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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.

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