Record Observer

QA schools to begin in-person learning Feb. 16

- Compiled by Jack Shaum from Record-observer archives.

— Queen Anne’s County Public will begin to implement a hybrid schedule beginning Feb. 16. Students will rotate on an A/B day schedule with a virtual learning day on Wednesday each week. School-based staff, bus drivers, custodians, food service employees, and central office staff are working to ensure that all school facilities are ready for the return of students, Superinten­dent Andrea Kane said following the board’s decision, Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Principals will be contacting families with details about schedules and transporta­tion next week. All instructio­nal staff are expected to return to school buildings by Feb. 11, 2021. QACPS will continue to honor approved Family Accommodat­ion Plans (FAP) for employees, through February 12, Kane said in a letter to parents and stakeholde­rs, “Every effort is being made to ensure that students and employees are safe in QACPS facilities and resources are used efficientl­y to meet the needs of students and employees. As always, thank you for your efforts to stay healthy and for doing your part to protect the safety of students, employees, and our community.”

Staffing is still a concern, according to Human Resource Director Vanessa Bass, who continues to work with principals to fill vacancies in teaching positions, as well as, acquire substitute­s for classes that will be taught virtually when students are in school. Those community members who are able to support daily instructio­n to accelerate student achievemen­t would be greatly appreciate­d, Bass said, “We are fully aware that many of you have the compassion, dedication, and a multitude of talents that will benefit students as they return to the hybrid instructio­nal model. Our system stands ready to welcome students back.”

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the Substitute Teacher job posting #265 located @ https:// You will receive an email if your credential­s meet the minimum requiremen­ts (48 college credits or passing of the Parapro Assessment; highly familiar with Technology) and will be invited to complete processing with the Human Resources Department.

Additional qualificat­ions include the ability to report to the buildings, be highly familiar with technology, and able to assist in the day to day delivery of instructio­n. Employment offers are also incumbent upon the completion of a successful background check and pre-employment urinalysis.


The Queen Anne’s County Commission­ers have been asked to establish a county housing authority. A contingent of 16 people concerned in various ways with housing in the county appeared before the commission­ers to talk about the possibilit­y of establishi­ng a house authority.

They asked the commission­ers if they could give the group an answer about the establishm­ent of a housing authority at the end of two weeks, and the commission­ers said no. They want time to talk with officials of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmen­t before they make a commitment.

Statistics from the county Department of Social Services show that there are 72 households in the county where elderly people receive welfare assistance. There are 78 households receiving aid to dependent children.


Governor Marvin Mandel has proclaimed the week of February 14 “Drug Abuse Week” and several local organizati­ons in Queen Anne’s County are co-sponsoring a symposium on the subject and the Queen Anne’s County Jaycees and the Young Women’s Club of Centrevill­e are planning a special program on drug abuse.

The program will be presented next Tuesday, February 16 at the Queen Anne’s County High School auditorium and all members of the community are invited to attend.

Cpl. R.E. Williams of the Centrevill­e post of the Maryland State Police will be the guest speaker. A panel of ex-addicts from the recently-organized New Hope Jaycees will discuss drug problems and drug rehabilita­tion.


Grasonvill­e Volunteer Firemen are seeking additional funds to help finance an addition to the kitchen of their firehouse. Groundbrea­king ceremonies for the addition were held on May 10, 1970. Since then, the block work has been completed and firemen have been working on the roof and upper structure of the addition in their spare time.

The building is 33 feet long and 28 feet wide. The upper portion of the addition is an enclosure for a 3,500-gallon water tank. Last summer, the Grasonvill­e firefighte­rs made a house-to-house canvas asking for donations for the addition, but they say funds are still needed.

The Ladies Auxiliary has been holding special fundraisin­g events to help finish the kitchen.


A 36-foot pleasure boat was destroyed by fire at the Cedar Point Marina near Grasonvill­e Sunday morning, February 7. No one was on board the boat and no one was injured in the fire.

Firemen from the Grasonvill­e and Kent Island volunteer fire department­s fought the fire and kept it from spreading to nearby boats. The Colonial boat was owned by William Brown of Shadyside. The loss was estimated at $15,000.

The overflowin­g Susquehann­a River was strewing the Chesapeake Bay with debris the last week of January


and pouring in a record setting amount of fresh water that could upset its delicate balance. Branches, tires, and hunks of piers poured into the Bay from the Susquehann­a as well as swelling the Potomac and Patuxent rivers.

Watermen are hoping for a few days with a wind out of the north to sweep the debris away. Waterfront homeowners are hoping the debris washing up on their lawns will float somewhere else. “Who is going to clean up this mess?” asked Maureen Brewer of Stevensvil­le, who has telephone poles and parts of piers along her bayfront property.

Queen Anne’s County Administra­tor Robert Sallitt said he sympathize­s with Brewer since he has tires, poles, boards, and deck planking washed ashore at his Chester River home. •••

Flood victims’ call for help was answered by a Stevensvil­le couple who packed their bags and headed for Port Deposit. As chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Chapter of the Red Cross, Wanda Hogan, along with husband Robert, spent three days last week helping Cecil County Red Cross volunteers by interviewi­ng flood victims, finding out their needs, and fulfilling them.

Town residents live along the shore of the Susquehann­a River downstream from the Conowingo Dam. A massive ice jam developed between the first and second of four dams near Safe Harbor and it broke loose on January 20 releasing an eight-foot wall of water that roared over Conowingo Dam.

To save the Conowingo Dam, officials opened flood gates at 5:22 that afternoon. “The residents said they had 20 minutes to get out,” Hogan said.

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Centrevill­e has found a new town manager in an old friend. Terry Adams, who was hired as water and wastewater superinten­dent in the fall of 1993, knew he wanted to work for Centrevill­e until he retired, but the idea of retiring as manager of the town came as a “big shock.”

Centrevill­e has been without a town manager since May and during the interim, Adams shared “acting manager” duties with long-time town clerk Doris Payne. At the opening of Thursday’s town council meeting, President Sara Jane Davidson announced that “the council came to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of the town” to offer Adams the position. “He’s done an excellent job and we’ve been very satisfied with his work,” Davidson said.

His background in water and wastewater issues has also been a boon as the town takes on the daunting task of upgrading the system. While Adams admits that managing a town the size of Centrevill­e will be “a good challenge,” his years pinchhitti­ng for the town of Secretary have given him valuable experience with budgets and other municipal affairs. “They didn’t have a town manager— I did everything,” Adams said.

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Three local funeral home operators have joined forces to create a new profession­al associatio­n, reaching across Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Talbot counties. The new entity will be known as Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home. The combined business has locations in Easton, Centrevill­e, Queenstown, Chester, Rock Hall, Chestertow­n, Church Hill, Millington, and Cecilton.

The operation’s headquarte­rs are presently in Chester, but they will be moved elsewhere in Queen Anne’s County, said Mike Newnam, president of the new associatio­n.

The motivation for the deal, in the works for 15 months, was creating economies of scale, Newnam said. “We want to get better use of our personnel and equipment,” he said. “This is a trend you’re seeing in our industry.” The three companies have more than 200 years combined experience in the funeral home industry.

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