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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | February 20, 1997
When people ask me what my favorite restaurant is, certainly one of the ones I always mention is Mark Henry's Chester River Inn on Kent Island. Not any longer. The main dining room closed last Saturday; the bar downstairs will serve its last meal Feb. 28.Henry was one of Baltimore's most celebrated chefs while he ran the Milton Inn's kitchen for almost seven years. He left to open his own place on the Eastern Shore in July 1994. Perhaps because of the location, perhaps because of the no-frills decor, the Chester River Inn never became the financial success it should have, given the magnificent food.
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1997
MILLINGTON -- Anthony Guessregen sees himself as just another farmer trying to eke out a living from his land. But others in this rural Kent County community, including some farmers, say the 35-year-old former fisherman from Long Island, N.Y., gives agriculture a bad name.Guessregen and his wife, Patricia, plan to raise 3,000 hogs on their 313-acre farm nearby. Rather than wallow in the mud, though, these porkers will spend four months bulking up in stalls inside a "finishing house" before being trucked to slaughter.
October 2, 1996
A picture accompanying an article in Saturday's Today section misidentified the river on which John Barth lives. The author lives on the Chester River.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 10/02/96
By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 10, 1996
This was always his home, even if Christopher Tilghman mostly lived elsewhere. He passed many summers as a youth here on this sprawling family farm with its magnificent views of the Chester River and its history nearly as old as the state of Maryland. He teaches his three boys to revel in its thousand acres.It's a wonderful place for a kid, and on this warm, late-winter day, with an explosion of buds promising spring and dark clouds suggesting an afternoon storm coming off the Chesapeake Bay, the three Tilghman boys -- ages 12, 10 and 3 -- are busy exploring.
By Rob Kasper | March 20, 1996
THERE WAS A time when I generally avoided any restaurant you couldn't drive through. That was when the kids were small. That was when, in my mind, a successful dining experience meant nothing was spilled, stained or broken. For the kids, it meant the entree came with a toy.Now the family attitude toward restaurant dining has changed. The kids, 15 and 11, are fans of eating in "real" restaurants. They like the idea of going to a place where you sit down, where a waiter serves you. And where Dad picks up the bill.
By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Sun Staff Writer | August 13, 1995
Chestertown native Shelley Lepter remembers being underwhelmed on her first trip to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia."I thought, well, they've re-created all this stuff. In Chestertown, we've got the real thing," says Mrs. Lepter, who now lives on the Chester River a few miles out of town.Chestertown, a charming town on the banks of the Chester River, does indeed have the real thing, from historic Washington College -- the 10th oldest university in the nation -- to Georgian mansions along the river to Colonial taverns and churches established in the late 1700s.
By ELIZABETH LARGE | November 20, 1994
Chester River Inn, 205 Tackle Circle, Chester, (410) 643-3886. Open Wednesdays to Mondays for lunch, Wednesdays to Sundays for dinner. Major credit cards. No smoking area: yes. Appetizers: $5.75-$7.75, entrees: $14.50-$19.75. ****I like to imagine the unsuspecting tourist who stops by the Chester River Inn for a quick supper on his way to the shore. He stands in the deserted foyer and waits, but no one comes. When he peers into the dining room, he sees that only a couple of tables are occupied.
By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Sun Staff Writer | September 24, 1994
A team of wildlife specialists set out yesterday to track down a misguided manatee, perhaps the first spotted north of the Potomac River, that has been swimming around the upper Chesapeake Bay for at least seven weeks.An effort to capture and return the docile animal to its warm Florida home could come as early as today, a federal official said.Wildlife specialists are concerned that recent heavy rains may have lowered the Chesapeake's water temperature to the point where it threatens the manatee's health.
By William Thompson and William Thompson,Eastern Shore Bureau of The Sun | September 20, 1994
KENT NARROWS -- The manatee -- Florida's official state marine mammal -- has turned up in Maryland waters for the first time.The state Department of Natural Resources is asking boaters near the Chester River and Eastern Bay to be on the lookout for, but not to approach, the 7- to 10-foot-long manatee, or "sea cow," sighted several times over the weekend.A large, aquatic creature found primarily in Florida's warm waters, the manatee is an endangered species. It surfaces to breathe and is susceptible to injury from boat hulls and propellers.
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
Maryland's stocking of largemouth bass in tidal waters this year was directed toward upper bay tributaries and rivers on the Eastern Shore, with some 260,000 fingerlings raised and released this spring.The Department of Natural Resources uses its Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery in Queen Anne's County to spawn adult bass taken from tidal waters, then allows the newborns to develop in a sympathetic environment."Fish hatcheries are needed to provide more bass for tidal waters," said DNR Secretary Torrey C. Brown, "because many more young bass are able to survive in the hatchery ponds than in the wild."
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