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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Arundel Annapolis Chesapeake Glen Burnie SevernaPark 17 Old Mill 8 Beys Latin 14 Severn 13 Ohio talks bring hope for peace to Sarajevo A2 Area house has luxury of space SH SATURDAY NOVEMBER MD DNR nixes longer crab season By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer State natural resources officials yesterday decided against a 15-day extension to the shortened blue crab dashing crabbers' hopes of eking out a few more bushels before Thanksgiving. Restricted crabbing days and hours will continue until the season ends Nov as originally so the agency can better assess how effective the rules have been in protecting female Secretary John R Griffin said October was just all wet By MARK DAVENPORT StaffWriter October showers may not bring November but area resi- dents are certainly enjoying other benefits of the substantial rains last month The 6.24 inches of rain topped the October average by 3.26 enough to make it the third wettest October since data collection began at Baltimore-Washington Interna- tional Airport in 1950. October was the first month in a year to have above-average reducing the rain shortage to 3.68 inches for the year. had a lot of but we a lot more said Amet a National Weather Ser- vice forecaster. have a long way to The rain fell mostly during four more than 1 inch of ram was recorded during the last three weekends of the month Rain isn't on the weather menu for the but cold and windy conditions are The high tempera- ture today is expected to be in the upper but winds of 15 to 25 mph will make it feel colder the mercury is expected to dip into the upper 20s. Clouds and temperatures in the 40s are forecast for tomorrow. Rain has forced the postponement of 70 youth football games so far this said Franklin sports supervisor with the county Department of Recreation and Parks. seems like it rained every Friday and it's rained hard these past few Mr Chaney said. The dry summer damaged on grass this leaving many fields ripe to become mud pits during the he said. felt the in which the county didn't see rain for a 33-day stretch in August and September. Page Watermen had hoped for 15-day extension The season traditionally contin- ues through but a legis- lative committee approved the emergency which be- gan Sept after surveys showed the female crab population may be declining. Commercial crabbers caught 2.9 million pounds of female crafts in down more than one- third from the female catch of 4 6 million pounds in September said Robert chief of the state's Fisheries Division. September's results are very assessing what portion of these results are attribut- able to the which were only in effect for two weeks of that is Mr. Griffin said Many variables affect crab bar including when crabs-start migrating south in the fall and the size of the crab popula- he noted Mr. Griffin said an analysis of data from Sept 15 through Nov 15 will provide a starting point for developing next year's restrictions. State officials intend to reduce next year's female crab harvest by 40 to percent compared to catches in recent years. The DNR is working with officials from Virginia as they look at addi- tional measures to protect crabs in Mr. Griffin said. Maryland watermen have said many of the female called that escape Ideal waters will be caught by Virginia who can use mechanical dredges in the wintertime and can keep im- pregnated female crabs Crabbers in northern sections of the Chesapeake Bay had already seen a big drop in crab harvests as the weather but many hari vests in lower bay reaches wert making up for a poor said. Betty administrator of the Maryland Watermen's Association. would have been a good in- come if they could have she said. Graham whose fanv Page A winner at life Teen cancer survivor savors every minute By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Annapolis teen ager Elizabeth Edsall doesn't take for granted all the normal things kids do. That's because they were taken away from her as a child when she waged war against lung cancer a star high school the 17-year-old savors every minute coming to the realization that I'm happy that I had Miss Edsall said think now that I know life can be taken away so easily from you I take give back The energy she used to fight cancer has carried as she funnels all of her drive into living life to the fullest At 3 years doctors discovered 15 tumors on Miss Edsall's lungs She was diagnosed with the fourth of five stages Wilms tumor a children's cancer of the lungs and kidneys. The toddler wasn't expected to live through the week But after three operations and H4 years of chemotherapy and she proved doctors wrong At 6 years she went into remission and doctors have said the cancer is gone. Now a senior at Severn School in Severna she volunteers in a slew of serves on the student council and earns academic honors All of this the teen ager does her mother Peggy Edsall and it's with a modest tone that Miss Edsall describes all of her accomplishments. She has won a Naval Academy essay contest and is an accomplished pianist By Mark M Odell The Capital For Annapolis resident Elizabeth playing varsity ItoM hockey at Severn School Is m admirable feat. Doctors said she wouldn't be able to play sports after fighting cancer m m child. But she's most proud of her feats in field hockey Suffering from asthma and other lung doctors told Miss Edsall she would not be able to play sports And even when she couldn't run the length of a football field in sixth to competing on a sports team was not an insurmountable idea I had beaten something as big as I could run the length of the she said. someone tells me I can't do I want to do it So Miss Edsall trained on her own. ran everyday around the lifted weights and swam laps to increase her stamina. has always I just want to be a normal said Mrs. who writes the We column for The Capital Miss Edsall has played varsity field hockey for teaches at summer camps and plays for the Baltimore Field Hockey Association Club team. Page Oyster bar blocks marina expansion try By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer A Mayo Peninsula marina has been blocked once again in its decade-long effort to add more than 100 slips. Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. m an Oct 21 letter made public refused to reduce the boundaries of a South River oyster bar. His judg- combined with county law protecting oyster prevents ex- pansion of Holiday Point Marina on Selby Bay. Despite what he described as the manna's generous offer to fund oyster seeding elsewhere on the South Mr. Griffin would not agree to abandon what he termed the healthiest 61 acres of the 194-acre bar. How much money the marina pledged was not available Residents near Holiday Point's 18-acre site have battled its growth plans tenaciously The Natural Oyster Bar 6-12 on state has been surveyed three times since October 1994 at the request of both sides. Selby-on-the-Bay and Turkey Point residents joined environmen- talists from across the county in July at a DNR hearing in Annapo- lis. A scuffle between an expansion opponent and marina owners' rela- tive disrupted its start. Residents demanded the third on July as a result of that hearing. biologists concluded that young oysters had not been recruited to NOB 6-12 But falling back on the first definition of a natural oyster bar one recognized in surveys from 1906 to 1912 Mr. Griffin determined to protect it. the debilitated condition of the bay's oyster I would be reluctant to declare an I V f DNR won't JJ declare _ v oyster bar _ iff barren Expansion of I marina blocked I Capital graphic area to be 'barren bottom' without an extremely compelling he wrote. NOB 6-12 was created in 1984 from two oyster bars included in the original statewide surveys. It's now configured as a rough triangle from Long Point to the western shore of Turkey Point. County law not state law prevents marine construction with- in a half-mile of oyster bars The Holiday Point which would intrude into that was rejected by the county Board of Appeals understand the local ordinance still is in effect and thus is blocking the expansion of the Mr. Griffin wrote. further sense that county officials have no apparent intention to repeal or otherwise amend their ordinances to accom- modate Holiday The marina has filed suit against the challenging its right to enforce such a rule. be determined by court. Then we'll take it froin said Thomas C. director of the county's Land Page PRIDE is BACK ByGMiftN Luratotow The Capital The Mtft Oaftftmre arrived to AimapoRa about noon yesterday and to open for vtotttof by the pubHc from 4 to 6 p-m. today and 11 a.ai. to 1 p.m. temonow at CHy Deck. For a I7B inemhenhto to Pride of BaNfenere too.. ueiUclueBU CM sal on the veeeel to INSIDE MHrMKL County Council prepared to tackle pension package Bl Navy faces big odds against Notre Dame today Cl Arundel Report Calendar Classified. C6. Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Homes Bl Lottery A6 Movies D7 Obituaries C5 Religion C15 Sports AlO Stocks. A8 Television 01-6 Weddings M A5 Ad 64 C14 B2-3 85 A6 Portions of The are printed each day 0n recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Glaumed 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 AN ottMr departments 268-5000 Hughes still seeks pension Ex-governor claims 8 years of payments illegally withheld Rebuffed once by the Court of former Gov Harry Hughes is trying a second time to reclaim eight years of pension payments he said were illegally denied him while he was gover- nor. In a motion asking the state's highest court to reconsider its earlier Mr Hughes said he should be treated the same as who can collect pensions for former state service while they draw their judicial salaries Mr. Hughes had retired and was drawing a pension for his 22 yean as a legislator and secretary of transportation when he was elected governor in 1078. Tha atata during the eight years Mr. Hughes was saying the law prohibits a state employee from drawing a salary and a pension at the same time Hughes was wrongly singled out and treated in a man- ner entirely inconsistent with the agency's own prior practice and interpretation of said a motion for reconsideration filed last month by John F X. O'Brien. Mr Hughes' lawyer court should not permit that discriminatory and unjust treatment of Gov. the motion said. The former governor argued that hit pemion. should coo- Wwause to lite system and is not covered by the law cited by the agency But in a ruling issued in Sep- the Court of Appeals re- jected that argument and in a 5-2 that the law clearly applied to governors. filed for reconsideration simply because we believe the court has misunderstood what the practice has been at the Mr. O'Brien said court has said that the agency has consistently and over a long period of time denied such and in the agency has consistently and over a long   

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