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Frederick Post (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Frederick, Maryland Good morning the conservative who resists change is As valuable As the Radical who proposes it will and Ariel Durant 1986, the great Southern printing and manufacturing company vol. 99 Frederick Maryland 21701 saturday apr 5, 1986 5 Section 25 court awards Damascus Farmer staff photo by Sam you staff photo by Sam in Roland Kisner a Foreman on the Flag Valley farm stands Fay the isolating ground transformer lower right installed by farm owner Edward m. Burdette to eliminate stray voltage from Potomac Edison lines. Potomac Edison to Appeal Case by Ruth w. Ellis Montgomery Bureau chief Rockville Edison attorneys said yesterday that they Are taking preliminary Steps to Appeal a court decision awarding a Damascus Dairy Farmer in damages. Marlene Brooks Potomac Edison counsel in Hagerstown said we Are disappointed with the verdict. This was a very complicated Case and we re still analysing it the Farmer Edward m. Burdette owner of the Flag Valley farm sued the Power company for shocking his cows and lowering their milk production by thousands of pounds. After deliberating for less than three hours a sixth judicial circuit court jury returned its verdict last night Burdette and his wife did not anticipate the amount of the award. We were sur said mrs Burdette. We expected More in the neighbourhood of it was Worth All the trouble. We re Happy it came Down in our favor in their suit the Burdette asked for damage to about 100 Holstein cows at the farm on Damascus Road. Burdette said Potomac Edison wanted continued on Page a-3 last Chance for Blue Law repeal killed by David Rice news Post staff Annapolis Frederick county s last Chance to do away with its Blue Laws this year failed yesterday before the House judiciary committee. The committee which two weeks ago killed a Bill to repeal the Laws Banning sunday sales voted Down legislation yesterday that would have allowed voters in Allegany county to decide whether to repeal their Blue Laws. If the Allegany Bill had cleared the committee Frederick county legislators had planned to Amend the Bill on the floor of the House so that local voters could voice their preferences on the Issue this fall. Delegates from Howard county whose quest to repeal Blue Laws also was voted Down by the judiciary committee had planned a similar strategy before the Allegany Bill went Down in a 16-1 vote Delegate James e. Mcclellan. D chairman of the Frederick county delegation in Annap Olis said he was not surprised that the Bill for Allegany county like those for Frederick and Hoa Ard As Defeated when the first Bill goes Down that usually is a pretty Good Omen that they re All going to go Mcclellan said. But the Frederick Delegate said that next year could be the year for the Blue Law repeal measure to pass in the House of delegates with As Many As 15 delegates seeking seats in the state Senate this year and with the general turnover presented by elections the 141-member House could have As Many As 50 percent new Mem Bers next year Mcclellan said. In addition the Bill May no longer face the crotchety obstacle of judiciary com Mittee chairman Joseph e. Owens a Montgomery. Next year it could be an entirely different Ball game with the committee. You could even have a new chairman because Joe Owens is very interested in becoming speaker of the House Mcclellan said. The first year of a new Era is going to present the Best Chance of getting it he said. Seat Belt Law awaits Hughes signature associated press Annapolis beginning next july motorists will have to buckle up their seat belts or face a Fine when they travel Maryland highways. The seat Belt Bill won final approval i the legislature tuesday and needs Only the signature of gov. Harry Hughes a firm supporter to become Law. Approval of the Bill was praised by George Brosan state police superintendent who promised a vigorous enforcement policy once the Bill becomes Law. He called the Bill a significant mile Stone in our efforts to reduce the unnecessary carnage occurring on state final action came in the Senate which accepted some House of Dele Gates amendments and then passed the Bill on a 28-16 Roll Call four votes More than the 24 required for passage. The legislation will make Maryland at least the 21st state to adopt some form of mandatory seat Belt requirement the measure will apply Only to Drivers and front seat passengers. Police will be Able to charge motorists with breaking the seat Belt Law Only if they Stop the vehicle for another alleged proposed Frederick county budget includes 6.5% teacher pay hike by Karen Gardner news Post staff Frederick county s staff recommended budget for fiscal 1987 provides teachers and county employees with a 6.5 percent pay hike keeps the property tax at this year s rate and increases general expenses by 12.6 percent. The property tax rate could drop slightly when the budget is adopted by the commissioners. County commissioner Galen r. Clagett said when the budget was released yesterday adoption is expected in late May for the first time in at least 11 years the recommended budget for county schools contains the salaries positions instructional materials and equipment requested for All educational programs including special education said budget director Harold k. Keller. On the other hand the budget pro Board of education funding for teachers teacher raises no. Of new positions fy1987 6.5 42.25 fy1986 5.5% 20.00 fy1985 9.0% 30.00 on the inside classified ads.a-lm2 c-l-10 d-l-5 comics.a-10 editorials letters.a-6 obituaries funerals.v2, 5 religion.d-6-8 sports.a-7-9 to listings movies.e-l-3 postal does t provide for any new positions to the sheriffs department. Funds to pay for four new deputies were requested additional overtime pay and salary hikes account for part of the department s 8 7 proposed increase in expenses county residents a s2.26 per s100 of assessed property value and although assessments increase yearly Clagett said he expects the rate will drop because of the county s economic growth we have an aggressive program for a growing he said the budget proposal shows the county making up about s500.000 in Federal Grant losses for head Start the Job training Agency and Revenue sharing. If approved the county s expenses in 1987 would jump from 7 million to 1 million a 12.6 percent increase. Taxes at the current rate would generate 10 4 percent More than they did for this year. Most of the increase is from new construction and the growth in the Keller said. Are enjoying the fruits of a very boisterous he added. Slightly More than half the county s recommended budget 53 percent is headed for the school Board. The Board asked for 42.25 new teachers and three special education instructors and the budget includes funds for All the positions this May cause our per Pupil expenditure to Rise three or four in the state ranking of counties Keller said in All the budget gives the Board 83.25 positions and another 16.37 to the county. County agencies and the school Board asked for 125.5 new workers. County expenses for schools total s43.4 million in the proposed budget while state Aid and other sources will push that to 3 million staff photo by Susan c. Nicol the canal suffered about million damage during the flood last november. Traffic violation. A person could not be stopped simply for failing to Wear seat belts. Failure to Wear a seat Belt will not be a moving violation so violates will not get any Points on their driving records. The National conference of state Legislatures reported last week that the District of Columbia and 20 states had some form of mandatory seat Belt Law bringing about 61 percent of the american people under the require ment the Maryland Senate passed a similar Bill last year Only to see it overwhelmingly rejected by a House committee sometimes it takes elected officials a while to do what s said sen. Thomas v. Mike Miller a Prince Georges chairman of the judicial proceedings committee. Miller attributed the turnabout to increasing support for such a Law from the Public. As constituents became More aware of the value of seat belts they educated the elected Miller said. It s sort of like the Tail wagging the dog but that s the democratic i think the fact that this is an election year also probably placed a Small part in it he said canal cleanup scheduled by sus4nc. Nicol news Post staff do you like to Camp under primitive conditions 7 if so. The National Park service has a Deal Jou want to turn Down the canal suffered about Sio million damage during tre flood last november with the of government timing the Park service is asking the Pill e for help m cleaning up. As of yesterday about people have indicated interest in the cleanup Camporee planned for june. July and August according to Richard l Stan ton Park superintendent Man of those registered so far Are boy scouts girl scouts and their leaders. I m overwhelmed at the res Ponse we re Stanton sad. The Camporee originally was planned Only for june and but there Vas so much response for August that the cleanup Effort was expanded Stanton said but it won t be All work and no fun volunteers will be assigned to one of four Camps along the canal All we re asking for is a minimum of four hours of hard work every Day. Then you can go Back to the Camp put your feet up. Go fishing canoeing or he said everyone working for four hours will continued on Page a-3

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