50 YEARS AGO
The Queen Anne’s County Board of Zoning Appeals heard four hours of testimony on Tuesday night concerning the propriety of broiler houses in a residential subdivision, but no decision was reached.
The hearing was an appeal taken by 21 residents of Benton’s Pleasure, a small development on Cox Neck Road in Chester, against two permits issued by the Zoning Office allowing Mr. and Mrs. John T. Tarr and Thomas G. Parks to construct two 360 foot by 41.9 foot broiler houses on four lots in Benton’s Pleasure, which constitute a part of the 16 acres owned by them.
*** The County Commissioners have denied the Trial Magistrate’s request for authority to appoint an attorney to represent indigent offenders who, due to the seriousness of the charges against them, could receive jail sentences of more than six months.
The Magistrate, John W. Sause Jr., made this request at last week’s meeting, requesting a decision before the end of the day because of his concern over a prisoner incarcerated in the jail facing several serious charges.
The defendant, Leon Perry Hoxter, was charged on June 30, with malicious destruction of property, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Originally scheduled for trial on July 3, Hoxter was advised of his right to counsel and replied that he couldn’t afford a lawyer.
* * * After a seven and a half hour hearing, conducted in two parts, the Town of Centreville’s Board of Zoning Appeals adjourned at 11 p.m. Monday with no decision on whether or not the Lion’s Den snack bar will be allowed to continue at its present location.
The Lion’s Den is operated by John Stewart Chanaud in a building leased from Ashley Brothers, Inc., located at the apex of Railroad Avenue and Kidwell Avenue in Centreville across from the new high school.
It was opened in January, 1967 and is patronized primarily by teenagers. Prior to this use, Ashley Brothers leased the building to Ashley Gas Company for use as a display room for new and used appliances and storage for valuable parts. The original use of his building was for an electrical repair show owned and operated by A.J. Knight, who died in January 1962.
*** Two Kent Island groups — the Lions Club and the American Legion — will hold their combined annual fundraising carnival this summer from Monday, July 17, through Saturday, July 22, on the grounds of the Stevensville Middle School.
Both organizations promote and finance the welfare of the communities on Kent Island in services and activities with funds raised through this weeklong affair.
The most recent Lions activity is the purchase and development of 13 acres of land for youth and community programs of the area. The Legion post was instrumental
The first day of summer brought a thunderstorm followed by a double rainbow. After the dark clouds appeared in the sky, it was then followed with brilliant sunshine and rain. This golden wheat field of grain was luminous under the rainbow and ready for the combine harvester. The very next day the grain seeds were harvested, leaving the stalks of the plant ready be gathered into straw bales. The field of dreams holds promises at the end the rainbow spectrum.