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Like Bluefins from the Bay, Nobles of the Hardshells Survive


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By Jackie Nickel (10/28/1982) The day was hot, the beer was cold, and the steamed crabs were large and well-seasoned on an August afternoon in 1935 when the first gathering of the Ancient and Honorable Nobles of the Hardshells took … Continue reading

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Matriarch of Back River Neck peninsula looks back on 100 years


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By Jackie Nickel (Avenue News, 11/26/2006) On Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, Mrs. Mae Beck greeted over 100 guests at her 100th birthday party wearing a gold locket well over 100 years old. “My father gave it to my mother on … Continue reading

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Turkey Point, 1850


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