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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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ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Bartlett Pear Inn is the name of Alice and Jordan Lloyd's boutique inn on Harrison Street in Easton. It's also the name of their wonderful-in-every-way restaurant on the inn's first floor. It is a superb restaurant. The atmosphere is serene and relaxing, the service achieves a rare balance of proficiency and warmth, and the food is consistently satisfying. There are moments of culinary drama, mostly at the beginning, when your senses need stimulation, and at the end, when you want a finale to whistle about on the sidewalk.
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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
By Will FespermanThe Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Two Hebron residents were charged Monday with attempted murder and assault for beating a man, attempting to carve a tattoo from his arm, and setting him on fire, police said. The victim remains in critical condition at a burn center in Baltimore, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said. The incident occurred Monday just after 1 a.m. on the 7200 block of Rockawalkin Rd. in Hebron, police said. Officials say Paul Martin Hurst, 33, of Hebron and Cary Lee Edwards, 35, of Williamsburg, Va. began beating Zachary Swanson, 31, after an argument in the Hebron residence the three men share.
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
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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...
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
The couple walked into Kent Island Jewelry first. She wore dark sunglasses, scrubs and a stethoscope draped around her neck. He was well-dressed and meticulously groomed. Trailing them was another man, in work clothes. He was looking for something special for his mother's wedding gift. "He ran me all over the store," shop owner Patricia Clowd recalled. Clowd and police now say the hunt for the perfect gift was a distraction, providing the dapper Robert Weathers an opportunity to grab a tray of diamonds from an unlocked case.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Elizabeth C. Bellavance, an educator, social activist, and patron of the academic and arts communities who was also an outspoken advocate for the Eastern Shore's Hispanic community, died July 24 of cancer at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. She was 77. "Liz was an extraordinary, extraordinary woman. I used to call her the Grand Dame of the Eastern Shore," said Kim Propeack, a lawyer who is the political and communications director for Casa de Maryland.
FEATURES
By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Jade Kenny is still in shock at becoming Miss Maryland. "I honestly never really thought it would happen," said Kenny, 23, who will go on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. Competing in the Miss Maryland pageant 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)
NEWS
July 28, 2014
If all went as planned, Gov. Martin O'Malley spent this past weekend in Iowa, his second trip to the state in a month, which puts him about two visits ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this year. His purpose is hardly a secret as he's considered a likely Democratic candidate, albeit a relatively unknown one, for a 2016 presidential run. Conventional wisdom is that candidates in Iowa say nice things about agriculture. One of the big controversies involving this year's race for a U.S. Senate seat from the Hawkeye state, for instance, was whether the Democratic candidate, Rep. Bruce Braley, threatened a lawsuit when some of his neighbor's organically-raised chickens wandered into his yard.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2014
The project seemed simple enough - build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry But 18 months after it was heralded by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the $75 million project has been stymied after prospective sites and a potential partnership fell through. Now state officials are weighing giving Green Planet Power Solutions, the California-based company chosen to build the 13.4-megawatt plant, a nearly $35 million subsidy on top of what the state previously agreed to pay for its power.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Todd Richissin | April 5, 1998
Heroin, long the leading killer among drugs in Baltimore, has crept from the inner city, arriving violently at the tidy cul-de-sacs of Maryland's suburbs and the back-road burgs of the most far-flung parts of the state.A new, cheaper, more potent brand of the drug is making the rounds. More and more, it is being snorted instead of injected, accounting in large part for the explosion in use. And it is killing more people in more parts of Maryland -- and at a younger age -- than ever.Consider:A Carroll County teen-ager, his slight frame nearly lost in a cream-colored sweater, nervously rocks in his courtroom chair as he is accused of selling the heroin that killed a schoolmate.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
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.
FEATURES
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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