50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

The 8,128 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Queen Anne’s County will face an­other long bal­lot on Tues­day, Nov. 8, elec­tion day, but a very im­por­tant one.

The lengthy bal­lot has 31 names, 16 con­sti­tu­tional ques­tions and 1 con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to be stud­ied by the vot­ers. Be­sides a full county ticket, cit­i­zens will cast their vote for gover­nor of Mary­land, at­tor­ney gen­eral, comptroller, congress, judge of the cir­cuit and state se­na­tor.

••• Women’s cloth­ing val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $3,500 was stolen from a van next to the Per­fect Gar­ment Com­pany build­ing in Gra­sonville early last Thurs­day morn­ing. State Po­lice said the theft of 131 dozen pairs of women’s slacks, shorts and surfers were taken some­time af­ter 1 a.m. Oct. 27 from a van parked at the rear of the build­ing.

It is be­lieved that a panel truck, owned by the Kun­kle Ser vice Co., which was stolen from a street in Queen­stown ear­lier in the evening, was used by thieves for the job. The truck was backed up to the loaded van and a lock bro­ken on the door to gain en­try and cart out the cloth­ing.

••• Progress con­tin­ues to be made daily on the new Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, Mary­land’s first re­gional 2-year col­lege.

Dr. Ge­orge Sil­ver, Pres­i­dent, is cur­rently seek­ing ap­pli­cants and in­ter­view­ing can­di­dates for teach­ing po­si­tions. Fac­ulty mem­bers will be needed to teach in the fol­low­ing sub­jects: English, Speech, Art, Busi­ness, Sec­re­tar­ial Sci­ence, French, Health an Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, Mu­sic, Math­e­mat­ics, the Sci­ences, and So­cial Sci­ence.

••• James O. Pip­pin, prom­i­nent Cen­tre­ville civic leader, has been named chair­man of the 1967 Girl Scout Fund Drive, sched­uled to be held in the Cen­tre­ville area Mon­day, Novem­ber 7, through Fri­day, Novem­ber 11, it was an­nounced to­day by Mrs. Mil­dred Meix­ell, pres­i­dent of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Girl Scout Coun­cil.

Mrs. Don­ald W. Dawkins, pres­i­dent of the Ju­nior Woman’s Club, will as­sist Mr. Pip­pin in or­ga­niz­ing the cam­paign. Mr. Pip­pin has two daugh­ters in the Se­nior Scout Troop, and the Ju­nior Woman’s Club is one of the spon­sor­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions for Girl Scouts in Cen­tre­ville.

Vol­un­teer work­ers, un­der the lead­er­ship of Mr. Pip­pin, will seek $600 to con­tinue and ex­pand Scout ac­tiv­i­ties for girls from seven to seven­teen years old in this area.

••• It is ex­pected that heat will be turned on in the vo­ca­tional wing of the new Queen Anne’s County High School build­ing by the end of this week.

Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, county school su­per­in­ten­dent, had ear­lier stated that the heat would be in the wing by the end of Oc­to­ber.

He state Mon­day that the fur­nace is ready to go, but the but the elec­tri­cians had been un­able to run the wiring to the boiler room. A spe­cial con­crete foun­da­tion was nec­es­sary for a 2,500-pound elec­tri­cal switch cabi­net and wet weather had held up the pour­ing of the ce­ment. The ce­ment was poured Satur­day morn­ing and wires are ex­pected to be hooked up this week.

25 YEARS AGO

Start­ing salaries for sher­iff’s deputies on the Eastern Shore rank among the low­est in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

At $16,309, a deputy in train­ing in the Som­er­set County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment is the low­est paid deputy in the state. On the Western Shore, a Calvert County deputy still in train­ing earns $27,012 a year, the high­est so far in a sur­vey the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

How­ever, Som­er­set County Sher­iff Robert Jones says many of his deputies are lucky enough to have jobs in an area with a 7.5 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate.

… Most sher­iff’s sym­pa­thize with their lo­cal govern­ment’s fis­cal con­straints, how­ever, they add that freez­ing salaries in a depart­ment that is al­ready un­der­paid is in­creas­ing frus­tra­tions among vet­er­ans and could push good ap­pli­cants else­where.

… The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment tied for the sec­ond low­est start­ing salary with Dorch­ester County at $16,7356. But just across the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge a deputy can start at about $6,000 a year more in Anne Arun­del County.

•••The rising cost of liv­ing, the state bud­get woes, and the un­cer­tainty of the job mar­ket are send­ing par­ents scram­bling for other op­tions to the spi­ral­ing costs of day care.

Shirl Sylevester, a health aide for the Women, In­fants and Chil­dren Pro­gram (WIC) at the Queen Anne’s County Health Depart­ment and the mother of two girls, said she uses more than half of her bi­weekly salary on day care.

… “Even with what I make, I can’t af­ford what I pay. I can’t al­ways gro­cery shop and ge the kids clothes,” she said.

••• At least 60 stu­dents staged a sit-in protest­ing what they said is un­fair treat­ment of blacks at Queen Anne’s County High School here last Thurs­day.

The pro­tes­tors, sev­eral blacks and a few whites, shouted an­gry words claim­ing every­thing from racial dis­crim­i­na­tion to ap­a­thy from school staff.

Prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Young said most of their griev­ances are based on mis­un­der­stand­ings.

“We’re tired of no­body lis­ten­ing to us and we had to do some­thing.” said one black stu­dent.

“This is a racial thing, be­cause they do treat the blacks dif­fer­ent,” said Chris Mor­land, a white stu­dent. “But this school chooses who they want to pick on as trou­ble­mak­ers.”

One stu­dent said stu­dents who “have good clothes or wear gold” are un­fairly la­beled as drug deal­ers.

••• MedE­vac he­li­copter ser­vice has been re­stored in Cen­tre­ville and Mont­gomery County af­ter more than two weeks of bud­get ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the gover­nor and leg­isla­tive lead­ers.

The Cen­tre­ville he­li­copter ar­rived back at the base last Wed­nes­day at about 10:30 a.m. At 12:03 p.m. it was broad­casted over emer­gency chan­nels that Trooper Six was back in ser­vice.

“It’s great to be fly­ing again.” said Robert E. Mid­dle­ton, a pilot with Mary­land State Po­lice Avi­a­tion Divi­sion, who re­tired in May af­ter 27 years, but re­turned as a civil­ian pilot.

He is one of six peo­ple at the base whose jobs were slated to be ter­mi­nated on Nov. 5.

… They got the word their jobs would be elim­i­nated on Sept. 30 and within hours the he­li­copter was flown back to Bal­ti­more where it sat idle while out­raged troop­ers and sup­port­ers marched in An­napo­lis and flooded phone lines to lo­cal leg­is­la­tors de­mand­ing that emer­gency ser­vices be re­stored.

Mid­dle­ton and Tfc. J.C. Lewis, a paramedic at the base, both said they were im­pressed by the sup­port they re­ceived.

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