American Indian, Bay Issues Featured in New Novel

Cover_media4_2 Released on May 15 by Cashel and Kells Publishing, "Herons Poynte: A Novel of the Chesapeake" is the story of a young Choptank Indian named David who travels to the bay in search of his ancestral land. The novel's strong undercurrent of environmentalism emerges when David discovers the land is now owned by a polluting local steel mill. The subsequent conflict between David and the owner of the mill represents what author George Callaghan calls the contemporary struggle to restore the health of the Chesapeake.

Callaghan's novel highlights environmental issues that have recently reached the attention of state legislators. Still, "Herons Poynte" is about more than the environment. The book also aims to address the issue of American Indian entitlement in the United States, a theme that actually emerges in the narrative well before any discussion of sustainability.

"Herons Poynte: A Novel of the Chesapeake" by George Callaghan is stocked by the Salisbury University Bookstore and other independent bookstores on the Eastern Shore, in Ocean City and in Callaghan's hometown of Annapolis. It can also be purchased online at (from The Daily Times)

Calling all Chesapeake Bay Anglers: Reward -- Striped bass wearing green tags

Biologists want to study the striped bass they tagged earlier to see whether the striped bass have gotten sicker, healthier or stayed the same. The results could guide Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) officials in responding to mycobacteriosis, a mysterious wasting disease that now infects more than half the Chesapeake Bay's striped bass. The tags include a toll-free number to call.

Anglers get $5 for calling in a catch, or $20 if they keep the fish on ice for scientists to retrieve.  (from WMDT- 45)

Events this Week

3/6 -- Hampton Roads Shell Bagging, Gloucester, VA
3/8 -- VoiCeS Adult Education Program, Frederick, MD
3/8 -- Energy Film Festival and Lecture Series, Film: Earth to America, Salisbury, MD
3/10 -- Hampton Roads Green Breakfast, Flowering Wetlands Plants, Norfolk, VA
3/10 -- VoiCes Adult Bay Education Program, Cambridge, MD

Other things we've heard about:

Sip a Green Drink at this happy hour with others who share your passion for the environment.

  • Monday 3/5
    Baltimore, MD -- 6:00 - 8:00 at Bluehouse
  • Tuesday 3/6
    Annapolis, MD -- 5:30 - 7:30 at Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
    Lancaster, PA -- 6:00 - 8:00 at the Lancaster Brewing Company
  • Wednesday 3/7
    Dover, DE -- 4:30 at the Lobby House

3/7 -- Speak out about Annapolis -- Share your two cents with City of Annapolis and the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee at this community forum on planning. 5 - 9 pm at Bates Middle School.

3/8 -- Trace John Smith's Route with Susan Schmidt as she recounts tales from her book, Landfall along the Chesapeake, Annapolis Maritime Museum, 7pm

If you have any relevant events in your neck of the woods that you'd like to share with your Chesapeake Bay neighbors, let us know.

Lewes Public Library to host changing Chesapeake series

Everyone knows that the region is changing because of human activity – people see it around them every day. But what kind of impact are these changes having on the animal and plant life of the area? How do they affect the families and people who live in and love the area? What is the region’s past and what is its future?

The Lewes Public Library explores these questions and others through a Delmarva Discussions reading series "The Chesapeake Bay: End of an Era." Books will include "Maryland's Eastern Shore" by John Wennersten, "Done Crabbin'" by Gilbert Byron, "Jacob Have I Loved" by Katherine Paterson, "Bay Country" by Tom Horton, and "Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend. Find out more at or on the Delmarva Discussions webpage. (Cape Gazette)

What have we been doing for 19 years?

An article in today's Washington Post includes the following quote from J. Charles Fox, a former head of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources about efforts over the past 19 years to clean up the Chesapeake Bay:

"We have done a truly tremendous job of defining the problem, and we have done a truly tremendous job of defining the solution. But we have not yet succeeded in actually implementing the solution."

National and local legislators throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be tackling tough questions during this session. Keep David Fahrenthold's article in mind when the time comes to decide what efforts need your support.

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