FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
A tragic shanty fire and a fatal auto accident left five people dead in Queen Anne’s County Friday within four miles of one another and just about a half an hour apart.
Flames burned out a four-room shanty at Kent Narrows snuffing out the lives of three small boys just about 11:35 a.m. and a one-car smashup on Route 301 and 50 south of Queenstown killed two Army enlisted men at noon.
The tragedy in the Kent Narrows slums has become a winter trademark — a number of children have burned to death in fires in the shanties during winter months.
Volunteer firefighters … said Friday’s fire was caused like most of the others — overheated stoves and faulty installation of stove pipes.
** * A significant step forward was made this week by Chesapeake College with the approval of a capital funds appropriation of $2,700,000 for the proposed building program which will include five buildings.
These first buildings, which will be constructed on the new campus at Wye Mills at the intersections of U.S. 50 and Maryland highways 662 and 404, are to include a library, a humanities building, a college center, a science building and a gymnasium.
Working drawings are now being prepared for the buildings by the architectural firm of McLeod, Ferrara and Ensign of Washington, D.C. These buildings are scheduled for completion in September 1968.
*** The headmistress of the Gunston School, near Centreville, will be replaced by a headmaster and headmaster’s assistant, the school has announced. Mrs. Margaret F. Okie is resigning in June.
She will be replaced by Paul M. Long, as headmaster, and the Rev. William E. Ticknor as assistant headmaster, both of St. Paul’s School for Boys, Brooklandville.
** * The County Commissioners were in a benevolent mood Tuesday at their regular weekly session in the Court House granting two requests during the afternoon.
Sheriff George Sharp appeared before the board to ask for a third deputy — something the Grand Jury had recommended over the past several court terms. The Commissioners approved the request.
… The other request was for extra shelves for the Law Library by David Bryan, attorney, and the Commissioners said go ahead with the work.
*** The difference between a piggy bank and a “dog bank” is that it is a lot more expensive to get your money out of the “dog bank.”
Ray Dorrell, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Dorrell of Grasonville, can tell you all about it.
The other day, Ray found some coins in his piggy bank an poured them them on the floor of his bedroom to count his loot. He left the room to make a telephone call and on his return found the family’s 4-month-old Pekingese dog, Tina, gulping up his coins right and left on the floor.
The Dorrells took Tina to the vet’s hospital in Queentown and had an Xray taken. Sure enough, right there in the stomach, you could see the coins — seven dimes and four pennies — 74 cents!
Ray wasn’t about to let Tina act as his piggy bank, so an operation was performed Saturday and all loose change recovered.
Tina was brought home Tuesday, a little lighter in weight, but apparently none the worse from her silver diet.
25 YEARS AGO
For the third time in less than two months a top Queen Anne’s County school administrator has announced he will leave his post under the new superintendent.
The school board “reluctantly” accepted the retirement of Deputy Superintendent John F. Smigo Sr. after 33 years with the school system.
His position will not be filled, but Smigo has agreed to work part-time for the school board after July 1. He will be a recruiter and advisor on insurance, workmen’s compensation and the budget.
… Next month, William A. Storage Jr., the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, also will retire after 31 years.
For two years, volunteers and employees of Day Care Inc. have been cutting through red tape and making slow but steady progress toward construction of a new day care facility in Centreville.
But delay caused by an appeal of a special exception Day Care won in September to build in a residential zone is threatening $400,000 in state loans and grants. Ann Tamlyn of Liberty Street appealed the decision in November claiming the proposed facility will aversely affect her property.
“I think the appeal is frivolous,” said Day Care Inc.’s agent Walter E. Woodford Jr. “Our concern is the additional expence to defend this. More importantly, it can delay the project and jeopardize the $400,000 funding.”
… The Centreivile Town Council voted unanimously to apply for the grant and loan on behalf of Day Care Inc. and won a $200,000 grant in June 1990.
...Town Council member Charles Walls said, “I’m strictly for it. It’s something we really need. And it’s hard to believe anyone could be against it.”
** * After two months, members of the task force established to study the recent rise of racial tensions and fights at Queen Anne’s County High School say they are making strides at resolving the tension at the high school.
… “It’s becoming more apparent that it’s not a racial problem,” said Nancy Henry, who heads the task force. “We feel it’s the normal tensions between any groups that are different. It could be racial, social, or whatever you want to call it.”
Henry said lack of communication between the administration and the student body is the major problem at the high school. … She said communication between the school and the parents also needs to be improved.
*** The Coast Guard announced Friday its decision to amend its regulation which required the use of immersion suits on commercial fishing vessels.
This comes as good news to local watermen who objected to purchasing the suit shich that felt were impractical because of the amount of time it takes to get into one.Watermen also objected to the financial burden of approximately $300 per suit per man onboard.
The Coast Guard’s announcement came as the result of petitions by Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., requesting the Coast Guard Commandant Admiral J. William Kime to consider an exemption to the immersion suits on the Chesapeake Bay.
** * Another rabid raccoon was found on Kent Island last weekend, marking the first time a wild animal infected with rabies was found north of Route 50 in that part of Queen Anne’s County.
… From January to Oct. 31, the county has had 69 animals test positive for rabies — the largest number in Maryland this year. That number does not include the rabid raccoon found Halloween night near the Kent Island Airport and the rabid raccoon found last weekend,
A hunter noticed the raccoon Saturday afternoon stumbling and falling as though it were drunk. The hunter shot and killed it in a wooded area by the Cloverfields community.