FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners have approved the form for a County Merit System which has been drawn and presented on Tuesday by the attorney, J. Elmer Thompson Jr.
The two new members, Julius Grollman and Leonard Smith, who will formally take office next week were also asked for their opinions and they also approved of the plan.
A Merit System for this county would be in similar form to the State Merit System and is primarily provided for job protection and to assure fair benefits. The contents apply to wage scales for various departments, periodic raises, promotions, sick leave and so forth.
“Thousands of dollars” in damages were sustained by the Bramble Construction Company at their asphalt mix plant near Rolph’s Wharf in two separate fires Friday and Sunday.
David Sharretts, manager, said the exact amount in damage has not been determined and the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Maryland State Police are investigating both fires for the possibility of arson.
Chestertown Fire Company was called about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon to the site about four miles south of town, and about three miles north of Church Hill. A one-story frame building, about 16x12, contained laboratory equipment used for testing was leveled and all equipment destroyed.
Sharretts said that workmen had been at the plant in the morning, but no one was working during the afternoon.
At 11:20 a.m. Sunday, both Church Hill and Chestertown firemen were called to the scene when a larger heater used to heat the asphalt mix caught fire.
The machine, operated by fuel oil, was enclosed in a 10x18 frame shed and was said to be completely destroyed.
For the want of five circulator pumps much of the new Queen Anne’ d County Comprehensive High School remains without heat and electricity.
Dr. Harry Rhodes, superintendent of schools, said this week that a portion of the vocational training building has had heat and electric currant since Nov. 12, but the circulator pumps are needed before cosmetology, home ec and other rooms can be heated.
… the Vietnam War is being blamed by electrical contractors for the hold up in obtaining equipment.
A week after the pumps arrive, heat is expected to be in the entire portion of the school housing the classrooms.
The vast building is now entirely under roof and workmen have poured the final concrete floor in the auditorium section.
Once again the Queen Anne’s County Chapter of the American Red Cross is sponsoring the “Voices from Home” program as its gift to servicemen overseas who will be unable to spend Christmas with their families.
This project is designated to transport the family Christmas spirit over the many miles to the many outposts where American servicemen are stationed, including Hawaii and Alaska.
There will be Red Cross volunteers on duty in the Red Cross office on Lawyer’s Row in Centreville, every day from 9 a.m. until noon the week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 9.
These holiday messages will be tape recordings which will last for 15 minutes.
25 YEARS AGO
A 12-year-old boy was found carrying a vial filled with an estimated $400 worth of suspected crack cocaine when he walked into school last Tuesday morning, according to Maryland State Police.
It apparently was learned the boy was carrying the vial Monday afternoon when he showed it to another student on a school bus headed to his home in Chester. The other student told his parents, who called Stevensville Middle School shortly afterward.
When the boy returned to the middle school Tuesday morning, he was taken to the main office where a vial still filled with pieces of suspected crack was recovered, said Principal Dominic M. Romano.
Police seized the vial and the boy was referred to the Queen Anne’s County Department of Juvenile Services. He is staying with his grandmother.
“A severe lack of cooperation exists” in Queen Anne’s County between police and the state’s attorney’s office that is stifling the war on drugs, according to a grand jury report released in circuit court last week.
In the report, 23 county residents on the grand jury recommended an evaluation of the Caroline-Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force and that personality conflicts between the task force and the state’s attorney’s office should end with reassignments.
Ironically, the report said prosecutors also should receive the same training as police officers on laws covering arrests and search and seizures.
Prosecutors should be more involved with police officers’ cases too so they are more prepared in court, the report added.
And because the state’s attorney position cannot be moved up to a full-time office until the next election, the grand jury urged county officials to move one of his assistant state’s attorneys up to a full-time in the interim.
Households which rely on help from the Maryland Energy Assistance Program have seen a 30 percent decrease in their benefits , according to David Turner, of the Maryland Energy Assistance Program.
“Demand is up, and grants are down,” said Turner. “The benefits the clients get will be down compared to last year.”
The state of Maryland received $24 million in federal grant funds this year as opposed to $29 million last year.
Turner said that 10 percent of those funds go to the local administrative agencies which run the program, “So about $21.6 million for the whole state.”
“Queen Anne’s County got about $200,000 of that,” Turner said.
Currently 500 county households are to be served by MEAP, although Turner anticipates that figure will approach 1,000. Last year 800 county households received aid, while 85,000 received help statewide.
The average household will receive $240 in heating assistance — down from $341 last year.
If you listen to the newly named president of Chesapeake College, John R. Kotula, you can hear echoes of his predecessor, Robert C. Schleiger.
Both believe a community college should graduate students ready to compete in a global market; both believe a community college should be a vital pat of the local community and its businesses; and both believe a community college benefits from sharing faculty with other countries.
The difference is that Kotula is being asked to take over where Schleiger left off.
After 15 years as president of the two-year college in Wye Mills, Schleiger retired July 1. Kotula was named his replacement last week.
Kotula will officially join the college March 1. Until then he will remain in charge at Delaware Technical and Community College based in Dover.