State changes rules to aid wind-powered fishing fleet
ANNAPOLIS - Nearly a year after the Chesapeake Bay's oldest working skipjack went down in a gale off Tilghman Island, the state has eased restrictions on the last wind-powered commercial fishing fleet in America in hopes of forestalling another sinking.
The change allows skipjack captains to decide which two days of the week they will use small yawl or push boats equipped with powerful diesel engines to move their vessels over oyster bars.
Previously, captains were allowed to use the boats only on Mondays and Tuesdays. The new rules give them the flexibility to sail on days the wind is good, use push-boats on days the wind isn't good and stay in when conditions are dangerous. The change was recommended by a 15-member panel appointed by state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.
In Wicomico County
Dudley-Eshbach invested as president of Salisbury State
SALISBURY - Janet Dudley-Eshbach was formally invested yesterday as the eighth president of Salisbury State University in a ceremony that brought Gov. Parris N. Glendening to the Eastern Shore campus.
"In a world that is growing ever smaller and becoming increasingly integrated through technology, my plans ... include a renewed commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and a greater emphasis on globalization and diversity issues," Dudley-Eshbach, 47, said in prepared remarks.
Delivering an official greeting to the new president, who started in July, Glendening said, "I'm very proud that she has been recognized for her leadership in higher education, and that she has been a role model for women in the workplace."
In Garrett County
College begins offering juvenile justice curriculum
MCHENRY - Garrett Community College inaugurated a new curriculum yesterday for students who want to work with juvenile delinquents, which could help ease staffing needs for the state's Department of Juvenile Justice.
The program offers an associate's degree in applied sciences for students who complete a two-year curriculum. Courses include therapeutic recreation, leadership development, conflict management and resolution, social problems in adolescence and adolescent psychology.
Maryland's juvenile justice agency has long had a problem maintaining adequate staffing levels, in part because of a lack of qualified workers and low salaries. "Recruiting and retaining qualified staff is key to the department's success," said Bob Kannenberg, spokesman for the juvenile justice agency. "The curriculum at Garrettt will help develop the qualified applicants we need."