News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, Sept. 18 to 24.

Sunday | 18

Still Recovering From Isabel

Two years after Hurricane Isabel struck the mid-Atlantic region, flooding homes along the Chesapeake Bay and rivers in Southern Maryland, recovery remains a work in progress for many affected by the storm. Across Maryland, 49 families are living in trailers and mobile homes because of Isabel, down from a high of 289, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Body of St. Mary's Man Found

The body of a St. Mary's County man was found in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday morning, two days after he disappeared while on a fishing outing at Point Lookout State Park. Maryland Natural Resources Police officers recovered the body of Lewis E. Blackistone, 29, just before 8 a.m. He had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

Monday | 19

Lusby Man Dies in Crash Sylvester Phillips, 38, of Lusby died Sunday afternoon after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a telephone pole, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office said. Phillips was traveling on Rattlesnake Road at Ropeknot Road in Lusby.

Wednesday | 21

Environmentalists and Farmers

To Collaborate on Bay Protection

Environmentalists committed to preserving the Chesapeake Bay said they are embarking on a new relationship with the region's farmers to protect the watershed. After a long and stormy relationship in which environmentalists often pursued stricter pollution controls on agriculture, and farmers griped that they were bearing the cost of keeping the bay clean, William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said the two groups will collaborate in areas of mutual interest -- such as increased federal agricultural and conservation funding for the three bay states: Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Calvert County farmer Earl "Buddy" Hance, president of the Maryland Farm Bureau, said the new relationship between farmers and environmentalists is just beginning.

"We're just dating right now," Hance said. "We're not going steady. We're just dating."

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