FROM THE PAST
trustee of Delmarva Council of the Boy Scouts of America at a ceremony in the library of his home, Wye Plantation, on Saturday morning.
Three youths from Kent Island, representing the Explorers, Scouts and Cub Scouts, made the presentation. They were Bernie Holden, Explorer Post 495; Michael Thompson St., Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 495; and Chris Rosendale of Cub Pack 495.
• • • W.E. “Ell” Price, re-elected with opposition to the Centreville Town /commissioner board last week, was also reappointed mayor of the threemember board at the reorganization meeting Thursday night.
• • • With obvious concern for the unpopularity of the move, the County Commissioners voted Tuesday to hold hearings on a 20 percent county income tax. The hearings will be held on May 2.
At the time that such action was taken, James E. Thompson Jr., the Commissioners’ attorney, gave reporters copies of a press release from Louis L. Goldstein, State Comptroller, which says in part that “each subdivision must impose at the local level a tax of at least 20 percent of the State tax.”
• • • Mrs. Robert Horney, of Marling Farms in Chester, has been appointed as the new Post Master of the Chester Post Office to fill the vacancy created when Orem Gardney retired in July 1964 at the age of 70.
Mrs. Percy Saddler has been holding down the fort as Acting Post Master since that time. has accepted a $30,000 “buyout” on the condition that she doesn’t ask for her old job back.
Under the terms of a settlement agreement that is expected to be signed this week, Martha Dawkins will receive about $22,000 in back pay like an administrative judge ordered, but she will also receive another $8,000 for not requesting her old job. If she did, she said, the school board threatened to appeal the ruling.
••• Way back in 1968, a handful of would-be firefighters started making rounds in this southern Kent Island community, knocking on doors and scraping together funds to found what would eventually be called the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department when it officially opened in May 1972.
At a grand open house anniversary celebration held here Saturday, the firefighters took time to look back at the past 20 years while showing curious onlookers what they’ve learned.
“It was a lot of work,” said UCVFD President and cofounder Joe Hagner, as he paged through the firehouse scrapbook. “It’s hard to believe that this May 1 will be our 20th year.”
Hagner said the station started out in the tiny building which now serves as a meeting place for the Romancoke Community Association.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners told the county planning and zoning staff last Tuesday to begin reviewing controls over development before the Chesapeake Critical Area Commission goes ahead with a threatened building moratorium.
Last week, the critical area commission told county officials they have to begin tightening some long-standing loopholes in the local shoreline plan.
They gave the county 30 days to begin making corrections or face a ban on building permits along the county’s shoreline.
••• The U.S. Coast Guard is still refusing to grant a permit for what would be the ninth installment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim here, according to race organizer Fletcher Hanks.
Last year, 720 of the 884 swimmers who entered the 4.4-mile race between the two spans from Sandy Point to Stevensville had to be assisted out of the water due to unusually strong currents, according to a Coast Guard report.