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Ma­rine Cor­po­ral Thomas R. Stringer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil­liam J. Stringer of Grasonville, was awarded the Viet­namese Cross of Gal­lantry with Palm for com­bat ac­tion while a mem­ber of the Third Bat­tal­ion, Fourth Ma­rine Reg­i­ment, Third Ma­rine Di­vi­sion on Op­er­a­tion Hast­ings.

Op­er­a­tion Hast­ings was a multi-bat­tal­ion op­er­a­tion which took place within two miles of the De­mil­i­ta­rized Zone against the North Viet­namese 324th Di­vi­sion.

His unit ac­counted for more than 300 of the nearly 900 en­emy killed dur­ing the 18-day op­er­a­tion.

His bat­tal­ion’s pri­mary mis­sion is to meet and cap­ture or de­stroy the en­emy by weapons fire, ma­neu­ver, or shock ac­tion. ** * Call­ing law en­force­ment “a most se­ri­ous prob­lem,” mem­bers of the Grand Jury of the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court have rec­om­mended that the County Com­mis­sion­ers “im­me­di­ately” ap­point two ore deputies and a clerk in the Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

A fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tion af­ter the three-day ses­sion by the ju­rors was that the County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­point a com­mit­tee to study the present and fu­ture needs for law en­force­ment within the county and make plans to as­sume this re­spon­si­bil­ity with ei­ther a county po­lice force or an ex­panded trained sher­iff’s depart­ment.

** * Dr. George Sil­ver, Pres­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, pre­sented the plans for the ju­nior col­lege cam­pus to the com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day morn­ing.

Dr. Sil­ver made it plain that his visit was only to in­form the county of­fi­cials of the progress be­ing made in the de­vel­op­ment of the four-county, twoyear col­lege and not a re­quest for funds at this time.

The plan for 170-acre, tri­an­gu­lar shaped plat of land lo­cated at Wye Mills is cir­cu­lar with park­ing fa­cil­i­ties planned for the outer perime­ters to avoid any traf­fic on the cam­pus main. Al­though the di­a­gram pre­sented by Dr. Sil­ver was com­plete with many build­ings, he said that the present build­ing sched­ule con­cerns only four ma­jor nec­es­sary build­ings in or­der to ac­com­mo­date 600 full-time stu­dents to start, with two more build­ings to be added as soon as pos­si­ble.

** * The new $250,000 Fed­eral Build­ing and Post Of­fice in Cen­tre­ville will be ded­i­cated Saturday at 2 p.m. The pub­lic is in­vited.

Postmaster Wil­liam E. Roe, 3rd, said the principal speaker will be Wil­liam G. Mil­stead, spe­cial as­sis­tant to the re­gional di­rec­tor of the Post Of­fice Depart­ment.

Mary­land Se­na­tor Daniel B. Brew­ster is on the pro­gram but said he may not get away from Washington be­cause the Sen­ate may be in ses­sion.

The colo­nial-style brick build­ing houses five gov­ern­ment agen­cies be­sides the post of­fice. It was erected on the cor­ner of Wa­ter Street and Happy Lady Lane, just a block from the cen­ter of town. The Fed­eral Build­ing por­tion is 2-story with the post of­fice oc­cu­py­ing a one-story por­tion on the west side. The great blue heron death toll rose to eight with this week’s dis­clo­sure that the in­jured bird found at North­west Creek died.

Spe­cial Agent Frank Kun­cir of U.S. Fish and Wildlife said that the of­fi­cial cause of death will not be known for “quite some time” be­cause au­top­sies are pri­or­i­tized. En­dan­gered species, such as bald ea­gles, re­ceive top pri­or­ity. Kun­cir said that the case is open and dis­ease or lead in­ges­tion could not b ruled out.

Neigh­bors who found the dead and wounded birds last felt the cause of death was ob­vi­ous — they heard gun shots Mon­day and found dead and wounded birds Tues­day and Thurs­day.

** * It was home­com­ing week at Queen Anne’sCounty High School. Ni­cole Pot­ter and Michael Jor­dan were named Home­com­ing Queen and King. The Run for the Lights was held to help QACHS Boost­ers raise funds to lights at the football sta­dium. Par­tic­i­pants ran from the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion build­ing on Ch­ester­field Av­enue through down­town to the sta­dium at the high school.

** * A search team widened its search for the stu­dent pi­lot of a sin­gle en­gine air­plane who has been miss­ing since Friday.

The uniden­ti­fied pi­lot dis­ap­peared Friday in a Piper Chero­kee while en­route to Lee Air­port in An­napo­lis from Sum­mit Air­port in Delaware. The 30-year-old stu­dent pi­lot was re­turn­ing from her sec­ond-ever solo flight, sources said.

“To the best of our knowl­edge, she did noth­ing wrong,” said Ma­jor C. War­ren Vest, the mis­sion co­or­di­na­tor for the Mary­land Wing of the Civil Air Pa­trol, which is based at Eas­ton Air­port. “She fol­lowed all pro­ce­dures. She was on course. Some­thing hap­pened.”

** * Only days af­ter the im­pact of dras­tic bud­get cuts hit the state, Eastern Shore res­i­dents joined to­gether in an at­tempt to res­ur­rect at least one pro­gram elim­i­nated in the $450 mil­lion slash.

Gov. Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer’s plan to ground two of the state’s eight MedE­vac he­li­copters, in­clud­ing the Cen­tre­ville unit, tem­po­rar­ily on hold, has prompted a num­ber of protests in the form of a pe­ti­tion.

“There are so many peo­ple that are so mad. Bud­get cuts may be nec­es­sary, but you can’t just take a life-sav­ing unit,” said Elaine Fleure­ton, a Den­ton res­i­dent who spear­headed a pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing re­in­state­ment of the Cen­tre­ville MedE­vac unit.


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