50 YEARS AGO
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.