FROM THE PAST
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.