FROM THE PAST
Franklin M. “Dickie” Wharton, owner, told police officers he had worked in the station until about 9 p.m. and went home. He returned just a few minutes after 11 p.m. to get some stamps and found the front door to his office had been smashed.
The safe, which had been under his desk, was gone.
•• • The two Acme stores in Queen Anne’s County my not have to close down although members of the retail clerks union have voted to authorize a strike against seven major food chain stores in Maryland.
Managers of the two supermarkets here — Danny Foster in Centreville and James Robinson at Kent Island — are hopeful their stores will not be shut should the walkout occur at the end of the week.
None of the employees in the two county stores are union members and did not vote to strike as did other clerks on the Eastern Shore two weeks ago. and her husband, who were standing in front of the residence, missing all three, then fled in her car, police said.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission is trying to revive itself after spending two months “unconscious.”
The commission, which had been responsible for the Queen Anne’s County anti-drug welcome signs as well as campaigning to heighten the awareness of drug and alcohol abuse has not met in two months and none of the commission members seem to know why.
“It’s just unconscious and we’re going to get it going again,’ said County Administrator Robert Sallitt.
The group last met in November, according to Vice-Chiarman Ann Denny. Denny said the commissioner doesn’t usually meet in December because of the holidays. It didn’t meet in January.
“It’s strange no one reacted to this or called,” Sallitt said. “Maybe everyone was waiting for someone else to do it.”
•• • From Queen Anne’s County to Africa, Linda Walls-Simpson is still serving the needs of the community.
From 1988 to 1991, Simpson, as preventions coordinator for the county’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program in Centreville, had not only raised more than $500,000 in substance abuse prevention grant funding for Queen Anne’s County, but raised the consciousness of county residents about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. She had a success rate of 90 percent for grant applications.
She said she had been contemplating starting her own business for several years but didn’t try it until someone “hit the nail on the head.”
“People were always asking me to do grants and Mary Wood (of KART) told me that if I ever wanted to freelance to let her know,” she said.”Then I was thinking, I’m doing this for free and people are getting paid to do this.”
So Simpson resigned as preventions coordinator, began her Just Cause Grant Writing business last October, and hasn’t looked back since.