Low salinity wallops oysters in Chesapeake Bay

Aquaculture, restoration efforts and fishery hurt as unrelenting rain earlier in the year made much of Bay water too fresh, causing die-offs and delayed spawning The rains have finally let up, but they’ve dealt a serious blow to the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters — and to the people who make a living harvesting, cultivating or restoring […]

MAC to host Thrive! expo/ event on Saturday, Oct. 26

A free, one-day, one-stop presentation of information, resources, opportunities and services of interest to residents age 55 and older is coming to Salisbury on Saturday, Oct. 26. Thrive is a senior expo event taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MAC in Salisbury, sponsored by MAC, the Salisbury Independent newspaper, Holloway Funeral Home, […]

Grace Foxwell Murdock helps see Salisbury recognized worldwide for Kindness

Salisbury has earned a special recognition — it is the first city in the United States and second in the entire world to earn the distinction of World Kindness City. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Salisbury became  become the first World Kindness USA City. The announcement was made from Switzerland, during the World Kindness Movement Summit. […]

She’s Gordon Gladden’s devotion: The Ida May

Water trickled from the seam between the bottom planks and the keel of the skipjack Ida May. Owner Gordon Gladden, 79, of Salisbury, hammered the sharp chisel into the wood, forcing out pieces of caulking that had been applied last year to make a watertight seam. But the seam failed in several places allowing water, […]

Marking 75 years, United Way launches new campaign

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore held its 75th Anniversary Campaign Kickoff luncheon this week to launch the 2019-2020 campaign. Hosted by Salisbury University, the event brought together over 230 business and community leaders to hear about the impact that UWLES has made over the last 75 years, and how they plan to […]

Hazels are presented prestigious Salisbury Award

Philanthropists and community volunteers Colleen Hazel and Morgan Hazel are the recipients of this year’s award presented to Salisbury’s top civic participants. The Salisbury Award is the community’s oldest and most prestigious independent civic award. First given in 1926, the award was established and originally endowed by local businessman G. William Phillips to recognize “service […]

Woodworking discovery uncovered in Galestown

What workmen found inside a one-room church near Galestown was so improbable that it took some church members a little time to comprehend what had been discovered. Wheatley’s Methodist Protestant Church needed major repairs after termites had snacked on its timbers for years. The decision was made to pull off the thin sheets of wood […]

Wicomico Goes Purple: Mom fights substance abuse

When he was just 29 years old, Chad Book lost his battle with addiction.  Now, his mother, Karen Dolch, tells his story whenever she can with hopes she’ll prevent another parent from enduring the same tragic loss. “I’m the mom of a child who died of this disease and I will do anything to get […]

Bryan Lloyd inspires through his opioids battle

Recovery doesn’t just happen overnight; it’s a journey. Bryan Lloyd knows this all too well. An affluent real estate developer when he started using heroin, Lloyd hit rock bottom before he turned his life around.  Now eight years clean, he is a pastor at Sonrise Church, where he shares his inspiring story with others who […]

Wicomico Goes Purple: Crystal Toomer guides addicts to recovery

Crystal Toomer spent much of her life at the corner of Church and Naylor, picking her poison and growing up years before her time. At age 13, she was smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. By 15, she was snorting cocaine. When she turned 21, she lost both parents in the span of six months and […]