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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Heading into town from the west on U.S. 40, drivers take a bridge across the Susquehanna River and cut through treetops reaching up from another world below the rumbling road. It's green down there on Garrett Island, and busy with the activity of many creatures, if not people. People have been pinning their aspirations on Garrett Island since the 1600s, when one Englishman talked about building a college there. But lately, these 198 acres are reserved chiefly for plants, trees and nonhuman actors.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Heading into town from the west on U.S. 40, drivers take a bridge across the Susquehanna River and cut through treetops reaching up from another world below the rumbling road. It's green down there on Garrett Island, and busy with the activity of many creatures, if not people. People have been pinning their aspirations on Garrett Island since the 1600s, when one Englishman talked about building a college there. But lately, these 198 acres are reserved chiefly for plants, trees and nonhuman actors.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 30, 2003
A bill to protect Cecil County's Garrett Island as a wildlife refuge was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday. The House cleared the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Act on a voice vote. "It passed all the hurdles, and no one had any objections," said Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, the Maryland 1st District Republican who sponsored the bill. Garrett Island, in the mouth of the Susquehanna River, is the only rocky island in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The island encompasses 189 acres and is about 1 1/2 miles wide.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 21, 2014
Two new sites have been added to Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway's 14th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, that takes place on April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The National Historic Tome School, on what was the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit, is a new location this year, as is Conowingo Creek Boat Launch in Conowingo. Other River Sweep sites include locations in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and Garrett Island.
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By Jennifer Blenner and Jennifer Blenner,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
A bill to protect Garrett Island in Cecil County as a wildlife refuge was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday. The House cleared the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Act on a voice vote. "It passed all the hurdles, and no one had any objections," said Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, the 1st District Republican who sponsored the bill to designate the island as a wildlife refuge. Garrett Island, in the mouth of the Susquehanna River, is the only rocky island in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The island encompasses 189 acres and is about 1 1/2 miles wide.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
GARRETT ISLAND -- A mountain rises swiftly from the middle of this island in the mouth of the Susquehanna River, towering 114 feet above the surface and marking the divide between the uplands of the river valley and the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay. A Pennsylvania developer had planned a hotel and conference center there to capitalize on the peak's expansive views of the river to the north and the bay to the south, until a local conservation group --...
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
Today the Conservation Fund, a national group that has protected 200,000 acres in the Chesapeake region, will announce the purchase of Garrett Island near the mouth of the Susquehanna River. Threatened in the 1990s by development, the mile-long, forested island has been held for the past few years by the Cecil Land Trust and private investors while the search continued for a way to put it in public ownership. The $750,000 deal brokered by the Conservation Fund will turn over the island next year to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
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By Jennifer Blenner and Jennifer Blenner,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2003
Havre de Grace officials are set to consider a plan to annex Garrett Island, a historical patch of land in the middle of the Susquehanna River, to head off any move toward developing the land. Once owned by a railroad company, Garrett Island was sold in the late 1990s to developers, sparking a grass-roots effort to protect it. The island was bought by a Harford farmer and Cecil businessman, but they say the time has come for them to recoup their investment, and they hope the city will step in. In the next four to six weeks, lawyers for the island's current owners, Peter Jay of Havre de Grace and Gary Pensell of Perryville, are expected to petition the City Council to annex the island, and the council is expected to vote quickly on the proposal.
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June 13, 2012
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, when I arrived on the shores of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace to take up residence, I cast an imperialistic eye toward a key piece of real estate: the unoccupied territory of roughly 200 acres lodged in the mouth of the Susquehanna River known as Garrett Island. In those days, the island was largely in private hands, though the State Highway Administration owned at least a right of way for the part where Route 40 crosses the river. Though nominally off limits to the general public, it was then, as it appears to be now, fairly regularly used by pleasure boaters.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2004
GARRETT ISLAND -- Over its long history, this rocky mound in the middle of the Susquehanna River has been a trading post, a fishing community, a quarry and an icehouse. And a few years ago, it seemed destined to become home to a hotel and conference center. But two local residents pooled their money, bought the island from a developer, and waited for local government to preserve it as a park. It took five years, an act of Congress and a presidential signature, but Garrett Island is now officially preserved.
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June 13, 2012
Nearly a quarter of a century ago, when I arrived on the shores of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace to take up residence, I cast an imperialistic eye toward a key piece of real estate: the unoccupied territory of roughly 200 acres lodged in the mouth of the Susquehanna River known as Garrett Island. In those days, the island was largely in private hands, though the State Highway Administration owned at least a right of way for the part where Route 40 crosses the river. Though nominally off limits to the general public, it was then, as it appears to be now, fairly regularly used by pleasure boaters.
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April 18, 2012
Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause at Applebee's on Saturday. You're invited to an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support Havre de Grace 27 Order of the Eastern Star from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee's at 991 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. For more information call Diane Smith, 410-939-2754. The annual Perryville Spring Fling will be held on May 12 at 9 a.m. This event will be held at Perryville Middle School and include a fair with craft and food vendors, kids games, entertainment, etc., sponsored by the Perryville Chamber of Commerce.
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April 12, 2012
Disturbingly, come the morning of April 21, a swarm of volunteers will have no trouble filling bag after bag with garbage collected from the banks of the Susquehanna River from the Conowingo Dam downriver to the mouth at Havre de Grace and Perryville. It's disturbing because last year a substantial amount of garbage was collected from the same river banks. And the year before that, going back quite a few years at this point. The plan is for volunteers to meet in Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, Community Park and Marina Park in Perryville, Marina Park and Octoraro Creek in Port Deposit and on Garrett Island starting at 8:30 a.m. on the 21st, a Saturday, and fan out to clean up the land along the river.
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April 11, 2012
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway 12th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, will take place in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and on Garrett Island on Saturday April 21. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 in one of the five locations for registration: Tydings Park, Havre de Grace; Community Park or the boat launch on River Road in Perryville; or Marina Park or Octoraro Creek in Port Deposit.
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April 6, 2012
Principio UMC on Route 7 in Perryville will be hosting a Lunch and Card Party on Thursday, April 12 from 11:30 to 3:30. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations must be made by Monday, April 9. Call Barbara, 410-642-3197 Join The Perryville Lions Club on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Store 19 at the Perryville Outlet to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Support the Perryville Lions Club by visiting and get a photo with the bunny for only $5. Happy Easter, Perryville!
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2004
GARRETT ISLAND -- Over its long history, this rocky mound in the middle of the Susquehanna River has been a trading post, a fishing community, a quarry and an icehouse. And a few years ago, it seemed destined to become home to a hotel and conference center. But two local residents pooled their money, bought the island from a developer, and waited for local government to preserve it as a park. It took five years, an act of Congress and a presidential signature, but Garrett Island is now officially preserved.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 21, 2014
Two new sites have been added to Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway's 14th annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day, that takes place on April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The National Historic Tome School, on what was the Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Port Deposit, is a new location this year, as is Conowingo Creek Boat Launch in Conowingo. Other River Sweep sites include locations in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and Garrett Island.
NEWS
By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
Today the Conservation Fund, a national group that has protected 200,000 acres in the Chesapeake region, will announce the purchase of Garrett Island near the mouth of the Susquehanna River. Threatened in the 1990s by development, the mile-long, forested island has been held for the past few years by the Cecil Land Trust and private investors while the search continued for a way to put it in public ownership. The $750,000 deal brokered by the Conservation Fund will turn over the island next year to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
NEWS
May 4, 2003
String of robberies, burglary reported along Route 24 Maryland State Police and Harford County sheriff's deputies are investigating a string of armed robberies along the usually quiet Forest Hill area north of Bel Air, officers said. One burglary and four armed robberies have occurred along the commercial route in the past three weeks, said Detective Sgt. Douglas Zeller of the Bel Air barracks. The burglary occurred April 12 at the Roy Rogers Family Restaurant in the 1400 block of Rockspring Road, he said.
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