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New build­ing per­mits along Queen Anne’s County shore­line could come to a screech­ing halt next mon­thif lo­cal laws aren’t soon changed to com­ply with Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Crit­i­cal Area leg­is­la­tion.

In a let­ter hand-de­liv­ered to Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers last Thurs­day, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion has threat­ened to stop the is­suance of build­ing per­mits for sin­gle-fam­ily homes here if amend­ments to the county’s crit­i­cal area pogram aren’t sub­mit­ted to the com­mis­sion by April 17.

The strong warn­ing from the gover­nor’s ap­pointed com­mis­sion comes al­most three years af­ter “ex­haus­tive” dis­cus­sions be­tween the two par­ties be­gan in the fall of 1989.

••• The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously adopted two de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als last Tues­day that will shape the way the Kent Nar­rows is de­vel­oped.

In ad­di­tion the com­mis­sion­ers adopted a bond bill to al­low them to sell $450,000 in bonds to fi­nance the first phase of im­porve­ments to the east side of the Kent Nar­rows.

The bonds are ex­pected to cover the en­gi­neer­ing plans, park­ing spa­ces, benches, lights and a board­walk for pedes­tri­ans. The money is ex­pected to be paid back by the busi­ness own­ers in the Kent Nar­rows.

••• An ar­chae­ol­o­gist with Maryland State His­tor­i­cal Trust, which has held up ap­proval for the con­struc­tion of a mil­lion-dol­lar ma­rina here, says the water­front area in ques­tion may have never been dredged and could be a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove of ar­ti­facts.

“We have not be able to find a record of dredg­ing (in the north­west quad­rant of the Nar­rows),” said Bruce Thomp­son, as­sis­tant state un­der­wa­ter ar­chael­o­go­ist for the His­tor­i­cal Trust. “It may be pos­sivle to find colo­nial or even pre-colo­nial ar­ti­facts here.”

• • • A Grasonville man ac­cused of shoot­ing five peo­ple at a pri­ate party in Ch­ester­town last sum­mer­pleaded guilty to those charges in Kent County Cir­cuit Court last Thurs­day.

Wil­liam Beach, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of as­sault with at­tempt to mur­der and one charge of un­law­ful use of a hand­gun. He had faced four counts of at­tempted mur­der, six counts of as­sault with in­tent to mur­der, six counts of as­sault and bat­tery, six counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, and six counts of un­law­ful use of a hand­gun dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony.

• • • On Mon­day, April 6, Centreville vot­ers will be elect­ing one coun­cil mem­ber to serve a three-year term.

The last spe­cial elec­tion in De­cem­ber brought out 3276 of 1,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers to choose from five can­di­dates. The turnout was a marked in­crease from the April 1991 elec­tion in which only one per­son ran and 25 res­i­dents voted.

Run­ning in this year’s elec­tion are David Boyles, Ann Tam­lyn, and cur­rent Coun­cil Pres­di­ent Charles Walls.

• • • A Bal­ti­more wo­man’s twoyear search for her long lost sib­lings ended with a call from the Eastern Shore.

Imag­ine the sur­prise of Nina Shuck, 24, when she got a call from her sis­ter who lives two hours away in Grasonville.

While Shuck has been search­ing for her brother and sis­ters for two years, Grasonville Brenda Lou Har­ris didn’t start her search un­til two months ago. That’s when she learned her 6-yearold son, J.R., was stricken with Grave’s dis­ease and hy­pothy­roid dis­ease.

Her search didn’t take long af­ter she gave her adop­tion pa­pers to the Howard County Depart­ment of Adop­tion. Soon she was given the name of her bi­o­log­i­cal sis­ter and called her.

Their first meet­ing took place last Thurs­day night at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Bal­ti­more where Har­ris’ son is be­ing treated.

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