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A Queen Anne’s County High School se­nior was at­tacked while trick or treat­ing on Hal­loween night by a ra­bid rac­coon in an area be­hind the Kent Manor Inn on Kent Is­land. The rac­coon leapt on the stu­dent’s leg, scratch­ing and at­tempt­ing to bite. The youth killed the an­i­mal us­ing a blunt ob­ject.

The rac­coon was taken to the state lab­o­ra­tory in Bal­ti­more the next morn­ing, Nov. 1, by a health de­part­ment san­i­tar­ian. That af­ter­noon the health de­part­ment was no­ti­fied by the lab that the rac­coon was in­deed ra­bid and that, in fact, the an­i­mal was “hot,” mean­ing that there was ev­i­dence of over­whelm­ing in­fec­tion. The high school se­nior be­gan treat­ment for ra­bies ex­po­sure on Satur­day.

* * * A fiery ac­ci­dent left homes and busi­nesses pow­er­less, traf­fic con­gested along Route 50 yes­ter­day, and sent one driver to the hos­pi­tal.

Fire­fight­ers rushed to douse the fire that raged from a gas tanker and curb the gas leak after the ac­ci­dent Mon­day morn­ing. And elec­tri­cians tried to restore elec­tric­ity for the Queen­stown and Wye Mills ar­eas after an elec­tric pole caught fire when two trucks struck it.

Mary­land State Po­lice re­ported that at 9:30 a.m., a 1979 Ken­worth flatbed truck driven by Theodore Drum­mond, 52, of Mil­ford, Del., pulled onto east­bound Route 50 from a park­ing lot and was struck in the rear by a gaso­line-car­ry­ing trac­tor trailer driven by Vin­cent Ben­nett, 35, of Linthicum.

* * * Dr. Lau­rance Du­rante, the Queen Anne’s County Health Of­fi­cer who is ob­vi­ously frus­trated by the state’s bud­get cri­sis, will be leav­ing his post in Jan­uary to take a bet­ter pay­ing job in New Or­leans.

How­ever, the move will ben­e­fit health de­part­ment bud­get in Queen Anne’s County and Tal­bot County.

The Tal­bot County Health Of­fi­cer has agreed to cover both coun­ties un­til at least June, which is ex­pected to off­set some of the bud­get cuts in each county’s health de­part­ment. Caroline and Kent coun­ties also share the same health of­fi­cer.

* * * A Centreville man who has spent the bet­ter part of his life teach­ing and the rest of it help­ing oth­ers was in­ducted into the Mary­land Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall of Fame.

Dr. Wil­liam Leon Tay­lor was among other per­sons for­mally rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tion to the qual­ity of life for all se­nior cit­i­zens of Mary­land in Tow­son last Tues­day. The award is based on com­mu­nity ser­vice which he has cer­tainly done for more than 50 years.

* * * Students at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege can ex­pect to see a 22 per­cent jump in tu­ition next se­mes­ter.

Teach­ers there can also an­tic­i­pate at least three days of fur­loughs with­out pay as a re­sult of cuts in state aid.

Many students will not see cer­tain video cour­ses next se­mes­ter and se­nior cit­i­zens should not ex­pect any classes on arts and crafts.

All students are ex­pected to help make up a $864,000 shortfall in state aid to the col­lege, which amounts to 14 per­cent cut in the cur­rent bud­get — the largest cut com­pared to any other col­lege in Mary­land.

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