January 8, 2016
Robert de Gast, 79, a photographer whose 1970 book The Oystermen of the Chesapeake captured in harsh and unsentimental images the final days of America's last fishing fleet under sail and is regarded as one of the finest depictions of the watermen who make their living there, died of cancer Sunday at a Baltimore hospice. Dutch by birth, Mr. de Gast spent most of his life as a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. He wrote and illustrated a half-dozen books, including one about the bay's lighthouses and two about cruising its tributaries.
October 17, 2015 |
Fredric "Rick" Stevenson Wright, 67, of Ardmore, a surgical-equipment salesman and sailor, died Monday, Oct. 12, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with care, courage, and a fierce empathy for those around him, his wife and daughter said. After high school, the San Francisco-born Mr. Wright became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Instead, he trained as a medic at Fort Houston in San Antonio and then served as an operating-room assistant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 1971 to 1973.
August 2, 2013 |
Shortly after dawn Saturday, Meghan Wren will smear herself with Vaseline and lanolin, wade into the Delaware Bay at Port Mahon, Del., and start swimming. Eight to 10 hours and 13 miles later - having bucked the currents and crossed the shipping channel and endured numerous jellyfish stings, notwithstanding the protective goo - she'll reach New Jersey, coming ashore at Fortescue, Cumberland County. If the weather holds. And if she's lucky. "I don't know how many people think about the bay as a swimmable place," Wren said.
July 19, 2013 |
WHEN OUMIS Randolph was working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the late 1960s, a 500-pound weight fell on him, shattering his ribs and legs. Doctors at the Naval Hospital, where he spent almost a year, told him he would never walk again. Oh, yeah? They didn't know who they were dealing with. Oumis Randolph was a man with powerful determination. He did what he needed to do, no matter the circumstances, and at that time his need was to walk again. He did, astounding his doctors and his family.
July 29, 2012 |
POPLAR ISLAND, Md. - Eighteen years ago, Justin Callahan took a small boat into the Chesapeake Bay to study the last remaining bits of what had been a wildlife paradise. Bobbing above what once was a miles-long island that had eroded to a couple of tiny pieces of dirt, he had no way of knowing the scale of the plan that the Army Corps of Engineers was hatching. It was some plan, inviting comparisons to the Titanic in terms of engineering hubris and to Jurassic Park in terms of one-upping the natural world.
June 16, 2010
The Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at the Navy Yard is getting its first cruise of the year on Saturday. The seven-night, eight-day sail will be on the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay, as far south as Virginia. The 93-passenger ship, American Spirit, is operated by American Cruise Lines. The Saturday sailings from Philadelphia will be June 19, July 3, and July 17, 2010, and May 14 and May 28, 2011. Stops on the Philadelphia and Potomac cruise will include the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal; Chestertown, St. Michaels, Annapolis and St. Mary's, Md.; Mount Vernon and Alexandria, Va., and Washington.
September 6, 2009 |
LITITZ, Pa. - More than a decade ago, tiny Lititz Run in Lancaster County was a ribbon of fetid water that was too hot, too slow, and too poisoned by agricultural runoff to support trout for more than a few weeks. Then the community embraced its revival. Neighbors re-created wetlands. Farmers changed time-honored ways. Today Lititz Run is a rarity among waterways: a year-round trout stream that has won national accolades and been cited as a model. But as a tributary in the Susquehanna River watershed, Lititz Run still isn't clean enough, and it adds to the pollution that the Susquehanna sends downstream to the nutrient-choked Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania bears a huge responsibility for the despoiling of the bay. The Susquehanna, which drains half the state, pumps in 40 percent of the bay's nitrogen, largely from agriculture, and a gusher of its two other major pollutants - natural sediment and phosphorus from fertilizers and detergents - abetting the decline of the Chesapeake's celebrated fishing industry.
September 4, 2009
STORY BY SANDY BAUERS PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL LITITZ, Pa. - More than a decade ago, tiny Lititz Run in Lancaster County was a ribbon of fetid water that was too hot, too slow, and too poisoned by agricultural runoff to support trout for more than a few weeks. Then the community embraced its revival. Neighbors re-created wetlands. Farmers changed time-honored ways. Today Lititz Run is a rarity among waterways: a year-round trout stream that has won national accolades and been cited as a model.
August 16, 2009 |
Bob and Reggie Wade were in their 80s, but there was nothing elderly about them, friends said. They were always planning parties, weekend outings, and trips. They drove to Florida every winter and spent the July Fourth weekend with friends in Virginia. Robert Magee Wade, 83, a financial consultant and retired company owner, and his wife, Rafaela "Reggie" Riggio Wade, 89, a former teacher, died July 26 from injuries sustained that day in an automobile accident in Lebanon County.
July 19, 2007 |
There are a lot of good reasons to hit the road: spring break, death or divorce, a midlife crisis. I have friends who are trying to visit the birthplaces of all 42 U.S. presidents, and as I've already bragged here, I've been to all 50 states. But one of the most popular excuses for a road trip is built around America's favorite pastime - taking in games at professional baseball stadiums. With the Phillies on the West Coast, I figure it's a great time for a minor-league journey, so I head south on U.S. Highway 40 toward Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., home of the Baltimore Orioles' single-A IronBirds.