From the past

FIFTY YEARS AGO, JANUARY 6, 1971

The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners on Tuesday rescinded a resolution passed last week which requested that Queen Anne’s County be exempted from the new District Court system. The commissioners had passed the resolution, but did not mail it to the governor. They planned to wait until they heard what the governor had to say concerning the institution of the new court system at a meeting in Annapolis last Thursday.

The commissioners were concerned about how much the new court system will cost the county. When the governor repeated assurances that the state will pay the entire cost of the new court system, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners decided to go along with the plan.

The commissioners said they were pleasantly surprised to learn that the state will also pay the fees of the court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent defendants.

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The Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office requested a closed-door session with the county commissioners Tuesday afternoon to discuss legislation to provide for an Assistant State’s Attorney.

Commissioner President Leonard Smith said that State’s Attorney J. Thomas Clark made the request for an assistant because he believes his workload will increase when the new District Court system goes into effect in July. Clark claims that he could be called upon to prosecute two cases, one in Circuit Court, and one in District Court at the same time.

According to the commissioners’ attorney, the legislation discussed would be “enabling legislation.” He said the legislation, which has to be passed by the General Assembly, would allow the county to appoint an Assistant State’s Attorney.

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Centreville and Chestertown merchant Herbert Goldstein announced this week that he was giving up all his businesses in Chestertown except the Center Furniture Store and the Yardstick Store. Not affected, said Mr. Goldstein, are any of his stores in Queen Anne’s County. At present, he operates Fox’s Store and a Center Furniture Store in Centreville, and a Fox’s Store in the Kent Island Shopping Center in Stevensville.

Mr. Goldstein stated that he had been advised by his doctors to curtail some of his many activities, and that the action taken in Chestertown was the result of that advice.

25 YEARS AGO, JANUARY 5, 1996

Starting this fall, male students will join the student body of Gunston School, returning the all-girl institution to its co-educational roots. “I’ve gotten calls from Easton to Chestertown and thereabouts, and what is striking is how supportive families are at the prospect of essentially a new school at Gunston,” said Head of School Peter A. Sturtevant Jr.

In November, the school and the non-profit group IDEA — Initiative for the Development of an Eastern Shore alternative high school — formed a joint steering committee to develop a private co-educational high school serving students from Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

Starting this month, the group will work toward the goal of establishing a school with 175 students who will study under a new college preparatory curriculum. The transition process will begin this fall with male students taking classes on a daily basis.

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Fourteen candidates will compete for two nominations in the 1996 congressional district seat in the House of Representatives. In addition to incumbent Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md-1st, six other Republican and seven Democrats will run in the March 5 primary. Gilchrest, 49, is seeking his fourth term in office.

There are candidates from Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Anne Arundel, Kent, Worcester, Talbot and Dorchester counties. The First District is the largest in Maryland.

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The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Company will begin accepting applications for junior membership, starting January 14 at the firehouse. To be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 16, must maintain a 70 percent overall grade point average in school, and must live within the territory of the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Company.

Applicants must be interested in learning all he or she can about the company, the equipment, and the way the company operates.

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Eric Mills, whose work appears in Chesapeake Publishing newspapers, has written a history book entitled “Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War,” which is being published by Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers.

“For those of us fascinated by the Civil War, as well as by the lore and history of the Chesapeake Bay, there has been a gap where the two great fields of interest meet,” Mills writes. “In the nation’s defining clash, obviously the Chesapeake saw its share of excitement. It had to, by virtue of its location.”

Mills’ narrative covers events in the Chesapeake country from the months preceding the great conflict, to shortly after the death of Lincoln. Throughout the war, the Bay would be a marshy danger zone of privateers, smugglers, and spies, he said.

Compiled by Jack Shaum from Record-Observer archives.

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