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PADDLE UP SERVICE

PADDLE UP SERVICE
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
Waterfront Property Photo and story by Bill Hughes Whenever there is a ton of rain up north, there's only one place it is going to go and that's downhill. Last Thursday and Friday's relentless rain came up the east coast and saturated the area so much that once again overflowing caused extensive flooding in our county. One of the busiest roads is Bridge Street in Elkton. Howard Street by the Eder Park little league fields was under several feet of water, as was Delaware Avenue which is never a surprise to locals in the Elkton area when more than half a foot of rain comes this way. Many Elkton residents were wondering about the newly heightened road construction that was designed to help alleviate the problem. According to Elkton Mayor Joseph Fisona, the construction was designed for 3-4 inches of rain and not the 7 that we had. It was coming down in buckets, he said about Thursday night's downpours. Rescue boats from Singerly, Water Witch in Port Deposit and North East were busy as they went out and checked to make sure no one was stranded. We just helped two people get off the gazebo, said Ethan Dooling of Water Witch Fire Company about the Eder Park structure. Ethan rode along with his dad Allen Dooling and Singerly's Cathy Farrell patroling the flooded area before going over to Marina Park. Not only did the flood affect drivers and businesses, but also the homeless who find any place they can to get rest. That's usually my sleeping spot, said Geanie Anton about the Schagrin Gas location on Bridge Street. Thank goodness there's no fatalities and everyone's okay. Geanie was on her way to the grocery store in Big Elk Mall, but was reluctant to walk through the waist high deep water for her size. I have a bad leg, I was going to the ACME, she said while contemplating walking out to Landing Lane and down Route 40 to get there. Then concerned citizen, Lee Yonce of Elkton came over to check on Geanie and get updates on others. How's the homeless, he asked. I'm one of them, Geanie said. They've lost tents. Everyone's lost everything. I wonder if there's anyplace to place tents. Some had no choice, but to wade through the flooded Bridge Street between Jo Jo's Hot Dogs and Jake's Burgers. Horrible, said Eric Scott (in photo) of Chef On The Run Catering who had to gather fresh bread delivered on the other side by Jo Jo's and carry it over. Probably the hardest work my legs have ever had. Another person who had no choice but to walk through the water was Terry Taylor (in photo with bike) of Elkton who is homeless and was trying to get to his morning shower before 11am. He had let a buddy use his Moped, so he was glad he had a Raleigh 10 speed bike as a backup to cross. I knew as soon I hit it, I wasn't going to make it, Terry said about pedaling across. I'm glad it didn't go over my waist because I had my phone in my pocket. I wish I had a towel on me. I'm homeless. I'm originally from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Business on Howard Street was at a stand still except for the District Court parking lot. One local business owner took advantage of the high water for a little sightseeing adventure. I went out there and ran the bases, said Tidewater Tattoo Studio owner Rob Massimiano (in photo on kayak checking out a submerged Dodge Neon) about the Elkton Little League field. I've had my business on Main Street for 24 years and I've always wanted to go out there. Although the parking lots with three flooded vehicles were unavailable, Rob was still able to make it to the back of Brothers Pizza where owner Mario Testa (in photo) came out to present a slice of his White Broccoli Special for an unusual paddle up service. It was the best, said Rob who then traveled over to the Elkton Farmers Market and finished his meal. The local thrift store in downtown found a way to open their shop in the morning since the front entrance was available. The business still had shoppers finding their way in. One volunteer said they had a costumer making donations all the way from York, Pennsylvania. I had to park over at the hospital, said Good As New chairman Frenchy Lightcap. We (volunteers) all had to park in the parking garage. It rained so much last night that I knew we'd have some flooding. I called Jean Moran at Union Hospital and told her that we have a new service at Good As New, SWIMMING LESSONS.

THE PRECIOUS PEPPERONI ROLL-A-THON

THE PRECIOUS PEPPERONI ROLL-A-THON
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
Mario's Photo and story by Bill Hughes bhug82@yahoo.com A recently opened Mario's Pizza in Cherry Hill Plaza is up and running and gaining popularity. Already some new customers are now regulars. You may know owner Mario Testa from the Main Street shop Brothers, in Elkton, which is still operating. First let me say that when you walk into Mario's, he will greet you right away. We see some of the best greetings at pizza parlors here in Cecil County, not all, but many. But when Mario see's you, you might be welcomed with a friendly and sincere, hey buddy, how you doing? or hey hon, how you doing? He says it like he knows you and it is a good feeling. Now some teenagers may say hey dude or worse yet, bud, which is not a good way to greet a customer unless maybe your another teenager, but Mario is a great host. People have noticed that small gesture which is important to him. It is just as important as the meals they make there. We're doing good here, said Mario last Saturday morning. We just picked up a lot of (W.L.) Gore customers. We have been here a week and have a lot repeat customers everyday. They're excited about the changes we've made and the air conditioning. I'd like to say thank you to all the customers and support for nine years to give us a chance to open up a new location. One of his new customers liked it so much, she has not stopped going back. It's very good, said Jessica Baker who works next door at the High's Dairy Store. I actually ate there everyday last week. Their pizza is the best around. I've had the garlic nuts and the pepperoni twists. That was bangin! (delicious). They have very good hospitality to. I was in with a friend just looking and he gave us a hunk, (pizza sample). That was a plus. Pizza is nothing new to Cherry Hill Plaza, as another favorite had closed a few months ago. Rosa's had been in the same spot for many years. We get a lot of Rosa's customers who said they miss them, said Mario. Italian cuisine runs in his family and the Brother's Pizza in Drexel Hill. Pennsylvania was the first here in the states. We are six brothers and we all have a pizza place including one in Naples, Italy, Pizza E Vai. It means Pizza And Go. Mario is also grateful to his staff who work hard to deliver quality fare. I also want to thank my employees for their commitment to the work, including my daughter Briana, Ronnnie Kegley and my wife Nikki. Ronnie Kegley, (in photo) who works at the Brothers on Main Street, puts on a show as he tosses pizza dough into the air. It stretches the dough, but it also gives the atmosphere of the old fashioned way to make pizza. The kids love it, Mario said. In photo from left, are Ronnie Kegley, Jeff Rusk, Juan, Mario Testa and his daughter Briana Testa. Besides his cheese pizza, he has a palatable sausage and mushroom pizza to. The Pepperoni Rolls (in photo) he serves, have a soft dough inside served with a small cup of pizza sauce that is pleasing to the taste. His Caprese rustic sandwich with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes and olive oil on handmade focaccia bread is amazing. We make it fresh right here, said Mario of the specialty bread. The Zeppoli for dessert is very similar to those scrumptious funnel cakes that will be at the Cecil County Fair this weekend. The establishment uses nearby (Elsmere, Delaware) Serpe & Sons sub and kaiser rolls and Nottingham, Pennsylvania's, Herr's products for the chips. For proper ambiance, Mario uses his own personal Ipod filled with about 900 Italian songs. Mario's is located at 42 Beauchamp Road in Cherry Hill off of Route 213. He is open seven days a week and you can call 410-392-3111. He also delivers within five miles away and there will be a dining room opening before Christmas if all goes well. Buon appetito.

Signal Bridge with Phase Break Indicators

Signal Bridge with Phase Break Indicators
Made by Matt Blaze
10 April 2010, Perryville, MD. Signal bridge with four Phase break indicator signals on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor, just east of Perryville, MD. These unusual signals, first used on the electrified sections of the Pennsylvania Railroad, consist of eight lamps in a circular arrangement and without the round target plate usually found on railroad position signals. (The three downward protrusions from the opposite side of the signal bridge are conventional signals facing the other direction; they are not part of the phase break signals). Phase break indicators protect the boundaries between sections of track served by different power plants that may be out of phase with one another. The signals illuminate when the phase difference between the two sections exceeds a small threshold. All lamps illuminate to indicate that the phase break is active, otherwise, the signal is dark. Engineers approaching an illuminated phase break signal are required to take special precautions to avoid bridging the two out-of-phase sections as their trains pass through the transition. I believe that this represents a rare example of a non-fail-safe railroad signal design. Most signaling schemes have the property that a single component or communications failure is guaranteed to cause the signal to appear at least as restrictive as it would without the fault. But the phase break indicator is at its most restrictive when fully illuminated, a violation of fail-safe design principles. Phase break indicator signals are quite uncommon. Most electrified tracks with power section boundaries don't use them (they rely instead on permanently de-energized gap sections that are long enough to prevent bridging but short enough to allow trains to coast through them). The advantage of the signal indicator arrangement is that under normal conditions, with the sections in phase, trains can just continue at speed through the transition with no special procedures required. Amtrak presently maintains these signals at just two locations. One is on the Northeast Corridor main line between New York and Washington, at Perryville, MD (shown here). Another set can be found on the Philadelphia-Harrisburg line at Thorndale. There was a third set just outside the New Jersey portal of the North River (Hudson River) tunnels, but they reportedly were recently removed. Perryville's and Thorndale's signals may be the only surviving examples dating from the Pennsylvania Railroad era. There are also (newer) installations of the signals at the (electrical) boundaries between Amtrak and the Metro-North New Haven line and between Amtrak and SEPTA's ex-Reading trunk (in Philadelphia). Nikkor 85mm/2.8 PC-E lens (@ f/8), Nikon D3x camera (@ ISO 100). No emulsions were harmed in the making of this image. 1206

22/100 Strangers - Kathy

22/100 Strangers - Kathy
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
On a cool morning today, hundreds of people showed up for a 5K Run/Walk during Union Hospital's, Race For The Ribbon. Meet Kathy. She was participating with two of her friends. I met her here at East High Street as she was turning onto North Street in Elkton. I'm a two and a half year survivor, said Kathy from Joppatowne, Maryland who was with two of her friends all workmates from W.L Gore. We're just trying to help support the cause. Take it one day at a time and don't give up hope. Race For The Ribbon 2010 Photo and story by BIll Hughes Hundreds of runners and walkers slipped on some comfortable shoes on a cool Saturday morning at Union Hospital for a 5K (3.1 mile) excursion through the downtown streets of Elkton during Race For The Ribbon 2010. The event started precisely at 8 am on High Street and zig zagged through the quite streets. It was the 5th Annual Race For The Ribbon, said Brian Kozminski, marketing assistant at Union Hospital. We had a total of 400 participants who walk or ran in the event. We raised over $23,000. All proceeds benefit Union Hospital's Breast Health Center. Even though the next run/walk is a year away, it's not too early to think about the event. The Race For The Ribbon is held annually on the second Saturday of October, said Kozminski. One of the participants, Kathy Gatch, (in photo) a W.L. Gore employee from Joppatowne, Maryland, had a special interest in the day with the company of some of her workmates while wearing a Fight Like A Girl shirt. I'm a two and a half year survivor, she said. Our company was sponsoring us. We're just trying to help support the cause. It's a beautiful day to walk. Kathy has a message for others dealing with cancer. Take one day at a time and don't give up hope. To look at other photogs work on the same assignment, click here, www.100strangers.com.

Day 110: A case of the Mondays

Day 110: A case of the Mondays
Made by vandyll.net
Let's see, here's a short chronology of today: 1) At 5:00AM, before getting ready for work, I tried to check my email. No internet service. 2) The lock on my driver side door decided to become nonfunctional. I spent much of the day having to climb in from the passenger door. 3) Some asshats ram into each other on i-95, turning my typical 90 minute commute into a 3 hour stress fest. 4) I am super late to work, and spend the day trying to catch up. 5) Seems that the screwed up fiber cable that killed all internet service to our town also effected the nearest cell tower. At least that's what the window-licking support people would have you think. So, no cell service at the house most of the day. 6) Internet finally comes back after about 18 hours. This leads my wife to trying to power up her laptop. Her laptop said no. Now I have to figure out if it's the power adapter or the motherboard. Ugh. 7) What? After all that you expect a #7?? Damn sadists!!! So, yeah. this face fits this day. bleh PS: for the record, I generally comment people on a Quid Pro Quo basis. I have a 12+ hour work/commute day, family responsibilities, and other things to attend to. So, I tend to first comment people that actually comment here on a regular basis. If time permits, I comment as much as possible. Especially to photos that really jump out at me. So, if I haven't commented you lately, nothing personal. I am getting caught up, I promise. Now, g'night all.

Temporary Home

Temporary Home
Made by ♪RiSe♫AnD♪sInG♫
Little boy, 6 years old A little too used to bein' alone. Another new mom and dad,another school, Another house that'll never be home. When people ask him how he likes this place... He looks up and says, with a smile upon his face, This is my temporary home It's not where I belong. Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through. This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know this is my Temporary Home. Young mom on her own. She needs a little help, got nowhere to go. She's lookin' for a job, lookin' for a way out, Because a half-way house will never be a home. At night she whispers to her baby girl, Someday we'll find our place here in this world. This is our temporary home. It's not where we belong. Windows and rooms that we're passin' through. This is just a stop, on the way to where we're going. I'm not afraid because I know this is our Temporary Home. Old man, hospital bed, The room is filled with people he loves. And he whispers don't cry for me, I'll see you all someday. He looks up and says, I can see God's face. This is my temporary Home It's not where I belong. Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through. This was just a stop,on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know... this was My temporary home. This is our temporary home...

Day 155: Imperfection #4: Me

Day 155: Imperfection #4: Me
Made by vandyll.net
I had another imperfection in mind for today, but after the past couple of days, I thought I would do a more general one. So, todays imperfection is me. No one is perfect, but I am sometimes amazed at how far from perfect I can be. But the thing that keeps me going is the fact that I know I at least try. I try to be the best person I can be, but sometimes I fall short. In the end, all I will ever ask is that my kids become a better person than me. I will consider that my biggest success in life. This has been a weird week, but I made it to the doctor today (after my wife wouldn't let up on it). The initial diagnosis is Ocular Migraines. More than likely they are brought on by the fact that I am in front of a computer screen for 16+ hours a day. Combine that with stress and an average of 4 hours of sleep per night.... yeah, I am sometimes surprised that I am still alive. Tomorrow I am going in for bloodwork (for something different), then we're shopping for primer and paint. Watch for more details on that over the weekend. And then to the county fair! (oh, and the tripod mount broke off of my Duaflex tonight. I am way bummed about that. time to find another one i guess) Processing was levels, curves for contrast, high pass sharpening, some cross precessing, and 6x6 crop.

1960s - The B&O Travelers' Christmas Tree

1960s - The B&O Travelers' Christmas Tree
Made by clotho98
Beginning in 1948, every Christmas the B&O Railroad would decorate a giant holly tree that stands beside the tracks, just north of Baltimore, in Cecil County, Maryland. A tree lighting ceremony was held, Christmas carols were sung, and of course Santa was there for the kids. During the time that the tree was decorated, all the trains would slow down as they passed, and the Porters on board would gather all the children over to the windows so that they could get a good view of the tree. I recently found a site online, that has a copy of part of a recording that captures the magic of the 1954 lighting ceremony, including carols by the B & O Glee Club and the B & O Womens' Music Choir. Musical selections directed by Dr. James Allan Dash, a narration by the master of ceremonies Walter Linthicum, gasps of delight and loud applause, and much more. You can find this wonderful piece of history here: www.cchistory.org/hollytreeshort.mp3 This photo was taken in mid-1960s of my grandfather, C. Vernon Cowan, and two other gentlemen (whose names I unfortunately don't know), in the cherry picker preparing to light the tree by the tracks at the tree lighting ceremony.

Thank A Mailman Day

Thank A Mailman Day
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
Everybody get your smiles and thank you's together for tomorrow's Thank A Mailman Day. It's a day to give thanks and show appreciation for getting the mail to you. I was on the lookout for a walking mail carrier today and spotted Ron, one of Elkton's finest at the corner of Main Street and Delaware Avenue. Ron wasn't aware of the holiday as probably 99% of the world isn't either, but according to Giftypedia and Holiday Insight web sites, there is indeed one. I've been doing this for twenty eight years, he said while walking to the next house. I'm lucky to have a good route out here and everyone appreciates the job I do. Ron knows what he has to do and aims to please. It's not a hard job, but it's important to do the job right, he said before delivering to an awaiting resident who just walked outside to greet him. According to Wikipedia, the United States Postal Service has no motto, but as the inscription reads above the columns of the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City, Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, - Herodotus To learn more about the postal service you can go to www.usps.com.

21/100 Strangers - Andrew

21/100 Strangers - Andrew
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
So I'm covering Riverfest in historic Charlestown today and was about ready to leave. This whole day was filled with photo opportunities and I knew I had more than enough pics plus I still want to come back tomorrow for the last day. Then I heard this musician on stage singing In My Head by Jason Derulo. I'd heard the song before, but noticed that this guy on stage had a unique presence and style. I had a hunch he was local, but he seemed polished and someone you'd expect to hear on mainstream radio. He was that good. Meet singer-songwriter Andrew Robear from Colora, Maryland. Yes he's from Cecil County, new to the music scene and a Philadelphia Phillies fan. A local kid with a ton of talent. After one of his songs, he took time to remind the audience about the importance of today being 9/11. This is really a sad day. A person beside you, you may not know. Remember we're all Americans and we're all in this together. To listen to some of Andrew's music click here, www.myspace.com/andrewrobear To check out other photogs working on the same assignment, click here, www.100strangers.com.

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge
Made by jcbwalsh
Bayview, MD, USA The Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge is a great example of why these structures are now so rare, but also why any still exist at all. It was built around 1860 and was in regular use until the 1930's when it was bypassed for a concrete bridge. The bridge was not well maintained and in 1958 heavy snow finally collapsed the roof. The bridge was described a year later as a skeletonized ruin. Fortunately it was restored that same year. Another 50 years passed and in 2010 the bridge was again restored, this time by some great folks from New Hampshire. If you're lucky enough to visit the bridge, be sure to check out the decking. It's a unique system I've never seen before. The planks are secured in a kind of rail at the ends, but not nailed down. Many of them spring up and down as you walk on them. For free interactive maps of all the covered bridges in Maryland and the rest of the United States visit coveredbridgemap.com. Share and enjoy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

26/100 STRANGERS - SUSAN

26/100 STRANGERS - SUSAN
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
Woman's clothing stores are everywhere in the world. Woman's vintage clothing stores are not and a new trendsetter in Elkton with an old heart is raising some eyebrows. Susan from Fair Hill, has opened up her new boutique in the Cecil Village Shop on South Bridge Street in Elkton. I'm an art therapist. I paint and draw, said Susan wearing her vintage flapper clouche. After my mom died, I started collecting vintage clothing. I called it retail therapy because it was something I enjoy doing. My favorite (style) is the 20's and art nouveau. It's the hat that does it for the vintage cloche. More on Susan and her new boutique next week. I met Susan at the Cecil Village Shop's food court and said a quick hello. Thinking that she might have walked right out of a silent movie, I new she had a story to tell. After looking around at the antiques, I saw that she was running a small boutique and asked her about it. I'm working on a story for next week's issue for the Cecil Guardian. To check out other photogs working on the same assignment, click here, www.100strangers.com.

Day 154: Imperfection #3: Made of scars

Day 154: Imperfection #3: Made of scars
Made by vandyll.net
Accompanying yesterdays shot should be one with scars. They do go hand in hand where I am concerned. I have a nice variety of them from a wide range of causes. Just the ones on my face range from surgery to chicken pox and to fighting (a couple from that). And that doesn't count the non-facial ones, some of which involved knives, gun shots, and general stupidity. If my body were able to tell a story, I guess it would be jam packed with violence. I had a lot more I wanted to do with todays idea, but today has been complete shit, and I just don't have the energy or attention span. Plus, I need to set up an appointment with the doctor. I've been having some issues with headaches, light headedness, spots, and my equilibrium being off.

St. Francis Xavier Mission, 1704

St. Francis Xavier Mission, 1704
Made by Big Mike 42
Old Bohemia, near Warwick, Cecil County, Maryland. Seat of Catholic missionary efforts in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, begun by the Jesuits and carried on by diocesan priests after the Society of Jesus was suppressed, through the 18th and 19th centuries and well into the 20th until supplanted by the establishment of a parish in nearby Middletown, Delaware, which administers the still-active cemetery while a society of interested people has taken responsibility for the church and other buildings. The first church was built in 1704, this in 1912. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. traces its origins to an academy established at this place.

Born To Run

Born To Run
Made by The Bill Hughes Gazette
Helly will not be at the Iditarod in the frigid temperatures of Alaska on March 5th, but this half German Shorthair Pointer and half Alaskan husky sure kicks up the snow during races in the Pennsylvania area and last December's run in Fair Hill. Owner Lynda brought her pooches including Miky, a big friendly Alaskan Malamute who was part of the sled dog demonstrations at the Fair Hill Nature Center this afternoon. Helly and the other race dogs didn't run today because there was not enough room for the pack that go in excess of 20-22 miles per hour. The real Iditarod starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome for a total of 1,150 miles.

DSC04256.JPG

DSC04256.JPG
Made by mdmarkus66
This is the bridge at Chesapeake City, MD over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Though it wasn't posted and it's obviously visible in public, when i got to the crest of the bridge a state trooper pulled up and asked me what i was doing. He said that the Corps of Engineers is very nervous about people taking pictures. I agreed to leave, but i wonder what they'd think of having it on the internet, geotagged no less. Show location with: Google Earth (must be installed) Google Maps

AB 1970

AB 1970
Made by jcbwalsh
The Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge in Bay View, Maryland was beautifully restored in 2010. I normally hate to see graffiti on an old bridge, but in this case I found it somehow wonderful to see these old arches still doing their work. For free interactive maps of all the covered bridges in Maryland and the rest of the United States visit coveredbridgemap.com. Share and enjoy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

If I go crazy.... (18 of 365)

If I go crazy.... (18 of 365)
Made by vandyll.net
You called me strong, you called me weak But your secrets I will keep You took for granted all the times I Never let you down You stumbled in and bumped your head, if Not for me then you would be dead I picked you up and put you back On solid ground If I go crazy then will you still Call me Superman If I'm alive and well will you be There holding my hand I'll keep you by my side with my Superhuman might -Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down Trying out some new processing with this one for a gritty look. Thoughts? Part of the theme set I am working on.

Port Road Flashback

Port Road Flashback
Made by THE Mastadon
A late-running STES-4 train was rolling off Conrail's Port Road branch at Otsego Street in Perryville as the Amtrak dispatcher rolled the dice and gave the auto-part hotshot a signal onto the Northeast Corridor back in 1994. The usually night-only freight rule on the Corridor can occasionally be bent, and every so often a daylight train could be nabbed here. The little-used connection to CSX's Philadelphia Subdivision is what is diverging off from Conrail at this point and the overpass is US 40.

bumble-tired

bumble-tired
Made by vandyll.net
The kids volunteered (against their wills) to help me play around with some lighting. While there was much fun (despite the kicking and screaming that would have signaled otherwise), there is still much for me to learn. Madelyn (and Molly) grabbed their Halloween costumes for the testing. Zack just threw me out a few smiles and tolerated me. These were done with two 250W hot lights shot through 30 inch white umbrellas. So much still to learn, and I am open for suggestions.



Nearest places of interest:

Aberdeen, Maryland
Aberdeen Proving Ground
Chesapeake City, Maryland
Pennsylvania and Chesepeake RR:Clayton Terminus (Abandoned Line)
  Elkton, Maryland
Fair Hill Nature Reserve
Havre de Grace - Historic District
Havre de Grace, Maryland

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