Disciplined firefighter is reinstated
A firefighter with the Deale Volunteer Fire Company was reinstated as a lieutenant Wednesday after being disciplined for insubordination, a spokesman for the county Fire Department said.
The volunteer was stripped of his rank last week after arguing at a fire scene, and later at the station, with Battalion Chief Michael Schaal, said Capt. Gary Sheckells, the department spokesman.
Captain Sheckells declined to identify the volunteer, citing departmental policy, but said he is the highest-ranking officer in the Deale company.
Lt. Thomas Manifold, the senior officer at Deale, could not be reached for comment.
Deputy Chief Stephen Halford met with the volunteer Monday to discuss the incident, which occurred Friday, Captain Sheckells said.
Chief Halford determined that the incident was a "one-time occurrence" and was not related to the continuing conflict between the department and the county Volunteer Firefighters Association, Captain Sheckells said.
Cape St. Claire woman to head Md. Jaycees
A Cape St. Claire resident was elected president of the Maryland Jaycees at the recent state convention in Ocean City.
Janet Harding, a 34-year-old businesswoman and mother of five, has worked with the Jaycees for eight years.
"I first got involved because I wanted to help my community, and then I saw how much good the Jaycees could do in training future leaders," said Ms. Harding, an office manager for a company that designs corporate service programs and awards.
She started three "Just Say No" clubs on the Broadneck peninsula for elementary school children.
The Jaycees have 70 chapters in Maryland, with 3,200 members. As president, Ms. Harding will direct the state's five vice presidents.
She also represents the state on the U.S. Jaycees, the Maryland Jaycees' parent group.
Decision on dredging Shady Lake postponed
The Maryland Board of Public Works postponed Wednesday a decision on a request to dredge Shady Lake, a narrow-mouthed cove off the Severn River.
The board said it would wait until the state Department of Natural Resources had completed additional water-quality tests. Harold Cassell, wetlands administrator for the board, said the DNR should have the additional information by the end of the summer.
Jan Chandonnet, who owns a home on the 4-acre cove, has sought permission to dig a boating channel from his pier to the river.
The DNR has said the dredging could ruin Shady Lake as a nursery for young finfish and would run counter to the state's boating management and scenic-river plans, which designate the cove as an area to be protected.