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The Battle of the Wilderness & Baseball in McFarland’s “Nostalgia”

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Novels about baseball aren’t new. Novels about the Civil War aren’t new. But in Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland blends the two themes and creates a unique coming of age story. Injured, lost and left-behind, 19-year old Summerfield Hayes stumbles through deadly terrain in the aftermath of the bloody war of attrition at the Battle of the Wilderness. The dense underbrush of Spotsylvania County, VA, proved difficult for both the North and South to navigate, and the battle was fought to a draw. McFarland’s evocative, empathetic and lyrical prose skillfully depicts the beauty and horror of America’s mid-1800 history.

Battle of the Wilderness by Kurz and Allison Battle of the Wilderness by Kurz and Allison

In spite of his privileged background, Hayes chose to enlist rather than avoid the Union Army draft. His enlistment is an escape from the life he shares with his older sister in the home left to them…

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Free Fishing Day & License Free Fishing Areas in Maryland!

Update: July 17, 2014
License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.

Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

For more information:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, July 4 is the last of 2014’s three license-free fishing days in Maryland. No fishing license or trout stamps are required to fish on these days.
Take a friend and your kids and just go fish.
For information on species, fishing locations, and limits visit the online Maryland Fishing Guide:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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HEALTH ALERT: NORTHERN CALVERT COUNTY, MD BEACHES RE-OPENED

Image Courtesy of Calvert County, MD

Image Courtesy of Calvert County, MD

The Calvert County Health Department has lifted restrictions at the northern Calvert County beaches recently closed due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant June 12. Samples from all of the north county beaches now show safe conditions for swimming and other water activities.

Image Courtesy of Calvert County MD

Image Courtesy of Calvert County MD

The Health Department will continue to perform weekly water quality testing from North Beach to Brownies Beach/Bayfront Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The department also conducts routine testing at all public bathing beaches in Calvert County.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=388


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URGENT HEALTH ALERT: NORTHERN CALVERT COUNTY, MD BEACHES CLOSED

June 18, 2014 Update
Northern Calvert County Beaches Reopened

The Calvert County Health Department has lifted restrictions at the northern Calvert County beaches recently closed due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant June 12. Samples from all of the north county beaches now show safe conditions for swimming and other water activities.

The Health Department will continue to perform weekly water quality testing from North Beach to Brownies Beach/Bayfront Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The department also conducts routine testing at all public bathing beaches in Calvert County.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=388

June 16, 2014 Update:

Announcement from Calvert County Health Department

Test results from the state lab last night (June 15, 2014) showed elevated bacterial levels along the 4 closed beaches in Northern Calvert. These bacteria can be dangerous to human health.

The Health Dept will continue to test water samples this week. We will notify you when the results show the water is safe for contact.

If you go fishing in an area close to Chesapeake Beach, including nearby tidal creeks, do not eat any raw seafood.

Remember that if a fish has bacteria on its skin, it can contaminate whatever it comes in contact with (kitchen countertops, sinks, etc.) until it is fully cooked.

Make sure you wash very well with soap and water if you handle anything that is in contact with the waters (including tidal creeks) in the area until we have clear lab results.
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June 13, 2014

Due to a release of untreated waste from the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant late Thursday night (June 12), the waters of the following beaches are closed to wading and swimming until further notice:

• North Beach
• Windward Keys Beach
• Chesapeake Station Beach
• Bay Front Park/Brownies Beach

It is possible that contact or accidental swallowing of bay or tidal water in the area could lead to serious illness. Children are particularly susceptible to bacterial illness that can result from untreated sewage.

The Health Department wants to emphasize that well water for nearby residents is safe to drink and use for bathing. The discharge from the treatment plant does not contact the aquifer that supplies wells in Calvert County. The Health Department will continue to monitor the safety of the surrounding waters and notify the residents of Calvert of any changes.

The Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant operates under authority of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). MDE has been working with the Treatment Plant to upgrade the facility and prevent future untreated discharge. Any questions about the operation of the Plant should be directed to the Plant or to the Maryland Department of Environment.

http://www.co.cal.md.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=384


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Free Fishing in NJ June 14 & 15, 2014

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, will be New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days in 2014. Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, and on these days fishing is allowed on the Garden State’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.

New Jersey’s two Free Fishing Days are a no-risk investment for an introduction to freshwater fishing in the Garden State and the perfect time for families to enjoy two days of outdoor fun for free. Though youngsters under the age of 16 don’t need a license, these days provide a special benefit to adults who can join in the fun without having to purchase a license. That is, until they get hooked on a sport that just might become a lifetime of fun for the whole family. Free Fishing Days also provide a great opportunity for out-of-state visitors to sample some of the finest freshwater fishing opportunities in the Northeast.

For program and class information and tips on the best places to fish, go to:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ffd.htm


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Free Fishing in MD in 2014

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Image Courtesy of MD Department of Natural Resources

Anglers have several opportunities to fish without a license in Maryland. Normally a license is required to Fish in Maryland but there are a few exceptions to this requirement.

The first is there are specific areas in Maryland that are designated License Free Fishing Areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay. You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.


License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.
Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and
Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

The second option is that Maryland hosts Free Fishing Days. During a free fishing day, a person may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without an angler’s license, Chesapeake Bay sportfishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but shall otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Maryland’s free fishing days are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4. In 2014, that’s June 07 & 14 and July 04.

Lastly, all those folks under 16 years of age are allowed to fish without a license.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/free-fishing.aspx

Get all the info regarding limits, etc. at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8, 2014

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia's Free Fishing Days are June 7 and 8, 2014.

Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days are June 7 and 8, 2014.

National Fishing and Boating Week 2014 will be highlighted by the 24th annual Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). During these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virginia without a license.

“It is a great opportunity to remind people of the fun of fishing, especially with family and friends. If you already have a license, take someone fishing — it may be your children, spouse or co-worker – and introduce them to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment,” Jezioro said.

DNR participates in a number of activities during National Fishing and Boating Week and Free Fishing Weekend. One of the largest and most successful events is the Bowden Fishing Derby that will be held June 7 at the Bowden Hatchery in Randolph County. Children must register for the event, and they will receive basic fishing instruction and will have the opportunity to enjoy time fishing with friends and family. Registration information for the Bowden Derby can be found at http://www.wvdnr.gov/2014%20Derby%20Flier.pdf.

National Fishing and Boating Week began as a promotional activity sponsored by the sportfishing industry, encouraging fishing around Father’s Day. The recreational boating industry partnered with its sportfishing counterparts to develop a fishing and boating educational campaign.

http://www.wvdnr.gov/2014news/14news093.shtm