50 YEARS AGO
Three people representing three generations of the same family narrowly escaped death last Sunday afternoon when their single-engine Comanche plan encountered difficulty in the takeoff and cartwheeled into Kirwan’s Creek at the edge of Carroll’s Airport at Dominion.
The pilot, William C. Weeks, 55, of Mohnton, Pa...is uncertain as to what caused the accident, but said that he felt a wind change.
The two passengers in the plane were Christopher Weeks, 28, of Temple, and his son, Terry Keith, 12. No one was injured, but barely escaped drowning while they were strapped into their seats in an upside down position.
••• Open and ready for business is the Grasonville Medical Center in its new one-story building next to the Seventh Day Adventist Church facing Route 301 at Grasonville.
VFW Post 7464 has been one of the biggest contributors to the building of the center. Last Thursday, the members presented a second check to Pastor John Kelchner of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, owner of the building. It brings to nearly $2,100 the veterans’ organization has given in the past two years.
The center, which is for all the public, formally opened on July 5, with Dr. Ralph Libby in charge.
••• Traffic using the two-lane Chesapeake Bay Bridge passed the two million mark last weekend, according to figures announced by bridge authorities today. From Jan. 1 through July 10, a grand total of 2,204,104 vehicles crossed the span, a 7.6 percent increase over the same period last year.
Traffic became so clogged as the dual highway funneled cars onto the bridge, that the one-way system was used three times eastbound on Saturday and reversed to run it three times westbound on Sunday. This is when bridge patrols stop all traffic on one side and allow the traffic to move in both lanes one way for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.
Queen Anne’s County health officials are disappointed that only a relatively few students are coming in to get the required second dose of a measles vaccine.
So far, only about 100 students have been vaccinated, leaving approximately 2,800 students who have yet to receive the vaccine, said Dr. Laurence Durante, the county’s health officer. Before school begins in September, all students in grades six through 12 are required to receive a second dose of the vaccine.
Students are exempt from a second vaccination if they can prove that they have already received a second dose of the vaccine, or if they can prove immunity to measles prior to entering grades six through 12.
••• Queen Anne’s County teachers reluctantly settled for a renewed contract last Wednesday that will freeze their salaries. The new contract kills an agreement announced in February that would have given teachers a 4.3 percent raise, the lowest increase among teachers in the state.
Since then, the county’s budget restraints forced the county commissioners to freeze all county employee salaries and to fund the Board of Education just enough over last year’s budget so that the new elementary school on Kent Island could open.
Under the new contract, if the fiscal situation improves, the school board and the teachers’ association will discuss salary increases again.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Free Library has been ranked third in Maryland following a statewide reference survey completed last winter, according to Library Administrator Charles V. Flowers, Jr.
Only Calvert and Dorchester counties received higher grades after the exhaustive survey, which judged the level of reference information offered by staff members to a series of questions posed by both walk-in and telephone queries.
Powers...expressed congratulations to the staff members for “a job extremely well done.”