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night, the largest pa­rade held in Queen Anne’s County in many years, and prob­a­bly the largest on the Shore this year.

The com­mu­nity was bulging at the seams as peo­ple lined the street to watch the 42 fire units and seven ma­jorette groups pa­rade by. In­cluded were three bands and sev­eral floats.

A grand to­tal of 28 tro­phies were awarded by judges at the end of the evening.

Most col­or­ful por­tion of the pa­rade were the nu­mer­ous drum ma­jorette corps with the top prize go­ing to Wood­lawnettes of Wood­lawn, on the west­ern shore.

*** More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the tra­di­tional Fourth of July cer­e­monies hon­or­ing Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence signer Wil­liam Paca at the grave site on Wye Plan­ta­tion at 11 a.m.

The ob­ser­vance be­gan in 1961, and is co-spon­sored by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Houghton, Jr. own­ers of Wye Plan­ta­tion, and the Queen Anne’s County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. thought I had it made, and I was try­ing real hard, but the cur­rent was too much.”

Only 41 men and seven women out of 331 swim­mers man­aged to stay the 4.4-mile course be­tween the Bay Bridges un­til reach­ing the beach at Pier One Ma­rina, where they were greeted with wel­com­ing cheers, tow­els and a shower com­pli­ments of the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s en­gine 16.

Jeff Koskoff, 26, was the over­all men’s win­ner with a fin­ish­ing time of 1:47:20. The over­all women’s win­ner was 29-year-old Su­san Alt­man, who com­pleted the race in 2:07:14.

* * * From his ear­lier years as a bud­ding young jour­nal­ist to his later years as a stately town of­fi­cial, the Centreville Ci­ti­zen of The Year de­scribes his life as com­ing “full cir­cle.”

Town Coun­cil­man Dan Tabler, a 40-year mem­ber of the Centreville Lions Club, was re­cently hon­ored the club’s Ci­ti­zen of the Year — an award he had helped start more than 20 years ago.

“I feel a lit­tle bit strange to be get­ting this award, I never thought I would get some­thing like this,” said Tabler, who even voted for some­one else. “But I feel highly hon­ored that they se­lected me.”

A schol­ar­ship to Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege in his name was pre­sented to Mary Prunty of Centreville.

Seven years ago, Tabler of­fi­cially re­tired after more than 40 years in jour­nal­ism.

He wrote an ed­i­to­rial then, about “com­ing full cir­cle” in a jour­nal­ism ca­reer that be­gan at the Record Ob­server and took him to sev­eral other news­pa­pers be­fore re­turn­ing to the Centreville news­pa­per.

* * * In his quest for the elu­sive clues as to what Kent Is­land life was like as far back as 10,000 years ago, ar­chae­ol­o­gist Darrin Low­ery knew he had a chance to find lots of ar­ti­facts along the erod­ing shore­line.

So he walked around the Is­land — lit­er­ally, and picked out thou­sands of ar­ti­facts that prob­a­bly would oth­er­wise be ig­nored by the un­trained eye, or used as a skip­ping stone by most.

“It’s neat and ex­cit­ing,” said Low­ery. “But it’s hard work. You have to get down on your hands and knees and scratch around a lot.”

* * * The 285-year-old “lit­tle town by the wa­ter” cel­e­brated its 100th an­niver­sar y of in­cor­po­ra­tion July 4th with a pa­rade and a day chock full of events.

Hun­dreds came out to join the fes­tiv­i­ties. Amer­i­can flags adorned build­ings, bi­cy­cles, and were even painted on chil­dren’s faces. Del. Ron­ald Franks wore a tie which looked sus­pi­ciously like a flag as well.

While the aroma of bar­be­cued chicken drifted through the town square, vis­i­tors and res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in crab races, face paint­ing, magic shows, and were treated to a joust­ing tour­na­ment.

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