February 10, 1991
Zack Fowl gets Aberdeen's wrestling team off to a quick start. At 103 pounds, Fowl is 20-2 and has been ranked as high as third by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. During January, the sophomore wasundefeated against county competition, including a win over arch-rival Ty Long of Edgewood. Fowl won his weight class at the Aberdeen Invitational. He suffered his only loss of the month at the Gilman Duals, where he ended up third.
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.
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff writer | March 1, 1992
Zack Fowl exudes a quiet confidence.The Aberdeen junior doesn't talk much about winning another state wrestling title. But in his mind, his objective is clear."
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
The stranger showed up Tuesday morning at the Jacob family home in Sykesville in a black car with six chickens and a bundle of apologies. The mystery of the Sykesville chicken heist was solved. "I swear to you, you couldn't make this up," said Karen Jacob, counting the family's egg-laying hens Tuesday and finding that they once again added up to 20, not 14, as was the case late last Sunday. She and her husband and two sons had come home from dinner at her mother's in Glen Burnie to find someone had left a note and $40 cash at the door, and six of their 20 egg-laying hens were gone.
By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Staff Writer | March 5, 1993
Zack Fowl of Aberdeen, shooting for a third successive state championship, headlines the 27 Harford entries qualified for the wrestling championships this weekend at Western Maryland College.In the process, Fowl, a Class 2A-1A winner at 103 pounds two years ago, and a Class 4A-3A winner at 112 last year, will be after a third successive sweep of county, regional and state titles, this time at 119 pounds.Aberdeen qualified six wrestlers for the season-ending weekend, although Fowl was the only champion.
By Lem Satterfield | January 7, 1991
Aberdeen's Zach Fowl is under 5 feet tall and weighs between 103 and 112 pounds, but he can bench-press nearly twice his weight.He is a slick wrestler who has used his strength and cunning to pin 11 of 12 opponents, including 10 in the first period.Not bad for a sophomore.Only Edgewood's Ty Long -- then ranked No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association -- lasted until the third period, losing when Fowl overcame a 9-3 deficit for a pin and the John Carroll tournament title earlier this season.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2005
More intimidating than a green-eyed gator, speedier than a flapping goose, he's Zip, a streak of gray, white and black collie who hounds waterfowl at a popular Carroll County park. Sporting a short coat that dubs him a "working dog," Zip races around Westminster Community Pond, hustling honking geese into the water. The birds hiss but don't venture ashore to tangle with the wiry border collie, who so frustrates the geese that many have flown off to another watering hole. Dan Laxton, a former MCI employee, trained his 55-pound male collie to herd fowl but not hurt them.
By Michael Pakenham | July 22, 2001
The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, photographs by Tamara Staples, text by Ira Glass (Chronicle Books, 108 pages, $14.95). No one would blame you for questioning how much grace, beauty and dignity would be likely found in individual chickens. But since 1849, there have been regular, competitive poultry exhibits in the United States -- and the history of fancy fowl goes back into the dimmest past. Tamara Staples was taken to her first show in 1988 by an uncle who raises chickens seriously.
A Maryland-based national poultry watchdog association is protesting a Texas Panhandle town's plan to drop live guinea fowl from an airplane as a promotion for a community festival.The Quitaque Chamber of Commerce plans to drop two guineas from a low-flying airplane Saturday during the town's National Trails Day celebration, which celebrates the "Rails to Trails" program that established a trail through Quitaque (pronounced KIT-a-kway).Each of the birds will have a coupon good for $100 attached to its leg, and the person who catches the fowl gets the money.
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff writer | March 15, 1992
Scott Birth wanted just one thing after winning his state wrestling title last Saturday night -- dinner."It was a relief. Now I don'thave to cut weight anymore," said the Bel Air senior, who wrestled at 125 although his natural weight is about 150.But Birth, one of three county wrestlers who won state titles last weekend, earned more than just dinner for his efforts.He cappeda 24-0 season by pulling off the upset of the state tournament, heldat Western Maryland College in Westminster. In the 125-pound title bout, Birth decisioned two-time champ Craig Middledorf, a junior from Paint Branch, 10-2.
By Jim Kennedy | October 19, 2011
It's that time of year when the Canada geese are on the move. The early October nip in the air seemed to have rousted the big birds into the air and put them into their V-formations for another season. When it comes down to it, I rather like the visiting Canada geese. They leave northern Canadian places like the Ungava Peninsula (which I include only because Ungava is fun to say; similarly, the genus name for toads is fun to say, Bufo; certainly there are others, but I digress)
November 15, 2010
Three years ago, Maryland-based Perdue Farms stopped using feed treated with the antibiotic roxarsone, which contains arsenic. The company found that with better management of its flocks and contract chicken houses, the drug wasn't needed to keep chickens healthy. Unfortunately, too many in the industry have failed to follow suit. A recent study released by a Washington-based consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch found poultry available in supermarkets contains three times more arsenic than other meats.
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,sun reporter | October 21, 2007
President Bush traversed the Chesapeake Bay on an invigorating fall morning yesterday, announcing conservation measures for migratory birds while on the west side of the waterway and for striped bass on the east before getting in some fishing himself. At the national Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, the president promoted policies he said would protect habitat for 800 bird species that need resting places as they fly south for the winter and return when warm weather returns. After a helicopter ride to St. Michaels, Bush unveiled an initiative to make red drum and striped bass, known locally as rockfish, more available to sport fishermen but less accessible as a commercial catch.
By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN Reporter | July 30, 2007
ON THE POTOMAC RIVER -- An underwater jungle thrives beneath Nancy Rybicki's boat, with orange fish and exotic snails living among mounds of green hydrilla and flowering stargrass. Rybicki, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, plunges in a rake and drags up four species of aquatic plants from the water beside George Washington's Mount Vernon home. "Look at all the diversity - it's good for the fish, good for the birds," she says, fingering strands as lush as a mermaid's hair. More than two decades ago, headlines screamed of dire threats to the Potomac River from hydrilla, a fast-growing Asian plant that began spreading across the United States in the 1980s after being dumped from an aquarium into a Florida river.
By CANDUS THOMSON | May 14, 2006
This is a good news, bad news column. If you don't want to read the bad stuff over your morning coffee, start with the first item and skip over every other one. After the caffeine kicks in, go back and fill in the blanks. Good news: Menhaden may finally get a break. Tim Kaine, Virginia's new governor, has indicated he will consider capping the industrial harvest of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay while scientists investigate why there has been a drop in the species' population. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted in August to curb the taking of the fish - the primary food for striped bass - at current levels for five years and set July 1 as the deadline for compliance.
ON THE POTOMAC RIVER -- Susan Langley glides her kayak up to the slouching wooden hull of a shipwreck and tugs a wooden peg out of a wall of planks encrusted with barnacles. All around the archaeologist, the rotting ribs of more than 200 ships jut from the murky waters of a shallow bay near Nanjemoy in Southern Maryland. She's exploring one of America's largest maritime graveyards - nicknamed "the ghost fleet of Mallows Bay" - which will soon be turned into a public park and wildlife area.
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff writer | February 3, 1991
After Edgewood's wrestling team stretched its record to 7-0 a week ago, the Rams thought they could give perennial power Aberdeen a challenge Friday night.That optimism disappeared when three of the Edgewood's top wrestlers went down with injuries Tuesday. The Rams lostMinh Dang (112 pounds), Brian Kocur (135) and Corey Anderson (171), and they didn't have the depth to make up for them.Not only did the Rams not have the power to challenge Aberdeen, losing, 45-16, Friday night, but they lost Wednesday to Bel Air. With a healthy squad, Edgewood coach Chris Burns had expected to beat Bel Air."
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff writer | December 15, 1991
While Matt Slutzky will grab most of the headlines, he is not the only talented grappler in Harford County.Most coaches agree that every team has at least one wrestler who could challenge for a county title. The most competitive weight class appears to be at 125. Five ofthe county's top prospects could go in that class. Three are ranked in the top five by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.Here are the guys to watch -- a dozen of the county's best:*Scott Birth (sr., 125) Bel Air -- Last year, Birth was 26-3.
That Chicken Little sure is cute. What a cute, adorable little chicken he is. Did we mention that he's really cute? Faced with a string of underperforming films at the box office, Disney has responded by both changing the way it does business - no more traditional animation for this studio, bring on the computers! - and resorting to that hoariest of animated movie cliches, the adorable-animal flick. Chicken Little is relentlessly cute. That's the good news, and those who consider the word cute anathema may want to look for entertainment elsewhere.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2005
With their lawn chairs and laptops, they staked out spots on a shopping center parking lot well into the night. They pitched tents, played cards and strummed guitars against a steady stream of noisy traffic rushing along Route 140 in Westminster. Some brought Bibles and prayed through the balmy August night. Few slept during the 24-hour vigil. The insomnia was all for "chikin" or, more accurately, 52 coupons each from Chick-fil-A, the national fast food chain that opened its second Westminster restaurant just after dawn Wednesday.
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