FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
The $2 million Queen Anne’s County comprehensive high school will not be completed in time for the opening of school on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, county school superintendent, announced that since the contract does not call for completion of the building until March 1967, there is no cause for complaint on the part of the school board.
The only portion of the building that will be finished will be vocational training rooms and they will be utilized. Dr. Rhodes said students in this group comprise about one third of the 1,125 expected for the senior high grades.
••• Dr. George Silver, president of the new Chesapeake College, met with the county commissioners Tuesday morning to announce that the land acquisition program is ready to begin at the previously selected building site.
The college president presented a resolution for the commissioners’ signatures, which states their approval of a $45,000 loan from the state for the purchase of the ground. Commissioners from the other participating counties — Kent, Caroline and Talbot, have also been requested to sign the same resolution.
Dr. Silver referred to this purchase program as “phase one” of the construction project. He said that construction costs are the next money to be raised.
25 YEARS AGO
The groundbreaking ceremony at the site of The Village at Church Hill Crossing marked the end of months of planning and the beginning of construction of new homes.
The 24-home housing development is a balance between quality and affordability that will complement the relaxed lifestyle of the Eastern Shore, said co-owner Gil Bielski. “What we’re doing is building something comparable with the town so that Church Hill will be comfortable with it.” he said
Bielski ... said the concept for the new development is a turn of the century village. The homes are based on four designs that feature front porches, fireplaces, Victorian scallops, and other 18th Century architectural designs.
••• Increasingly the summer sights, sounds and smells on Kent Island don’t involve surf, sand and sun, residents say.
Instead, the sounds of summer involve loud music, rowdy crowds and bikini contests. At least four bars of the roughly 10 bars on the island offer risque entertainment, and residents say that is enough. “If this keeps growing, it’s going to become like the strip in Fort Lauderdale,” said John Pringle, who lives in Marling Farms on Kent Island.
Area bar owners say they are sensitive to their neighbors’ concerns and are not out to turn Kent Narrows, an area along Route 50 that once housed fish-processing plants, into a honky-tonk strip.
••• A former Montgomery County judge donated seven acres of land by Holly’s Restaurant to Queen Anne’s County last Tuesday that could some day be used to build a park or a maritime museum.
There are no current plans for the land, which had been recently appraised at $574,000. It was also announced Tuesday that a retired Baltimore City judge donated two quarter-acre lots near Romancoke.
In both cases, the land is expected to be more profitable for the judges as a tax deduction. Still, county officials say they are glad to have the land.