50 years ago, June 19, 1969

John J. Reynolds of the Army Corps of Engineers came before the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners Tuesday to discuss the dredging of the Chester River between Crumpton and Jones Landing.

Reynolds told the commissioners he would have to justify the dredging and then go to Congress for the money to finance the dredging. He said he was sure the dredging was justified.

“We’ll be glad to investigate,” he told the commissioners. He promised to send a survey party to the river within a month.

The commissioners explained that in some spots on the Chester River, there is no water at low tide.

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The voters of the town of Barclay returned Clyde H. Cecil to office as a town commissioner for the 22nd consecutive year in the annual election this week.

Mr. Cecil, the retired co-owner of the former A&C Candy Company, has been on the three-man board ever since the small farming community was incorporated in 1947.

A total of 26 ballots were cast with all three commissioners being returned to office. R. Alvin Johnson, who runs a grocery store, received 17 votes; Mr. Cecil, 16; and Ernest A. Darling, a plumber and electrician, 11 votes.

In addition, write-in votes were cast for Theodore Kimble and Raymond Wallace, 6 each; Harry Maule and Sudler Story, 5 each; Elsie O’Ferrall, 4; and Ed Casey, Norman Clough, Mark Hopkins and Howard Welch, each one.

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Past President Joe Kelly of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association installed the new officers of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Volunteer Firemen’s Association at the final meeting of the summer in the Queen Anne’s-Hillboro firehouse Friday evening.

William E. “Mike” Thompson, of Grasonville succeeded Foster C. Shahan of Millington to chair while C.E. Turner Sr. of Goodwill in Centreville was named first vice-president.

The new secretary, and automatic second vice-president, is Robert Tucker of Rock Hall.

Another new appointment was Rev. Bion E. Cecil of Grasonville’s Church of God, as association chaplain.

The two-county firefighter’s group is supporting the nomination of one of its members, T.L. Reynolds, of Queen Anne’s-Hillsboro, for the office of second vice-president.

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The Department of Chesapeake Bay Affairs urges all boatmen to navigate with extreme caution when cruising between Love Point and the Sassafras River as the U.S. Coast Guard has made numerous buoy changes marking the upper Chesapeake Chanel, which runs between the two point.

In the channel, 19 new buoys have been established, seven have been moved, one has been discontinued, the color and characteristics of one light has been changed, and 19 buoys have not been moved have had their numbers changed.

The only buoy retaining the same number is flashing white no. 1, but this has been relocated.

The buoy marked the entrance to Brewington Channel, short-long white flash no. A, has been changed to a flashing red no. 2 every two and a half seconds. The well-known red bell buoy no.2 off Swan Point Bar has been discontinued.

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Governor Marvin Mandel will meet the Queen Anne’s County officials Tuesday, June 24, over breakfast at the Kent Island Yacht Club.

The Governor’s visit is part of a four-day fact-finding tour to gain first-hand knowledge of local problems. Mandel will also visit Harford County and the other eight Shore counties.

He is scheduled to visit Kent County Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The Maryland Lady will tie up at Hubbard’s Pier in Rock Hall.

Talbot County officials will meet with the Governor for lunch on the 24th at the Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels. At seven that night the Governor is to talk with officials from Caroline County aboard his yacht at the town dock in Oxford.

25 years ago, June 15, 1994

Between the two bridges they swam by the hundreds. With rescue and assist boats ready along the outside of the swimmers and the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Natural Resources boats beyond those. The 12th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim went “swimmingly” well Sunday morning.

Water conditions were deemed “acceptable” by Coast Guard officials, who manned the command center from the deck of Hemingway’s Restaurant. At the 10 a.m. start time winds were from the south at 8 knots and the water temperature was in the mid 70s.

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Too much power, too much building, and too much strip development were the complaints about Queen Anne’s County’s updated zoning regulations Thursday.

This was the third hearing held by the county Planning Commission on the updated zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations overhauled to conform with the comprehensive plan.

But nearly 14 critics filled the hearing room, echoing that many changes are inconsistent.

“There are so many inconsistencies and outright contradictions that tis will have to be implemented by court actions,” said Rupert Friday of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He said a big developer with big bucks “could walk right through this thing.”

Friday also said he discovered eight contradictions on one zoning chart.

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When the 46th Delmarva Chicken Festival takes place at Delaware State University, Dover, Del., on June 17 and 18, there will be a lineup of continuous entertainment with appeal to all tastes and ages.

The Bay Country Gentlemen, a five-piece ensemble from Queen Anne’s County, will be among the attractions on June 17. The group performs a cross-section of country and bluegrass music and travels a four-state area to appear at fairs, festivals and private parties. Joining the Bay Country Gentleman on Friday entertainment schedule are The Marionettes, The Hub Tappers, We Three and Co., Tiffany Towns and The Sandcreek Gang.

Among the headliners on the June 18 schedule are Center Stage, The Smyrna Fire Company Band, The Banjo Dusters, The Imagemakers, the Caesar Rodney High School Show Choir and Three Guys So Far.

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Queen Anne’s County in Maryland was once contained within Kent County, Maryland. In 1674 Maryland’s General Assembly stated that every county must have a courthouse and a prison. Those for Kent County were located on Kent Island.

On May 31, 1692, resident of Kent Island passed a petition to the General Assembly asking that Kent Island could break from Kent County and become its own county. Next on June 8, 1692, residents from the north side of Chester River said that if Kent Island could separate from Kent County, then a large part of the land on the south side of the Sassafras River should be able to join the new county. No action was taken on either petition until 1695.

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It was an idea that had been brewing for about a year, said Queen Anne’s Hospice bereavement coordinator Susan Brandon. But this year the idea became a reality for 18 county children who had lost loved ones. The first county bereavement camp for children, Camp Rainbow, was held at Camp Pecometh May 20-22.

Brandon first heard about the bereavement camp from colleagues at the Hospice of Chesapeake on Anne Arundel County, whop have been sponsoring Camp Nabe for two years. The idea of the camp is to offer children a perspective on death and give them a safe haven of sorts where they can talk about their feelings with others who have experienced similar losses.

Some of the children had lost grandfathers. Some had lost fathers. And some had lost their moms. Each child was assigned an adult buddy; someone whom they could turn to when they needed a hug or a chat.

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