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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Eastern Shore Bureau of The Sun | January 9, 1992
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND -- Beach repairs resumed yesterday in the state and federal seashore parks here after state highway officials determined that the weekend northeaster had not damaged the Verrazano Bridge linking the mainland 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 Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | August 30, 1992
"What's this?" my 5-year-old asked, picking up a square, black object she had found washed ashore on the beach."I don't know," I responded immediately (and automatically, as parents sometimes do).She shook the plastic-like object, which had a thin strand of thread sticking out from each corner, and heard something rattle inside."Maybe it's still alive," she said, hopeful but puzzled."I don't know," I said again.It didn't take long for me to realize I had come to the beach ill-prepared to handle a barrage of questions from my children, who were curious about shells on the shore, birds in the air and dolphins in the surf.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2001
Three Naval Academy midshipmen were charged during the weekend after an explosive device was found on Assateague Island near a party, according to the National Park Service Police. The midshipmen were issued Code of Federal Regulations citations, supervisory park ranger William Reynolds said. One was charged by the park service with possession of an explosive device. The other two were charged with underage possession of alcohol. The midshipmen, all young men, were not arrested, and their names were not released.
NEWS
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1998
G. Howard Gillelan, outdoor writer, sportsman and conservationist who was instrumental in the creation of Assateague Island National Seashore, died of an infection Feb. 20 at his Annapolis residence. He was 81.As a journalist-photographer, Mr. Gillelan wrote hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles and 11 books, many illustrated with photographs he took, including his most recently published book, "Gunning for Sea Ducks."He also co-founded Eastern Bowhunter magazine, which later became Bowhunting, the leading national publication devoted to the subject.
NEWS
By Heather Dewar and Frank Roylance and Heather Dewar and Frank Roylance,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1998
OCEAN CITY - Assateague Island, sand-starved by Ocean City's jetties and slammed hard by a pair of back-to-back northeasters, has been gravely damaged and stands in urgent need of restoration, say the island's government stewards.Storm waters washed over a section of the island's northern end, and a portion is still submerged, said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin, after state and federal officials surveyed the island by air yesterday. "It's just absolutely flat.
NEWS
By Pat Emory and Pat Emory,Special to the Sun | September 22, 1991
For those who like to stretch a few muscles and listen for nature's cacophony of sounds in autumn, a world of adventure lies just beyond Ocean City's doorstep.Whether you like to bike, hike or paddle, walk through history, toss a line into the sea at dawn, rake the murky shoals in search of clams or just sit quietly on a sand dune, absorbing the beauty of a wild landscape as the birds flutter by, the perfect place to enjoy your time outdoors is somewhere within a 25-mile radius of Ocean City.
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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.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | February 16, 2007
Judith C. Johnson, an environmentalist who was a leader in the fight to preserve Assateague Island, died Tuesday from stroke complications at the Broadmead retirement community. She was 91. The former Judith Montgomery Colt was born in Seattle and moved to Philadelphia in 1928. She was a 1933 graduate of St. Timothy's School, then located in Catonsville, and a year later from the Pierce College of Business Administration in Philadelphia. During the 1930s, she was a secretary for a bank and private school before working as secretary and later assistant to the manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
City slickers, be forewarned. One visit to this picturesque and utterly charming town on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and even devout urbanites may be tempted to pull up roots, pack their bags and change ZIP codes. That's no exaggeration. Berlin has in recent years welcomed an influx of new residents -- nicknamed "come heres" in the local parlance. Indeed, those who discover this locale less than 10 miles from Ocean City and Assateague Island's famous ponies will find a destination that's increasingly gaining national buzz.
TRAVEL
By Rona Kobell, For The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
This would be the one where we stayed home, my husband and I agreed before the recent holidays. No Christmas flight to Texas to visit his family. No four-hour drive through the mountains to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving dinner with my dad. With two busy careers, an active 8-year-old and a toddler who had taken to saying "no night-night" when it's time for bed, we didn't have the energy. Even a low-maintenance weekend jaunt to New York on BoltBus seemed like too much work. But then the 8-year-old read "Misty of Chincoteague" that wonderful book about a horse born in the wilds of Assateague Island and raised on Chincoteague Island.
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
The crowd - thousands of men, women and children, dressed for the heat in T-shirts, shorts and bathing suits - had been waiting on the beach for hours. Finally, the ponies appeared on the opposite shore. A roar went up. And then the heavens opened. Dark clouds thundered, streaks of lightning ripped the sky, and a cold rain soaked the multitudes. For the first time in at least half a century - and, possibly, ever - the famed Chincoteague ponies made their annual swim from their refuge off the Eastern Shore to this island in Virginia on Wednesday morning in a slashing thunderstorm.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
Beth Schub started surfing with one of her uncles on Long Island when she was 13, but she went off to college in Pennsylvania and later settled there after getting married, she thought she was pretty much done with the sport. It took a move to Emerald Isle, N.C., with her husband Greg and their two young sons to get Schub back into surfing. "When they were young I stopped surfing altogether, there were too many things to carry besides the surfboard," Schub, now 62, recalled last week.
NEWS
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
By Karen Jolly Davis and Karen Jolly Davis,VIRGINIAN-PILOT | May 3, 1998
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- During this winter's storms, ocean waves peeled the veneer of civilization from Assateague Island. Tides surged against the walls of the visitors center. Man-made dunes were leveled.When the water retreated, 3 feet of shimmering sand covered the road and asphalt parking lots. The naked island had lost 100 feet of beach on the ocean side, but gained land in what formerly were bayside marshes.Assateague rolled over in the storms, reclaiming its wildness."It's almost like a living animal, the way it changes," said Marc Koenings, superintendent of Assateague National Seashore.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2002
National Park Service officials are advancing a plan to continue allowing personal watercraft such as Jet Skis in two small areas of Assateague Island, despite a temporary ban on the watercraft set to go into effect Monday at Assateague and seven other parks. The catch is that the summer season could be over before the Assateague proposal clears an elaborate federal approval process. The agency announced a permanent ban this week on the motorized watercraft at three national seashores and two national recreation areas, including Cape Cod National Seashore and the Delaware Water Gap. Temporary bans at eight other parks, including Assateague, could be reversed if individual parks adopt their own rules.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
— As the herd of wild ponies emerged on the horizon Wednesday morning, Robin Dodge looked across the water to see her childhood fantasy come true. More than 145 horses were poised at the Assateague Channel for the annual 75-yard swim, a tradition that has outlived most people on this tiny Virginia island. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," said Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband. Moments later, a voice crackled over the loudspeaker, assuring a crowd that would eventually swell to 40,000 that this was not a dream: "If you can hear me talking, you're here now. " Unlike petting Black Beauty, watching the Pony Swim of Chincoteague is a fantasy that can be lived in adulthood.
TRAVEL
By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
So as summer kicks into high gear, the crowds and traffic begin to rise to their summer peak on Coastal Highway. If you are looking for a different, and in many ways more tranquil beach experience, Assateague Island National Seashore might be the spot for you. Assateague has tons of open beach, salt marshes and of course the wild horses. Here are few tips on how to make your day trip to Assateague a unique experience that will make you feel as if you vacationed in two different places during your visit down the ocean.
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