50 YEARS AGO

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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

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

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.

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