25 YEARS AGO
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.