Easton Marks Frederick Douglass Day

Sep 29, 2014
Don Rush

Several hundred people gathered to celebrate Frederick Douglass Day in Easton this past Saturday and to highlight what appears to be the oldest continuing free African American neighborhood in the country. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and prepared this report.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - State police say they've arrested a man who fired at troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the Eastern Shore.

Police say 28-year-old Brooks Perry of Milford, Del., was arrested around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He was found in a marshy area along Glebe Creek Road in Easton, about 5 miles from where police say he fired the shots.

Police say a trooper pulled over a vehicle Wednesday night, and while the trooper awaited backup, Perry drove off. He later got out of his car, and as troopers pursued him, police say Perry fired at them. No one was shot.

Don Rush

Delmarvans are emerging from up to 10 inches of snow that struck the peninsula yesterday and into last night leaving behind single digit temperatures.

Most school systems are closed today on Delamrva.

Local and state government offices are closed while federal offices are expected to open up two hours late.

Don Rush


In Easton, archeologists from the University of Maryland and researchers at Morgan State are carrying out small excavations to uncover evidence of what could be the oldest neighborhood of free African Americans in the country.

The Hill

The neighborhood known as The Hill claims the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church established in 1818 and the home of Grace Brooks, a free black woman, who bought a home there in 1792. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush visited the site and prepared this report:

Shore Health Website

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Shore Health System officials say plans to build a new Shore Regional Medical Center in Easton have been put on hold indefinitely.

The Star-Democrat reports that Tuesday's announcement to delay the $250 million project comes after recent budget cuts to staff and services at other Shore Health locations, including Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Easton Website

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Voters in Easton have returned three incumbents to their seats on the town council.

Council President John Ford, Ward 2 Councilman Pete Lesher and Ward 4 Councilwoman Megan Cook will serve four more years after Tuesday's election.

About 318 voters cast ballots. Ford says the lack of candidates may have contributed to the low turnout. Ford and Lesher ran unopposed and Cook had one challenger, Andre Gibson Sr.

Tred Avon River, dnr.state.md.us

EASTON, Md. (AP) - Easton is considering turning an 11-acre public works storage site into a new waterfront park.

The proposed Easton Point park on the banks of the Tred Avon River would have outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, boardwalk, living shoreline and marina. Plans also call for a kayak launch and a pedestrian bring across a river tributary to an adjoining neighborhood.


EASTON, Md. (AP) - Easton's curbside recycling program is set to begin July 1.

The Town Council unanimously voted this week to accept a $1.5 million, five-year bid for biweekly pickup. The program will include businesses that are already served by the town's trash service.


            Senator Barbara Mikulski has put a hold on postal reform legislation just as it was to be voted on next week.

            The Maryland Democrat complained that there was a lack of transparency and public input into the Postal Service decision to shut down the Easton mail processing plant that employs 127 people.

            Her action comes on the heels of an effort by her Democratic colleague Tom Carper to move the operation to Delaware to save the Hare’s Corner postal facility near New Castle.