25 YEARS AGO
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.