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By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
How do we love thee, oh small towns of Maryland? Let us count the ways. When earlier this year, a Budget Travel magazine poll named Lewisburg, W.Va., as "America's Coolest Small Town," it got us thinking: aren't Maryland's small towns worth bragging about, too? Apparently Baltimore Sun readers think so. In an online poll, we asked you to name some of the top small towns in the state, and a slew of candidates emerged. Yet one town stood out among the pack: historic Rock Hall, a scenic fishing village on the Eastern Shore.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Terence T. Finn, a retired NASA executive who boosted the Space Shuttle program and whose passion for military history fueled four books on the subject, died June 27 of a blood platelet disorder. The Eastern Shore resident was 71. Dr. Finn, a New York native, spent his working life in the Washington area as a federal employee, first as a legislative assistant to Sen. Joseph D. Tydings, a Maryland Democrat. Dr. Finn worked on Capitol Hill from 1966 to 1977, in staff positions that included senior counsel for energy, science and space at the Senate Budget Committee.
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By Scott Dance | August 6, 2012
Maryland environmental officials have placed the Eastern Shore under a drought warning, encouraging water systems, residents and businesses to restrict water use. The warning is based on rainfall levels slipping to 70 percent of normal and well levels dropping well below normal. Some streams measured as indicators are at less than 5 percent of normal flow, considered "emergency" levels, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Central Maryland, not including the area tapped into Baltimore's water system, remains under a drought watch.
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Tim Wheeler | July 14, 2014
Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade Those are the conclusions of a pair of reports released Monday by the Environmental Integrity Project. State monitoring data showed no reduction in phosphorus levels in eight waterways on the Shore from 2003 to 2013, while concentrations actually worsened in three rivers: the Nanticoke, the Sassafras, and the Transquaking.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
The new alcohol tax will harm businesses, especially on the Eastern Shore, where unemployment is already at 15 percent. The tax will also increase highway fatalities due to people driving to Delaware and other states to save 3 percent. M. Link, Baltimore
NEWS
August 16, 2010
The current flap over the Miles Point Property development in St. Michaels ("Drawing up battle plans," Aug. 16) reminds me of the old saw: What do you call someone who wants to build a cabin in the woods? That's a no good lousy developer. And what do you call someone who already owns a cabin in the woods? That's an environmentalist. Allan G. Scott, Towson
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By Scott Dance | May 10, 2012
The lower Eastern Shore, the driest part of Maryland this year, saw the most significant rainfall from the system that moved through Wednesday. Amateur weather watchers reported rainfall levels up to 1.23 inches in Wicomico County and 1.03 inches in Somerset County, according to rain-counting collaborative CoCoRaHS. National Weather Service hydrology charts show upwards of 2 inches in Worcester County, with up to 1.5 inches across Somerset and Wicomico. The lower Eastern Shore is under a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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December 24, 2011
One Maryland shore town is deciding whether to create a municipal website. Commissioners of Mardela Springs tell the Daily Times of Salisbury that they're considering a website to promote open government and to keep residents informed about events and meetings. The town currently spreads information by mailing out monthly newsletters. Commission president Stanford Robinson says the town is concerned about possible startup costs. He says it won't be able to start the site if it would cost the town $400 to $500 a year.
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August 4, 2012
In today's mail, I received what I deem to be a campaign letter from Rep. Andy Harris, paid for with taxpayer money, in which he tells potential voters of his firm defense of gun rights and other rights of sportsmen, and of the rights of women - though he doesn't elaborate upon his actions on that very important issue. I feel he should be held accountable for this type of questionable campaigning at taxpayer expense. Prompting my curiosity, I perused his voting record to find legislation he has supported on women's issues and found his support for several anti-abortion measures, including eliminating funding for abortion and co-sponsorship of a bill requiring state maternity mortality reviews and reports.
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By Justin Fenton | January 23, 2012
The recent guilty plea of a man accused of being part of the far-reaching South Side Brims Bloods gang reveals an Eastern Shore meeting between members of at least three gangs - a reminder that while gangs and drug organizations make news for warring over turf and debts, they also sometimes work together.  The meeting, according to the plea agreement, took place inQueen Anne's Countyin 2008 and included members of the Latin Kings, the Thunderguards (characterzied...
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By Jake Nevins, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
You could call it the house that canned spaghetti built, but the Penderyn Estate in Queenstown is grander than that. The 22,500-square-foot mansion was built in 1989 for Mario Boiardi, a Mid-Atlantic businessman and son of Hector Boiardi, the New York City chef who created the Chef Boyardee brand of products. The property, originally listed for $29 million, will be auctioned July 19 by DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions. Mario Boiardi, who died in 2007, and his wife, Maureen, sold the home to Morgan O'Brien , the former CEO of Nextel.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Jade Kenny is still in shock over winning Miss Maryland 2014. “I honestly never really thought it would happen,” said Kenny, 23, who represented Allegany County in the pageant and will go on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. Competing in Miss Maryland for the fourth time, Kenny won the evening gown and interview portions of the pageant and tied for first place in the talent portion, during which she did a ballet routine set to C+C Music Factory's “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
- A proposal by a Maryland congressman to block the decriminalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia has devolved into a war of words - with some D.C. advocates calling on Washingtonians to boycott the beaches of the Eastern Shore this summer in protest. Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's only Republican in Congress, set off the controversy last week by attaching an amendment to a federal funding bill that would stop the district from enforcing the decriminalization law signed by Mayor Vincent Gray in March.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
With a gentle breeze blowing and temperatures in the low 80s, it was mild for a June afternoon on the Eastern Shore, but adjacent to the main attraction at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, it was hot as blazes. John Draper stood next to a 650-pound frying pan, stirring 140 pieces of chicken in 160 gallons of bubbling soybean oil with a pair of giant tongs. His face was flushed. The hair on his forearms was singed. And as the line of hungry customers grew to 100 people and more on Friday afternoon, he pondered why he'd decided to volunteer at the 65th Delmarva Chicken Festival, which will be the last, as old-time marketing gives way to more modern demands.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
Regarding the recent article, "Phosphorus reduction in bay losing steam in places " (June 15), it is important to note that legislation addressing the issues exposed has already been drafted. Farmers are often attacked for problems that stem beyond their control. The corporations that create (and monopolize) the massive poultry industry in Maryland must be held accountable for the pollution of our Chesapeake Bay. These large companies not only own the birds raised at many of the farms in question but they also leave the responsibility of the waste to their own contract farmers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Eastern Shore Oyster Stew from Thames Street Oyster House Thames Street Oyster House is known for its impressive selection of oysters available on the half-shell and for Chef Eric Houseknecht's sophisticated food. His oyster stew is "creamy, brothy and addicting," says Thames Street's owner, Candace Beattie. It's also simple enough for anyone to make at home. Yield: About 4 1/2 cups 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup celery, diced 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup dry vermouth 1 pint shucked oysters in their liquor 1 pint cream 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste Westminster Bakers Co. oyster crackers for serving In a 2 1/2-quart pot over medium heat, slowly melt the butter.
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By Scott Dance | April 13, 2012
The Eastern Shore is under a drought watch, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Below-normal snow- and rainfall has the MDE closely observing precipitation, stream flow, groundwater levels and reservoir storage. But there are no restrictions being placed on water usage -- at least not yet. MDE encourages people to be aware of their water use and to use less water. Local water jurisdictions could place restrictions, but haven't yet, according to the department.
NEWS
February 15, 2014
The recent letter to the editor from a Baltimore doctor critical of flood insurance as a benefit for the rich ("Government offers a flood of help for the rich," Feb. 12) is a good example of how intelligent people on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay just do not understand that flood insurance touches people who have lived in towns and rural areas of the lower Eastern Shore for generations. These locals are not wealthy and many are living on the edge, especially in all of the waterman communities.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
Motorists heading back to Baltimore on Monday from the Eastern Shore after the first long holiday weekend of the summer became snarled in traffic that mostly was stop and stop for most of the evening. The Bay Bridge hotline reported that as of 11:30 p.m. Monday, there were no backups on the bridge or approaching it - an improvement over the eight-mile backup reported earlier. mary.mccauley@baltsun.com
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Severe storms brought hail and damaging winds through Maryland and much of the mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon. A tornado warning was issued until 5:15 p.m. for central Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Parole and the waters of the Severn River. Another tornado warning was issued earlier in parts of Kent and Queen Anne's counties on the Eastern Shore. Severe storms brought hail the size of golf balls and quarters to northern Montgomery County and western Howard County, according to reports received by the National Weather Service.
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