Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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