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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Eastern Shore Bureau of The Sun | July 13, 1995
The name of John Dillow, a marine biologist with the Living Classrooms Foundation, was spelled incorrectly in an article yesterday about the planting of oysters in the Choptank River.The Sun regrets the error.HORN POINT -- Growing oysters puts nicks on your hands, mud on your shirt and strain on your back.Lift a 30-pound bag of shells out of the tank. Toss it down the line. Load it into the truck, then onto the boat, then into the water. Lift. Heave. Toss. Catch. Nine hundred bags -- about 13 1/2 tons -- make a morning's work.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a security perimeter around a waterfront Cambridge hotel this week to protect a gathering of House Democrats. House Democrats are scheduled to begin a retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, which sits on the Choptank River, on Wednesday. The Coast Guard's 500-yard "security zone" around the hotel will begin 3 a.m. Wednesday and last through Friday. The Coast Guard did not say when on Friday the perimeter would be lifted, but a spokesman said it would be "most likely sometime in the afternoon or evening.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a 500-yard perimeter around a waterfront hotel in Cambridge this week to protect an event for House Republicans. House Republicans are expected to gather an annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on the Choptank River starting Wednesday. The security perimeter will begin at 3 a.m. Wednesday and remain until 1 p.m. Friday. In addition to the 500-yard perimeter in the waters around the hotel, the security zone will also affect water traffic underneath the bridge that carries Route 50 over the river, the Coast Guard said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
CAMBRIDGE — This historic Eastern Shore city offers a glorious view of the Choptank River, but its working waterfront is a forlorn place. The once-thriving tuna canneries are long gone, and a failed port now sits at the mouth of Cambridge Creek, hosting occasional concerts and weddings. Cambridge officials are pushing a plan to revitalize the waterfront by redeveloping that parcel. They hope an Annapolis developer's plan for a $50 million mixed-use development will attract retirees and young professionals, as well as upscale stores and restaurants, and boost the city's long-struggling economy.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1999
TILGHMAN ISLAND -- The Chesapeake Bay's oldest working skipjack is lying beneath 14 feet of water near the mouth of the Choptank River.A portion of the mast and the outline of the 113-year-old Rebecca T. Ruark are visible above the heaving waves on Harris Creek. The bow is buried in sand and muck. Loaded with nearly three tons of lead ballast that shifted to the starboard side, the ship will remain pinned to the bottom until calmer winds allow an Annapolis marine salvage company to retrieve the 52-foot sailing vessel for repairs.
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August 2, 1997
A Cambridge man drowned yesterday when his boat capsized while he was making a high speed turn in the Choptank River near Cambridge, police said.Philip L. Johnson, 38, was killed at 9: 20 a.m. when he was trying to turn his power boat near the Choptank River Bridge and the boat capsized on top of him, said Nancy Howard, a spokesman for the state Natural Resources Police.Howard said Johnson's body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.Pub Date: 8/02/97
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By Capt. Bob Spore | April 12, 1991
The 1991 rockfish season has started. No, not the rockfish catching season, the rockfish spawning season.Water temperature in the Choptank hit the mid-60s earlier this week, and the mama rockfish started spewing out eggs.The stripers enter the Chesapeake in March and move toward the spawning reaches of their home river systems. Most biologists believe that if a rockfish was spawned in the Choptank River, it will spawn inthe Choptank when it reaches maturity. Some believe that the rockfish from one river system are genetically a little different than rockfish from other areas.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
CAMBRIDGE — This historic Eastern Shore city offers a glorious view of the Choptank River, but its working waterfront is a forlorn place. The once-thriving tuna canneries are long gone, and a failed port now sits at the mouth of Cambridge Creek, hosting occasional concerts and weddings. Cambridge officials are pushing a plan to revitalize the waterfront by redeveloping that parcel. They hope an Annapolis developer's plan for a $50 million mixed-use development will attract retirees and young professionals, as well as upscale stores and restaurants, and boost the city's long-struggling economy.
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By Robert M. Pennington of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | August 14, 1994
100 Years Ago* The steamer "Louise" of the Tolchester Steamboat Company will give a grand family excursion next Saturday from Annapolis as far as Tilghman's Island, the Choptank River and the Patuxent River. Music will be by the famous Fifth Regiment band. -- The Sun, Sept. 6, 1894.* The fourth annual convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Anne Arundel County was held Wednesday at the Baldwin Memorial Church with a large attendance. -- The Sun, Sept. 15, 1894.* The Annapolis City Council recently purchased 1,000 feet of fire hose for the Independent Fire Company.
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By Liz Bowie | May 24, 1991
About 40 dolphins, which apparently took an unorthodox detour on their spring journey up the Atlantic coast, were spied yesterday visiting the Choptank River near Cambridge.Armed with binoculars and cameras, a group of astonished spectators counted the dolphins as they swam past about 200 yards off the Horn Point Environmental Laboratories."It was kind of impressive. They took about an hour to pass by," said Wayne Bell, vice president for external affairs for the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, which operates the laboratories.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
A century-old skipjack oyster boat capsized during a race on the Choptank River near Cambridge on Saturday, throwing 10 people into the water and sending one of its owners to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder. The 42-foot boat, Ida May, was leading the race and closing in on the finish line when it was caught in a strong gust of wind as it was turning and was knocked over, according to Mary Sue Gladden, the wife of co-owner Gordon Gladden. "They're large and they're heavy and they have a flat bottom," Gladden said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
Steve Otten does not think about qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Not this Sunday, when the 30-year-old financial adviser from Ellicott City participates for the second straight year in the EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon in Cambridge in Dorchester County. Maybe ever, Otten said with a laugh last week. "It would be neat to think that [qualifying for the world championships] would be possible, but the athletes who do this on a larger scale on the professional side are so far beyond what I think could do," Otten said.
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March 26, 2013
President Barack Obama's designation Monday of a new national monument to Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery on a Dorchester County plantation in 1849, then helped guide scores of other slaves to freedom in the North during the decade before the Civil War, honors a small and unprepossessing African-American woman who played an outsized role in American history. Mr. Obama's proclamation sets aside the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument near the city of Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore as a historical preservation site to be administered by the National Park Service.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Independence Day means steamed crabs for many Marylanders, but the outlook for celebrating the nation's birthday with a heaping tableful of locally caught crustaceans is as iffy as the weather of late. Despite a bumper crop of crabs tallied in the Chesapeake Bay during last winter's survey, that bounty has yet to show up at local docks or seafood outlets, watermen and dealers report. The big crab houses and restaurants always stock their coolers with crabs shipped up from Louisiana or Texas, and some seafood businesses have augmented the local catch with crabs trucked in from down the bay or North Carolina.
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Tim Wheeler | March 21, 2012
Efforts to restore native oysters in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay are about to begin in earnest, as state and federal officials air plans to conduct large-scale reef rebuilding projects in Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources , along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US. Army Corps of Engineers , are scheduled to present their plans for oyster restoration work in Harris Creek from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum inSt.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
A Cambridge country club was ordered to pay an "extraordinary penalty" of $500,000 by a Dorchester County Circuit Court for discharging raw sewage into wetlands along the Choptank River that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a Thursday announcement from the state attorney general's office. BSJ Partners LLC, owner-operator of Clearview at Horn's Point, formerly known as the Cambridge Country Club, was ordered to pay a $485,000 civil penalty for environmental violations, a $15,000 penalty for failing to submit discharge monitoring reports for three years; and a $500 penalty for discovery violations.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Laura Smitherman and Timothy B. Wheeler and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporters | January 23, 2008
Legislative leaders, embarrassed by reports of lawmakers raking in a half-million dollars in contributions during last fall's special session, said yesterday they would push to close any remaining loopholes in the law forbidding fundraising whenever the General Assembly is meeting. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller reminded senators during the morning's brief legislative meeting that they should not be depositing any campaign checks during the 90-day legislative session that began Jan. 9 - even if the funds were raised before the session started.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
A Cambridge country club was ordered to pay an "extraordinary penalty" of $500,000 by a Dorchester County Circuit Court for discharging raw sewage into wetlands along the Choptank River that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a Thursday announcement from the state attorney general's office. BSJ Partners LLC, owner-operator of Clearview at Horn's Point, formerly known as the Cambridge Country Club, was ordered to pay a $485,000 civil penalty for environmental violations, a $15,000 penalty for failing to submit discharge monitoring reports for three years; and a $500 penalty for discovery violations.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
The state medical examiner's office has determined that a 71-year old Denton man whose body was found floating in the Choptank River Sunday was the victim of a homicide. An autopsy was conducted Monday. Police said that Louis R. Nichols, of the 300 block of South Fourth St., sustained multiple injuries. But the cause of Nichols' death has not been made public because police fear that the information might compromise their investigation. Nichols' body was found not far from the former Route 404 bridge near Denton around 11 a.m. Sunday.
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