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The fis­cal 1967 Pub­lic Works Ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill go­ing to the floor of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the next few days con­tains $174,000 for vi­tal Mary­land projects in­clud­ing the first funds for work on a hy­draulic model of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, Rep. Rogers C. B. Mor­ton re­ported this week.

For the Bay Model, seen as the num­ber one work­ing tool fo a real sci­en­tific at­tack and study of the Bay’s prob­lems and prom­ises, there is in­cluded $100,000 for ini­tial tech­ni­cal and site study.

This amount rep­re­sents a quiet vic­tory for Rep. Mor­ton, who with the help of Rep. Ge­orge H. Fal­lon (D-4th-Md.) man­aged to have the Corps of En­gi­neers orig­i­nal fund re­quest in­cor­po­rated into the Bud­get for Fis­cal 1967.

• • • A 25-year-old Grasonville was hero has been awarded the Broze Star medal for brav­ery un­der fire while serv­ing in Viet­nam early this yer.

Sgt. Louis C. Swann of Bal­ti­more is now back in the United States at Ft. Camp­bell, Ky., af­ter 11 months with the U.S. Army’s 503rd In­fantry 173rd Air­borne Bri­gade in Viet­nam.

The ci­ta­tion ac­com­pa­ny­ing the medal reads in part:

Sgt. Swann dis­tin­guished him­self by val­or­ous ac­tions on 16 March 1966, while serv­ing as a squad leader dur­ing a com­bat op­er­a­tion near Phuoe Minh, Repub­lic of Viet­nam. At ap­prox­i­mately 0715 hours, Sgt. Swann’s bat­tal­ion de­fen­sive perime­ter came un­der in­tense small arms, au­to­matic weapons and mor­tar fire from an es­ti­mated Viet Cong reg­i­ment.

Through­out the en­tire five-hour bat­tle, Sgt. Swann re­peat­edly ex­posed him­self to the heavy Viet Cong fire to en­cour­age, di­rect, and re­dis­tribute am­mu­ni­tions to his men. On one oc­ca­sion, Sgt. Swann, with com­plete dis­re­gard for his safety, rushed through an ex­tremely heavy vol­ume of fire and car­ried a wounded soldier to safety.”

••• On Tues­day the County Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously agreed to ac­cept a bid of not more than $21,000 from Rum­mel Klepper and Kahl, Bal­ti­more con­sult­ing en­gi­neers, to pre­pare the state and fed­eral re­quired Master Sewer and Wa­ter Plan for Queen Anne’s County.

The price for the plan is based on the num­ber of man hours ac­tu­ally spent mul­ti­plied by 2.20 with a max­i­mum fig­ure of $21,000 guar­an­teed. In ad­di­tion there will be a print­ing cost of $2,000 for bound re­ports with color plates. The qual­ity of th­ese brochures is deemed ad­vis­able as they will be in use as ref­er­ence guides by county of­fi­cials for some years to come.

••• There were smiles all around Tues­day evening at the fi­nal meet­ing of can­vassers of the Cen­tre­ville Methodist Church’s build­ing fund cru­sade. The church mem­bers hoped to raise at least $60,000 as their min­i­mum goal but the spe­cial gifts and pledges from the con­gre­ga­tion went far over the fig­ure — mak­ing a to­tal of $87,338 as of 9 p.m. Tues­day.

The 40-gun war­ship, the Queen Anne’s Re­venge, hid within the quiet sanc­tity of the Ch­ester River, while her cap­tain, Black­beard, sneaked ashore to bury a cache of treasure, or so tra­di­tion holds.

For 273 years, gen­er­a­tions of East­ern Shore­men have passed along col­or­ful tales of the in­fa­mous pi­rate Black­beard.

“The sto­ries have al­ways passed down, since I was a lit­tle boy, that pi­rates used to come into Black­beard’s Farm (Queen­stown), and that they buried some of their treasure there. Of course that was the ru­mor and whether it is fact or fic­tion, who knows,” said Harry Rhodes, for­mer school su­per­in­ten­dent and Queen­stown his­to­rian.

“We used to hear a tale from the older folks that un­der a cer­tain oak tree, at a cer­tain time when the moon was just right, that’s when you could find the treasure,” said Mrs. Betty Quimby, of Queen­stown, whose father Harry Bar­ton tilled Black­beard’s Farm for 26 years. “I do know that peo­ple have asked to come back to the farm to dig for it.”

Ed­ward Teach, aka Black­beard, came by his name fairly, for he did in­deed have a long black beard. He was no­to­ri­ous for his for­ays against the Span­ish Main, while he was still a “law abid­ing” pri­va­teer. He held a let­ter of mar­que from Queen Anne, which li­censed him to pil­lage the Span­ish.

••• A Queen Anne’s County school bus driver, who said she was friends with peo­ple on both sides of a sex dis­crim­i­na­tion hear­ing, al­leged Mon­day that it was un­der­stood among fe­male driv­ers that they would re­ceive job priv­i­leges if they had sex with the trans­porta­tion co­or­di­na­tor.

Mon­day was the third day of hear­ings be­fore John W. Hard­wicke, chief judge from the state’s Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Hear­ings, on charges the the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion al­lowed a male em­ployee to de­mand sex­ual fa­vors from women driv­ers dur­ing the mid-1980s.

The case stems from two fe­male com­plainants, who say they were sex­u­ally ha­rassed by the trans­porta­tion co­or­di­na­tor, G. Paul Emory. The state Hu­man Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion of­fi­cially charged the school board and is now rep­re­sent­ing the two bus driv­ers.

• • • East­ern Shore wa­ter­men, wor­ried that a pro­posed $300 sur­charge would go to the wrong agen­cies, met with De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources of­fi­cials who as­sured them that the money will be spent on re­plen­ish­ment.

Peter Jensen, di­rec­tor of Fish­eries, ad­dressed ap­prox­i­mately 60 wa­ter­men last Wed­nes­day at the Kent Is­land Fire De­part­ment. The meet­ing or­ga­nized by Ralph Lee, pres­i­dent of the Queen Anne’s County Wa­ter­men’s Pro­tec­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, was also at­tended by Del. Ron­ald C. Franks, R-Queen Anne’s.

Op­po­si­tion to the sur­charge has been grow­ing on the East­ern Shore where the ma­jor­ity of wa­ter­men have not paid the sur­charge, as yet.

• • • The fa­cade for the new county build­ing has been un­veiled and is on dis­play at the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary in Cen­tre­ville.

A smaller ver­sion of down­town Cen­tre­ville that in­cludes the Lib­erty Build­ing has been dis­played in the li­brary since last week af­ter plans for the build­ing were ap­proved by county com­mis­sion­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, and com­mit­tee mem­bers who were or­ga­nized to help de­cide the de­sign.

The new build­ing will be lo­cated on the cor­ner of Lib­erty Street and Broad­way, the site of the old jail house.

The pro­posed de­signed for the build­ing is in the Jef­fer­so­nian tra­di­tion, which will fit in (well) with the town, said Charles E. An­thony, the ar­chi­tect who de­signed the build­ing.


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