July 8, 1991
Twenty years is a long time to wait for a fish to find its way back home, but that is what happened with the shad of the Susquehanna River. Dams on the river, which feeds the Chesapeake from a watershed reaching all the way to Binghamton, N.Y., blocked access to the migratory foodfish's spawning ground early in this century. The worst effects of that ++ were not seen until 1980, when a harvest 91 percent smaller than formerly recorded prompted a ban on shad fishing.Maryland and Pennsylvania authorities had been struggling to convince Philadelphia Electric Co., principal owner of the Conowingo Dam, and other utilities farther up the Susquehanna to provide ways for the shad and herring, another migratory foodfish, to get past their dams.
April 23, 1991
You've heard tales, recounted in The Sun, of hardy souls in Cecil, Harford and eastern Baltimore County who commute by car to metropolitan Washington -- how they have several alternative routes and keep their ears glued to traffic reports. Even with good advance planning, that daily commute is getting harder. "If you want to see the grass grow, be on the southbound John F. Kennedy highway early in the morning," says one motorist.The Susquehanna Flyer commuter train service that kicks off May 1 is not a panacea.
October 2, 1993
Having once mooched meals off author Susan Stranahan for most of a weeklong canoe trip, I know her camp kitchen to be superbly organized and stocked with a generous range of goodies.And so it is with her just-published book, "Susquehanna -- River of Dreams," an eminently readable, nicely researched tour de force that goes on my must-read list for anyone interested in knowing the Chesapeake Bay.Never mind that the book's subject is a river almost wholly contained in Pennsylvania and New York, beginning a few blocks from Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame, 448 miles and six days travel for a drop of rain flowing down to Havre de Grace.
December 2, 1990
The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sheldon Bair, will present "Music for the Season" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Fallston High School.In addition to seasonal favorites, the program will include Vivaldi's "Concerto in E Minor for Bassoon and Orchestra," featuring Judith Brand.The conclusion of the concert will be excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," with the Harford Choral Society joining the symphony.Proceeds will benefit Holy Family House.Information: 838-6465.
October 2, 1994
The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will open its 18th season at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the John Carroll High School in Bel Air with a performance of "Struggle . . . and Hope."Sheldon Bair will conduct the program, which celebrates the tenacity and courage of the human spirit in the face of adversity.The concert will open with "Fanfare for American Heroes," written by black composer William Grant Still in 1944.Beethoven's "Fidelio" overture and a cello concerto written by John Davison and performed by prize-winning cellist Evelyn Elsing will be featured.
July 18, 1999
Mission: To restore, preserve and maintain the cultural history of the city of Havre de Grace and the former Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal, including the Lock House, Pivot Bridge, Canal Lock and Basin; and to interpret the history through educational programs and exhibits. In operation from 1840 to about 1900, the 45-mile Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal connected Havre de Grace with Wrightsville, Pa. Mule-drawn boats traveling the canal had to be raised 233 feet through 29 locks. Historical artifacts of Havre de Grace and the canal era are on display in the Lock House, which was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1982.