Hoopers Island Oyster Co. unveils 2nd edition tin

CAMBRIDGE — Honoring the proud tradition of Maryland’s skipjacks and working watermen, Hoopers Island Oyster Co. debuted its 2018 commemorative oyster tin at a reception during Second Saturday festivities on Nov. 10 at Black Water Bakery in downtown Cambridge. Company officials were joined by the board of the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester to unveil the […]

Hoopers Island business gets fiber optics

FISHING CREEK – Business communications took a big step forward here on Thursday, when the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the arrival on Hoopers Island of fiber-optic broadband Internet. “This is to the 21st century what steel was to the 19th,” Johnny Shockley said. “The whole island is open for […]

Letter to the Editor, ‘Regarding the H-2B Visas’

At Rippons Bros. Seafood, we pride ourselves on providing Maryland with delicious and affordable seafood. But as the busy summer season draws closer, our business is threatened by a severe shortage of American labor and a cap on the number of H-2B seasonal worker visas. The federal H-2B program allows businesses to hire seasonal workers […]

Outdoor Show 2018 results

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan The Outdoor Show is a popular venue for local hunters to reveal their talent in bird calls. These are done with only the voice and hand, or with a call device. Birds imitated this way are ducks, geese and turkeys. Winners from the various divisions took their places on stage with their trophies after the contest on Saturday afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT Miss Outdoors Miss Congeniality: Kyla Diggs Talent: Katherine Bradshaw 2nd Runner Up: Alexandria Wallace-Elliott 1st Runner Up: Katherine Bradshaw Miss Outdoors: Jordon LeCompte Miss Nature Girl Womanless Beauty pageant Winner crowned Jan. 20, 2018: Miss Eileen Cover (Justin Cook) SATURDAY AFTERNOON Little Miss Outdoors 2nd Runner Up: Serenity Blake 1st Runner Up: Kinsley […]

Hoopers Island Oyster Co. launches retail operation

submitted to dorchester banner/hoopers island oyster co. This limited edition heritage tin, which contains two pints of Chesapeake Gold oysters, is designed by Cambridge graphic artist Jill Jasuta and features the work of Dorchester artist Michael Rosato.

CAMBRIDGE — Hoopers Island Oyster Co., a Dorchester County aquaculture business, has opened a pop-up store for the holidays in Cambridge during the months of November and December. It is the first time the company is offering oysters by the dozen and in shucked pints direct to consumers. Shucked oysters are also available in a […]

Dorchester ditch fishing for snakehead

DNR encouraging anglers to keep and eat tasty invasive species CHURCH CREEK — True to their name, the waters in and near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge are dark, murky, muddy, and perfect habitat for the invasive northern snakehead fish. Right now, the biting is good in marshes, ponds and roadside ditches near Blackwater. According to […]

45th Annual Ruark Fishing Tournament is in the books

HOOPERS ISLAND — The W. T. Ruark Fishing Tournament was held on June 4. It has been held on the first Sunday in June for the last 45 years. Weather was beautiful, seas were calm, fish were biting and a good time was had by all. Another bonus is that lately the first Sunday in […]

HB924 puts oyster sanctuaries out of bounds

CAMBRIDGE — These days, Dorchester County watermen do a lot of driving to harvest oysters — boats on trailers behind pickup trucks rather than in the water. Some of the most productive oyster bars that were sites of bountiful harvests in the past, prime bottom, are now sanctuaries. Sanctuaries were established in 2010 in the […]

All eyes on the Little Choptank

Mid-Shore river complex valuable to both watermen and conservationists MADISON — For a real-time view of the struggle between a historic hard-working culture and natural preservation, look no further than Dorchester County and Mid-Shore waters. Watermen, whose work spans centuries on the Chesapeake Bay, are fighting for their livelihoods. Others are fighting for the lives […]

Dorchester County farmer donates $2,500 to Hoopers Island VFC

Spicers win opportunity to direct money from America’s Farmers Grow Communities program HOOPERS ISLAND — Dorchester County farmers Lin and Linda Spicer of Holly Lane Farm, Inc. have won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire […]