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October 16, 2005
On October 13, 2005, SOMERSET R. WATERS JR., of Rye, NY; born in Owings Mills, Maryland. Funeral Services will be held at 3 P.M. on Monday, October 17, 2005 at Christs Church in Rye, NY. Interment will be 2:30 P.M. on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Rye Free Reading Room at 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.
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NEWS
May 3, 2014
As the developers of the proposed Somerset County wind farm, we feel compelled to respond to the blatant - and seemingly intentional - factual misstatements put forth in recent letters to the editor by opponents of our investment. We acknowledge that rotating wind turbines have the potential to create interference with the radar testing systems at the Patuxent Naval Air Station. But the extensive study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratories funded by Pax River concluded that's there's a simple solution to the potential interference: Don't allow the turbines to operate when the Navy wants to do its radar testing.
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NEWS
January 7, 1992
J. Lowell Stoltzfus, a Republican member of the House of Delegates from Somerset County, was appointed to the state Senate yesterday by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.Mr. Stoltzfus, 42, replaces Lewis R. Riley, who resigned to become deputy secretary of agriculture.The district includes Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The Republican central committees from the three counties recommended three candidates for the job.Mr. Schaefer chose Mr. Stoltzfus over Reginald Hancock, a Worcester County commissioner, and William Russell, chairman of the Wicomico County Central Committee.
NEWS
May 2, 2014
The Great Bay Wind Energy installation in Somerset County on the Lower Eastern Shore is a major construction project requiring additions to existing high voltage lines, the construction of access roads, and other support structures. It also presents an opportunity to develop industries ancillary to the direct operation of wind energy projects within and far beyond Maryland. The economic impact of the Great Bay project occurs in both the initial construction phase and the subsequent operation and maintenance phase.
NEWS
May 3, 1991
A three-month investigation has resulted in the largest drug raid in Somerset County history and the arrests of 39 people, authorities say.More than 100 state, county and municipal police executed search-and-seizure warrants in two areas of the county yesterday in response to complaints about illegal drug activity.In Crisfield, 18 people were arrested on distribution and cocaine possession charges. In the Greenwood section of Princess Anne, 21 people were arrested on charges of cocaine distribution and possession.
BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 4, 1991
Crisfield -- A breeze coming off the bay was welcome relief to Gorman Abbott as he served up plate after plate of fried clams to the people who jammed the Somer's Cove Marina last month.The annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clambake, which drew almost 5,000 people, is Somerset County at its crab, clam and oyster, corn, beer and bayside best. But like a beautiful coat worn only once a year, the festival deceives. Its abundant natural beauty notwithstanding, Crisfield sits at the southern end of one Maryland's most economically depressed counties.
NEWS
By CHRIS GUY and CHRIS GUY,SUN REPORTER | January 20, 2006
PRINCESS ANNE -- Folks around here aren't too sure about the politics of Wal-Mart up in Annapolis, but there is one thing that pretty much everybody in this Eastern Shore county seat can agree on: 800 jobs at a mammoth retail distribution warehouse would be a boon. And another thing: $12 an hour is not chump change in Somerset County, Maryland's poorest jurisdiction, which for decades has seen a steady decline in the traditional stalwarts of the local economy, farming and seafood. Now, a week after the Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a bill requiring Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care, residents are waiting for the other shoe to drop - wondering whether the controversy might push the world's largest retailer to put its big distribution center someplace else.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and By Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 22, 2001
In a bid to stretch taxpayer dollars in Maryland's poorest county, Somerset school officials are proposing to close Crisfield High School and bus its students nearly 20 miles to another half-empty high school here in the county seat. Parents in the downtrodden seafood town on the Lower Eastern Shore have hired a lawyer and filed an appeal with the State Board of Education in an attempt to save their community school, home of the Crabbers. Business leaders contend that Somerset's poorly performing schools -- perennial bottom-dwellers in standardized test scores -- should have been overhauled decades ago and stand no chance of improvement without some kind of consolidation.
BUSINESS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2004
PRINCESS ANNE - Last week, Wal-Mart announced that it would build a distribution center near here that could add as many 500 jobs in Somerset County. As good as that news is for Maryland's poorest county, business leaders are expecting more. Declines in family farming and the Eastern Shore seafood industry have stalled economic opportunity in the area for generations. Now, economic development officials in the county of 25,000 say, there are signs of a change with an upsurge of interest that the county hopes will translate into new businesses.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2005
Stung by legislation aimed at forcing it to spend more on health care benefits, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has temporarily stopped talking to state officials about the possibility of building a large distribution center in Western Maryland and has slowed its drive to construct one on the Eastern Shore, a state official said yesterday. Aris Melissaratos, the state's secretary of business and economic development, said the company does not appear to be on track to open a facility in Somerset County by fall 2006 as originally planned and broke off discussions about a Western Maryland center during the legislative session.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
I'd like to respond to the several articles, opinion pieces and letters addressing the topic of wind turbines in Somerset County ( "Gone with the wind farm?" April 20). Do the math. Reporters, editors and readers should question the claims of Pioneer Green. First, take a look at any U.S. wind energy map. There is hardly any wind in Maryland, especially compared to states where wind energy has a solid foothold. That is why Pioneer Green seeks to install turbines 100 feet higher than any other turbines approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
NEWS
April 23, 2014
In response to the April 21 commentary regarding the proposed wind farm in Somerset County ( "A wind-win situation" , Pioneer Green (aka Great Bay Wind) claims that they have conducted studies showing that the proposed 600-foot-tall industrial wind turbines proposed for the county will not negatively impact Patuxent River naval station radar operations. During the state Senate hearing on April 1, it was clear after much testimony that included input from representatives of Pioneer Green that members of the delegation did not agree with their claim of due diligence.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
Some residents of Somerset County - the part of Maryland that sustained the worst damage from last fall's Superstorm Sandy - are upset that the state's application for federal disaster aid would exclude from eligibility those with an income of greater than $48,000 a year for a household of two. That would leave out almost half of the county's homeowners, including teachers, firefighters and other working families, critics say. The cutoff for eligibility is...
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Somerset County officials are calling on Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to revise an application for $8.6 million in federal aid, saying it will render many families hurt by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy ineligible for money to rebuild. The county, hit hard by flooding from the superstorm in October, would be forced to spend the federal disaster relief only on lower-income families — defined at less than $48,000 for a household of two. That would exclude nearly half the county's homeowners, local officials said.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
Even the most jaded observer must acknowledge there's something admirable about the desire of so many living on Smith Island to see their community survive and prosper. Residents of this marshy (and shrinking in both population and real estate) archipelago on the lower Eastern Shore have had to overcome much in recent years, particularly as their chief means of livelihood, harvesting the seafood bounty of the Chesapeake Bay, has declined. But it's one thing to admire the hard work, independence and faith of Smith Island's residents - who number a mere 276, according to the 2010 Census - and it's another to deny the reality of their circumstances.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
A proposed buyout of Smith Island homeowners to help them escape future damage from tropical storms and rising waters has been dropped amid vocal resistance from residents of the low-lying community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The Somerset County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday not to offer buyouts with any of the $8.6 million in federal aid the lower Eastern Shore county is in line to receive to help it recover from the ravages of...
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2001
PRINCESS ANNE - From Tony Bruce's vantage point on the main street in this 268-year-old county seat, the more things change in Somerset County, the more they stay the same. Bruce, 53, has watched as the 2000 census showed Maryland's southernmost county - and by most measures its poorest - failed to match its 25,923 population of 100 years ago when seafood and agriculture were king. He's watched as the county's median annual income has slipped to the bottom of state rankings, nearly $1,000 less than that of Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2005
PRINCESS ANNE - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said yesterday that it would delay for three to four years the construction of an 800-job distribution center planned for Somerset County. The new timeline - 2008 or 2009, rather than this summer - was disclosed shortly before Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed the so-called Wal-Mart bill, which would have required the retail giant to spend 8 percent of its Maryland payroll on health care or pay a tax. The governor was joined by the chief operating officer of Wal-Mart's U.S. stores at a ceremony in this Eastern Shore town that drew a crowd of several hundred - including several dozen protesters.
NEWS
By Louise Vest | March 5, 2013
100 Years Ago Society notes From the Times social columns: "Mrs. Allen Pittman of Ellicott City is still a patient at St. Agnes Hospital and is looking forward to convalescing at home. Her friends in the community are looking forward to her recovery. "Mrs. Arthur Kolb has returned home from a visit with friends in Baltimore. "Miss Nellie Charter has returned to her home in Somerset county, after spending some time with friends and relatives near Lisbon. " Somerset's most well-known town is probably Crisfield, where the annual National Hard Crab Derby and Fair is held every year.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Granting an appeal by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Obama administration reversed course Friday and approved disaster aid for Somerset County residents who suffered damage from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. However, the federal government did not alter its Dec. 3 decision to deny help to Western Maryland. "This assistance will provide much-needed and long-awaited relief for hundreds of residents in Somerset County," O'Malley said in a statement released Friday night. "Well, that is grand," said Somerset homeowner Sandy Sturgis after hearing the news.
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