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Centreville businesses will showcase themselves at the first Centreville Town Day this weekend.
The four-hour event begins at noon Saturday. Local businesses in the downtown area will be open for food and drinks along with sidewalk sales from the local merchants, according to Bill Stoops, president of the Centreville Business Association, which is sponsoring the event.
The Queen Anne’s County High School band as well as other local school bands will perform on the Courthouse Green. Batman, Catwoman and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand to entertain the kids. The event is free.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners unanimously adopted a bill Tuesday that abolishes the now-vacant treasurer’s position — an elected office that is at least a century old.
The bill drew some fire from opponents recently who claimed that eliminating the position would also abolish part of the voters’ voice in local government.
On the other side, supporters argued that the part-time position was more of a political debut for some in an office that actually held very little power.
But the commissioners maintained that they now have a finance office and the county doesn’t need two different offices to oversee the funds.
••• The northern existing channel of the Kent Narrows probably will be dredged in time for the boating season next spring, following a tentative agreement reached between Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-1st-Md., and state, county, and marina officials here Friday.
The channel has been filling in rapidly since it last was dredged in 1988 and is a hazard to sailboats and larger power boats, according to George O’Donnell, a waterman and president of the Maryland Divers Association.
“The channel is obsolete to meet the boating needs today,” O’Donnell said. “A new channel is something we desperately need.”
Watermen and pleasure boaters alike have been asking for years for a new, straighter channel to be cut to the northwest to follow the natural curve of the Chester river. Such a channel would need much less maintenance, O’Donnell said.