Of Magic Weisner and a News Wye Generation
Dear Bay Weekly:
I read your article on Magic and Nancy Alberts [Its Magic: The Cinderella Story of Nancy Alberts Horse Next Door: Vol. X, No. 22, May 30] just before Saturdays Belmont Stakes. It was a very touching piece with insight into this special woman and her horse. I thought about her after Saturdays upset, realizing from what you had written that she was probably the only one who left Belmont that day at peace, pleased with herself and her horse, happy to go back home to what matters most to her. A $5 million dollar purse would not have made Nancy Alberts any happier or her horse better cared for. Great piece.
On another subject, as we mourn the Wye Oak, the son of Wye is alive and well next door to me on the lawn of Reggie and Warren Heising in Churchton. Eight or so years ago, the Wye Oak produced acorns for the first time in 100 years. University of Maryland planted them and sold seedlings. The Heisings have a big framed certificate, and we had a neighborhood planting ceremony, toasting long life to the tree with champagne. Today the tree stands about six foot tall, having survived a few years of drought and growing kids.
M.L. Faunce, Churchton
Big Money for a Fish
Dear Bay Weekly:
The Maryland Watermens Association Seventh Annual Pro-Am Rockfish Tournament at Rockhall, Maryland, drew 192 boats over the weekend of June 7, 8 and 9 for our largest participation ever. Each boat flew a bright chartreuse flag, so you may have seen them fishing in the Bay and tributaries from the northern point of Pooles Island to Fairlee Point in the north to Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the south. Hundreds of fish were caught, with the largest checked in at 23.6 pounds, winning fisherman Mike Tyson (no, not that Mike Tyson) of Ashton, Pa., a nice piece of cash $10,000.
In our tournament, recreational fishermen join with commercial watermen and charter captains from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and all parts of Maryland for the stimulation of competition and the bounty of the Bay. The prospect of winning thousands of dollars ($5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third plus $10,000 more in smaller premiums) makes it even more fun.
We want to thank all who participated as well as advertisers in our tournament book. We look forward to another success in 2003.
Betty Duty, Maryland Watermens Association
Dept. of Corrections
The D-Day landing of the Allied Forces was 58 years ago. The number was misstated in Bay Weekly on Books: Edgewaters Stan Norris Chronicles the Weapon that Changed the World, Vol. X, No. 23.
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