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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.