Early Files

150 years ago

May 11, 1872

• The election for Directors of the Kent County Railroad Co. will take place at the Court House in Chestertown next Monday. 

100 years ago

May 13, 1922

• The first rain insurance written in Kent county was that of the Washington College baseball team and American Legion this week. The policies were written by Warren & Townsend, agents, and cover a guarantee of $500 for the college team in the Southern trip while the Legion took out $200 to guarantee their big expense on May 30th. If .01 of an inch of rain falls on these dates as measured by the U.S. Weather Bureau at the places specified in policies, then the insurance is paid. The policies cost about $25 each. 

50 years ago

May 10, 1972

• Mail Box Improvement Week, a traditional observance which contributes nationally to environmental quality, will be observed May 15-20, it was announced today by Postmaster H.C. Coleman, Jr., of Chestertown. 

• Come next Tuesday's primary elections in Kent County, all Chestertown voters will be using the same polling place for the first time in modern memory.

• Action will continue for Washington College lacrosse, probably resuming on May 17. The Shore stickmen have definitely been invited to play in the college division tournament of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association which will be among eight top-seeded teams. Opponents and sites have not yet been drawn. 

• Maryland's Secretary of Natural Resources today instructed his department's law enforcement unit to "get even tougher" on violators of boat safety laws and regulations. 

• William "Nat" Stewart, resident and citizen of Rock Hall until recently, received letters of congratulation from both President and Mrs. Nixon on the advent of his 102nd birthday. He had made his home on Rock Hall Avenue until entering a nursing home in Greensboro. 

• Schedules for 1972-73 were approved in nine sports by the Washington College Athletic Council last week. The crew schedule will not be compiled until the fall. 

There are 14 soccer games, including participation in an invitational tournament; 12 cross country engagements; 22 basketball encounters, including an invitational tournament; 12 wrestling matches, also including an invitational; 11 lacrosse games with an open date; 11 track meets; 17 baseball games, two of them doubleheaders; and 14 tennis matches. 

• Aiding Washington College's 8-3 lacrosse record and national ranking this spring have been a threesome from Long Island's lacrosse "hotbed" — freshman midfielder Matt Cordrey from Manhasset, attackman Greg Lane from Levittown and defenseman Bert Cook of Garden City. 

25 years ago

May 8, 1997

• Property taxes levied by the town (Chestertown) are slated to remain unchanged for at least one more year under terms of a proposed $1.95 million municipal budget. 

• Wal-Mart's more than four-year battle to open a superstore in Kent County now appears likely to last through summer at the very least, thanks in part to a new attorney hired by Chestertown to argue its side of the issue. 

• Somebody up there must be a baseball fan. 

it would be difficult to believe otherwise. 

How else to explain this turnaround: 

Washignton College begins the season compiling an 0-6 record in Florida — where the pitchers combined on an embarrassing ERA of 12.55 and the Shoremen collectively hit .231. Then about midseason, Ed Athey, in his 37th year as coach, decides this would be his last. And then, on the final day of the season, a real "bluebird day" bursting with brilliant sunshine and mellowed by a warm and gentle breeze, Washington sweeps Gallaudet in a pair of slaughter rule-shortened games. This gives Athey his first-ever season of 20 or more victories. 

• Since the early 1990s, ranchers and farmers across the country have been hatching a new breed of burger, hoping and waiting for a market. It still looks to be many years before cowboys croon "git along little emu" or big wings replace chili dogs. 

But emu is slowly — very slowly — working its way into restaurants, including those in Kent, and gourmet food stores. The flightless emu is praised for its low fat, low cholesterol meat, soothing oil and elegant hide. And while the emu craze appears to have passed its peak a few years ago, some in these parts are still raising them, saying they expect a sagging market to bounce back. 

• The county commissioners have offered to provide $130,000 toward the cost of buying land needed for a new town park. 

The problem: the park probably will not be in town. 

A search for available property within Galena's boundaries remains unsuccessful, says the mayor, and an expanding population requires additional ball fields to accommodate the growing number of baseball, softball, T-ball and soccer teams. 

• Kent County High School midfielder Justin Berry is one of three Eastern Shore boys selected to play in the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association senior all-star game June 1 at Loyola College. He is a member of the Red and White team, as are Queen Anne's attackman Chris Campbell and Queen Anne's defenseman Ben Herr. 

10 years ago

May 10, 2012

• Councilwoman Mabel Mumford-Pautz and the late Louis Anthony will be honored as grand marshals at this year's Chestertown Tea Party Festival. 

• Talk about a momentum-builder. 

Kent County's tiny outdoor track and field team picked up its first win of the season and received scoring from nine of its athletes May 2 in the final meet of the regular season — providing the proverbial shot in the arm as the locals head to the Bayside Conference championships today. What makes last week's performances so exciting for coach Dennis Herrmann is that half of the Trojan scorers are track and field rookies. 

• Washington is headed to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association's coed dinghy national championships for the fifth year in a row.

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