25 YEARS AGO
Approximately half of the people living in Queen Anne’s County are now registered voters. Figures released this week by the Board of Supervisors of Elections showed a total of 8,128 voters now on the rolls, an increase of 369 people from November 1965.
The Third District remains the largest district with 1,815 voters in the two precincts, with the Fifth District second at 1,778. However, the Fourth District, or Kent Island, had the greatest increase and now has 1,719 voters on the books.
Republicans are still outnumbered more than three to one in this traditional Democratic stronghold, with 6,194 Democrats and 1,857 Republicans. There are 77 who declined to affiliate with any party.
••• Rep. Rogers C.B. Morton has alerted Queen Anne’s County officials that the county now has a priority status in applying for public works projects aid under terms of the sweeping Economic Development Act of 1965.
In letters to Queen Anne’s County commissioners... Morton pointed out recent unemployment figures compiled by the state and U.S. Department of Labor show the Centreville area had an average unemployment rate of 6.4 percent in 1965. The national average for the period was 4.6 percent.
••• Street lights in the unincorporated community of Grasonville have been a community project of the Pythian Sister No. 31 since December 1946. This year’s fund drive to raise the cost of $533.47 will be conducted by the membership during the week of Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, according to the announcement today by Mrs. Preston J. Ruth, chairman.
She said, “It is through the cooperation and financial support of our citizens that we are able to have these street lights and we hope the people will help us continue this worthwhile project.” During the week, solicitation will be carried out door-to-door in the community.
The newly appointed Queen Anne’s County school superintendent outlined an ambitious set of reforms Monday that include making each school more accountable for student achievement, getting rid of general studies in high school, and offering night classes.
All the reforms are based on a philosophy called outcome-based education where students are expected to achieve specific goals before they graduate.
Joseph L. Shilling spearheaded the changes when he was state superintendent and now plans top begin implementing them into the classroom during the next school year as the county’s new superintendent. “This is one of top four or five school systems in the state and that’s good...but it’s not quite good enough,” he said.
••• Amy Ternois, resident French teacher at The Gunston School, has been selected to participate in a Fulbright Exchange for the upcoming 1991-1992 school year.
One of only 400 teachers in America chosen to switch positions with a fellow educator, Ternois will be spending next year teaching English as a foreign language in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Gunston, in turn, will be host to Michele Therien, a native French speaker from Quebec, who will teach French and live in the dormitory.
••• The Queen Anne’s County commissioners unanimously approved Simmons Communications’ bid to sell part of the Upper Shore portion of its cable system to Falcon Cable TV, a Los Angeles-based cable company.
The ownership change is not expected to formally close until this fall. Subscribers in Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties are not expected to be affected by the transfer.