50 YEARS AGO
With the closing of the Queen Anne Elementary School on Friday, June 10, Queen Anne’s County witnessed another phase of the change, which during the past 15 years, has terminated the existence of all but two of the county’s very small schools. Queenstown and Crumpton are still in operation as two-room schools.
The Board of Education, at its March meeting, approved the closing of this school after the enrollment dropped to about 18 and a survey showed that almost no parents were interested in having their children attend the Queen Anne school in the fall of 1966.
In the coming year, the children who have attended this school will be going to school in the Centreville area.
• • • The 1870 charter for the Town of Sudlersville was repealed Tuesday at a meeting of the Commissioners of Sudlersville, and a new one adopted, giving the town fathers broader powers.
While the new charter still calls for three members of a town board, annual elections will be held for one commissioner for a three-year term.
It was pointed out that the changes in the charter were necessary so that the commissioners could borrow money for needed town water and sewer improvements. The community has been negotiating for several months for its first sewer system.
••• Centreville and parts of Queen Anne’s County were without electricity late Friday afternoon during a violent rain and lightning storm.
State Police and the county fire board operated on emergency generator service during the period and a fire call in the Church Hill area was answered by Sudlersville when the Church Hill siren would not blow.
E.L. Browne of the town electric plant said a number of fuses were blown out by lightning bolts.
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners stuck by their promise not to raise taxes Tuesday and struck down a proposal that would have increased the property tax three cents to help cover the increased costs for dumping trash at the new landfill.
Instead, the commissioners unanimously approved a $25 permit fee for residents to dump their trash at the county’s transfer stations.
According to Jim Trouba, director of the county’s solid waste division, the county is expecting to generate $125,000 from the permit fee.
••• Representatives of the Queen Anne’s County Education Association asked the county commissioners last Tuesday to raise their allocation to the school system next year so that school employees could receive raises.
If teachers do not get more money next year, said George Henckel, president of the teachers’ association, they may sue the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education for breach of faith in their contract negotiations.
Henckel said the group would meet with lawyers from the Maryland State Teachers Association later in the week to discuss the possibility of a class action suit on behalf of four or five teachers’ associations in the state whose negotiated contracts may not be honored.
• • • The Queen Anne’s County Department of Aging transit system was recently named the best system in the country by a national transportation organization.
The Community Transportation Association of America’s board members voted the system the “transit system of the year” for 1991. The association includes 500 members, which are mostly rural and small urban transit systems from across the countr y.
The Queen Anne’s County system provides bus service to all county residents as well as bus and escort service for the elderly and handicapped. It has four vans and four buses, a dispatcher, and eight part-time drivers.