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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,sun reporter | September 12, 2006
Assateague State Park, famous for its wild ponies, is being overrun by another small, hoofed animal that is eating the plants that hold back beach erosion: sika deer. To save vegetation, state wildlife managers want to whittle the population through an archery-only hunting season from Nov. 13 to Jan. 31. "We've got to do something out there," said Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "Assateague is a unique and valuable resource, and it would be irresponsible to stand by and let it be eaten alive."
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Tim Wheeler | July 12, 2013
Dolphin sightings off Maryland's Atlantic beaches have rebounded after a dismal tally last summer. Volunteers and staff of the National Aquarium spotted 113 of the marine mammals during their annual count Friday, up from just 31 seen this time last year.  They tallied sightings for three hours at four spots along the coast - at Assateague State Park's day use area and in Ocean City at 40th, 81st and 130th streets. Annual counts like Ocean City's provide marine mammal experts with snapshots of dolphin populations, as well as indications of reproduction rates and food abundance.  Aquarium staff attributed last year's lower than average count to factors such as the weather, bigger swells and food availability.
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Tim Wheeler | July 12, 2013
Dolphin sightings off Maryland's Atlantic beaches have rebounded after a dismal tally last summer. Volunteers and staff of the National Aquarium spotted 113 of the marine mammals during their annual count Friday, up from just 31 seen this time last year.  They tallied sightings for three hours at four spots along the coast - at Assateague State Park's day use area and in Ocean City at 40th, 81st and 130th streets. Annual counts like Ocean City's provide marine mammal experts with snapshots of dolphin populations, as well as indications of reproduction rates and food abundance.  Aquarium staff attributed last year's lower than average count to factors such as the weather, bigger swells and food availability.
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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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June 24, 2011
This past Sunday, Team RKL placed second overall and first in the all female team category at the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon Relay at Assateague State Park in Ocean City. Faced with very challenging ocean conditions, Robbie Reeves swam the 1/2 mile first leg of the race in 20:46. With hot and very humid conditions Kat Brady biked the 14-mile second leg in 36:13 and Lydia Johnson ran the third leg, 3.26 miles, in 25:19. The trio finished with a fantastic time of 1:23:55. Pictured in front from left, are Robbie Reeves, Kat Brady, Lydia Johnson.
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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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June 25, 2011
Joe Heldmann writes: My son, and his friends and I were riding at our place downstream from Paw Paw and they were saying how they thought it would be fun to ride in the sand. Do you know if there is a place around Assateague Island where ATV riding near the ocean is permitted? Outdoors Girl turned to Maryland Park Service Ranger Angela Baldwin (who also was one of the guardian angels on Park Quest 24/7), and here is her response: Both Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore offer many visitor services at the beach.
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September 9, 2008
Open memorial service will be held at Assateague State Park on October 5, 2008, at 11 A.M. Anyone not able to attend can have their thoughts and prayers read during service by emailing to John Shickman at jsshick adelphia.net. Arrangements made by Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main Street, Hampstead.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
The annual dolphin count takes place today in Ocean City from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers can join staff from the National Aquarium's Animal Rescue team at Assateague State Park Day Use Area (6915 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin); or at the beach on 40th Street, 81st Street or 130th Street. Last year, participants reported 113 sightings of Atlantic bottle nose dolphins off the coast of Ocean City. That number was a significantly higher than the 31 dolphins seen in 2012. There were 107 sightings in 2011, an amount that is considered relatively normal.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2000
BERLIN - More than two years after Paramount Pictures turned historic Berlin into the fictional village of Hale for the movie "Runaway Bride," the town continues to reap tourism benefits. "A day doesn't go by without someone coming in and asking about the movie," said Fran Murray, owner of Sassafras Station, an antiques, garden and gift shop. "If they didn't know it was filmed here, they do as soon as they get to town." And those people who come to Berlin, population 3,300, to see where the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere movie was filmed, typically spend money.
NEWS
June 25, 2011
Joe Heldmann writes: My son, and his friends and I were riding at our place downstream from Paw Paw and they were saying how they thought it would be fun to ride in the sand. Do you know if there is a place around Assateague Island where ATV riding near the ocean is permitted? Outdoors Girl turned to Maryland Park Service Ranger Angela Baldwin (who also was one of the guardian angels on Park Quest 24/7), and here is her response: Both Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore offer many visitor services at the beach.
EXPLORE
June 24, 2011
This past Sunday, Team RKL placed second overall and first in the all female team category at the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon Relay at Assateague State Park in Ocean City. Faced with very challenging ocean conditions, Robbie Reeves swam the 1/2 mile first leg of the race in 20:46. With hot and very humid conditions Kat Brady biked the 14-mile second leg in 36:13 and Lydia Johnson ran the third leg, 3.26 miles, in 25:19. The trio finished with a fantastic time of 1:23:55. Pictured in front from left, are Robbie Reeves, Kat Brady, Lydia Johnson.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,sun reporter | September 12, 2006
Assateague State Park, famous for its wild ponies, is being overrun by another small, hoofed animal that is eating the plants that hold back beach erosion: sika deer. To save vegetation, state wildlife managers want to whittle the population through an archery-only hunting season from Nov. 13 to Jan. 31. "We've got to do something out there," said Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "Assateague is a unique and valuable resource, and it would be irresponsible to stand by and let it be eaten alive."
NEWS
By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff | January 6, 1992
At least a dozen wild ponies at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland that drowned in the weekend storm were trapped on a narrow, unprotected spit of sand, the National Park Service says."
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2011
You made me cry. Of course I made myself cry, too. Knife wounds, insect attacks and tandoori-hot temperatures aside, my favorite story involved me and you and the outdoors. In July, during one of the hottest stretches in a summer of hot stretches, I compressed a season's worth of state park visits into one week. Twenty four parks, seven days, from Deep Creek Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. The stunt was to promote the Maryland Park Service's "Park Quest" family challenge, the best idea to come out of Annapolis since the coining of the state motto: "Manly deeds, womanly words.
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