FROM THE PAST
The one-way plan, instituted whenever vehicles begin to back up on either side of the span, was put into effect 11 times over the past weekend — compared to six times for this same weekend a year ago.
Sunday also saw another figure topped. A total of 26,797 vehicles crossed the 4.4-mile bridge in the 24hour period, making it the heaviest day of the year. Traffic was backed up on the Eastern Shore side beginning at 3 p.m. and was not cleared entirely until 9:20 p.m.
••• Mrs. Adrienne Howard of Centreville has just returned from a six-week cruise of the Middle East, leaving Israel just hours before the fighting broke out.
Embarking on the Cunard Line’s ship Caronia on May 4, Mrs. Howard visited 18 ports but recalls most vividly the day that the members of the cruise arrival in the Holy Land. The date was May 24, and just after they arrived, a wire from President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered everyone out by 4 p.m. The visitors were out by 9 o’clock, and they later heard that the fighting had broken out the next day.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear a protest from at least 21 Kent Island citizens to the granting of two permits to operate broiler houses at an open hearing on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Court House in Centreville.
The petition entered is in the name of John Dudley Sr., and Audrey H. Sparks, Bernard H. and Julia Kibbler, Cecil and Anne Sweigler, Jack and Patricia Weston, Carl and Ellen H. Momberger, Gordon T. and Grace L. Seward, Homer M. and Margaret Respess, Arnold and June Palmer, James A. and Lula Mae Hutchinson, Elizabeth B. Sattlemaier, and Thomas J. and May Vandenberg. Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Melvin Lewis Hughes III. He is charged in connection with 10 recent break-ins, according to the sheriff’s office.
Last Wednesday, Maryland State Police obtained a warrant charging Huges with two more break-ins. Hughes has not yet been arrested. Police said he and the other suspect may have fled to Las Vegas.
••• School is out and summer fun beckons children of all ages. But what’s there to do this summer that will stimulate their minds and exercise their bodies.
But only for the children of non-working parents, or those who are home during the day to drive them to and from activities.
What do middle school children whose parents are working and are not available to take them?
This is the age when many children feel themselves too old for day care. Yet are they old enough to be left on their own?
One in five middle school students will be left home alone this summer, according to a survey of fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students in Queen Anne’s County.
With the cooperation of the Queen Anne’s County School Superintendent Joseph Shilling, the Record Observer asked all fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students in the county – Who will be watching you this summer?
There were 331 responses to the questionnaire. Of the respondents, just under 70 percent will be home with a parent, older sibling, or other relatives this summer.
••• Parking meter rates here will jump from 5 cents an hour to 25 cents beginning July 1.
Parking fines, previously $1 if paid within 24 hours, will increase to $3. All other parking fines will increase as well.
A new fine will go into effect calling for $10 fine for parking in handicapped spaces without handicapped license plate or permit.
All half-hour maximum meters will be changed to one hour maximum. The other meters will remain the same.
••• Unusually cool weather has kept crabs from filling up pots and dinner tables in their usual numbers this season, but watermen and Department of Agriculture officials expect more of them as soon as water temperatures increase.
“I think the crabs are here, they’re just not moving,” said Roy Castle, project manager of aquaculture for the Department of Agriculture.
“This weather has everything 100 percent messed up, from crabs to fish spawning,” he said. The cold blooded crabs don’t move much until the water warms up. “The temperature should be high 60s to low 70s but now it’s in the high 50s.”
••• The Queen Anne’s County school board passed an ambitious plan that will change virtually every school in the county and add three new schools by the year 1999.
Last Wednesday’s decision is based on a sevenyear “road map” that calls for a combination of new school construction and redistricting to deal with deteriorating buildings and overcrowding conditions — all of which is expected to worsen over the next seven years. Enrollment, for example, is projected to increase 37 percent during that time.