ANNA-LENA SCHNABEL quartett – Luggage – B-FLAT berlin

Jazz You Too

Anna-Lena Schnabel: alto saxophone

Florian Weber: piano Dan Weiss: drums Phil Donkin: bass

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Embattled LIRR President Resigning

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

Patrick Nowakowski is walking away from his position, effective Friday, after four years at the helm, the MTA confirmed. News of his plan to resign was reported earlier by Newsday.

The move comes less than a month after being slammed by the state comptroller for “unacceptable performance” and following endless complaints from fed up and frustrated commuters.

Last month, Nowakowski unveiled a Performance Improvement Plan that outlined goals for the rail road, including better maintenance, infrastructure upgrades and communication with customers.

In a statement, Nowakowski said he “took a few days off to think about things.”

“I’m pleased with the direction the railroad is headed under the Performance Improvement Plan, and I decided that now was a good time to step aside and allow new leadership to continue the progress we’ve begun to make on improving customer service,” he said.

“I thank Pat for his service to LIRR customers and his…

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Always look forward to your stories. Have been through your area and always wondered about it. So close to the ainland and so far.


On Friday, April 20th, at Grasonville VFW Post 7464, the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association will present a Watermen’s Story Swap.

The program will feature a panel of local watermen telling stories from both the past and present, but will also include a number of exhibits relevant to the local seafood industry, such as vintage photographs and artifacts watermen have found while harvesting the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Easternshorebrent will be moderating the panel.

The event is free (though contributions will be accepted) and open to the public.

Several watermen who have not participated in past Story Swaps will be part of this year’s panel. Three of these new storytellers will be Captains Warren Butler, Eddie Grimes, and Joey Sadler.

51ce1b3da3b41.imageCourtesy of Warren Butler, Doug Bishop & The Bay Times 

WARREN BUTLER started his career as a waterman after serving in the Army during the Korean War.  A lifelong Eastern Shore resident…

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No Waiting

Muddling Through My Middle Age

IMG_3233I’m not sure why I look forward to Spring so much every year, but I do.  I may love the beauty of a new snowfall, but by the time March winds down, I really don’t want to actually see a new snowfall anymore.  This time of year, all I want to see are lots of flowers, buds on trees, and the sun filtering through the bedroom blinds when I wake up in the morning.  I want the temperatures to warm up enough that I can pack away my heavy coats and bulky sweaters, and allow me to wear shoes that don’t necessarily require socks.  I want to be outside without the cold making my nose run and turning my finger tips white.

This year is no exception:  I am ready for Spring.  The problem is, I’m still waiting.  Because even though the calendar says Spring has arrived a while ago…

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Japanese Soldier’s Remembrance – Iwo Jima – part two

Pacific Paratrooper

Mt. Suribachi

As Takahashi Toshiharu watches the US tanks he continues his story:

No matter how long you wait, the tank will not come up to 10 meters. He is afraid of the march of my army. At another 90 meters I’m staring at it.  I was telling myself that if I made it as close as 90 meters, I could reach it.

While waiting for another 90 meters to advance, one Japanese soldier crawled and approached the first tank.  I approached the tank I decided to attack.  The shell flew and the tank blew and began to burn.  Sgt. Yatter and I shouted.

M4 Sherman on the edge of Motoyama airfield, Iwo Jima, 2/1945

I had woken the enemy.  The enemy was burned out with a flamethrower. The flame is dark with black smoke. I could not see even an inch ahead.  Because the first tank was done, the enemy must have been angry. The second tank…

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