dou­ble Creek Methodist Epis­co­pal Church, which has been of­fered to the county by owner Henry Sears.

The con­flict of opin­ion is merely on where such a dump would be lo­cated. Ev­ery­one wants a dump, but no one wants it near his prop­erty.

• • • A group of Sudlersville cit­i­zens who have joined to­gether to pro­mote a recre­ation pro­gram to ben­e­fit the young peo­ple of their com­mu­nity met with the county com­mis­sion­ers on Tues­day to re­quest as­sis­tance in qual­i­fy­ing for fed­eral funds to aid their pro­ject plans.

They re­cently heard of of the nearly $15,000 grant in fed­eral funds on a match­ing ba­sis, which had been made avail­able to this county through the Bureau of Out­door Recre­ation work­ing through the Maryland De­part­ment of Forests and Parks.

The group of cit­i­zens or­ga­nized with the hope of found­ing a recre­ation cen­ter, a can­teen with shuf­fle­board, ping pong and juke box, or a paid pro­fes­sional per­son to or­ga­nize and head a recre­ation pro­gram.

••• Traf­fic across the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge set an all­time record for the month of May, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Maryland State Roads Com­mis­sion.

John B. Funk, chair­mandi­rec­tor, said the fig­ures fore­shadow “grue­some” tie-ups dur­ing the sum­mer week­ends to come.

For the 31 days of May, a grand to­tal of 378,358 ve­hi­cles crossed the two-lane span, more than 20,000 ahead of of the same month of last year.

Af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions and bud­get re­vi­sions, the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers last Thurs­day told school of­fi­cials they would pay $16,695,888 for the school sys­tem’s op­er­at­ing ex­penses in the com­ing fis­cal year.

The al­lo­ca­tion, more than $1.2 mil­lion below the school board’s most re­cent re­quest, is in­tended to al­low the schools to op­er­ate with only $725,000 more than they had this year. School of­fi­cials have es­ti­mated it would take $725,000 to open and run the new Kent Is­land El­e­men­tary School.

Su­per­in­ten­dent John E. Miller told com­mis­sion­ers that he would “go back and see what we can do, if that’s the bot­tom line.”

• • • The old Sudlersville train sta­tion, al­ready filled with mem­o­ries from its hey­day in the late 1800s to its aban­don­ment in the mid-1960s, will soon be open again. This time, it will open as a mu­seum.

Satur­day morn­ing the Sudlersville Com­mu­nity Bet­ter­ment Club held a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony at the newly re­stored train sta­tion af­ter they spent about three years restor­ing it.

Built in 1885, the sta­tion house is the only Queen Anne’s and Kent Rail­road sta­tion still stand­ing on its orig­i­nal site. The 23-mile rail­road ex­tended from Massey in north­ern Kent County to Centreville and made con­nec­tions to [other] rail­roads.

• • • A Bar­clay res­i­dent wants to bridge a po­lit­i­cal gen­er­a­tion gap at next Mon­day’s Bar­clay town elec­tion.

Joey Clough Jr. wants to un­seat town com­mis­sioner J. Robert Ervin, who is run­ning for re-elec­tion at Bar­clay’s town elec­tion on Mon­day, June 10. Clough, who has lived in Bar­clay all of his 33 years, said that he wants to “give the town a view­point from the younger peo­ple in the town.”

Clough, who ran for town com­mis­sioner in 1989, said he wants to con­tinue in the foot­steps of his fa­ther, Nor­man Clough Sr., a former com­mis­sioner.

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