Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Two large vessels will usher in the city's War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration.
Don't be suprised if Havre de Grace is literally booming Friday afternoon. Tall ships are coming, and they are bringing their cannons with them. Two vessels, the Pride of Baltimore II and the Sultana, will dock in Havre de Grace for the city's War of 1812 bicentennial festival, May 3 to 5. "The Pride arrives Friday at high tide under sail, and they should have cannons going on their arrival," Brigitte Peters, manager of tourism for Havre de Grace, told Patch. According to Peters, the Pride will be docked at Hutchins Park, and the Sultana will be at Tidewater Marina. The Pride of Baltimore II is a 109-foot, 185.5-ton reproduction of a War of 1812 privateer ship. "It’s a Maryland ship and has a great educational component about the War of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The waterfront business celebrates new ownership, updated offerings May 3.
The Havre de Grace Marine Center will hold a grand opening on May 3, owners Chris and Lachelle Scarlato recently announced. The Scarlatos purchased two marinas—Havre de Grace Marina at 723 Water St. and the Log Pond Marina at 410 Concord St.—in November and have been updating them ever since. Under the name “the Havre de Grace Marine Center,” the business provides floating dock slips and moorings for jet skis and boats; new and pre-owned boat sales; extended-stay lodging; accommodations for large vessels; dry storage/sales/rentals for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards; and a 55-foot Chris Craft Yacht with three bedrooms and three baths. Its headquarters on Water Street includes a sail-making and repair shop and a retail store. By …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Volunteers will meet at Tydings Park.
Earth Day isn't until Monday but citizens in Havre de Grace, Port Deposit and Perryville are doing their part for the planet a couple of days early. The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is holding its annual River Sweep on Saturday, April 20, near waterways in Harford and Cecil counties. Participants in the cleanup will pick up trash along the Susquehanna River and tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. River Sweep is now in its 13th year, according to Examiner.com, which reported that last year, 850 volunteers contributed to the effort. Volunteers should wear old clothes, bring gloves and meet at one of these five locations at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20: The cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. For more information, …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House will feature two new exhibits.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The public will vote on whether to acquire property on Concord Street.
The mayor of Havre de Grace unveiled his vision for the Concord Point Lighthouse vicinity at Monday night's City Council meeting. "This is strictly a proposal," Mayor Wayne Dougherty said as he showed a slide depicting a park on either side of the lighthouse. Upon being approached by the seller of land at 701 Concord St., the City Council recommended purchasing it for $1.29 million during its Feb. 4 meeting. However, the Havre de Grace charter states that voters must be the ultimate arbiter on the issue. As a result, whether to buy the property will be a ballot question in the May 7 election. The mayor, who is a candidate in the election, said he was providing a rendering of his vision for the property because citizens had asked for more …
Steve Gamatoria said he wanted to set the record straight on his property, located just north of the Concord Point Lighthouse on the shore of the Susquehanna River.
The owner of the home at 701 Concord Street spoke at the end of Monday's City Council meeting during time set aside for citizen comments on non-agenda items. Steve Gamatoria, who owns the home next to the Concord Point Lighthouse, approached the podium to discuss his family's offer to Havre de Grace to purchase the property. It is up to voters to decide whether the acquisition should occur, and Gamatoria said at the April 1 council meeting that he wanted to clear up some misconceptions about the property, specifically regarding its size and price. Watch the video to hear from Gamatoria. See Also:
Monday, April 1, 2013
The 2013 crab season kickoff was April 1.
April 1 was the start of crabbing season in Maryland, and it was a soft launch, to be sure. Crabbers don't typically get a large yield until the water temperature reaches 58 degrees, according to The Baltimore Sun. As of April 1, water temperatures in the Baltimore area were about 46 degrees, the National Oceanographic Data Center reported. The crabbing season is likely to get more productive in late April into May, according to the Maryland Gazette. What's your favorite Havre de Grace place to get crabs? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The annual race will bring hundreds of women to Havre de Grace on April 14.
Registration has opened for the Women's 5K by the Bay. Now in its seventh year, the Women's 5K by the Bay starts at Tydings Park and takes participants around the Havre de Grace waterfront and historic downtown. Organizers announced this week that a maximum of 1,000 women will be allowed to sign up for the April 14 event, which raises funds for various charities. This year's recipients are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program and the Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. Registering for Women's 5K by the Bay To participate, register online at www.charmcityrun.com. Women over 60 years of age get a $10 discount. Runners can also sign up at Charm City Run in Bel Air on April 12 from 3 to 7 p.m., and on April 13 from 11 a.m…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Skipjack Martha Lewis seeks assistance getting the wind back in her sails.
The Skipjack Martha Lewis is "an endangered species." That's what the Coastal Culture Preservation Project had to say in a documentary about the ship, which docks at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace during the warmer months. At one time, there were approximately 2,000 wind-powered oyster dredging ships like her, according to the documentary; today, there are about 20. Built in 1955, the Skipjack Martha Lewis is a big girl, measuring 49.5 feet long and weighing in at eight tons. She's been docked in Havre de Grace since the mid-1990s, where, starting in April, she picks up passengers for cruises along the Susquehanna River and educates them about the Chesapeake Bay. "She is a fun ol' gal but she needs your support," according to the …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse seek community support.
Across the street from Concord Point Lighthouse, the grounds look a bit unkempt. Raised walkways are being installed outside the Keeper’s House, where the overseer of the lighthouse used to live. Through a $40,000 grant from Maryland Historic Trust, the nonprofit Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse is working to make the site more historically accurate. “The land was mostly underwater,” Bethany Baker, executive director of the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse, told Patch. People had to row the 200 yards from the keeper’s house to the lighthouse in the early 1900s, she explained. Now Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse is working to bring the Keeper's House into alignment with its historic representation. Part of that effort is a …