50 YEARS AGO
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.