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Queen Anne’s County food ser­vice em­ploy­ees through­out the state ral­lied in front of the county Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Fri­day to protest the board’s de­ci­sion to hire a man­age­ment com­pany to run the county’s food ser vices.

“DON’T SIGN THE CON­TRACT!, FIRE THE BOARD, NOT THE WORK­ERS!” chanted more than 100 food ser­vice em­ploy­ees from school dis­tricts in Mary­land and Delaware as they marched in front of the board of­fice.

••• That ras­cally wal­laby is home at last!

Af­ter a three-week jaunt through Queen­stown’s woods, Kanga was cap­tured and re­turned to her own­ers last Wed­nes­day night, with her lit­tle baby’s head peek­ing from her pouch.

Armed with nets and de­ter­mi­na­tion, Patti Trossbach and Roxie Cross of the Queen Anne’s County An­i­mal Con­trol ap­proaches the woods where Kanga, a minia­ture Kan­ga­roo, had last been sighted.

“We were bound and de­ter­mined to try to catch it”, said Cross.

Since a June 15 sight­ing, a live trap had been placed in the woods but Kanga didn’t seem to be bit­ing the bait of sweet pota­toes and ap­ples. Owner Anita Jones had also placed some “poopy” from Kanga’s mate near the trap, hop­ing a fa­mil­iar smell would at­tract her.

••• Food ser­vice man­agers around the coun­try say Mar­riott’s man­age­ment of school cafe­te­rias is good for the school’s bot­tom line, but not al­ways good for its em­ploy­ees.

Mar­riott, which serves more than 230 schools dis­tricts in the coun­try, has run the Clarence Cen­tral School District’s cafe­te­rias in New York for 12 years, ac­cord­ing to Don Lewis, food ser­vice man­ager. It took over when the school board could hardly af­ford to run its cafe­te­rias.

“They could barely break even and that’s with­out count­ing the ben­e­fits,” he said. “Since then there hasn’t been a year when they don’t make money.”

••• Win­ners were widely scat­tered around the county as judges an­nounced the names in the 2nd an­nual poster con­test pro­mot­ing the 29th Queen Anne’s County Fair to be held at the 4-H Park near Cen­tre­ville, Aug. 10-15.

The 11 young artists who cap­tured the judges’ eyes will re­ceive $250 in U.S. Sav­ings Bonds and cash from Cen­tre­ville ac­coun­tant Brent T. Car­roll, who spon­sored the event for the sec­ond year. A to­tal of 31 posters were re­ceived and will be placed in stores and of­fices around the county from now un­til the fair in Au­gust.

••• Meth­ods of farm­ing, milling, pow­er­ing ma­chin­ery and do­ing var­i­ous house­hold tasks will be set back to the roar­ing ‘20s or even to the turn of the cen­tury at the Tuck­a­hoe steam show grounds on July 10 through July 12.

The Tuck­a­hoe Steam & Gas En­gine As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. held its first show in 1974 on its 15-acre show grounds just off Route 50. The space for ex­hibits, dis­plays, de­mon­stra­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties, crafts, the flea mar­ket, trac­tor and horse pull track, train rides, build­ings, camp­ing and park­ing has grad­u­ally been in­creased to 41 acres for this year’s 19th an­nual show.

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