FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

$13,378.15 in the first quar­ter, $12,373.20 the se­cond quar­ter for a to­tal of $25,751.35 for the first half of fis­cal 1967.

• • • The driver es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury and only a few of his quar­ter-mil­lion eggs were scram­bled as a trac­tor-trailer over­turned early Mon­day morn­ing in the south­bound lane of U.S. 301 near the Rolling Bridge Road, com­pletely block­ing the high­way for more than six hours. State Po­lice routed traf­fic down Route 304 un­til another truck un­loaded the 700 crates of eggs — those that were not bro­ken — and righted the rig.

The driver, J. Ni­cholas Palmer, 33, of Cleve­land Ga., was head­ing north about 3:20 a.m. when he fell asleep, the truck crossed the grass me­dian strip and over­turned. He was taken to the Kent and Queen Anne’s Hos­pi­tal with a leg in­jury. A Good­will fire truck washed the scram­bled eggs from the high­way.

• • • A 20-year-old Ken­nard High grad­u­ate is re­ported “miss­ing in ac­tion” in Viet­nam.

Spe­cial­ist 4 Ray­mond L. El­liott Jr. of Pond­town was re­ported to have been in a rub­ber re­con­nais­sance pa­trol boat while on duty Jan. 13 when the boat over­turned. The tele­gram to the boy’s fa­ther said Ray­mond was un­able to in­flate his life pre­server and was seen to go un­der the wa­ter. It said a search was be­ing car­ried out. gets un­der way Wed­nes­day.

In ad­di­tion, they were asked to op­pose clos­ing one of the state’s three largest psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals, sup­port ef­forts to main­tain out­pa­tient men­tal health in­sur­ance ben­e­fits and bring emo­tion­ally im­paired chil­dren treated in other states home for treat­ment near their fam­i­lies.

• • • No, os­triches don’t stick their heads in the sand, ac­cord­ing to os­trich breeder Hans Sch­midt.

“I think that’s from some car­toon,” he laughed. “Peo­ple ask me that all the time.”

Those aren’t the only ques­tions Sch­midt, 28, and his26year-old brother Alan have been get­ting since they be­gan rais­ing 11 os­triches.

“Peo­ple drive by real slow, turn around, come up to the house and ask, ‘Are they real os­triches?’,” Sch­midt said.

The 13- to 15-month-old ba­bies are al­ready 8 feet tall and 200 pounds and will grow to 9 feet and 400 pounds when they are adults.

The Sch­midt farm and another farm in West­min­ster are the only two in Mary­land that raise os­triches.

• • • Who took our post­mas­ter? Af­ter 20 years of ser­vice in the Stevensville post of­fice, Post­mas­ter Henry Wil­son is con­spic­u­ously ab­sent.

The of­fi­cial line is, “Mr. Wil­son is on a tem­po­rary re-as­sign­ment un­til ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures are re­solved,” ac­cord­ing to Dora Seay, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for the Wilm­ing­ton Postal Ser­vice.

Wil­son was re­lived of duty last month af­ter a postal ex­am­i­na­tion. He was taken off the roles for 14 days pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Tech­ni­cally, Wil­son is still the post­mas­ter of Stevensville, although he is cur­rently as­signed to the Cam­bridge Post Of­fice as act­ing su­per vi­sor.

• • • Time is run­ning out for area schools to raise funds for IBM com­put­ers. As the Feb. 2, dead­line ap­proaches, teach­ers and par­ents worry that their goals for new com­put­ers will not be met.

Pat Sch­wink, De­bra Sala and Patti Sul­li­van have been co­or­di­nat­ing the ef­fort to turn Acme cash reg­is­ter re­ceipts and Camp­bell Soup la­bels into IBM com­put­ers for Kent Is­land El­e­men­tary School. Last year their ef­forts and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment pro­duced six com­put­ers and new soft­ware pack­ages.

This year’s con­tri­bu­tions are sub­stan­tially down from last year’s, ac­cord­ing to Sch­wink. “Last year this time we al­most into the fifth com­puter. This year so far we just fin­ished up the se­cond com­puter.”

It takes 160,000 points to get each com­puter.

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