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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.