Ron Fithian on 'Those Were the Days'

Ron Fithian, Rock Hall town manager, Kent County Commissioner and former waterman, discusses changes to the seafood industry in the Chesapeake Bay May 10 at the Chestertown branch of the Kent County Public Library. He along with Tom McHugh recently released a documentary of interviews with men and women who worked on the water between 1945 and 1972 called “Those Were the Days: The Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen.”

CHESTERTOWN — Working on the water is a way of life for many people living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

After Hurricane Agnes hit in 1972, though, pollution levels led to a decrease in the Chesapeake Bay’s health and all but ended the “golden age” of the waterman.

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