FROM THE PAST 25 YEARS AGO
The man accused of stabbing to death a 58-year-old Grasonville man with a hunting knife outside the shanties near the Kent Narrows severn months ago pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder Thursday in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court.
The state’s attorney’s office dropped the more serious charge of first-degree murder against 51-year-old Willie J. Sturdivant of Grasonville in exchange for the guilty plea.
* * * The new Queen Anne’s County Senior Center opened its automatic doors last week after three years of planning and construction.
The 15,500 square foot building will serve area seniors as both a senior center and an adult day care. Also housed within its bright, airy corridors are the staff of the Department of Aging, and just about any senior ser vice imaginable.
Seniors having problems with Medicare, Social Security, or transportation to their physician can find the answer to their needs from the staff within.
* * * Queen Anne’s County could lose $1.5 million in state aid if the governor’s proposed budget cutting plan goes into effect.
What that means to the county is still unknown.
“We’re still looking at everything and anything, but it’s tough to make a decision when things are still moving,” said Joe Zimmerman, the county’s finance director.
The proposed cut comes on the heels of a $2.5 million reduction that went into effect last month. About $500,000 of that cut his specific areas, such as the health department, the board of education and Chesapeake College.
This time the governor has left it up to local officials to decide where to make the slashes.
* * * Five candidates have filed to run in the Dec. 27 election for the Centreville town council seat left vacant by Thomas Moore’s resignation.
Moore cited his intention to move to Florida as his reason for resigning. However, his resignation came just weeks before he was to face driving while intoxicated charges in Queen Anne’s County District Court Dec. 6. The trial date has been postponed until Jan. 8.
The five candidates include Abby P. Hardy, G. Kenneth Lyons, William C. Jones, Ann Tamlyn and Dan Tabler.
The interest in this election stands in marked contrast to the last election in which only one person ran and only 25 out of 1,000 registered voters cast a ballot.
* * * Behind the long list of titles Julius Grollman held over the years, friends describe the lifelong resident of Stevensville as a man who put people first.
At 71 years old, Grollman died Sunday at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
“I can tell you one thing, I personally will miss him, but the town is going to miss him,” said Gil Dunn, a longtime friend, neighbor and owner of Kent Island Pharmacy. “I can’t think of anyone whose whose death will be felt (more) by everyone in Stevensville.”
Grollman served as county commissioner from 1966 to 1978. He was one of the founders of the Kent Island American Legion Post 278 and the Kent Island Fire Co. He also held many more titles …. But most people seem to remember him as the local general store owner who genuinely cared about people in the community and liked to joke around.