Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend is a town-wide theme party that you won’t forget. Highlights include live entertainment, contests, games, merchants, and plenty of grub and grog. Be sure to bring the kids! Throughout Rock Hall. 8/10 through 8/12. 410-935-3491. www.rockhallpirates.com/
As the nation’s more than 75 million boating enthusiasts look to the beginning of the 2012 boating season, one regional marina, Haven Harbour Marina of Rock Hall, MD., is busy at work on its latest capital improvement project to enhance its facility, well-known by generations of Mid-Atlantic recreational and transient boaters. The project will be completed by April 1.
Capital improvements underway include:
•Removing and replacing Red Dock, one of its three docks. Specifically, the contractor, Dissen & Juhn Company, Stevensville, MD., is removing the existing 400 LF fixed timber pier and replacing it with a state-of-the-art floating dock, manufactured by Sullivan Flotation Systems. About 70 slips, mostly 45′ and 50′ slips with full-length finger piers will be installed along with a few 40′ and 30′ slips. All the new finger piers will be stable 4′ wide structures that will stand about 20″ above the water. The dock will include both tie pilings between each finger pier and midship pilings for spring lines.
•Dredging the entire area to 6.5′ mean low water (MLW). The contractor, Lindstrom Excavating, will dredge approximately 12,000 CY. Dissen & Juhn Company will also be called upon to reach inside the existing slips with their large crane and dig out each slip to over -6’ mlw. The new design layout for Red Dock will allow a minimum of 1-½ times the length of the slip for maneuverability in front of the slip.
•Upgrade utility systems and fuel dock. A new cast aluminum lighthouse style pedestal will service each slip with ball valves for freshwater. The electrical system will be upgraded to supply up to 1600 amps to the 70 new slips. The fuel dock building will be upgraded to increase capacity and to provide a modern fuel system monitoring and accounting system. The electrical and fuel contractors are Relay Electric Company of Chestertown, MD., and Coastal Pump & Tank of Harrington, DE., respectively.
“At Haven Harbour we have a long-standing commitment to providing a superior marina experience,” says Jonathan L.A. Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Each year we reinvest in a capital project to add value for our customers. We want to provide the best services and resort amenities to meet every boater’s needs. We are not going to forget where we came from so both boaters with small vessels as well as yacht owners feel at home here,” he adds.
Originally built in the early 1970s, Haven Harbour Marina is a comprehensive destination yachting center, full service boatyard and family-oriented marina situated on the protected cove of The Haven on Swan Creek in Rock Hall, MD., the heart of the prime cruising grounds of the Chesapeake Bay. Recognized as a world-class facility, the marina includes resort amenities and transient dockage, as well as comprehensive marine maintenance and repair services performed by industry certified staff.
Over the years Haven Harbour Marina has received numerous accolades including National Marina of the Year, Best Resort Marina and Best Customer Service. For more information, contact (410) 778-6697 or (800) 506-6697, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.havenharbour.com.
In photo: Dredging at Haven Harbour Marina’s Red Dock will allow a minimum of 1-½ times the length of the slip for maneuverability in front of the slip. The dredging project is only one of the capital improvements taking place at the award-winning marina, which is well known by generations of Mid-Atlantic recreational and transient boaters.
The Rock Hall mayor and council passed Ordinance 2011-05 by a unanimous vote. It outlaws feral cat colonies in town. All five council members were present at the meeting. After several minor amendments, the change to the town’s animal control ordinance removes all references to feral cats. Those with two or more cats have a “colony,” and if a complaint is received, the town will set a deadline for the kitties to be exiled.
Rock Hall Mayor Bob Willis and the Town Council agreed to language on a resolution that will hopefully settle the issue of prayer at council meetings and other local government functions in Rock Hall, according to Willis. The resolution will continue to allow prayer at the onset of every meeting, inviting clergy from different faiths to lead the prayer.
Willis said the resolution will not ask clergy members to change the way they deliver their prayers. “We are not going to censor prayers from any clergy’s faith,” Willis said. “But we are going to ask them to be mindful of other faiths when they deliver the prayer.”
Willis said there was an outburst from an audience member on the financial cost of deciding the issue, which caused him to take the matter into closed session. Willis said if no clergy is present at the meeting, Council Member Susan Francis or Olin “Butch” Price have volunteered to lead the prayer.
Gren Whitman, who raised the issue in June on Constitutional grounds, said the resolution is a “big step in the right direction” but would not elaborate until the resolution had passed.
The Rock Hall election of 2011 passed into the history books after a full day of down-to-the-wire campaigning and a historic late night coin-toss to decide a Council seat. Council Member Robert Willis beat incumbent Rosalie Kuechler and former Council Member Dave Jones for the Mayor’s seat. Willis’s Council seat is now vacant. Susan Francis, owner of Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Rock Hall, won an open Council seat with 259 votes, the most votes received by any council candidate. Incumbent John Toulson lost his bid for a third term on the Council, falling 52 votes shy of Brian Jones and Brian Nesspor, who tied at 204 votes for the second Council seat.
Shirley Ritterberry, owner of a two-story frame building at 5945 Rock Hall Road, discovered a fire in her living room. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s report, the cause of the fire was accidental, caused by an electric baseboard heater. A smoke alarm was activated, but there were no sprinklers installed. No injuries were reported. Damage to the 2,200-square-foot home is estimated at $90,000, with an additional $10,000 damage to the contents of the home.
For the past four years a merry band of participants tries to beat their New Year’s hangovers by jumping in the Chesapeake on New Year’s Day. Come celebrate the New Year with us by coming out to jump in, put your toes in, or just simply watch the madness unfold. All we ask is that you bring a small donation to help support our local fire hall. Come one and come all to the Rock Hall Beach at high noon on New Years Day, and see the crazies jump in the water all in the name of the Rock Hall Fire hall. Contact Tom and Skye Pardini, email email@example.com. At Rock Hall Beach, Rock Hall. noon. For more information, visit www.rockhallmd.com/calendar2.php?month=January&date=2011. 484-363-0782.
Bring in the new year…Eastern Shore (Mardi Gras) style. There will be a parade at 6:30 p.m. along with a cash prize hat contest- be sure to come wearing your craziest/most festive hat! There will be music throughout the night at several venues. Count down the New Year, with the famous “Rockfish Drop” and fireworks at midnight, at Rock Hall Harbor Bulkhead. Dance at Rock Hall Fire House from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Trolley transport is provided from dance (at the fire hall) to the “Rockfish Drop.” Then, head back to the firehouse for breakfast, which will be served at 1 a.m. At the Rock Hall Firehouse and Harbor Bulkhead. 410-639-7611. Rockhallmd.com
Handcrafted items including Christmas decorations and ornaments, candy, fresh greenery, wreathes, flowers, dried wreathes, trees and swags, decorative and functional pottery, quilts, placemats and table runners, tree skirts, doll clothes, knit items, carved ducks and more will be for sale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. At Rock Hall Fire House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through 11/27. 410-778-1432.
Friday, November 26-Saturday, November 27
Saturday, September 25th- features a carnival atmosphere with over fifty craft vendors, three music venues featuring steel band, acoustic, big band, and blues sounds, a Fun Run for kids at 1:30 p.m. (everybody wins!) plus clowns, jugglers, and other roving entertainment. Food includes local seafood, BBQ, pit beef, funnel cakes, and ice cream. Boats on display to reflect Rock Hall’s unique heritage on the Bay. Clowns, magic shows, mime, kid-made crafts, homemade baked goods, Giant Slide and Moon Bounce, goat milking, pony rides, and more. The Amazing Zorak and the Good Life Theatre will perform and Nicolo Whimsey returns. At Downtown Rock Hall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, rain or shine. www.mainstayrockhall.org/fallfest 410-708-0718.