FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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