25 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Ida Pearl Ford has been found.

Miss Ford, now 90, never knew she was miss­ing, how­ever.

She was last seen by her niece and nephew at a fam­ily re­union in Delaware in 1946. And af­ter 46 years of on-and­off-search­ing, they fi­nally found her in a Cen­tre­ville nurs­ing home.

Fri­day morn­ing her fam­ily was get­ting ready to drive Miss Ford back to their home in Penn­syl­va­nia, but stopped by the Queen Anne’s County Record-Ob­server first to talk about their lat­est re­union.

Grayson Ford, her nephew, said they’ve been trac­ing their fam­ily tree for sev­eral years and de­cided to track down Miss Ford af­ter hear­ing that she was still alive.

••• Friends and co-work­ers of Queen Anne’s County Schools’ Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Shilling ex­pressed dis­be­lief over al­le­ga­tions sug­gest­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment and al­co­hol abuse in a multi-mil­lion dol­lar law­suit filed against him Tues­day.

“This is beyond my com­pre­hen­sion that this suit is com­ing against this man,” said Wil­liam Rankin Jr., the former pres­i­dent of the Queen Anne’s County School board who worked with Shilling up un­til July.

••• Fol­low­ing a study to find ways to make two-way traf­fic flow safer on the three-lane Bay Bridge, of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing sev­eral long-term mea­sures to make mo­torists more aware dur­ing their trek across the span.

Flash­ing warn­ing lights along the bridge sig­ni­fy­ing two-way traf­fic and flex­i­ble, stick-like lane di­viders may be in place next spring if they are ap­proved, ac­cord­ing to Tom Fre­burger, Toll Au­thor­i­ties spokesman.

••• De­spite cuts to­tal­ing $160,000 to the Eastern Shore Re­gional Li­brary sys­tem, Project READ, a lit­er­acy pro­gram for adults, will be con­tin­ued at the Queen Anne’s County Free Li­brary, at least for an­other year.

The highly suc­cess­ful pro­gram, which has been in op­er­a­tion here for the past six years, re­mains in place with Ethe­lyn Davis as the co­or­di­na­tor.

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