50 YEARS AGO
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harry C. Rhodes said this week that the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education had been assured by the federal authorities that desegregation plans for this fall have been approved.
Dr. Rhodes said that the single high school in the county would be fully integrated this September and the local board explained to the federal agency that they fully intended to desegregate all grades by September 1967.
• • • The county’s fire company radios are in “quite good shape” and have been getting not only adequate but “good service” according to the survey report presented by Motorola engineers to the county commissioners on Tuesday.
Time did not permit every fire company to be checked, but equipment at Kent Island, Crumpton, and Grasonville was thoroughly inspected and found to be in good condition and properly ser viced.
There were a few small exceptions, but in general, the fire company radios meet the accepted of Motorola [officials] stated.
• • • Seventeen more cars were added to the growing [total] of vehicles damaged by rear-end collisions on the two-lane Chesapeake Bay Bridge in five more accidents over the past weekend.
This brings to 23 the number of crashes on the span since heavy summer traffic started on May 8, a little more than a month ago.
According to figures released this week by bridge authorities, a grand total of 65,557 vehicles crossed the bridge in the three-day period, surpassing the same weekend in the peak year of 1963 by almost 5,000. Fortunately, in the five rear-end collisions handled by the bridge officers, no one was injured, but they helped in producing massive backups.
The state is under no obligation to continue funding the Kent Narrows drawbridge, according to an opinion from the attorney general’s office that was released Wednesday.
Queen Anne’s County officials were hoping the attorney general would say that the Maryland Department of Transportation must continue funding the drawbridge and not close it to motorists if the county does not agree to foot the bill.
Still, the state may continue funding the drawbridge if a plan to raise motor vehicle fees passes when the General Assembly meets in special session later this month [Del. Ron Franks] said.
••• A week after a man exchanged gun shots with a sheriff’s deputy before killing himself, the sheriff’s department recruited a chaplain.
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Charles F. Crossley, Jr. said the department needs a chaplain to provide counseling for the officers as well as help comfort families who have been victims of crime.
“Police officers are human beings and they say a lot and they experience a lot and it does prey on them for many weeks,” Crossley said. “Maybe we can head off some of the pressures and stress if we have someone there to turn to.”
Before they brought the Rev. Nelson “Chip” Massey, Jr. of Church Hill into the department Wednesday, Crossley said the officers really had no professional counselor to turn to.
• • • One of Kent Island’s most beloved landmarks closed shop for the last time June 7, leaving behind enough stories and memories to fill a dozen scrapbooks.
Located at the Route 18 split near the center of town, Denny’s Garage once housed a full service station with several brands of gasoline, a tractor and truck showroom, and a bustling car dealership. Now, after over 60 years of business, the Denny family has decided to pack it all in.
“It’s just too much for me to handle,” said manager Greg Denny, a school bus driver and grandson of the garage’s original operator.