25 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

A 73-year-old Ruths­burg man plans to marry his 71-year-old sweet­heart af­ter more than three decades of sep­a­ra­tion.

Many years ago, 18-yearold Leonard Co­hey drove his shiny black Chevy with pretty 15-year-old He­len Schupp by his side to the dance hall in Price’s Sta­tion, one of many dates for the two friends.

But the young, dash­ing Leonard was “dat­ing them all,” and the clas­sic tale of boy meets girl, boy dates girl, boy and girl fall in love went awry when boy lost girl, who mar­ried and moved to Ken­tucky.

Now 35 years later, Co­hey fi­nally got the girl back and is not let­ting her get away this time.

“I told her we’re go­ing to stick to­gether like Elmer’s glue,” laughed Co­hey.

*** The quiet wa­ters iof North­west Creek may pro­vide a home, but not a sanc­tuar y for the wildlife that in­habit it. This week, six blue herons were shot and killed there, ap­par­ently for fun.

Great blue herons, egrets, loon-like birds, three bald ea­gles, and four pair of osprey are only some of the wildlife that in­habit the area. North­west Creek is sur­rounded by the neigh­bor­hoods of Tower Gar­dens and Chew’s Manor, and res­i­dents there say they are out­raged at what ap­pears to be one more case of wan­ton killing of wildlife.

Car­casses of deer, fox, geese and other wa­ter­fowl have been found shot and left to rot. *** The State Po­lice MedE­vac heli­copter in Cen­tre­ville will be grounded as part of a $450-mil­lion bud­get cut­ting plan Gov. Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer pro­vided to leg­isla­tive lead­ers Mon­day.

An­other base in Mont­gomery County will be closed as well. If the plan is ap­proved by the Board of Pub­lic Works on Wed­nes­day, the clos­ings will take ef­fect Nov. 1.

But the com­man­der of the state po­lice avi­a­tion di­vi­sion said Mon­day that no more flights would take place.

“As of to­day, no Trooper Six,” said Ma­jor Charles Hutchins, re­fer­ring to the Bell Jet Ranger based in Cen­tre­ville. “We are stand­ing down un­less some­thing else changes dras­ti­cally.”

Hutchins said 19 troop­ers and three civil­ian work­ers at the bases will lose their jobs.

PHOTOS BY JUDY MELVIN EDELHEIT

It’s har­vest time on the Shore.

Queen Anne’s County is No. 1 in corn pro­duc­tion in the state.

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