Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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