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By Kayleigh Kulp and Kayleigh Kulp,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2004
The Annapolis Maritime Museum and the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Chesapeake Chapter will hold their first joint fund-raiser tomorrow, a "beach party" to benefit the Thomas Point Lighthouse Project. The event, to be held at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environment Center in Bay Ridge, was organized to raise public awareness of what Jeff Holland, executive director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, called a "revolutionary" partnership among the museum, the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
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June 20, 2004
In Kent County Woman convicted of husband's murder seeking new trial CHESTERTOWN - A woman convicted of killing her husband during a murder-mystery weekend at a resort near St. Michaels is seeking a new trial, saying her lawyers didn't do enough to find out the real reason for her husband's death. In two days of postconviction hearings last week, lawyers William Brennan and Harry Trainor defended their strategy in the trial of Kimberly M. Hricko of Laurel. She is serving a life sentence in the 1998 death of her husband, Stephen Hricko, who prosecutors said died after he was poisoned and his suite at the resort set on fire.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
U.S. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton visited Annapolis yesterday to turn over the keys to the historic Thomas Point Lighthouse to a coalition of government and nonprofit groups. The 129-year-old beacon is the first Maryland lighthouse to be transferred out of Coast Guard ownership under a federal program approved by Congress four years ago. As lighthouse lovers and relatives of former keepers cheered and clapped, Norton signed the paperwork that gives Annapolis possession of Thomas Point, the only lighthouse of its kind in its original location in the United States.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2004
The National Park Service has given preliminary approval to a plan that would convert Thomas Point Lighthouse, a long-uninhabited historic symbol of the Chesapeake Bay, into a tourist destination. Thomas Point would be the first Maryland lighthouse transferred under a federal program shifting hundreds of lighthouses out of Coast Guard ownership. As many as 15 additional lights, including Baltimore County's Craighill Channel Lower Range, could be transferred this summer, according to park service officials.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
Preservationists were celebrating yesterday now that the Annapolis city council has voted to take possession of the historic Thomas Point Lighthouse, completing a months-long process to acquire the Chesapeake Bay landmark. The council voted 7-2 late Monday to take title of the lighthouse from the federal government in the next few months. The city then will lease the building to the nonprofit United State Lighthouse Society. The Annapolis Maritime Museum will manage the lighthouse. Alderwomen Sheila M. Tolliver and Louise Hammond voted against the resolution because, they said, they didn't like the language of the legal paperwork and feared the city could be held liable in lawsuits.
NEWS
By Luciana Lopez and Luciana Lopez,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 26, 2003
AMID THE wreckage of the Havre de Grace promenade in the wake of Tropical Storm Isabel was one structure that remained unscathed by the battering wind and rain. That's not much of a surprise, though: The Concord Point Lighthouse, a conical stone tower about 36 feet high, was made to withstand nature's worst. Built in 1827, the lighthouse is not only a draw for sightseers and historians, it's also a monument to the shipping lines that helped build Maryland. Still standing at the junction of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, Concord Point is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2003
COROLLA, N.C. - High above the marshy grasses of the Outer Banks, visitors linger on the black-iron deck of the 128-year-old Currituck Beach Lighthouse, snapping landscape photos of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. They've scaled 214 steps for this view and want to enjoy every possible angle. "It's so peaceful up here," says Felisa Hiteshew, a resident of Columbia, Md., who is here on vacation. Down below, not everything is so trouble-free. As the federal government seeks to transfer up to 300 lighthouses to new owners over the next decade, an unusual battle has developed over control of the red-brick lighthouse.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2003
Kristi Danzo and Chris Venuti have this weekend all mapped out. They started yesterday morning at a lighthouse and a lightship in Baltimore and then hustled south, stopping at a lighthouse in a state park near Washington and at four others in Southern Maryland before ending the day near Hooper Strait Lighthouse in the Eastern Shore town of St. Michaels. They barely had time for lunch. The couple planned to be back on the road this morning, making the 100-mile drive from St. Michaels to Elkton and, finally, to Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Meredith James and Meredith James,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2003
Art will be abundant this weekend in historic Old Town Alexandria, Va. Four canopy-covered blocks of King Street will be filled by more than 200 artists from around the country, displaying and selling their paintings, sculpture, prints and photography. The "Alexandria Festival of the Arts" is one of the largest art festivals in the Greater Washington area, with $15 million in art for sale, and it kicks off Alexandria's "Fall for the Arts" season. Be sure to check out Market Square on Saturday for live entertainment.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2003
Word that Thomas Point Lighthouse - one of the most recognizable symbols of the Chesapeake Bay - would be up for grabs this summer generated interest from nearly a dozen groups, including one as far away as Maine. But just one application for the historic iron-framed lighthouse arrived Monday at the National Park Service building in Washington, hand-delivered by the vice president of the U.S. Lighthouse Society on behalf of that group and its Annapolis partners. "This seems like it will be an absolutely wonderful consortium," said Dan Smith of the park service.
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