Record Observer - - Opinion -

A first-place award of a plaque and cer­tifi­cate went to the Queen Anne’s RecordOb­server Thurs­day dur­ing the an­nual win­ter con­ven­tion of the Mary­land-Delaware Press As­so­ci­a­tion in Bal­ti­more.

The news­pa­per won top hon­ors in its weekly divi­sion for com­mu­nity ser­vice in 1966. A third-place award was also pre­sented in the “Best Ed­i­to­rial” con­test.

* * * Dam­age was es­ti­mated at up­wards to $15,000 fol­low­ing the fire Satur­day af­ter­noon that prac­ti­cally gut­ted the in­te­rior of the Union M.E. Church at Ch­ester.

The Rev. Isaac H. White, pas­tor, re­ported that the church mem­bers had spent ap­prox­i­mately $19,000 ren­o­vat­ing the one-story frame build­ing about two years ago.

Vol­un­teer fire­men from Kent Is­land and Grasovnille were called at 1:11 p.m. Satur­day when a pass­ing mo­torist no­ticed smoke seep­ing from the church win­dows.

The flames were con­fined to the in­te­rior of the three­room build­ing, which is across the road from the Ch­ester post of­fice. The fire ru­ined pews, the or­gan and pi­ano, hymn books, robes, vest­ments, fix­tures and the church kitchen, ac­cord­ing to Rev. White.

* * * In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice and the State Po­lice in­ten­si­fied this week fol­low­ing the ninth in a series of small fires at the Centreville Mid­dle School on Tues­day morn­ing.

None of the fires, which have been de­scribed as “de­lib­er­ately set,” have been large enough to call out the fire com­pany, but the school has been evac­u­ated on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, ac­cord­ing to Prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Pat­ton.

* * * Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, su­per­in­ten­dent of Queen Anne’s County schools for the past 15 years, has re­signed ef­fec­tive the end of this school year, June 30, 1967.

He made the an­nounce­ment this week at the reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, em­pha­siz­ing that “the de­ci­sion was not a hasty one on my part.”

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