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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.


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.

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