25 YEARS AGO
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.”