Council backs conservation move

CAMBRIDGE – Members of the Dorchester County Council voted 4-0 June 19 to send a letter to the state supporting the creation of the Tubman Rural Legacy Area. Commissioner William Nichols (District 2) was absent. The decision came after a public hearing on the matter, which attracted a standing-room-only crowd of property owners who backed […]

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 […]

Brooks celebrates 100 years

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Ann Brooks celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday in Woolford, surrounded by many friends and relatives. Among those who attended were her immediate family members, in front from the left, Ms. Brooks with Isabella Sharpe, and Sandy Sharpe with Caden Sharpe. Standing in back are Tod and Tammi McChesney, Jon and Tracey Sharpe and Bill Sharpe.

WOOLFORD – Really, she doesn’t look 100. Moving around the hall of Milton United Methodist Church, Ann Brooks greeted the friends and family who had come from far and wide to wish her a happy birthday on Saturday. She seemed to be energized by the activity, though a much younger person might well have been […]

Bells of the Bay Handbell Choir in Christmas Concert

WOOLFORD — Bells of the Bay, a community handbell choir based in Easton, will present their JuBellee! Christmas concert at Milton United Methodist Church, 1628 Taylors Island Road in Woolford at 47 p.m. on Dec. 14. The concert includes traditional Christmas carols such as God Rest You Merry Gentleman and I Wonder as I Wander; […]

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 […]

Little Free Libraries spring up in Dorchester

CAMBRIDGE — More than flowers are coming out of the ground this spring in Dorchester County. Cambridge’s first Little Free Library has been sighted at the intersection of Locust Street and Glenbum Avenues. Along with new walking trails, a Little Free Library has also been spotted at the entrance to Friendship Park in East New […]

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 […]

Johnny Shockley honored with 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award

CAMBRIDGE — Johnny Shockley, a third generation waterman and vice president of Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture, has received the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award from Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth (DCPG). Mr. Shockley was honored at DCPG’s 10th annual membership meeting on Jan. 29 at the Robbins Heritage Center in Cambridge. State Senator Addie Eckardt joined […]