FROM THE PAST

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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.

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