Op-Ed: What Zero-Tolerance Policy on Immigrant Families Means on the Mid-Shore by Steve Parks

The plight of children separated from their undocumented immigrant parents along the southwest border is epitomized by a pair of 1-year-olds. A girl, recently reunited with her mother after 85 days in detention, was covered in lice and encrusted dirt. She now clings to her mother’s legs and cries whenever Mama tries to move. The other 1-year-old drank milk from a bottle as an embarrassed judge asked, as required, if the boy understood his immigration status. What’s your mother’s name, son? Mama.

It’s not known where the parents of that child or hundreds of others, many under the age of 5, are being detained after their children were taken from them. It could be in one of four adult detention centers in Maryland, including one in Snow Hill.

 “This keeps us safe?” asks Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center on Bay Street, just behind the former Safeway supermarket in Easton. Since the policy announced in April by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, immigrant clients seeking help from the center rose to four a week on average, up from one a week. Seventy percent live in Talbot County, 20 percent in Caroline, with others scattered about the region.

A plurality is from Guatemala, where Peters, then of the Peace Corps, built a school and applied his forestry skills in creating a park. A 36-year civil war prevented most immigrants from that impoverished Central American nation and those to the south from reaching the U.S.-Mexican border until about 20 years ago. A residential and commercial building boom in Easton starting in 2001 drew immigrants to Talbot where they work not only in construction, but also in restaurants, agriculture, landscaping, crab-picking and house-cleaning.

Typically, they send much of their earnings back home. Some spend thousands of dollars to bring relatives here on tourist or seasonal work visas. Now the federal government is cracking down on such visas for immigrants south of the border, which makes it harder to find workers for these jobs. Canadians, who don’t even need a visa to enter the U.S., are not subjected to the same scrutiny.

The brother of an immigrant living in Easton returned time and again on work visas. But this spring he was detained at the border, accompanied by his 8-year-old son. The boy has been detained separately for more than a month at a Bethany Christian Services facility charging the government $700 per diem per child. (Betsy DeVos, U.S. Education Secretary, reportedly has had financial ties to Bethany.) Peters is handling the case, filing paperwork for the 8-year-old’s release. “But there’s always one more thing,” he says, dragging the process out. “Most of my clients are illiterate.” Misspellings and other errors abound. If the case is “won” and the child is found eligible for release into the custody of a family member—usually not the parent apprehended at the border and deported—there’s the matter of vetting the relative and paying for the child’s transportation.

A Marydel client was told it would cost $3,100 to fly her 10-year-old daughter from a detention center near the border. Peters found a ticket for $375. But there’s the cost of flying someone to accompany the minor and paying for that person’s lodging. “Now they want to charge her for fingerprinting and an inspection of her home,” he says. The tab is now $1,500 and counting.

The brother of another Marydel woman was detained at the border with his 2-year-old son. The brother is being held in Seattle. His sister asked Peters to represent her family. The 2-year-old was put on the phone with Peters and the aunt, who the toddler has never met.  “The boy was just wailing the whole time,” Peters says. “All we’re achieving with this policy is hurting these families—people who’ve already gone through all kinds of hell.”

About 200, many of them fathers, are detained in Snow Hill. Will they ever see their kids again?

Absent other factors, such as previous illegal entries, crossing the border without documentation is a misdemeanor.

Steve Parks is a retired journalist who worked for Newsday on Long Island and for the Baltimore Sun and once interned for the Star-Democrat.   


Letter to the Editor: Vote on Tuesday as If Your Life Depended on It

Vote on Tuesday as ff your life depended on it.

Because it does. Especially if you believe:

That Democracy requires checks and balances on the Party and President in power.
That monopolies and “dictatorships” without accountability are dangerous.
That Character and Values like honesty, civility, and moral courage matter.
That Servant Leadership..putting “ Country and all Americans above Party and self” is needed now more than ever.

Then, we need to vote Tuesday for the one democrat who can beat harris in the fall….Jesse Colvin. ( Disclosure: I am an Independent who registered as a Democrat to vote for Jesse)

Jesse stands out among the ‘New Generation of Leaders’, who:

* As an Army Ranger who served four tours in Afghanistan, ran toward problems and led his team to solve them together. Jesse will put “Country above self”.

* Leads with rare Moral Courage as exemplified by exposing illegal dealings on Wall Street as a business leader. Jesse will do the right thing no matter how difficult.

*Has proven commitment to children and all vulnerable Americans with his focus on Health Care and Medicare for All, Equal Rights for Women, a Stronger Safety Net for Seniors and Veterans , and serious Gun Violence Reforms. Jesse will not stand idle while precious school kids are needlessly killed or terrified toddlers are taken from their refugee mothers.

* In very important ways, Jesse stands for justice..for all citizens not just the elite. And Colvin equates to character..his entire life has been value-based.

Vote for justice and character on Tuesday. Vote for Jesse Colvin.

….because our lives depend on it.

Johnny O’Brien


Food Friday: Out of the Mouths of Babes

An impressive array of fruits and vegetables are ripening this very minute. As you sit reading this on your phone, I hope you have got some reusable shopping backs in the back of your car, and you are ready to hit the farmers’ markets with enthusiasm. You need to go stock up on blueberries and cherries. Right now. No delay. Because you can make the easiest desserts without worrying about anything but the deliciousness that comes with summer fruits.

I have finally reached an age where my son can share his own advice and recipes. This is one of the wonders of overlapping lives. Had I known this about him back when we were pacing the floor early in the morning, when he was wailing and wouldn’t sleep, when I discovered that the farm report on TV was a real thing, and not just a myth, it might have cheered my sleep-deprived self a little, and lifted my weary soul knowing that one day he would grow and thrive and be much taller than I was. That after the dark despair of those nights, I would one day be given a recipe for blueberry cobbler by a mewling, puking, outraged infant. Imagine that!

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler (courtesy of the New York Times)

4 ½ cups fresh blueberries
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
¾ cup heavy cream, plus additional for serving, if desired

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. To prepare the berries, place in a bowl and toss with the sugar and flour. Set aside.
To make the dough, mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cream and mix lightly, just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Put the blueberries in a 1 1/2-quart gratin or baking dish. Make patties out of the dough, 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick. Arrange them over the top of the berries. Bake until the topping is brown and the juices bubble thickly around it, about 35 to 40 minutes.
Let cool slightly. Serve warm, with cream to pour on top, if desired.

Sadly, there is a hitch to my fairy tale: I prefer cherry crumble. I am not a big fan of baked blueberries, unless they come wrapped in a nice warm muffin. Forgive me, Tall One. Let me suggest that you try baking this cherry crumble this weekend, as one adult to another.

Fresh Cherry Crumble
(Thanks you, https://www.countryhillcottage.com/cherry-crumble/)

For cherry filling
2 lb / approximately 6 cups sweet cherries, cleaned and pitted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch

For the hazelnut streusel
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, cane sugar
1cup ground hazelnuts
2/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For decorating
confectioners’ sugar for decorating
1) Prep work
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grease the ramekins or pie dish with butter, vegetable, oil or baking spray.

2) Cook the cherries
Add the cherries, granulated sugar, and corn starch into a heavy bottom saucepan and stir until well combined. Let the cherries macerate for 20 minutes to 1 hour, so the fruits soften and draw juice. If the cherries don’t draw a lot of moisture, add 3/4 – 1 cup water or cherry juice.  Then cook the cherries for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cherries soften, and the mixture thickens. Stir constantly, so the fruit doesn’t burn at the bottom of the saucepan.

3) Make the hazelnut streusel
Add the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, hazelnuts, cinnamon, and cold butter cubes into a large mixing bowl. And knead into a crumbly mixture. Use your fingertips to squeeze together the dough to form large clumps.

4) Bake the crumble
Spoon the cherry mixture into the prepared baking dish(es) and top with the streusel. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm or cold with cream, or ice cream.

I’m not trying to have the last word. Really. I’ll make the Blueberry Cobbler for Mr. Friday. And he will be amazed, just like I was, that everyone is growing up and changing.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Spiritual Medium Returns to the Eastern Shore

Roland Comtois, Internationally acclaimed Spiritual Medium, Grief Specialist, best-selling Author, and Inspirational Speaker returns to the Eastern Shore after Sold Out Channeling events in June and November last year in Easton and St. Michaels. On June 23rd and June 26th he will offer two channeling/messaging events as well as a new event “The Sacred Awakening” on June 24th, and a Free Meet & Greet event in St. Michaels at Simpatico, Italy’s Finest. All events are open to the public.

Attendees to Roland’s events last year were amazed with his abilities to connect to loved ones and share powerful messages with specific information that the attendee could understand, and often times he clearly changed people’s lives after hearing the messages. Everyone who attended left with a greater understanding of the afterlife and communicating with your loved ones, and some received one of Roland’s signature Purple Papers.

These Purple Papers are documented messages Roland receives daily in meditation and pre-transcribed messages that bring peace and comfort beyond words to the recipients. The Purple Papers truly set Roland apart from others in his field. Examples of the Purple Papers are shown here:

Messages from past events in St. Michaels and Easton included helping a couple who lost their young daughter two months ago, someone who had lost two brothers from drug use (who also received a purple paper), sharing with a mother what he was feeling about whether a son had committed suicide or had an accident ( she also got a purple paper), apology messages from a mother to a son who had waited a lifetime to hear and many messages from mothers, fathers, and grandmothers, all full of love and hope.

For these June events, Roland will again be providing messages, addressing how to remain connected with your loved ones who have passed, dealing with grief, and the eternity of love. Roland’s following includes a global audience of all faiths and ages who look to him for affirmation that love is eternal, that heaven exists and spiritual connections are possible in every moment of time. Random attendees to the events will receive sacred messages from their loved ones, and some may also receive a Purple Paper.

Roland’s mission is all about eternal love and hope and helping people to take steps moving forward with their lives with the understanding their loved ones are always connected to them. The events are a compelling experience to those who have suffered loss to find strength through the love they shared. Roland is dedicated to helping people recognize that life – and love – do not end when someone passes.

The schedule for the channeling “Validating the Afterlife: Messages of Hope and Love” events and the other non-channeling events are as follows:

Saturday, June 23rd – Channeling Event: St. Michaels Community Center is the sponsor at the St. Michaels Inn, from 7 PM to 9 PM, tickets available through www.rolandcomtois.net under Events. $45.

Sunday, June 24th – A free Meet and Greet at Simpatico, Italy’s Finest in St Michaels from 1 PM to 3 PM, Roland will sign books, talk about the annual Spiritual and Cultural Italy Group Trip he co-hosts with Bobbi Parlett of Simpatico, Italy’s Finest and the Purple Papers. For information call 610-209-5409.

Sunday, June 24th – A new event “The Sacred Awakening: A Circle of Intention, Healing and Love at the St. Michaels Community Center 7 to 8:30 PM. $35 for tickets purchased at www.rolandcomtois.net before 6/18, $45 thereafter.

Tuesday, June 26th – Channeling Event: Evergreen Easton Point, Easton from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, tickets available through www.rolandcomtois.net under Events. $45.

Roland will also be signing copies of his page-turner books: ‘And Then There Was Heaven’, and ’16 Minutes’ after all events. For questions about the events call Bobbi Parlett on 610-209-5409. Roland’s Facebook page is under Roland M. Comtois Public Figure.

Guys, Cars, and Coffee at the Oxford Community Center

There is something extraordinarily satisfying in watching people, mostly men, gather exclusively to talk about and admire cars. Whether it be an exotic sports car parked on the street, or at a car show with the latest models from Detroit, or in this case, a Saturday morning in a small town where local car collectors gather coffee and conversation, it is a reminder of the simpler pleasures of American life.

The latter happens once a month in Oxford as the dozens of owners of vintage, exotic, or classic cars gather in front of the Oxford Community Center trade thoughts on the past, present and the future of automotive design.

The Spy stop by last yesterday for a quick look.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the Oxford Community Center other programs please go here

Learning What’s Important by George Merrill

One of the highlights of my life is a bi-weekly meeting I have with a small group of elders. We are men and women of “riper years” who, in the latter days of our lives, remain curious and wonder what this business of being alive is all about. Some of us are religious in the conventional sense. Others more eclectic, some atheistic and agnostic, but none nihilistic. The thread that connects us all is a feeling of wonder at being alive, the mystery at the heart of it and as we watch the shadows of our days lengthen, we examine what the afternoon light reveals in the landscape of our lives. The conversations can be moving, funny, or sad, but always life-giving.

For me, it’s an opportunity to grow in wisdom. I once thought wisdom was knowing something about everything. It isn’t. It’s knowing what’s most important.

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is a physician who has learned what is important.

She’s a lovely young woman who exudes heart felt authenticity. She met her husband while studying at Yale. He, too, was a physician. They married. Shortly into the marriage he was diagnosed with stage four cancer; tumors in the lungs and bones. In a presentation she made in a TED talk, our group watched and listened as she shared how she learned what was important. It was not easy to hear, but her message was clear and convincing; knowing what is truly important is doable, because if we can remember it, we always have some choices in how we live. Making those choices together with those we love leads to wisdom, and in themselves become expressions of that love.

“Out loud” was a pivotal metaphor in how both she and her husband negotiated their lives in the face of the husband’s impending death. The metaphor arose when one day he looked at her and said, “I want you to marry again.” She was floored at the directness, the generosity and love implied in his wish. “Whoa,” she exclaimed. “I guess we’re going to have to say things ‘out loud’ from now on.” And so, they did.

In preparing advanced directives, she spoke of their conversations as an affirmation of their love for each other, something about advanced directives that had never occurred to me in that way. She described how she felt when discussing the particulars in what he wished to have happen and what he would need from her. It was a statement about how neither would have to live this tragedy alone. As each spoke “out loud” the hopes and fears of their hearts, they grew closer in an unexpected way. Advance directives became for them not just an exercise in organizing their affairs, but also tangible expressions of their love story.

A particularly moving piece of their story was about making choices, specifically, within the limits of time they had together. Should he undergo extraordinary measures to sustain life? Should they have a child? They measured the time scrupulously to consider the realities of such a move. They calculated that with his life expectancy, he would be there for the birth for sure, but little beyond that. The decision was made to have a baby and she delivered a baby girl. About the time she delivered, he was failing rapidly. He told her he wanted no extraordinary measures. He asked her to bring the baby so he could hold her. Four hours after he held her, he said “I’m ready.” He died.

Light shines through some people. They transmit the light like saints in stained glass windows. The light can be generated in the crucible of white-hot suffering. Wisdom is refined in that crucible and it is offered for us to see, or in the case of Dr. Kalanithi’s story, to hear her account. She speaks “out loud”, too.

She speaks of a life lived fully not as one free from suffering, but because of it. An adversarial relationship to our suffering is often expressed by “fighting” the cancer, “beating” the heart disease, or “conquering” the illness. She does not see us as victors by winning battles. What she and her husband experienced was the discovery that there were shepherds there to guide and sustain them, not soldiers to fight for them. That is something very important.

Freedom, I once read, is not the absence of constraints, but the art of living freely within them. Dr. Kalanithi goes at some length in describing how living in the constraints of the illness, their oncologist worked with them as a co-creator in framing a medical regimen that realistically supported the ways the patient chose to live the remainder of his days. Her husband once told her that things would be OK. Was that to mean that they’d return to the things had been? They were OK if one understands, as she had come to understand, that to live a life fully, is to recognize that we are free enough to make the choices offered under the circumstances. There are typically more than we first imagine.

The opportunities that we have to compose a life in the face of adversities is getting more recognition. As a society, we’re beginning to accept the inevitability of suffering as a condition of being alive. As physicians, both Dr. Kalanithi and her husband knew this, but she says, “It’s another thing to actually live it.” The other message that we gleaned from her talk was the importance of candor, the ability to speak directly to the suffering and not hide or deny it. What grows from the open and shared acknowledgement of pain, the “out loud,” she describes as an increasingly deep intimacy following in its wake.

I know that everyone in the room that day was engrossed in listening to Dr. Kalanithi’s story. Most had been through significant loses; spouses, children and friends and many knew the anguish involved. But for all of us there was something hopeful in her story. I think it was the thought that when tragedy strikes, we’d remember the essence of what she said. And if I could summarize it I’d say, that at end of the day, it’s loving well that’s most important. The unendurable is endurable if we have someone there who loves us enough to walk with us in the time of shadows.

Columnist George Merrill is an Episcopal Church priest and pastoral psychotherapist.  A writer and photographer, he’s authored two books on spirituality: Reflections: Psychological and Spiritual Images of the Heart and The Bay of the Mother of God: A Yankee Discovers the Chesapeake Bay. He is a native New Yorker, previously directing counseling services in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Baltimore. George’s essays, some award winning, have appeared in regional magazines and are broadcast twice monthly on Delmarva Public Radio.

Talbot County Republicans Open Headquarters in Easton

The Republican Central Committee of Talbot County (RCCTC) has opened their election headquarters office at 110 North Washington Street in downtown Easton. It will be open through the November 2018 general election. Special guests at the opening were Dirk Haire, Chair of the Maryland Republican Party and Patrick O’Keefe, Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party.

In announcing the opening, RCCTC Chair Nick Panuzio noted “Voters deserve and need a convenient place where they can get information from our local, state and national Republican candidates on their backgrounds, as well as their views and positions on the issues of the day”.

RCCTC Vice Chair Connie Sheer also noted “We are committed to helping voters have ample opportunities to learn more about our Republican candidates, all of whom have a keen understanding of and common sense solutions for the issues of greatest interest to those who call Talbot County home.”

RCCTC Vice Chair Ray Grodecki added “For Republican candidate supporters, this headquarters will be a one stop shop for campaign materials like yard signs, bumper stickers and related items”.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Checking out Talbottown

Talbottown Shopping Center looked the same but the stores were all different! Remember W. T. Grant Co., the Hecht Co. and Food Fair? Can you help fill in the unreadable names of the rest of the stores? Maybe Hess Apparel is next to Grants? Photo from the Talbot Historical Society’s H. Robins Hollyday Collection.

Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!

Election 2018: Registration and Changes of Party Affiliation Deadline Approaching

Maryland is a closed primary state which means that if you are not registered to vote with a party affiliation, you may not cast a vote in the primary election.

Registered Independents – do not waste your vote. Change to a party affiliation and vote in the Primary on June 26th. Afterward, In the General Election in November, party affiliation does not matter. You can vote for anyone in November, regardless of your registered party affiliation.

Deadline to register or change party affiliation for the MD Primaries: June 5th, 2018.

Early primary voting begins June 14th – June 21st. Final day to vote in the Primary is on June 26th, 2018.

As American citizens we are so fortunate to live in a country where we have the right to vote. With this right comes the obligation and responsibility to register to vote, become informed of the candidates, and vote. You must meet these qualifications: 1) a U.S. Citizen, 2) at least 16 years old, (to vote you must be 18, but you can register at 16), 3) Not be under guardianship for mental disability, 4) Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes, and 5) Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed your court-ordered sentence, then you may register to vote.

If you need to Register to Vote or want to Change Your Party Affiliation, follow the instructions below. If you qualify to register online, it only takes a matter of minutes, and you will be mailed your Voter Notification Card which shows you are registered.

To Register or to Change Party Affiliation use one of the methods below:

1) Voter Application Form. Available at the MVA or your local Board of Elections. If you do not have a driver’s license you can submit one of the following showing your address: a) another government issued I.D., b) paycheck stuff, c) utility bill or d) bank statement.

2) Online Voter Registration at www.elections.maryland.gov (Maryland Driver’s License required)

Absentee Voters (students, military, etc.) can also register online.

The deadline is June 5th, 2018 and rapidly approaching. Take a family member or a friend. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!

Op-Ed: Where are CBF and CCA? By Marc Castelli

The Baltimore Sun reported on a 4.1-million gallons sewage spill into the Jones Falls on Monday the 16th of April. It stated that heavy rains inundated the sewer system. Baltimore is consistently the worst offender of raw sewage pouring into the Bay. That is to the tune of millions of gallons of raw sewage. Yet no one from either of the self-proclaimed Bay’s apex environmental groups raises the alarm about Baltimore’s sewage problem. If you aren’t aware of where all that sewage ends up let me tell you. It simply ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.

For two organizations that constantly crow about their stewardship of the Bay and its resources, it seems odd that when such a serious water quality issue like raw sewage arises, they are strangely silent. Apparently, it is much easier for the Bay’s “watchdogs” to go after the low hanging fruit of the commercial fishery. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association are just not visible when it comes to the constant threat that Baltimore’s ongoing inability to handle large rain fall amounts resulting in urban runoff and sewage overflows. Granted these spills happen at an alarmingly frequent pace but to not be heard about them reeks of a jaded attitude towards such serious issues.

Past president of the Maryland Waterman’s Association, Larry Simns and current president, Robert T. Brown, declared the MWA’s environmental concerns should be about wastewater management problems. If you pause to consider this, it will be easy to understand why a commercial fishery would be concerned about sewage in the waters from which it makes it’s living. Water quality is after all what we all are most concerned about. MWA does not have anywhere near the financial assets that both CBF and CCA could use to help ameliorate the issue of Baltimore’s repeated sewage overflows.

Let me give you a short history about the oyster industry and Baltimore’s sewage system. In the early parts of the last century, Maryland’s oyster industry was threatened by a cholera outbreak. You may ask how do oysters and cholera get together to sicken and kill people? Raw, untreated sewage is the answer. Baltimore did not always have a sewage system. It’s waste usually ran down the streets along with all of the garbage directly into Baltimore harbor waters and nearby tributaries. Somewhat like today. Oysters harvested in and near these waters were routinely shipped cold all over the U.S. to places like St. Louis, and Chicago among other cities. Maryland oysters were considered by aficionados to be the zenith of shellfish. That is until people started to get sick, and in some instances died.

Maryland oyster shucking house owners went to Baltimore and flatly told them the city was responsible and that if the city did not install sewers and a waste water system that Maryland would not only be responsible for widespread diseases like cholera but the state would stand to lose millions of dollars in profits and revenues. The sewer system that is currently in place dates back more than 100 years according to the Baltimore Sun.

The article goes on to state that the system is currently being up graded to prevent such releases of sewage into the waters of tributaries and the Bay. For the 25 or so years I have been involved in Bay issues I can only say I have been hearing such claims and they are not at all reassuring.

I just spent ten days working alongside watermen from the upper Bay doing what we call, “ghost potting”. Translated, it means retrieving derelict and lost crab pots. This work was done just outside of the Baltimore harbor at the mouths of the Gunpowder and Little Gunpowder Rivers. It was funded by MDOT and managed by the Oyster Recovery Partnership. The purpose was to mitigate wetland issues that will arise from the Route 40 bridges reconstruction over the two tributaries. Can you imagine what would happen to one of Maryland’s most iconic tourist draws if people started to put two and two together to conclude that crabs caught in that area are living in sewage-tainted waters? Go one step further and wonder what sport and tourist anglers would think if they realized the fish caught in the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay were having to swim in such waters? The folks that go swimming off the public beach at Miami Beach, where closures after such heavy rains are a common event, might also want to be concerned.

According to the Sun information about health concerns as a result of such overflows may be found here. Is there any reason why that information is not available from the CBF or CCA?

It has been nearly a week and yet no word from either organization. So again, I ask…Where are the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association when such sewage overflows occur. Just because this happens, every time it rains hard on Baltimore does not mean that these well-funded organizations should not constantly be raising the alarm and pointing out the need for Baltimore to lead the way in its own wastewater management.

Marc Castelli is a artist and photographer living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His work is focused on watermen, lobstermen, their workboats, America’s Cup racers and their yachts, and the extended families that race their log canoes of the
Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore.