25 YEARS AGO
Firefighters from as far away as Easton and Kent Island were called to a cattle farm in Queenstown Friday morning to battle a threealarm hay fire that took more than two hours to bring under control and sent eight people to the hospital.
The eight people treated at Memorial Hospital at Easton experienced dizziness, nausea and breathing problems, due in part to a chemical applied to the hay bales, according to Depouty Chief State Fire Marshal Al Ward.
The chemical, Bale-Fresh Hay Stabilizer, was used to preserve the large, round, one-ton hay bales. Forty percent of the chemical contains propionic acid — a skin and eye irritant. Ironically, it also was supposed to prevent the hay from catching fire.
••• A year after citizens met to try to establish an historic district in Centreville, a draft of an historic zoning ordinance has been presented to the town council.
A committee that took nearly a year to write the first