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By WAYNE HARDIN | August 15, 1993
The sky is so clear on this morning that you can see the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge sparkling over the river at Solomons, nine miles away. Here, on Broomes Island, a slow breeze rustles the pink and yellow and red roses along Church and Oyster House roads. Tobacco plants grow in straight rows in the sandy soil near Broomes Island Road.Christine Sonnabend, 23, of Laurel, her fiance and their parents are visiting this Calvert County town, taking their boat out on the Patuxent River to run a trotline.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,Sun reporter | June 9, 2008
BROOMES ISLAND - Bernie Fowler never gave up on the river he calls his "beautiful lady." He believed in the Patuxent all through the 1960s, when effluent from sewage treatment plants began fouling the water, killing the crabs and the grasses that nurtured them. He fought for her in the 1970s, when a judge ruled that the state of Maryland and the federal government weren't doing enough to protect the river. And he was indefatigable throughout the 1980s and 1990s, when, as a state senator representing Calvert County, he introduced law after law aimed at curbing river pollution.
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August 10, 2003
On August 8, 2003 HELEN A. SEWELL of Broomes Island, MD., beloved wife of the late Clarence R. Sewell, mother of Betty L. Liddle and her husband Harold and the late Paul R. Sewell. Grandmother of Yvonne L. Johnson and David H. Liddle Sr., great-grandmother of Alison R. Apel, Lauren E. Liddle and David H. Liddle Jr., sister of the late Grace L. Denton, the late J. Tanner Barrett and the late Cora Estelle Williams. She is also survived by her godson Stephen P. Benton. Friends may call at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD., on Monday August 11, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Service will be held on Tuesday 11 A.M. at Broomes Island Weslyan Church.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2004
BROOMES ISLAND - This afternoon, Bernie Fowler, the former state senator and indefatigable Southern Maryland environmentalist, will wade into the Patuxent River in coveralls and white tennis shoes for his 17th annual clear-water test. As usual, Fowler's wife, Betty, will serve fried chicken, children will sing "Chesapeake Born" and the old-timers will swap stories of a river so clear that they could see crabs scamper across its bottom. But this year, the usually folksy event is taking on a dire tone because the Patuxent River that Gov. Harry R. Hughes promised to help save 25 years ago continues to struggle for life.
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March 17, 2004
On Tuesday, March 16, 2004, ROBERT FRANCIS MCQUEENEY of St. Leonard, MD. Beloved husband of Elaine Mc Queeney and loving father of Anne North, Rebecca Southard, Deborah Flynn, Robert Mc Queeney and Joyce Carey. Also survived by his sister, Joan Francischelli; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at the RAUSH FUNERAL HOME , 4405 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD on Thursday, March 18, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19, at Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD at 11 am. Interment church cemetery.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 15, 1998
BROOMES ISLAND -- Rough weather and a burst of algae growth dampened visibility, but not spirits, at the 11th annual "sneaker test" of water quality in the Patuxent River.Former Democratic state Sen. Bernie Fowler checked the river's clarity by wading in, hand in hand with dignitaries and squealing schoolchildren. Fowler lost sight of his toes and stopped at 35 1/2 inches deep -- not as good as last year's 44 1/2 inches, but better than average for the unscientific test.Rain and warm weather have fueled an algae bloom, marine scientists said.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2004
SUMMERTIME, Nan's Cove, Broomes Island, Patuxent River, Southern Maryland, 1956. Dixie Buck is poised with a crab net on the bow of her little skiff, ready to dip any soft crab she spies in the clear water on the grassy river bottom. That was the year the late Mrs. Buck, who spent about 70 years gazing down into the Patuxent after crabs and oysters, recalled thinking it was getting harder to see the bottom. When I interviewed her 25 years later, a six-year, $28 million study was confirming her early observations of cloudier water, which had worsened and spread throughout the Chesapeake and all its rivers.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2004
BROOMES ISLAND - This afternoon, Bernie Fowler, the former state senator and indefatigable Southern Maryland environmentalist, will wade into the Patuxent River in coveralls and white tennis shoes for his 17th annual clear-water test. As usual, Fowler's wife, Betty, will serve fried chicken, children will sing "Chesapeake Born" and the old-timers will swap stories of a river so clear that they could see crabs scamper across its bottom. But this year, the usually folksy event is taking on a dire tone because the Patuxent River that Gov. Harry R. Hughes promised to help save 25 years ago continues to struggle for life.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2001
SELBY'S LANDING -- To help restore the Chesapeake Bay's lost grasses, you have to slog through hip-deep water, sinking midway to your knees in muck, the new green plant and its roots cupped carefully in your hands. Then lean over, maybe even kneel down, and slowly lower the plant to the bottom; but don't lose your balance. Push down into the mud to create an indentation, slide your hands away to let the shoot settle in place, then gently pat it down. Now, do it again. A group of 15 environmentalists and volunteers got a taste this week of the difficulties in the up-and-down efforts to bring back at least some of the bay's vital grass beds as part of the Patuxent River Sojourn, a 42-mile canoe and kayak trip from Upper Marlboro to Broomes Island sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The sojourners paddled into Jug Bay on Tuesday afternoon, around vast stands of broad-leaved spatterdock, to a spot about a half-mile off the Prince George's County side of the Patuxent.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,Sun reporter | June 9, 2008
BROOMES ISLAND - Bernie Fowler never gave up on the river he calls his "beautiful lady." He believed in the Patuxent all through the 1960s, when effluent from sewage treatment plants began fouling the water, killing the crabs and the grasses that nurtured them. He fought for her in the 1970s, when a judge ruled that the state of Maryland and the federal government weren't doing enough to protect the river. And he was indefatigable throughout the 1980s and 1990s, when, as a state senator representing Calvert County, he introduced law after law aimed at curbing river pollution.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2004
SUMMERTIME, Nan's Cove, Broomes Island, Patuxent River, Southern Maryland, 1956. Dixie Buck is poised with a crab net on the bow of her little skiff, ready to dip any soft crab she spies in the clear water on the grassy river bottom. That was the year the late Mrs. Buck, who spent about 70 years gazing down into the Patuxent after crabs and oysters, recalled thinking it was getting harder to see the bottom. When I interviewed her 25 years later, a six-year, $28 million study was confirming her early observations of cloudier water, which had worsened and spread throughout the Chesapeake and all its rivers.
NEWS
March 17, 2004
On Tuesday, March 16, 2004, ROBERT FRANCIS MCQUEENEY of St. Leonard, MD. Beloved husband of Elaine Mc Queeney and loving father of Anne North, Rebecca Southard, Deborah Flynn, Robert Mc Queeney and Joyce Carey. Also survived by his sister, Joan Francischelli; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at the RAUSH FUNERAL HOME , 4405 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD on Thursday, March 18, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9PM. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 19, at Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD at 11 am. Interment church cemetery.
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August 10, 2003
On August 8, 2003 HELEN A. SEWELL of Broomes Island, MD., beloved wife of the late Clarence R. Sewell, mother of Betty L. Liddle and her husband Harold and the late Paul R. Sewell. Grandmother of Yvonne L. Johnson and David H. Liddle Sr., great-grandmother of Alison R. Apel, Lauren E. Liddle and David H. Liddle Jr., sister of the late Grace L. Denton, the late J. Tanner Barrett and the late Cora Estelle Williams. She is also survived by her godson Stephen P. Benton. Friends may call at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD., on Monday August 11, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Service will be held on Tuesday 11 A.M. at Broomes Island Weslyan Church.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2001
SELBY'S LANDING -- To help restore the Chesapeake Bay's lost grasses, you have to slog through hip-deep water, sinking midway to your knees in muck, the new green plant and its roots cupped carefully in your hands. Then lean over, maybe even kneel down, and slowly lower the plant to the bottom; but don't lose your balance. Push down into the mud to create an indentation, slide your hands away to let the shoot settle in place, then gently pat it down. Now, do it again. A group of 15 environmentalists and volunteers got a taste this week of the difficulties in the up-and-down efforts to bring back at least some of the bay's vital grass beds as part of the Patuxent River Sojourn, a 42-mile canoe and kayak trip from Upper Marlboro to Broomes Island sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The sojourners paddled into Jug Bay on Tuesday afternoon, around vast stands of broad-leaved spatterdock, to a spot about a half-mile off the Prince George's County side of the Patuxent.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 15, 1998
BROOMES ISLAND -- Rough weather and a burst of algae growth dampened visibility, but not spirits, at the 11th annual "sneaker test" of water quality in the Patuxent River.Former Democratic state Sen. Bernie Fowler checked the river's clarity by wading in, hand in hand with dignitaries and squealing schoolchildren. Fowler lost sight of his toes and stopped at 35 1/2 inches deep -- not as good as last year's 44 1/2 inches, but better than average for the unscientific test.Rain and warm weather have fueled an algae bloom, marine scientists said.
FEATURES
By WAYNE HARDIN | August 15, 1993
The sky is so clear on this morning that you can see the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge sparkling over the river at Solomons, nine miles away. Here, on Broomes Island, a slow breeze rustles the pink and yellow and red roses along Church and Oyster House roads. Tobacco plants grow in straight rows in the sandy soil near Broomes Island Road.Christine Sonnabend, 23, of Laurel, her fiance and their parents are visiting this Calvert County town, taking their boat out on the Patuxent River to run a trotline.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
The body of a Calvert County man who fell from a boat Sunday while fishing with friends was recovered last night from the same Patuxent River area, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police reported. Thomas Randy Westbrook, 39, of Golden Beach was fishing with four others off Broomes Island about 6 p.m. when he fell overboard, said police spokeswoman Heather Lynch.
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May 15, 2003
On Wednesday, May 14, 2003 THOMAS I. WEEMS, JR. of Prince Frederick, MD; beloved husband of M. Linda Weems; father of Laura E. Katz and her husband Richard E. and Thomas I. Weems, III and his wife Beth. He is also survived by a sister, Anna Laura Mincher. Friends may call at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Rd., Port Republic, MD on Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 9 P.M. Services will be held on Friday, May 16 11 A.M. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Prince Frederick, MD. Interment in Church Cemetery.
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