The Written Word

Selected Stories:


South River Source: Harwood House Destroyed by Fire

By MITCHELLE STEPHENSON

April 22, 2013

It took Anne Arundel County firefighters about a half hour to get a blaze in the 800 block of Conservation Lane in Harwood under control. The fire was called in from multiple sources on 911, fire department spokesman Chief Keith Swindle said on Monday. When firefighters arrived, they found a single family home fully engulfed in flames. Swindle said that it took 22 firefighters to get the blaze under control. The blaze was kept to one alarm. There was no dollar estimate on the damages available to the media, Swindle said.

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Edgewater.Patch.com: A Third of Hatchery-Produced Oysters Illegally Harvested

By MITCHELLE STEPHENSON

May 6, 2011

The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay.

Others say that number is even higher, closer to 80 percent of the managed reserves and sanctuaries.

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The Capital: From outhouse to Habitat House

By MITCHELLE STEPHENSON, Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Something as simple as cooking a pot of spaghetti is a real chore for Monetta Dennis of Shady Side.

Without indoor plumbing, the mother of two has to trek up the road to her father’s house, fill up a bucket, and bring it
back to the stove. And the only bathroom for Dennis and her twin 16-year-old sons is an outhouse around back.

But that’s all about to change, because at the end of May, Dennis and her two sons will move into a new home built
on their lot with the help of Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations.

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The Capital: Galesville group renovating historic Rosenwald School

By MITCHELLE STEPHENSON
November 26, 2009
In the late 1800s, the then-president of Sears, Roebuck and Co. decided to use his vast wealth to help the less fortunate. Much of his philanthropy affected hundreds of thousands of African-American children throughout the South, including those right here in south county.

Julius Rosenwald was a self-made man whose ideas, intellect and drive led him to become president of the Sears department store chain.

Along his path to success he met important businessmen, educators and activists, including Paul Sachs, Rabbi Emil Hirsch and Booker T. Washington.

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The Capital: Volunteers take Watershed Snapshot

By MITCHELLE STEPHENSON

April 30, 2009

Each year the South River and the West/Rhode River Riverkeepers recruit several dozen people
to take a look at the state of our local waterways. Diana Muller is the Riverkeeper for the South
River and Chris Trumbauer is the Riverkeeper for the West/Rhode River.

They call it the Watershed Snapshot, when volunteers measure and record details on water
conditions at a variety of locations. Each volunteer collects the same set of data at the same time.
The snapshot event happened last Saturday morning at 50 locations in the South River watershed
and a dozen locations in the West/Rhode River watershed. The field locations were both tidal and
nontidal.

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