50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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