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50 YEARS AGO

The “Adopt A Fam­ily” project by the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser vices for the Christ­mas sea­son is gain­ing mo­men­tum.

The num­ber of Queen Anne’s County or­ga­ni­za­tions are help­ing make the hol­i­days a lit­tle brighter for needy fam­i­lies and ap­peal is con­tin­u­ing for funds to help in­di­vid­u­als.

Sev­eral fam­i­lies that could use help were listed in last week’s Record-ob­server and this week four more cases are noted.

Mrs. D. is a 74 year-old widow that has been mak­ing an ef­fort to live alone for the past year. She at­tempts to stay well and sur­vive on a very small So­cial Se­cu­rity in­come.

An ap­peal from a Mag­is­trate’s Court con­vic­tion back­fired Fri­day af­ter­noon for a Kent Is­land mo­torist and he ended up with dou­ble the fine and a tongue-lash­ing from Judge B. Hack­ett Turner Jr.

Christo­pher J. Rosendale,

40, Stevensville, had been found guilty on Nov. 12 be­fore Trial Mag­is­trate Wal­ter Litv­in­uck on a charge of reck­less driv­ing and was fined $50 and costs. The fine was ap­pealed to the cir­cuit court.

Be­fore Judge Turner and a jury Fri­day, Rosendale was again found guilty of the charge and the fine was set at

$100 and costs. Mo­torists us­ing Rail­road Av­enue, now one of the most heav­ily trav­eled streets in Cen­tre­ville, breathed a sigh of re­lief last week when black­top­ping op­er­a­tions be­gan.

Work­men of the David A. Bram­ble firm were forced to cease lay­ing the hot as­phalt mix early this week when the weather turned freez­ing cold. It is hoped the job can be com­pleted by the end of the week. A 21-year-old painter from Queen­stown was given 60 days in the Queen Anne’s County Jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to as­sault on a teacher fol­low­ing a dance at the Queen Anne’s County High School on Nov. 8.

Wil­liam Gene Tuel was sen­tenced to a term by Judge B. Hack­ett Turner Jr. in the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court Fri­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent caused school au­thor­i­ties to tighten up on reg­u­la­tions as to who may at­tend dances at the school in the fu­ture.

The wife of a well-known Cen­tre­ville at­tor­ney be­came Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal’s first kid­ney trans­plant pa­tient late Satur­day night and early this week was re­ported do­ing “fine.”

Mrs. Nancy Price, wife of Robert R. Price Jr., at­tor­ney for the Town Com­mis­sion­ers and the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, re­ceived the kid­ney of a Bal­ti­more lady min­utes af­ter the woman died in the hos­pi­tal Satur­day night.

The three-hour kid­ney op­er­a­tion was per­formed soon af­ter 7 p.m. Satur­day by a team of sur­geons led by Dr. Har­vey Ben­der.

The County Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion has re­jected a sug­gested amend­ment to the Com­pre­hen­sive Zon­ing Or­di­nance de­signed to de­fine air­ports in the sec­tion of the or­di­nance per­tain­ing to the “M-1” In­dus­trial Park District, call­ing it “in con­flict with the form and pur­pose” of the zon­ing law.

That un­wel­come vis­i­tor from China known as the Hong King flu has hit Queen Anne’s County as well as other coun­ties around the state, but school ab­sen­teeism has not been any higher than usual for this time of year.

Dr. Roberta Hall, deputy heath of­fi­cer for Queen Anne’s County, who also han­dles Caro­line County, said there are ap­par­ently “more cases in adults here than in Caro­line,” and that she ex­pects the peak of the flu to reach here by Christ­mas.

She said the flu-like symp­toms in­clude a sore throat, headache and gen­eral aches all over the body.

With the hol­i­day hus­tle and bus­tle keep­ing most peo­ple busy, the County Com­mis­sion­ers had no re­quests for ap­point­ments on Tues­day.

The three men an­nounced that next week’s meet­ing will be held on Mon­day be­cause Tues­day is Christ­mas Eve. Ap­point­ments or no they ex­pect a full sched­ule as they will be oc­cu­pied with ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties per­tain­ing to the end of the month, end of the quar­ter and end of the year.

‘Tis the sea­son to be giv­ing, but it turns into the sea­son for break­ing and en­ter­ing.

Christ­mas­time seems to bring out more theft than usual and two in Queen Anne’s County last week re­sulted in mer­chan­dise val­ued at more than $1,300 be­ing stolen.

State Po­lice said thieves broke into a trailer parked be­hind the Kent Is­land Shop­ping Cen­ter and took a ra­dio, two phono­graphs and 10 bi­cy­cles owned by the Western Auto store in the cen­ter.

Plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions for a new $400,000 food pro­cess­ing plant in Queen Anne’s County will go out to in­ter­ested gen­eral con­trac­tors on Dec. 20.

Ge­orge Mazur of the Ge­orge Mazur En­ter­prises Inc., of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., made the an­nounce­ment this week.

He said the new plant will be built on Bloom­ing­dale Road, near Route 50, about three miles east of Queen­stown and about 15 miles east of the Bay Bridge.

25 YEARS AGO

Less than two weeks be­fore Christ­mas, Ch­eryl Barkley and her three chil­dren lost their home to a fire.

But in the spirit of the hol­i­days, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have stepped for­ward to aid Barkley, her daugh­ter and two sons, in get­ting reestab­lished.

“There has just been so much I can’t even stop to tell you,” said Barkley, of Cen­tre­ville. “I am just over­whelmed at the re­sponse of the peo­ple.”

The Queen Anne’s County Red Cross, Good­will Fire Com­pany, Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church, Gun­ston School, a cub scout troop and the hos­pi­tal where Barkley works are just some of the groups who have stepped up.

“It’s been dev­as­tat­ing around here,” Queen An­nehills­boro Fire Chief Chris Win­stead said of the death of Phyl­lis Stacey Mul­lkin, 18.

“She’s been around here for a long time. Every­body watched her grow up.”

Mul­lkin, be­lieved to have been on her way to do shop­ping, died as a re­sult of in­juries she re­ceived in a headon crash at 2 p.m. Fri­day on Black Dog Al­ley, west of Route 328.

The daugh­ter of Wil­liam Henry Mul­lkin was a se­nior at Queen Anne’s High School. A life­long res­i­dent of Queen Anne, she was the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Queen Anne-hills­boro Vol­un­teer

Fire Com­pany. Health care re­form and the ef­fect of re­form on men­tal health care were the hot top­ics when Con­gress­man Wayne Gilchrest, R-1st, vis­ited the Cross­roads Com­mu­nity in Cen­tre­ville Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that the men­tal health care part will im­prove on the plan,” Gilchrest said. “Many of us were sur­prised at the lack of at­ten­tion in the Clin­ton pro­posal and seem­ing in­sen­si­tiv­ity to the men­tal health com­mu­nity.”

In early ver­sions of the plan, men­tal health care pro­vi­sions were lack­ing, but ef­forts from ad­vo­cate groups made leg­is­la­tors re­al­ize their er­ror.

Elves are work­ing over­time and Santa Claus is pack­ing his sleigh for his an­nual Christ­mas Eve jaunt as the count­down to Christ­mas con­tin­ues.

Chil­dren ev­ery­where are on their best be­hav­ior.

Af­ter all, they don’t want Santa to skip their house.

They have heard the sto­ries, sang their songs and watched the tele­vi­sion spe­cials about St. Nick. Now they are ex­perts on the big guy.

With just a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment, stu­dents at Church Hill and Sudlersville ele­men­tary schools shared the low­down on Santa.

The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was hon­ored for its ex­haus­tive ef­forts in crime pre­ven­tion.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Gov. Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer Crime Pre­ven­tion Award has pre­sented the depart­ment with a plaque for de­vel­op­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in pre­vent­ing crime. Deputy James M. Gos­sage also re­ceived an award for es­tab­lish­ing and pro­mot­ing crime pre­ven­tion pro­grams.

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