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With the founding of his Patowmack Company in 1785, George Washington first hoped to make the Potomac River a viable route to America's West. The skirting canals the company constructed around the Great Falls rapids at Harpers Ferry, Seneca, and Little Falls made the Potomac's rushing waters navigable. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company was chartered by Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania in 1828 to build a truly useful canal through to the Ohio Valley. President John Quincy Adams turned the first spadeful of dirt on Independence Day of 1828 for what was hailed as the "Great National Project" to connect Georgetown to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The canal created an entire community of people and a way of life different from any other. At the height of operations, over 500 boats plied the 184.5 miles of the canal's waters. After many financial difficulties, competition from railroads, and the devastating effects of the Civil War as well as a flood, the canal went into receivership and was closed in 1924. In 1954, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas brought attention back to the canal with a fight to preserve the natural beauty for local residents. Today, the canal-listed as a National Historical Park-provides thousands with recreational opportunities, scenic nature trails, and gorgeous views.
At its opening in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was named one of the "Five Wonders of the Modern World" by Reader's Digest magazine. It was the culmination of a concerted, decade-long push by a group of men, led by Lucius J. Kellam Jr., an Eastern Shore native and businessman who dreamed of opening up the remote Eastern Shore to the bustling Virginia mainland. This $200-million, 17.6-mile-long series of bridges, tunnels, islands, and trestle in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay--long dismissed as impractical and even impossible--won the attention of the world at its opening. It also brought an abrupt end to the ferry service that was long a cornerstone of the New York-to-Florida "Ocean Highway," shuttling millions of cars between the Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads.
The purebred retriever from the state of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one of the uniquely all-American breeds. A wavy coat, "deadgrass" coloration, and a strong head give the breed a distinctive appearance; in temperament and personality, the Chessie is equally his own dog. Devoted to his master as a field companion or a family playmate, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is at once intelligent, level-headed, fun-loving, and a bit of the class clown. Author Nona Kilgore Bauer, an accomplished retriever trainer and a celebrated, award-winning dog author, has written a superb account of the history of the Chessie and eloquently outlined the breed's characteristics in a straightforward, comprehensible way that allows newcomers to the breed to determine whether the Chessie is the right dog for him or her.New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.
Since English settlers first touched the shore of the new country in 1607, the Chesapeake Bay has been a multifaceted engine of American history and commerce. The body of inland tidal water between the largest bay cities, Norfolk and Baltimore, was large enough to be the setting of adventure and close enough to allow smaller towns and cities to grow up on its shores. The common community came to life with the technologies of steamboats that could cover the long distances between North and South relatively quickly. Steamers filled in the nooks and crannies of the bay's geography, and by the mid-19th century, the skies over the bay were lined with dark, waterborne contrails in all directions. Strong machines built to master rough seas while moving gently enough for small harbors, many steamers had life spans that crossed whole eras in American history. Some were drafted into distinguished service in domestic and foreign wars. The steamers plied the bay and its rivers with a feminine grace well into the mid-20th century, when they were overtaken by the rush of modern times. The last steamer sailed into oblivion exactly 150 years after the first of them appeared in Baltimore harbor.
From the Book Jacket: What Awesome Chesapeake does for older children, this book will do for youngsters ages four to nine-awaken them to the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the life in and around it. Written by the same author, Chesapeake Bay Walk takes young children and their parents or teachers on an unforgettable shoreline journey. On a stroll through its pages, they can find soft-bellied bullies, birds once hunted for their feathers, crabs older than dinosaurs, "bald" five-year-olds, and living prehistoric creatures made of water. David Owen Bell, author of Awesome Chesapeake and Chesapeake Bay Walk, has been involved in children's outdoor education for many years. Jennifer Heyd Wharton, a watercolorist, has also illustrated four children's books.
The #1 New York Times bestseller is now in paperback! Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. After a harrowing boyhood with his drug-addicted mother, he'd been taken in by the Quinn family, growing up with three older brothers who'd watched over him with love. Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland's Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phil, their wives and children, all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. Finally, he's back in the little blue-and-white house where there's always a boat at the dock, a rocker on the porch, and a dog in the yard. Still, a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone-and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks. A city girl who's opened a florist shop in this seaside town, she craves independence and the challenge of establishing herself without the influence of her wealthy connections. In Seth, she sees another kind of challenge-a challenge that she can't resist.
In the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy, the stories in the Chesapeake Diaries series combine captivating contemporary romance with the heartwarming power of healing and redemption. Once you settle into the charming small-town rhythms of St. Dennis, Maryland, you'll never want to leave. And now, you won't have to, with the first five novels in this beloved series from New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart collected in one eBook bundle: COMING HOME HOME AGAIN ALMOST HOME HOMETOWN GIRL HOME FOR THE SUMMER Along the way, you'll meet Steffie Wyler, the proud owner of the One Scoop or Two ice cream parlor who is still searching for her happily ever after, Brooke Madison Bowers, the local pageant star who falls to pieces when her husband is killed while serving in Iraq, and Dallas MacGregor, the award-winning actress who seeks refuge in St. Dennis after her Hollywood dream turns into a tabloid nightmare. The Chesapeake Diaries series brings together these unforgettable characters, and many more, in Mariah Stewart's enchanting tales of love, compassion, and second chances. Praise for The Chesapeake Diaries "An engrossing story with poignant, relatable themes like grief, forgiveness, friendship, and rebirth . . . a heartwarming read."--USA Today, on Hometown Girl "Delightfully warm and touching . . . The town and townspeople of St. Dennis, Maryland, come vividly to life under Stewart's skillful hands."--RT Book Reviews, on Home Again "Sweet, tender, and overflowing with small-town flavor."--Library Journal, on Almost Home
Once again, savvy private eye Sharon McCone is plunged into intrigue and murder. This time, she investigates SF's "painted ladies", the gaudily colored Victorian row houses.
Proven tactical tips to strengthen your game Your quick and easy guide to the rules, strategies, and etiquette of chess Kings, queens, knights - does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. From using the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you'll get step-by-step explanations that demystify the game. You'll also find updated information on tournaments and top players, as well as computer chess games and playing chess online! Discover how to: Set up your chessboard Understand the pieces and their powers Recognize the game's patterns Decipher chess notation Employ tactics to gain an advantage Find tournaments and clubs
Learn the basics, strategies, and gamesmanship in this fascinating guide. Includes an informative section on chess history.
Maurice Ashley immigrated to New York from Jamaica at the age of twelve, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of urban life. But he found his inspiration for a better life after stumbling upon a chess book and becoming hypnotized by the game. He would eventually break the chess world's color lines by becoming an International Grandmaster in 1999. Ashley realized that chess strategies could be used as an educational tool to help children avoid the pitfalls often associated with growing up. In this book, he serves up compelling anecdotes about how chess has positively affected young players. He also offers tips on technique, how to make the game fun for children of all ages and levels, and how to overcome the myth that chess isn't cool. Through his guidance, readers will understand how chess strategies can improve a child's mental agility, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Chess for Successis a much-anticipated resource for parents, teachers, counselors, youth workers, and chess lovers.
Chess for the Gifted and Busy: A Short But Comprehensive Course From Beginner to Expert (Comprehensive Chess Course Series)by Lev Alburt Al Lawrence
This right-to-the-point book by one of the game's foremost teacher-writing teams uses a breakthrough approach to teach chess fast! Studies tout the many benefits of chess for all ages. Want to learn chess or teach it to your child but are busy with lots of other activities as well? This innovative book is designed for you. You choose the level you want to achieve. Want to go from absolute beginner to neighborhood champ? Complete Level I in an afternoon, play some practice games--and you'll quickly be saying "checkmate"! When you're ready to become a tough tournament competitor, Level II cuts through the mysteries of strategy and tactics to show you just what you need to know. And if you decide that you won't settle for anything less than being an expert, near the top levels of tournament chess, Level III delivers all the essential knowledge!
Eales' Chess The History of a Game takes the reader from the origins of chess over one thousand years ago down to modern competitive play where chess may be regarded as a high earning sport. Avoiding idle speculation, Richard Eales concentrates on what can be identified through archaeological and written evidence. This book remains the key text for lovers of chess history and is regarded by academics and enthusiasts alike as the most reliable work in this area.
When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club competes in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.
Branded a troublemaker due to his anger from being bullied to his sister's death a year before, Marcus begins to control himself and cope with his problems at home and at his inner-city school when an unlikely mentor teaches him to play chess.
Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig's final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological.Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess and at what cost lie at the heart of Zweig's story.This new translation of Chess Story brings out the work's unusual mixture of high suspense and poignant reflection.
Chess Variations is a must for all chess enthusiasts and an outstanding book which promises many hours of pleasurable entertainment for all others. With more than 40 variations of the popular board game, this book contains, among others, the oldest known form of chess (Chaturanga), the game created by Edgar Rice Burroughs and introduced in his Martian series (Jetan), as well as regional forms currently played in Korea, Malaya, Burma, Thailand, and Japan.Also included in the book are charts, diagrams, and sample games played by the author and his friends.
The Galactic InterChange is the greatest discovery in history. Through the InterChange, humanity gains access to the combined knowledge of all the worlds and all the races of the galaxy. For librarians, scientists, doctors, teachers, and anybody interested in the spread of knowledge, it's a field day. Just find something intriguing on the menu and request a copy-so simple, so exciting!Until the bill arrives.It's the greatest bill in history, and humanity has no way of paying it off. No way except one-indenture. Being slaves to aliens doesn't sound like much fun.Yake Singh Brown is the man who has to negotiate the deal for humanity. It's the toughest assignment he's ever faced, like playing chess with a dragon-all he has to do is figure out the rules of the game before being eaten.In the tradition of Douglas Adams and Piers Anthony, David Gerrold, the writer who created The Trouble with Tribbles, pits Earth's most daring diplomat against the scheming-and hungry-races of the rest of the galaxy, with hysterical results.
Held captive by grotesque bodiless heads, Princess Tara of Helium was rescued by a warrior who dared not reveal his name. But escape led the daughter of the Warlord of Mars into even more loathesome peril -- as the prize in a bloody game of living chess.From the Paperback edition.
Follows the life of the twenty-first president from birth to death, examining his childhood, education, employment, and political career.
A short and precise biography; one of a series edited by Schlesinger.
Crash! One minute Chester Cricket is calmly sifting inside his stump house. The next thing he knows, the roof is collapsing upon him! Left without a home, Chester is forced to move in with one neighbor after another in Tucker's Countryside.
Chester Cricket--the famous cricket in Times Square--is homesick. When his friend Mario takes him to a sky show at the Planetarium, Chester realizes more.
Chester L. Simmons, nicknamed "The Great Lawd Buddha" by his hip constituents because of his almond shaped eyes and his generous tummy, is one of those delightfully free spirits that life gives the world now and then. With his storytelling he sometimes fuses reality and creativity into a seamless possibility; or seamless possibilities. He has been known to bend the truth, if the truth was not creating the right kind of life-vibe for him.
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