Record Observer - - Opinion -

The elim­i­na­tion of a dan­ger­ous traf­fic in­ter­sec­tion called to the at­ten­tion of the State Roads Com­mis­sion by the Queen Anne’s Record-Ob­server more than a year ago has been ac­com­plished.

The news­pa­per, in a se­ries of ed­i­to­ri­als, sto­ries and pic­tures, urged that the nar­row cross-over be­tween the dual lanes of Route 50-301 at Kent Nar­rows be closed be­cause of the many ac­ci­dents which had oc­curred at the site.

The state has an­nounced they will ac­cept bids to grade, drain, and pave a ser­vice road and cross­ing at a point 1,700 feet east of the present in­ter­sec­tion where the me­dian strip is 50 feet wide.

Two peo­ple have died, more than 40 have been in­jured, and nearly 50 ac­ci­dents re­ported at this in­ter­sec­tion in less than three years. The cross­ing ... was not wide enough to al­low cars and trucks to stop be­tween the lanes when cross­ing from one side to the other.

• • • The 62 new teach­ers join­ing the fac­ul­ties of Queen Anne’s County schools this fall will com­prise one third of the en­tire teach­ing force, re­ports Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, the county su­per­in­ten­dent of schools.

“This num­ber rep­re­sents the largest group of new teach­ers the county has had for years, and the in­crease can be at­tributed to teacher res­ig­na­tions, ad­di­tional teach­ing po­si­tions, and the em­ploy­ment of more per­son­nel un­der fed­eral pro­grams,” said Dr. Rhodes.

Of this num­ber of new teach­ers, 20 will be go­ing into high school class­rooms; 21 will go into the mid­dle schools; and 21 will be teach­ing in the el­e­men­tary schools. The to­tal num­ber of teach­ers in the county school sys­tem this year will be 208.

• • • Ser­vices were held Tues­day for Joseph Wil­liam Al­fred Evans, who died Satur­day at the Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Eas­ton, at the age of 78.

Born in Gra­sonville in Septem­ber 1887, Mr. Evans had spent his life in the county as a friend of the wa­ter­men, op­er­at­ing at var­i­ous times a crab and oys­ter pack­ing house and the Evans Ma­rina at Kent Nar­rows. He was, how­ever, most widely known for his two terms in the House of Del­e­gates.

Ac­tive in civic groups, Mr. Evans was the past pres­i­dent of the Queen­stown Lions Club, and a mem­ber of the Knights of Pythias, the Round Ta­ble, and Im­manuel Methodist Church.

Of­fi­cials from the Queen Anne’s County Liquor Board warned some Kent Nar­rows bar own­ers last Mon­day night that their liquor li­censes may not be re­newed if complaints con­tinue to pour into the board of­fice.

“The bot­tom line, guys is, po­lice your­selves or we’re go­ing to po­lice you,” said Jef­frey E. Thomp­son, a lawyer for the liquor board. Thomp­son said he told the bar own­ers that if more than 10 peo­ple com­plain about the way a bar is op­er­at­ing 30 days be­fore a liquor li­cense is sched­uled to be re­newed, the liquor board must hold a pub­lic hear­ing.

“Legally speak­ing, they’re not break­ing the law, but they may be forc­ing the liquor board to in­tro­duce a law,” he said.

••• A cheer­ful peach and turquoise build­ing with one of the most breath­tak­ing views of Kent Is­land is quickly grow­ing into one of the area’s fa­vorite restau­rants.

“This is a very ca­sual, laid back place,” said Andy Schulz, one of the own­ers [of The Crab Deck]. “We wanted it to be very fam­i­ly­ori­ented.”

Andy and his two broth­ers Tracy and Jody are cer­tainly fam­ily-ori­ented, con­tin­u­ing a fam­ily tra­di­tion in the restau­rant busi­ness that has spanned more than 60 years. Com­mis­sioner Sonny Schulz [their father] owns the Fish­er­man’s Inn, also on Kent Nar­rows.

• • • The Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment is re­cruit­ing to fill sev­eral va­can­cies. There are cur­rently po­si­tions avail­able within the fire depart­ment and the Ladies Aux­il­iary. No ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired.

Train­ing is avail­able and classes start this fall.

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