Record Observer - - Opinion -

Two pos­si­ble sites for an East Coast lab­o­ra­tory for the In­sti­tute of Oceanog­ra­phy of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment were in­spected on Kent Is­land Fri­day by mem­bers of the site se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

The two parcels of land on Kent Is­land are at the Bay Bridge, a new in­dus­trial air park owned by Nathan Mor­ris, de­vel­oper of Kent­morr; and at Mat­a­peake, at the old ferry ter­mi­nal.

••• The ed­u­ca­tional build­ing of the Centreville Methodist Church, erected in 1961, was ded­i­cated Sun­day af­ter­noon at 4 o’clock with three min­is­ters tak­ing part in the cer­e­mony.

Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion re­cently pledged a to­tal of $87,338 in a debit re­tire­ment and church build­ing cru­sade. They hope to be­gin con­struc­tion on the church ed­i­fice in the near fu­ture. Mean­while all ser­vices are held in the ed­u­ca­tional build­ing.

Fol­low­ing the ded­i­ca­tion of the build­ing, a mort­gage­burn­ing cer­e­mony was held in front of the pul­pit with F. Ben­nett Carter, chair­man of the orig­i­nal build­ing com­mit­tee, and Oliver Berry, chair­man of the Board of Trustees, putting a match to the doc­u­ment.

••• A leg­isla­tive Coun­cil com­mit­tee took a slap last week at pub­lic of­fi­cials who it said “are pub­licly con­don­ing pro­mis­cu­ous be­hav­ior and ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity” by fail­ing to pros­e­cute bas­tardy cases among wel­fare re­cip­i­ents.

The com­mit­tee, headed by State Se­na­tor Robert P. Dean, of Queen Anne’s, rec­om­mended that of­fi­cials who fail to en­force the law be re­moved from of­fice.

But he told the coun­cil that he knew the com­men­da­tion would not be adopted and in­di­cated that it al­ready had served a pur­pose by “smok­ing out” state­ments on the sub­ject by Bal­ti­more City of­fi­cials.

Miss Ester Lazarus, direc­tor of wel­fare for the city, said 600 cases turned over to the state’s at­tor­ney last year were not pros­e­cuted.

••• The 25th an­niver­sary of “a day that will live in in­famy” — Pearl Har­bor, Dec. 7, 1941 — will be ob­served by the Gra­sonville Memo­rial Post No. 7464, Veter­ans of For­eign Wars.

W.E. Cle­venger, commander, said this week that the week of Dec. 1-7 will known as the an­niver­sary week and sev­eral store win­dows in the county will have dis­plays by VFW mem­bers.

H said this date will also mark the start of a mem­ber­ship drive for the county’s only VFW Post. They now have just over 200 and he is set­ting a goal of 300.

••• With only 30 shop­ping days un­til Christ­mas, Queen Anne’s County banks have added a to­tal of $242,007 worth of buy­ing power to their sub­scribers as the 1966 Christ­mas Club checks were mailed out last week.

This year’s Christ­mas Club sav­ings in the county have ex­ceeded last year’s by $20,837, with Queen­stown Bank hav­ing the high­est to­tal of $68,115. This is an in­crease of $3,913.50 over last year.

G. Paul Emory, the Queen Anne’s County schools’ trans­porta­tion co­or­di­na­tor ac­cused of de­mand­ing sex­ual fa­vors from women bus driv­ers, re­signed Oct. 31.

Emory was told about three weeks ago that he would be fired. But on Thurs­day, Oct. 31, how­ever, he handed in his res­ig­na­tion that went into ef­fect Nov. 1.

The county school board unan­i­mously ac­cepted his res­ig­na­tion last Wednes­day with­out any com­ments. He had worked for the county school sys­tem for the last 28 years.

“I think it’s a tragic sit­u­a­tion,” said Wil­liam J. Rankin, pres­i­dent of the school board af­ter last week’s meet­ing. “But I think it’s the best sit­u­a­tion for all par­ties con­sid­er­ing ter­mi­na­tion ver­sus res­ig­na­tion.”

••• No news­pa­per ar­ti­cle can do jus­tice to any man’s life, and Of­fi­cer “Jackie” Crouch’s case, it would take a book.

Thomas “Jackie” Crouch, a life long Kent Is­land res­i­dent, was laid to rest last Mon­day by ap­prox­i­mately 500 friends and fel­low of­fi­cers. Crouch was rear­rang­ing traf­fic cones in­side the east­bound lane of the Bay Bridge toll plaza the morn­ing of Oct. 31 when he was struck and killed by a car driven by Wayne JohnHill­man, 30, of Edge­wa­ter. Crouch was flown to R. Adams Crow­ley Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more where he was pro­nounced dead at 1:08 p.m.

“My dad loved a pa­rade,” said daugh­ter Jen­nifer Mol­nar, of the full po­lice funeral. “And he sure had one.”

San­dra Crouch, wife, said, “There were at least 250 po­lice­men that came from ev­ery­where. They were amaz­ing and won­der­ful, and just as many friends came. They were non-stop.”

••• While the econ­omy con­tin­ues to wal­low amidst a sea of bud­get cuts, Queen Anne’s County school of­fi­cials took sug­ges­tions and ques­tions from par­ents here Tues­day night con­cern­ing the fis­cal 1993 bud­get.

“If the eco­nomic cli­mate con­tin­ues as it is now, we’re go­ing to have to be se­lec­tive about which pro­grams to con­tinue,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Shilling told a small group at Kent Is­land Ele­men­tary in the first of a se­ries of three county hear­ings.

The school board has been in the process of au­dit­ing sev­eral parts of its sys­tem, in­clud­ing its ware­house and food ser vice oper­a­tions. The 20-year-old ware­house sys­tem, which was cre­ated so the schools could buy and store school sup­plies, main­te­nance equip­ment and food at bulk rates, was found to be op­er­at­ing on a deficit of over $100,000 in the last fis­cal year. Just last week, an au­dit of the school food ser­vice oper­a­tion re­vealed that the pro­gram had lost nearly $1 mil­lion since 1986.

••• The im­pact from the fiery ac­ci­dent on Route 50 Mon­day still lingers more than a week af­ter the fire was put out.

A gas tanker that burst into flames af­ter col­lid­ing into a dump truck leaked 8,500 gal­lons of gaso­line onto the high­way.

The ac­ci­dent closed Route 50 un­til 5:30 p.m. last Mon­day, but clean up crews closed a small sec­tion of east­bound Route 50 to re­move soil. It took cleanup crews from Steam Kat HazMat in Sal­is­bury five days to dig up 1,500 tons of con­tam­i­nated soil that spread an es­ti­mated 800 feet from the ac­ci­dent scene. The holes left from ex­ca­va­tion were be­ing filled by R.B. Baker & Sons Truck­ing Co. Fri­day morn­ing. Fore­man Tracy Mor­ris said it may take a week to fill the holes.

Clean up costs have been es­ti­mated at $1 mil­lion, but Mary­land Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment spokesman Mike Sul­li­van would not con­firm any es­ti­mates.

••• Coun­cil mem­ber Thomas K. Moore’s res­ig­na­tion from the Centreville town coun­cil was an­nounced last Thurs­day, two weeks prior to his trial for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated.

His let­ter of res­ig­na­tion was read at the Nov. 7, Centreville Town Coun­cil meet­ing, which he did not at­tend.

In his let­ter, Moore stated his in­ten­tion to move from the area and that he re­gret­fully re­lin­quished his po­si­tion.

Moore was the ju­nior mem­ber of the town coun­cil, hav­ing served just six months of his three-year term.

“I un­der­stand he’s mov­ing to Florida,” said se­nior Coun­cil mem­ber Charles F. Walls. “He was get­ting very ac­tive and do­ing a good job. I hate to see him leave.”

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