Newcomb, Nagel now lead County Council

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Council has new officers. Jay Newcomb (District 1) was elected president Tuesday evening, and Libby Nagel (District 5) was chosen as vice president. The council is entering its second year with the current members. Previous officers were William Nichols (District 2) as president, and Mr. Newcomb as vice president. Mr. […]

County Council discusses flooding, livestreaming, jail

CAMBRIDGE — At their meeting Tuesday evening, the members of the Dorchester County Council heard a request for support from Gary McQuitty of the Friends of Honga River. The group was formed to seek solutions to issues damaging Middle Hoopers Island from the causeway to Hoopersville, he said, including flooding and erosion. “This is now […]

Volunteers place county’s Christmas tree

CAMBRIDGE — A group of volunteers spent Saturday getting one of Dorchester’s holiday traditions in place — the Christmas tree at Spring Valley. A group including a crane truck loaned by Danny Muffoletto of Custom Welding & Fabrication headed to Jim Harris’ tree farm near Preston early Saturday morning. After a bit of discussion, a […]

County praises voting rights advances

CAMBRIDGE — During their Tuesday meeting, members of the Dorchester County Council proclaimed Nov. 9-16 as Historical Freedom Week. The move highlighted a political victory achieved in 1986, ensuring that African-American citizens would have the chance to make their voices heard. In the 19th century, the state adopted an at-large voting system, effectively preventing African-Americans […]

County praises voting rights advances

CAMBRIDGE — During their Tuesday meeting, members of the Dorchester County Council proclaimed Nov. 9-16 as Historical Freedom Week. The move highlighted a political victory achieved in 1986, ensuring that African-American citizens would have the chance to make their voices heard. In the 19th century, the state adopted an at-large voting system, effectively preventing African-Americans […]

Harrell warns of vaping danger

CAMBRIDGE — County Health Officer Roger Harrell warned of the dangers posed by the practice of vaping at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Dorchester County Council. Mr. Harrell said that while hard data is not available locally, there have been deaths nationwide attributed to the habit. Vaping, short for “vapor,” is a method of […]

Bay Bridge delays: MDOT explains, Hogan demands

CAMBRIDGE — At Tuesday’s meeting of the Dorchester County Council, representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation gave a comprehensive update on the agency’s activities and goals. Among the information they shared was an explanation of the maintenance work continuing on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The job involves replacing sections of the bridge’s deck, which […]

County sets Halloween hours

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council decided unanimously that Halloween will be observed by county residents on Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. for children ages 12 and younger. “This policy will not supersede prescheduled times and dates set by municipalities,” a statement from the council said. “Residents living outside town limits should follow […]

Foresters concerned about ECI plans for natural gas

CAMBRIDGE — Delmarva foresters are worried about the possible loss of one their biggest markets. Members of the Dorchester County Council heard a presentation Sept. 3 from representatives of the Maryland Forests Association (AFI), who told them that the planned conversion of the Eastern Correctional Institution’s (ECI) energy production from mostly wood chips to natural […]

Nichols, Newcomb, Nagel: No to livestream

CAMBRIDGE — At the Sept. 3 meeting of the Dorchester County Council, the suggestion that meetings be livestreamed — shared online as they occur — was denied repeatedly. The reason, Council President William Nichols (District 2) said, was that if citizens are interested in council proceedings, they should attend the meetings in person. Livestreaming is […]