Deal Island

Linda Roy Walls

Captain Shawn Ridgely and his Ida May took first place in the 58th Annual Skipjack race off Deal Island yesterday.

He’s been competing for the last 14 years but this is the first time he has won.

Coming in second was Captain Delmus Benton on the Fannie L. Daugherty and in third place was the Rebecca T. Ruark captained by Wade Murphy.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the winning Ida May was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The vessel was built in the 1880’s and was the oldest participating in yesterday’s race.

Don Rush

The legendary Skipjack captain Art Daniels died yesterday at his home at the age of 95.

Lee Daniels told the Salisbury Daily Times that his grandfather had “a really good run.”

He was a frequent winner of the annual Skipjack Races at Deal Island.

And up until a few years ago he was active even attending the captain’s dinner for the races each year.

This year’s Skipjack races will be minus one participant.

The 57th annual event on Labor Day will be missing the famed City of Crisfield and its captain Daddy Art Daniels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Skipjack is in dry dock with efforts underway to refurbish the famous vessel.

The paper reports that Daniels is in an assisted living facility in Crisfield.

The Reverend Bob Daniels told the paper that the family is seeking funds to help restore the ship and hopes that one of their number will take up command in the future.

Don Rush

The Skipjack has become an icon of the Chesapeake Bay where once hundreds plied the waters looking for oysters and crabs. Now there are only a dozen or so left. Daddy Art Daniels is the oldest of the captains these days with his vessel "The City of Crisfield." Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with him just before this year's race off Deal Island about his life on the water.

Don Rush

This past Saturday was a milestone for The Kathryn, the Skipjack that nearly sank four years ago. It's owner Stoney Whitelock finally got it into the water checking to make sure it was water tight. Whitelock says he expects her to be ready for the Skipjack Races next month off Deal Island. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Whitelock as many in the community celebrated this moment.

If you had losses from Hurricane Sandy in Somerset County and are hoping to get some federal relief midnight tonight is the deadline to get your application in.

Residents are recommended to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by phone or go on line to get an identification number.

Ron Roth of FEMA told the Salisbury Daily Times that about a dozen people have filed in the last two weeks…after the original February 12th deadline was extended to the 26th.

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The residents of Deal Island are trying to figure out how to deal with the decision to cut the hours at their local post office in half.

The postal service intends to set a schedule by next week.

During a meet this week postal regional manager Bryan Landry said the new hours would keep the facility open between 8 am through noon on weekday and from 8 to 11 am on Saturdays.

In addition, he said there was a search on for business or residents interested in contracting with the Village Post Office.