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the Del­marva Light and Power of­fice.

The prop­erty is owned by Harry Stony Duffy III and his wife, Lois, who would own the park. Some 30 acres is al­ready within town lim­its, the rest must be an­nexed.

The town has one busi­ness com­mit­ted to the pro­posed park — USA Ful­fill­ment, cur­rently lo­cated on Route 301.

••• School re­dis­trict­ing wor­ries par­ents. Bar­bara Efland and her fam­ily may live in Church Hill, but she chose to work in Cen­tre­ville, send her fam­ily to the den­tist in Cen­tre­ville and even at­tend church in Cen­tre­ville.

The Eflands’ lives re­volve around Cen­tre­ville be­cause she as­sumed her chil­dren would be spend­ing their mid­dle and high school years here. But Efland and many other par­ents now worry their fam­i­lies’ lives could be turned up­side down if of­fi­cials de­cide to fol­low a sweep­ing school re­or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­posal.

Drafters of the pro­posal de­scribe it as a “road map” that in­volves shift­ing stu­dents to less pop­u­lated schools and build­ing new schools to deal with an ex­pected 37 per­cent en­roll­ment in­crease over the next 10 years.

••• Af­ter 50 years, the hor­ror is as real as yes­ter­day for Bataan Death March sur­vivor Blair Robi­nett. Cen­tre­ville res­i­dent Robi­nett, then a 22-year-old pri­vate, stared across the room as he re­mem­bers the events lead­ing up to the sur­ren­der and cap­ture of thou­sand of U.S. and Filipino troops to the Ja­panese on April 9, 1942.

“The odor of death is some­thing you never for­get,” said 72-year-old Robi­nett on Thurs­day af­ter­noon,. “You see bod­ies up and down the road ev­ery 200 or 300 feet you would see a body.”

The 65-mile march to­ward the pris­oner of war camps left a trail of an es­ti­mated 17,000 Amer­i­can and Filipino sol­diers who were ei­ther mur­dered or died from dis­ease. Thou­sands more never sur­vived the camps.

••• Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-1st, has in­tro­duced a bill that would ban the U.S. Army from in­cin­er­at­ing chem­i­cal weapons at Aberdeen Prov­ing Grounds un­til all other op­tions have been “thor­oughly eval­u­ated.”

“The good new is that right now, the army has not con­clu­sively de­cided to build an in­cin­er­a­tor at Aberdeen,” Gilchrest said. “I want to make sure that they con­tinue to look at al­ter­na­tive ways of dis­posal, and that above all, they keep the safety of our fam­i­lies first.”

So far, the army’s pro­posal to in­cin­er­ate mus­tard gas has been op­posed by res­i­dents liv­ing down­wind in Kent and north­ern Queen Anne’s coun­ties, so of who live within a 20-kilome­ter evac­u­a­tion zone.

••• She has dined with pres­i­dents,met Hitler and trav­eled the world. At age 94, El­iz­a­beth White now helps man­age her Kent Is­land farm.

As the wife of a for­eign ser­vice of­fi­cer, White has lived all over the globe.

From Venezuela to Latvia, Es­to­nia to In­dia, Mr. and Mrs. John Camp­bell White rep­re­sented their coun­try as di­plo­mats.

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