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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1996
CRISFIELD -- Keith Ward was recalling an incident during his years with the Somerset County sheriff's department, when on a duty call to a local residence a young boy came to the door and said he recognized the officer."
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By Jonathan Pitts and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
A Kent County man swam for more than five hours through the dangerous waters of Tangier Sound this week to seek help for four family members after the boat they were fishing in capsized during a sudden thunderstorm. John Franklin Riggs III, 46, of Rock Hall left the 16-foot motorboat about 7:30 Tuesday night after several waves swamped its stern, according to a statement issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Friday. Riggs, a commercial fisherman, reached shore on Deal Island about 1 a.m., knocked on the door of the closest residence to call for help, and was later aboard one of the rescue boats that pulled his father, sister, niece and nephew from the water.
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By Joel McCord ((TC and Joel McCord ((TC,Staff Writer | April 30, 1992
A Navy anti-submarine plane crashed in flames in Tangier Sound yesterday, injuring two crew members who parachuted into the water as their craft was going down.The two were fished out of about 8 feet of water just east of Bloodsworth Island by Maryland Department of Natural Resources police who were on routine patrol in the area about 3:30 p.m., according to Rob Gould, a DNR spokesman.The pilot of the S-3 Viking, Cmdr. Sean Brennan, suffered burns and a broken right shoulder and was flown to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center burn unit, the Navy said.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
April 1 is the official start to the blue crab harvest in Maryland. But don't reach for your mallet just yet. "It's not time for crabs," said Jessica Borowski, a manager at Midtown BBQ and Brew. "It's too cold out. " The crabs seem to agree. The Chesapeake Bay's water temperature hasn't risen enough for the crabs to become active - and catchable. Consumers set on Maryland crabs will see limited availability for now - and prices to match. Prices for Chesapeake Bay crabs are typically high at the start of the season, and people who want them in April will have to pay even more than usual.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
At early evening the boat swung to anchor along the hard edge off Barren Island, where the Chesapeake Bay bottom drops away quickly from 10 to 50 feet and croaker, spot and sea trout often feed in the midst of summer.The last of the spring-summer seasons for rockfish had ended Sunday, and a long run down the bay for bluefish had been disappointing, with only a handful of two-pounders to show for the effort.But in the evening croaker usually bite hard and often, and the sharp edge off Barren Island seemed an excellent place to fish and snack as the last of the breeze went out of the day and the bay lay down flat for the run north to the Severn River.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1998
SPRING ISLAND -- A new bird song is sounding over Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake: the outraged hic-hic-hic-hic-AWWK! of a freshly hatched pelican come face to face with a curious human.It's hardly melodious, but the sound is heavenly music to biologist Dave Brinker, who tenderly watches over the first known nesting colony of brown pelicans to make its home this far north.This spring, about 15 pairs of the gloriously gawky-looking birds built stick homes on this sand spit in Tangier Sound.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | May 28, 1999
Underwater grasses, a vital sign of the Chesapeake Bay's health, declined by 8 percent overall last year and by an alarming 30 percent in the Tangier Sound, a critical nursery area for blue crabs.The 5,740-acre decrease, announced yesterday at a news conference on the Severn River, comes after two years of steady improvement in the extent of bay bottom covered by aquatic grasses.Federal and state environmental officials blamed the drop-off on a combination of weather and man-made factors, including runoff from poultry farms on the Delmarva Peninsula.
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July 8, 1999
UNDERWATER grasses make up the forest of the Chesapeake Bay. They nurture and shelter the estuary's creatures, hiding vulnerable young fish and crabs and feeding the geese and ducks. They are a powerful indicator of the health of the Chesapeake.After years of slow progress in restoring these submerged plants, the latest survey shows a slight setback. That's understandable given the uncontrolled vagaries of nature, such as weather, that don't stay neatly on a trend line.The worst news from the annual submerged grasses survey is that losses are occurring in places most important to blue crabs, notably Tangier Sound, the major nursery of juvenile crabs.
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By Bob Allen and Bob Allen,Contributing Writer | June 29, 1992
Crisfield Organizers of the Tangier Sound Country Music Festival in Crisfield, as well as the handful of die-hard music fans who had waited outside the gates since as early as 4:30 a.m. to stake out the best seats, heaved a collective sigh of relief Saturday morning when the sun peaked through the overcast and mildly threatening skies.As it turned out, they needn't have worried. The serendipitous weather conditions -- partly sunny skies and a delightful breeze blowing in off Tangier Sound -- combined with good planning, a solid lineup of musical talent and an exceedingly well-mannered crowd of 18,000 to make for a pleasant day of country music.
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By Eric Siegel | May 31, 1991
For the third year in a row, the state of Maryland is coordinating and helping to fund a country and bluegrass music festival -- this time in Fair Hill in Cecil County.The Fair Hill Country/Bluegrass Music Festival -- headlined by the Judds and featuring such top-name acts as Ricky Van Shelton, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shelby Lynne -- will be held Aug. 10 on a wooded tract owned by the state Department of Natural Resources, officials announced yesterday.At the same time, they said a similar festival held for the first time last August on a private tract on the Tangier Sound near Crisfield would not be mounted again this year because of uncertainty about the availability of the site.
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By Tom Horton | September 24, 2012
"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy," wrote essayist E.B. White; "and if it were merely challenging that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. "This makes it hard to plan the day. " We know what White meant. But sometimes nature allows no waffling; like the weekend when she suffused the Chesapeake Bay with such glory there was nothing for it but to stop saving the world and simply revel in it. We launched on a golden, placid morning from Bishops Head, a peninsula dangling from the marshy underbelly of Dorchester County.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2011
The National Weather Service is calling for Wednesday to be rainy in the Baltimore area, with a high near 63 degrees and winds becoming northerly between 6 and 9 miles per hour. Scattered thunderstorms may develop, mainly south of the Baltimore area, with a few becoming severe and bringing damaging winds. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Rainfall amounts of between one quarter of an inch and half an inch are possible. A small craft advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday for the Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point to Smith Point, Tangier Sound and the lower tidal Potomac River from Cobb Island to Smith Point.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
Cold weather was most likely the cause of December's massive fish kill in the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of the Environment reported. About two million fish — mostly juvenile spot 3 to 6 inches long — washed ashore in Calvert County, near the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, Annapolis, Sandy Point State Park, Poplar Island south of Kent Island, the Honga River in Dorchester County and Tangier Sound. No other fish kills were reported after that single incident. Tests on fish tissue showed no environmental contamination, said MDE spokesman Jay Apperson.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2011
It could be two weeks before state officials know for certain what killed an estimated 2 million fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Or, they may never find out the exact cause. Biologists with the Maryland Department of the Environment sent tissue samples from the fish, mostly juvenile spot 3- to 6-inches long, to state labs to pinpoint the reason they died. But for now, they believe a rapid drop in temperature in December caused cold-water stress, said MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus.
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By RONA KOBELL and RONA KOBELL,SUN REPORTER | August 13, 2006
TANGIER SOUND -- Dwight Marshall hoists his crab pot onto the deck of the Miss Marshall and opens the hatch. Inside are a half-dozen jellyfish, a few blades of grass and four scurrying peeler crabs. Over two hours, he will pull up a hundred more pots and every time it is the same - many worthless sea creatures and only a few of the moneymaking soft-shell crabs that keep watermen afloat. For the crabbers that work the choppy waters west of Crisfield - historically the cradle of crab bounty - this summer is shaping up to be the worst in decades.
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By TOM PELTON and TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTER | May 13, 2006
CRISFIELD -- From the deck of a motorboat, Mike Naylor plunged a rake into shallow water and came up with nothing but a sliver of dead seaweed the size and color of a burnt match. A year earlier, a lush forest of green eelgrass swayed beneath the waves of Tangier Sound here in the southern Chesapeake Bay. The plants were a vibrant breeding ground for blue crabs, terrapin, sea horses and pipefish, said Naylor, a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. But now as Naylor hunted from cove to cove with his rake, he found much of the underwater vegetation dead or gone.
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By J.D. Considine | May 23, 1996
What do you do if hanging out at country music festivals becomes addictive? Thank your lucky stars you live in Maryland, that's what.In addition to this weekend's Chesapeake Country Music Festival, Maryland also plays host to two other major blowouts, the Rocky Gap Country Music Festival and the Tangier Sound Country Music Festival.Vince Gill is top of the bill for the 6th Annual Tangier Sound Country Music Festival. Held June 22 in Crisfield, the one-day festival will also feature performances by Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Linda Davis and Greatwater (formerly Chesapeake)
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun | June 26, 1994
CRISFIELD -- It was Nashville-by-the-Sea, as 15,000 people gathered yesterday in this shore town for the fourth annual Tangier Sound Country Music Festival.Ricky Van Shelton, Doug Stone, and Pam Tillis headlined an all-day program, which included Daron Norwood, Shenandoah, Victoria Shaw and McBride and the Ride."It's a lot of fun," said Traci Spickler of Baltimore, who was cooling down her friend, Brenda Chalsant, with a Super Soaker water pistol. "It's only a '50,' " she said, brandishing the water pistol.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2003
IT'S A moonless, February evening, sleet and snow on the way, winds 15 knots and gusting, building a sharp chop in Tangier Sound. "Looks good to go," says Don Baugh, meaning it's time to pull on fleece insulation and dry suits, then kayak north through the splash and the blackness to our roost for this long winter night. We're headed for an archipelago of marsh dabs strung between Smith and Tangier islands - Queen Ridge, Fishbone, Goose, Upper Tump, Shankses, Cheeseman's. Most have eroded in modern times to mere slivers of sand and spartina grass.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2002
WANT TO KNOW how the Chesapeake Bay's doing? It used to take a long answer because the bay's a big place. But soon, you might just be asked in return what river or creek is nearest you, and told to bring it up on a Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site. There you would find information on how clear the water is, how much oxygen's in it, how salty it is, whether conditions are prime for a fish kill or algae outbreak, and how conditions are for underwater grasses. Better yet, the information will be "real-time," based on measurements every 15 minutes; and you'll be able to see everything that's been going on within the last several hours.
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