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“In­stead of fool­ing our­selves that teens will ‘just say no,’ let’s find ways to help pre­vent preg­nan­cies,” sug­gested Tonya Green.

That is ex­actly what stu­dents and health de­part­ment of­fi­cials did last Wed­nes­day — sought ways to curb the in­creas­ing num­ber of teen preg­nan­cies — dur­ing a Teen Speak Out at Queen Anne’s County High School au­di­to­rium.

… The Speak Out was prompted in part by this year’s sta­tis­tics on teen preg­nancy. Dr. Lawrence Du­rante, Queen Anne’s County Health Of­fi­cer, said that one out of five girls in the high school pop­u­la­tion was con­cerned enough about the pos­si­bil­ity of preg­nancy to come to the health de­part­ment for a preg­nancy test.

*** Both sides were claim­ing some vic­tory at the close of last Wed­nes­day of hear­ings on charges that the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion al­lowed a male em­ployee to de­mand sex­ual fa­vors of fe­male school bus drivers.

The hear­ing ended two days ear­lier than ex­pected, and Chief Judge John W. Hard­wicke of the Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Hear­ings, is ex­pected to re­lease a ver­dict by late Novem­ber.

The case stems from com­plaints two women filed in 1988 al­leg­ing that they were sex­u­ally ha­rassed dur­ing the mid-1980s by G. Paul Emory, the trans­porta­tion co­or­di­na­tor.

*** Res­i­dents who have waged a year-long bat­tle to re­move the sub­stan­dard hous­ing la­bel from 31, mostly black­owned Cen­tre­ville houses may have to wait a lit­tle longer for vic­tory.

In a closed ses­sion Tues­day, the town coun­cil didn’t agree on one of the set­tle­ment is­sues said Town Man­ager Ron­ald Chan­dler. Coun­cil­man Kenny Moore, who had said he was pleased the law­suit was fi­nally set­tled, said he ex­cused him­self from the meet­ing and did not vote.

Moore said he was in con­flict of in­ter­est since he en­cour­aged those res­i­dents to com­plain be­fore he was elected to the coun­cil in April.

The coun­cil sent the set­tle­ment back to the town’s at­tor­ney, David Gre­gory, who will rene­go­ti­ate the is­sue with Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union lawyer Deb­o­rah Jeon.

* * * Dud­ley’s Chapel, built in 1783, is now in great need of as­sis­tance. For 208 years, Dud­ley’s has held its own through the strong Chris­tian com­mit­ment of its trustees and its mem­ber­ship. The old Meet­ing House has a ma­jor struc­tural fail­ure in the roof. This has been ver­i­fied by Gre­dell & Paul Inc., Con­sult­ing Struc­tural En­gi­neers of Dover, Del. They have given their es­ti­mated prob­a­ble cost of ap­prox­i­mately $50,000 to $75,000 us­ing one of two plans to pre­serve the old church.

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