FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

50 YEARS AGO

The long-awaited de­ci­sion on the pro­posed air­port and in­dus­trial park com­bine on Kent Is­land was made pub­lic at the reg­u­lar Tues­day ses­sion of the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers. The neg­a­tive de­ci­sion was ac­tu­ally made last week, but the com­mis­sion­ers de­clined to re­lease a state­ment un­til all in­ter­ested par­ties had been ad­vised by let­ter.

The for­mal de­ci­sion states... ”the re­sult seems to be that the air­port, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the gift of the land, will cost the county at least $400,000 and per­haps con­sid­er­ably more.”

“Con­sid­er­ing the cost of con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the fore­go­ing cap­i­tal projects, we do not feel that it is fi­nan­cially sound for the county to un­der­take the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of a county air­port at this time,” the com­mis­sion­ers said.

John B. Funk, Chair­man Di­rec­tor of the State Roads Com­mis­sion, said that traf­fic vol­ume on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge last week­end forced the fa­cil­ity to be made one-way 10 times for a to­tal of six hours and eight min­utes.

Mr. Funk said that 76,907 ve­hi­cles crossed the bridge over the week­end. The heav­i­est day was Satur­day when the traf­fic count was 28,601 ve­hi­cles fol­lowed by 25,895 ve­hi­cles on Sun­day.

Satur­day morn­ing the heavy re­sort-bound traf­fic was backed up on the western shore two lanes all the way to the Ritchie High­way in­ter­change, and the bridge was made one-way from 8:35 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — an hour and 10 min­utes in an ef­fort to clear the mam­moth jam.

The new large bin at Wye Mills Feed Com­pany dou­bles the dry­ing and stor­age ca­pac­ity. Al­fred Cov­ing­ton, owner, said they can now dry 1,200 bushels of corn an hour com­pared to 600 pre­vi­ous.

One man can op­er­ate the two 1,000 bushel bins with two load-out bins. He has the ca­pac­ity to store 38,000 bushels of corn. The ad­di­tional build­ings have been erected fol­low­ing the most suc­cess­ful year in the his­tory of the firm.

25 YEARS AGO

Tak­ing a boat in and out of Kent Nar­rows is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous, ac­cord­ing to a boat owner who ap­peared be­fore the Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day.

Fred Kirsch, a boater who lives in Queen­stown, said most of the dan­ger stems from boaters trav­el­ing too fast in the nar­row and con­gested chan­nel. He went on to urge the com­mis­sion­ers to sup­port ex­tend­ing the six-knot speed limit past the Nar­rows dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son to make it safer.

The speed limit now cov­ers just the Nar­rows, but he sug­gested that it con­tinue at least out to Long Point on the north side and ex­tend it on the south side past the jetty about an­other three­tenths of a mile.

Queen Anne’s County now hosts a re­gional re­cy­cling site at the junc­tion of Routes 404 and 309. Cal­la­han’s Shell Stop, lo­cated at the well-trav­eled in­ter­sec­tion, has six brightly col­ored re­cy­cling “igloos” ac­cept­ing glass bot­tles and jars, all metal food and bev­er­age cans, plas­tic bot­tles and news­pa­pers.

Queen Anne’s County Solid Waste Di­vi­sion es­tab­lished the site with the co­op­er­a­tion of business owner Keene Cal­la­han and both Caro­line and Tal­bot coun­ties as part of an on­go­ing re­gional ef­fort among the coun­ties.

Since the con­ve­nience cen­ter of­fers quick shop­ping, a restau­rant and gas sta­tion, it was a log­i­cal lo­ca­tion for the re­cy­cling site which bor­ders on Caro­line, Tal­bot, and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.

Bo Cal­la­han, post com­man­der of the Jeff Davis Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18, Centreville, re­cently pre­sented a $5,000 check to Dr. Stu­art Bounds, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, and Ti­mothy Al­bert, ad­min­is­tra­tor of ad­mis­sions.

The con­tri­bu­tion to Ch­e­sa­peake’s Schol­ar­ship En­dow­ment will be matched dol­lar for dol­lar by the State’s Pri­vate Do­na­tion In­cen­tive Pro­gram. The Jeff Davis Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 18 has pledged an ad­di­tional $10,000, to be con­trib­uted over the next two years.

The Pri­vate Do­na­tion In­cen­tive Pro­gram en­cour­ages in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate do­na­tions to be made to en­dow­ments of pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion in Mar yland.

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