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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.”

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