FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
Centreville’s first fatal pedestrian accident in many years occurred just before 8 o’clock Sunday evening on Railroad Avenue, just a few hundred feet from the eastern town limits.
Killed was Robin Gail Sherwood, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Sherwood.
Badly hurt was Robert W. Starkey, 22, of Mainbrace Farms, Queenstown, now a member of the U.S., Navy stationed at Moffett Field, Calif. He was said to be a close friend of the family.
The two were walking on the paved portion of the street as there are no sidewalks in the area and snow was piled on both sides of the road. A car driven by William Jennings Baxter, 19, of Chester, struck both young people just about on the slight curve in front of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Nelson.
••• Governor Agnew’s “Green Bag” appointments for Queen Anne’s County may not have as smooth sailing through the State Senate as has been the case in previous years.
State Senator Robert P. Dean is known to be opposed to having a lawyer as a trial magistrate and for the first time in memory of county citizens, an attorney — David C. Bryan — has been appointed to the post by the Governor.
However, the appointments must get state senate approval, and Dean may not let Bryan’s name pass, even though he is a Democrat. The present magistrate is William T. Thomas, an insurance man.
The substitute Magistrate in the list is William N. Hoxter Jr. of Stevensville.
•• • Four fire companies battled snow, icy road conditions and flames Friday afternoon as a two-story frame house was gutted by fire at Pondtown. No one was injured, but Stansbury Caulk and his wife, the only occupants, saved very little clothing and only a few of the furniture items as the fire spread quickly through the old house.
Caulk told firemen he was watching television when the current went off just before 2 p.m. He went across the road to the home of Sidney Wilson, who owns the house, and called the Choptank Electric Cooperative office. He came back home and said a few minutes later smelled smoke. He ran outside saw fire around the back door near where the electric wires were connected to the house.
•• • Nearly 500 friends, patients, former patients and just plain citizens gathered at the VFW Home in Grasonville Sunday afternoon to say “thanks” and sing “happy birthday” to a long-time family doctor from Kent Island, Dr. Theodore Sattelmaier.
And they followed it up with a more concrete expression of appreciation — almost $3,000 to be used as the doctor sees fit for some good at the Memorial Hospital in Easton.
Dr. Sattlemaier celebrated his 70th birthday on Feb. 16, and has said he would retire from his practice – but most folks think he just means to “slow down a little.”
•• • Kerr-McGee Chemical Company of Centreville authorized their attorney, David Byran, to offer a compromise solution last wednesday on the second day of the the three-day public hearing before the county commissioners on a rezoning petition.
Although all direct testimony was completed on Wednesday, and cross examination begun, time again ran out as the meeting was adjourned shortly after 6 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Tuesday saw the cross examination and arguments completed around 11 p.m., but no decision will be made by the commissioners until all testimony is considered.
The original petition called for rezoning an approximate two and a half acre tract on the north side of Burrisville Road on the edge of town from an agricultural conservation, “A-2,” zone to a general businesses, “B-2,” zone.
25 YEARS AGO
Within the next 10 years, Queen Anne’s County residents could see another high school, a new elementary school in Grasonville and another elementary on Kent Island to handle the growing student population.
Within three years, all fifth-graders could remain in the elementary schools for one more year before going to the middle schools.
And within several more years, many elementary school students living in Queenstown could be moved to Grasonville Elementary School and students attending Church Hill Elementary School could go onto Sudlersville Middle School instead of Centreville.
A combination of building new schools and redistricting students to other schools is part of a 10-year plan unveiled Wednesday night before members of the school board.
•• • Town commissioners posted notices here Friday warning residents about wild dogs that threatened a man and have reportedly killed pets and farm animals in the area.
The pack of dogs have already killed a resident’s pet, attacked chicken, broken into a barn and eaten a skinned deer, and may have killed some cats. The notices warn residents to use extreme caution if they see these dogs and to call the Queen Anne’s County Animal Control. It is not certain how many dogs are in the pack.
•• • High school students here were warned recently not to bring firearms of any kind, including BB guns, onto school property.
This announcement followed the discovery of three BB guns. Lt. Garth Menefee, commander of the Maryland State Police barrack in Centreville, said a high school student was arrested two weeks ago after it was reported he was “pointing the gun at passing motorists,” while driving to school. The student was referred to juvenile services and released into parent custody.
Queen Anne’s County High School Principal William Young said a teacher discovered a gas pellet gun lying in the school hallway last week. No student came forward to claim the gun.
Then early this week, a student was caught showing a pellet gun to a fellow student. The gun had “no working mechanism.” No action was taken against the student.
All three guns were similar in that they looked like a real hand gun.
•• • Stevensville Postmaster Henry Wilson has been fired by the Postal Service. Wilson will officially to be relieved of duty Feb. 15.
“I’ll be out on appeal. I have appealed the release to the Merit System Protection Board, which is a federal government appeals court,” Wilson said.
Since Wilson is appealing the decision, he will still be “on the rolls,” although he will not be at work or receive pay.
Wilson expects a ruling on the appeal within a few months.