Volunteer fire assistance grants announced

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 49 volunteer fire departments. The projects, distributed throughout 17 counties, aim to assist volunteer fire companies and departments enhance wildland fire protection in rural areas and communities. The Maryland Forest Service awarded $104,099 in match funding to complete $245,907 […]

Church Directory for June 20, 2018

Editor’s note: Church listings appear in The Banner’s Wednesday edition. In order to be included in the listings church information MUST be submitted by NO LATER THAN NOON Monday each week. Churches not submitting or contacting the Banner office (410-228-3131; or by e-mail, eyeore@newszap.com or bannernews@newszap.com) will not be included in that Wednesday’s paper. AGAPE […]

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 […]

Celebrate Dorchester packs Governor’s Hall

Guests sample local flavors, vote for their favorites CAMBRIDGE — Despite a change of venue, a big, festive group gathered to feast on finger foods and Celebrate Dorchester. Hosted by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Dorchester was originally planned as an outdoor event at the Choptank River Golf and Event Center. However, because of […]

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 […]

2017 Hometown Heroes Nominees Named

This is the Dorchester Banner’s fifth year of celebrating Dorchester County’s Hometown Heroes. Since 1897, The Banner’s mission has been to educate and celebrate the Heart of Chesapeake Country, and to fulfill that mission, we have published countless stories about the people who make this community what it is. We celebrate the services of our […]

Cambridge-South Dorchester graduates ready for the world

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-South Dorchester High School presented its graduation ceremony May 25. C-SD’s graduating class joined parents, relatives and siblings in the school gym, where Principal W. David Bromwell greeted them all and acted as master of ceremonies. “I’m real excited for the kids,” said Principal Bromwell, “I’m excited for our staff and the community […]

Cambridge City candidates offer positions on issues

In preparation for the upcoming City of Cambridge elections, the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce has asked the candidates for all offices to weigh in on five questions that highlight issues of particular concern to our members.  The following pages contain the responses to those five questions.  The five questions are listed below and are included […]

South Dorchester fire companies support the communities

CAMBRIDGE — The late Tom Flowers was a Dorchester County fixture who was instrumental in preserving the unique history of this diverse area. According to Pat Neild, who also plays an important role in historical preservation, Mr. Flowers organized the South Dorchester Folk Museum in 2000. Its mission is to “assure the preservation of historically […]