FROM THE PAST
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.