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September 29, 1994
The propensity of humans to tinker with the forces of nature often leads to greater problems, more complicated solutions and ever higher costs. It's a paradigm manifest in the fight to control nature and beach erosion along Maryland-Delaware vacation seashore. Now the specter is raised over the Atlantic barrier island of Assateague, which is threatened with a breakthrough by coastal storms that could bring disaster to developments along the Maryland mainland and Ocean City.The possible scenarios and remedies are discussed in an Army Corps of Engineers report that warns of a breach in the northern six miles of the sand island by powerful storms sometime in the near future.
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By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
More than three decades ago, 22-year-old Annapolis native Andy Teeling climbed aboard his 16-foot dory and embarked on an ambitious journey to circumnavigate the 450-mile coastline of the Delmarva Peninsula in a rowboat. After two months of rowing under the summer sun, and with his first semester of college beckoning him back to shore, Teeling's journey was stalled in Chincoteague, Va., 150 miles short of his goal. This week Teeling, 35 years later at age 57, finished the adventure.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau | March 25, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The House has approved a measure that would allow for the expansion of the Assateague Island National Seashore in Worcester County.The legislation, approved by voice vote yesterday, would allow the National Park Service to purchase 96 acres of the Elizabeth Woodcock estate, south of Md. 611. The rest of the 320-acre farm is expected to be largely preserved through the purchase by an environmental trust.Maryland lawmakers said the legislation was necessary to prevent commercial development of the property, owned by the late Mrs. Woodcock and located near the Verrazano Bridge, which connects Worcester County to the barrier island.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
"Once you've seen it, you've seen it," said Tom Shutt of Hershey, Pa. Still, Shutt and his wife Martha returned Wednesday to Chincoteague Island in Virginia, their seventh trip since 2000, to see "it" - a herd of wild ponies swimming from Assateague Island to Chincoteague. After 89 years, the pony swim follows a strict tradition. About 150 ponies are herded from their year-round home on Assateague Island across a channel to Chincoteague, where they are paraded through the streets to the island's carnival grounds.
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By Newport News Daily Press | July 25, 1994
What's happening at Assateague Island National Seashore on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been called "ponies on the pill."In an effort to reduce the herd, the National Park Service, which runs the seashore, has been using a dart rifle to inject mares with a contraceptive drug.Wild horses, a dying breed throughout the West, are proliferating on coastal islands from Maryland to Georgia. But scientists have determined this is not such a good thing.The horses are being blamed for disrupting the islands' ecological balance.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 5, 2006
How many of you have been to Assateague, author Larry Points asked the youngsters who were sitting cross-legged on the floor in the media center of Clemens Crossing Elementary School. About half the children raised their hands. Then he asked how many of the kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders had been to Ocean City. Many more hands stretched in the air. Points, co-author of several children's books about Assateague and the former chief of park interpretation at the Assateague Island National Seashore, urged the children to visit the island next time they were in Ocean City.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | July 30, 2006
IF CAMPING REMINDS YOU OF a bad night's sleep and mosquitoes, well, you have a good memory. But the plus side to a $500 weekend with a tent is that the budget leaves plenty of cash for adventure. The three-day trip with my husband, David, included surfing lessons, a fishing tournament and meals that were anything but freeze-dried. And we suffered zero mosquito bites, even though the place we pitched our tent is known for them in the summer. Assateague is essentially a giant sand bar. The 37-mile-long barrier island is so narrow in places you could kick a soccer ball across it. The Eastern Shore destination is known for wild ponies and sandy campsites.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1998
ASSATEAGUE -- More than 50 years after Assateague was used as a rocket target range, federal authorities are set to remove World War II munitions that were uncovered by violent wind and waves in February.While there appears to be little danger of explosion from an estimated 130 rockets and shell fragments that lie under about 2 feet of sand, officials say hauling the material to a scrap yard will ensure safety on the heavily used beach.If the weather cooperates, the project should be finished before crowds of tourists begin arriving for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer season.
FEATURES
By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,Sun Staff | November 2, 1997
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.-- On Oct. 28, 1802, after a losing fight against a seemingly perpetual storm, a Spanish ship went down in the dark of night off the coast of Assateague Island. More than 400 people drowned when the Juno sank. The ship, it is believed, carried treasure.Now and then, the sea throws up a hint of that treasure, signs that the Juno is still out there.People who wander the empty beaches up and down Assateague have gathered these pieces of evidence over the years. Fishermen have snared them in nets offshore.
NEWS
June 30, 1995
POLICE LOG* Jessup: 7300 block of Assateague Drive: A 1995 Peterbilt tractor with a trailer was stolen from Maryland Wholesale Food Center between Saturday and Sunday, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
For longer than the U.S. has been a nation, Marylanders have been horse people. George Washington raced thoroughbred horses in Annapolis in the 1750s, 100 years after the animals were first introduced to the area. A statue of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier who assisted in the founding of the American cavalry during the Revolutionary War, stands in Patterson Park. The Preakness Stakes has been run since 1875. In the 1900s, lifeguards patrolled the shores of Ocean City on horseback, looking for shipwrecks and lost swimmers.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Robert Lenox Dwight, a retired engineer who founded the National Electronics Museum and was active in the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Cylburn Arboretum, died of pneumonia March 22 at Baywoods of Annapolis. He was 91 and had lived on Gibson Island. Born in New York City, he was the son of Maitland Dwight, an attorney, and Lydia Butler Dwight, a homemaker. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, he entered Princeton University in 1941. Following Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy and entered its V-12 education program.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
A pony was struck and killed by a vehicle late Monday at Assateague Island National Seashore. The horse, a 20-year-old bay mare, stepped into the path of the car, said Rachelle Daigneault, chief of interpretation and education at Assateague. The accident happened at about 8 p.m. on Labor Day near the Verrazano bridge at the entrance to the park. Daigneault said the driver, who was visibly upset, was charged with unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. She also said that it's not extremely unusual for horses to collide with vehicles on the island.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
The final sections of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park have reopened to beachgoers after more than 100 pieces of World War II-vintage ordnance were discovered washed ashore earlier this week. Munitions experts from the Army Corps of Engineers visually inspected North Ocean Beach and southernmost portion of the state park beach and swept them with detection equipment during a two-day search for more unexploded ordnance and debris left behind by the Navy when Assateague was used for target practice.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
On a sizzling day, one of Maryland's premier summer getaways turned ghost town while an Army bomb squad exploded World War II-era munitions that had washed up at Assateague Island National Seashore. After two muffled explosions late Tuesday morning, a portion of the park reopened, including the main drag, Bayberry Drive, but ocean access and parking were limited, said a park spokeswoman, Rachelle Daigneault. "We are taking our time to make a complete assessment, but we're not anticipating any further issues," said Daigneault, who did not expect the public to cancel plans to visit the island for July 4. Campers milled about and took refuge in the cool darkness of the visitor center movie theater as an ordnance disposal unit from Aberdeen Proving Grounds collected rusted relics - more than 100 pieces - piled them in a pit dug in the soft sand and covered it with blast mats.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two men missing in waters about 15 miles off the coast of Assateague Island after their fishing boat sank a day earlier. The broken-down fishing vessel was battling 20-foot waves and 50 mph wind gusts in the Atlantic Ocean when a wave knocked North Carolina fisherman Patrick Small off the deck. From the water, Small saw another wave strike the boat, shearing off the pilot house with two other men inside, he told rescuers. The men, Walter Tate, 80, and his nephew, Stephen Tate, 60, of New Bern, N.C., were deemed lost at sea after a search at first light Thursday found nothing but debris, including the floating front half of the vessel, Coast Guard officials said.
NEWS
December 16, 1992
POLICE LOG* Jessup: 7300 block of Assateague Drive: A Maryland driver's license and a Visa credit card were stolen from a coat pocket Dec. 6. The coat's owner was not wearing the coat during the theft.
FEATURES
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
After taking a vacation from much of the mid-Atlantic coast last winter, migrating seals have been spotted making a return to Ocean City 's bays and beaches. Two or three gray or harbor seals have been spotted so far, according to reports relayed to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. The creatures typically migrate from Canada and Maine as the water cools, but during last year's mild winter, few were seen, with little explanation. Seal trackers are encouraging spectators to report and document sightings.
TRAVEL
By Rachael Pacella, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
For those in search of a calmer beach experience, nearby Assateague National Island Seashore can be a good alternative to Ocean City. And there's another perk to this great park- you can have bonfires on the beach. There is no better way to unwind than to sit around a fire with friends, eating s’mores, and looking up at the stars - which are easier to see at the park, miles away from civilization. It’s something I’ve done regularly for many years. If you’re going to have a fire on the beach, you'll need to pay an entry fee to get into the park.
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