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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1996
Alice G. Harrison, matriarch of Harrison's Chesapeake House, a Tilghman Island eating and lodging establishment that was a beacon to fishermen and storytellers posing as fishermen, died Wednesday of a heart attack in the kitchen where she had happily toiled for the past 70 years. She was 92.The flamboyant and colorful Mrs. Harrison, who was called "The Grand Dame of the Chesapeake," was known more affectionately as "Miss Alice" to everyone from presidents to her less exalted regular customers.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A second newly constructed travel plaza along Interstate 95 in Maryland opened early Tuesday morning, about six weeks ahead of schedule, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The opening of the new $26 million, 30,000-square-foot Chesapeake House in Cecil County follows the January opening of the new Maryland House in Harford County. The state redesigned and rebuilt both travel plazas under a public-private partnership with Areas USA, which invested $56 million in the projects in exchange for operating rights through 2047.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
The cleanup of soil contaminated by gasoline at two travel plazas on Interstate 95 likely will cost the state $2.2 million more than estimated, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Remediation work at Maryland House in Harford County has cost $2.6 million — far more than the $800,000 planned budget for both sites, officials said. Work is getting underway to assess soil contamination at Chesapeake House in Cecil County, officials said. The final remediation costs above the initial budget will be subtracted from the rent paid by Areas USA to the state.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Sondra Harrison McGee, who co-owned and managed her family's Pier Five seafood restaurant on Pratt Street, died of a heart attack March 17 at her Marco Island, Fla., home. She was 71 and had lived in the Hampton section of Towson. Born on Tilghman Island, she was the daughter of Levin F. Harrison Jr. and Alice Garvin Harrison, who owned and operated Harrison's Chesapeake House. Her father was a charter fishing boat operator and her mother ran the popular Eastern Shore summer hotel and restaurant.
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By Peter Hermann | May 31, 2012
Maryland State Police are seeking to identify children who may have been photographed in rest rooms at two rest stops along Interstate 95 -- the Chesapeake House in Cecil County and the Maryland House in Harford County. Authorities on May 6 arrested a suspect, 28-year-old Brian Willams, of West Chester, Pa., and charged him photogaphing in a private place with purient intent and disorderly conduct. He is free on $35,000 bail and is awaiting trial. Police said their investigation has uncovered videos depicting 11 unidentified juveniles taken in rest rooms.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1995
Nine people have been charged in the alleged credit card theft of nearly $16,000 from about 175 travelers who bought Sunoco gasoline this summer at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House rest stops along Interstate 95 north of Baltimore, Maryland State Police said.A majority of the alleged thefts occurred at the service center at ++ Chesapeake House, a rest area on I-95 near North East, said Cpl. Robert Perrot, a state police investigator.A complaint from an out-of-state motorist helped state police stop the alleged thefts.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1995
Nine people have been charged in the credit card theft of nearly $16,000 from about 175 travelers who bought Sunoco gasoline this summer at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House rest stops along Interstate 95 north of Baltimore, Maryland State Police said.Most of the thefts occurred at the service center at Chesapeake House, a rest area on I-95 near North East, said Cpl. Robert Perrot, a state police investigator.A complaint from an out-of-state motorist helped state police stop the thefts.
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From The Aegis | October 15, 2012
Areas USA, the company contracted to operate the Chesapeake House travel plaza on I-95 near Perryville, as well as the Maryland House near Aberdeen, has been commended for its efforts at hiring veterans who have sought assistance at the Perry Point Medical Center. "It is so rejuvenating to know that there is a local business who appreciates the fact that I served in the military and is willing to provide me and my fellow veterans with a second chance at employment," Victor Rivera, a veteran in the Domiciliary Care Program at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said in a press release.
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September 11, 2012
Back in 2005, a manager at the Starbucks Coffee shop at the Maryland House Rest Stop on I-95 just south of the Aberdeen exit told an Aegis reporter that particular Starbucks was one of the busiest in the world. It would be easy to chalk the claim up to hyperbole, exaggeration or the inexperience of a possibly not-so-worldly coffee shop manager, but anyone who has done a little research on the subject knows the claim is far from wild. Going back years before that, Marriott, the food service giant that has the restaurant contract for the Maryland House and many other rest stops across the country, also confirmed the Harford County rest stop is among the busiest.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A favorite rest stop for millions of travelers along Interstate 95 in Maryland will reopen its doors to the public next week after receiving a $30 million makeover by the state and its private-industry partners. The new Maryland House, a 42,000-square-foot, gable-roofed and glass-enclosed structure, features nine food vendors, a tourist information center, larger bathrooms and several shops. A new Sunoco gas station on the property includes more than 40 fueling outlets with state-of-the-art pumps that speed up the fueling process.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A favorite rest stop for millions of travelers along Interstate 95 in Maryland will reopen its doors to the public next week after receiving a $30 million makeover by the state and its private-industry partners. The new Maryland House, a 42,000-square-foot, gable-roofed and glass-enclosed structure, features nine food vendors, a tourist information center, larger bathrooms and several shops. A new Sunoco gas station on the property includes more than 40 fueling outlets with state-of-the-art pumps that speed up the fueling process.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
The cleanup of soil contaminated by gasoline at two travel plazas on Interstate 95 likely will cost the state $2.2 million more than estimated, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Remediation work at Maryland House in Harford County has cost $2.6 million — far more than the $800,000 planned budget for both sites, officials said. Work is getting underway to assess soil contamination at Chesapeake House in Cecil County, officials said. The final remediation costs above the initial budget will be subtracted from the rent paid by Areas USA to the state.
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From The Aegis | October 15, 2012
Areas USA, the company contracted to operate the Chesapeake House travel plaza on I-95 near Perryville, as well as the Maryland House near Aberdeen, has been commended for its efforts at hiring veterans who have sought assistance at the Perry Point Medical Center. "It is so rejuvenating to know that there is a local business who appreciates the fact that I served in the military and is willing to provide me and my fellow veterans with a second chance at employment," Victor Rivera, a veteran in the Domiciliary Care Program at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said in a press release.
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September 11, 2012
Back in 2005, a manager at the Starbucks Coffee shop at the Maryland House Rest Stop on I-95 just south of the Aberdeen exit told an Aegis reporter that particular Starbucks was one of the busiest in the world. It would be easy to chalk the claim up to hyperbole, exaggeration or the inexperience of a possibly not-so-worldly coffee shop manager, but anyone who has done a little research on the subject knows the claim is far from wild. Going back years before that, Marriott, the food service giant that has the restaurant contract for the Maryland House and many other rest stops across the country, also confirmed the Harford County rest stop is among the busiest.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
At one minute past midnight on Sept. 16, a state landmark known by millions of motorists will go dark. Employees will say their goodbyes before the doors and off-ramps are barricaded at Maryland House, the Interstate 95 travel plaza in Harford County that opened in 1963. Within weeks, wrecking crews will level the neo-Georgian brick structure to make way for a new building, the flagship of an ambitious public-private partnership valued at a half-billion dollars. The same night, the smaller Chesapeake House in Cecil County will change as new vendors replace old ones.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
Roberta "Bobbie" Harrison, matriarch of a celebrated Tilghman Island business that includes a restaurant, inn, charter fishing fleet and seafood operations, died of cancer complications Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton. She was 74 and lived in Tilghman. Born Roberta Katharine Lambdin in Baltimore and raised on Fayette Street, she moved with her parents to a Talbot County farm in McDaniel as a 7-year-old. Her father, Robert Preston Lambdin, was a boat builder and farmer who was associated with the old Claiborne ferry, which carried autos and passengers before the construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
At one minute past midnight on Sept. 16, a state landmark known by millions of motorists will go dark. Employees will say their goodbyes before the doors and off-ramps are barricaded at Maryland House, the Interstate 95 travel plaza in Harford County that opened in 1963. Within weeks, wrecking crews will level the neo-Georgian brick structure to make way for a new building, the flagship of an ambitious public-private partnership valued at a half-billion dollars. The same night, the smaller Chesapeake House in Cecil County will change as new vendors replace old ones.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
Maryland has taken the first step toward replacing its two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore with expansive, airy welcome centers filled with amenities and operated by a company with years of experience serving travelers. The two-year, $56 million project to rebuild Maryland House and Chesapeake House as a public-private partnership with Areas USA was approved Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. The deal requires the approval of the Board of Public Works next month and review by the General Assembly.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
After 35 years in state and local government, Beverley Swaim-Staley announced in April that she would step down as Maryland's secretary of transportation, effective July 1. Appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley in September 2009, Swaim-Staley was the first woman to head MDOT, which has a $3.8 billion budget and more than 9,000 employees. She previously served as deputy transportation secretary, perhaps most memorably in 2001, when she supervised Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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By Peter Hermann | May 31, 2012
Maryland State Police are seeking to identify children who may have been photographed in rest rooms at two rest stops along Interstate 95 -- the Chesapeake House in Cecil County and the Maryland House in Harford County. Authorities on May 6 arrested a suspect, 28-year-old Brian Willams, of West Chester, Pa., and charged him photogaphing in a private place with purient intent and disorderly conduct. He is free on $35,000 bail and is awaiting trial. Police said their investigation has uncovered videos depicting 11 unidentified juveniles taken in rest rooms.
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