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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - It's time for one of the hottest traditional events on Maryland's political calendar, especially in an election year.

The 42nd Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is scheduled for Wednesday in Crisfield.

The all-you-can-eat festival draws politicians from across the state to eat, mingle and sweat on the Eastern Shore in Somerset County.

It all happens in an asphalt parking lot by a marina, where the smell of seafood wafts in the air.

The governor's office and all of the state's 188 legislative seats are on the November ballot.

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A celebration of Eastern Shore culture was on display at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury yesterday.

It was for the upcoming 78th National Folklife Festival that will be held later this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area and Stage highlight the music, rituals, crafts, foods and occupations of the Eastern Shore.

On hand at yesterday’s event were Rich Smoker who is a decoy carver in Marion Station along with Janice Marshall of Crisfield who tells stories of Smith Island.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police says a man suspected of shooting his estranged wife before fatally shooting himself is a former trooper.

Spokeswoman Elena Russo tells The Daily Times that Gary Preston retired in 2005 at the rank of Trooper First Class.

Preston was found dead at a home in Crisfield on Saturday. State police said responding officers also found his estranged wife, 44-year-old Susan Preston, at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds.

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Plans for a new Arts and Entertainment District will be heard in Princess Anne this afternoon by the Somerset County Commissioners.

Crisfield has already approved tax incentives for the new district.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told WBOC that there’s been a lot of interest with heavy attendance at meetings on the project .

Somerset County Commission President Randy Laird told the television station that he is on board with the plans.

But while there is support some have expressed skepticism that the district will be enough to revitalize the Maryland town.

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Crisfield is moving to develop an Arts and Entertainment District.

The City Council has approved tax incentives for around 100 acres that would provide business owners within the district credit for renovations.

WBOC reports that it is now up to the Somerset County Commissioners to approve the tax incentives before they get the required consideration by the state of Maryland.

The city says the district is part of an economic effort to encourage people to open up more properties.

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Crisfield police are looking at what happened to a Salisbury man who was shot at least 14 times.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say Mark Laquan Smith was found with gunshot wounds at the Somers Cove Apartments after receiving a 911 call.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The paper reports that police say they found narcotics, money and revolver nearby.

Authorities say that Smith was staying with a girlfriend at the apartments.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Crisfield crab pot business is going to be recognized at the White House.

Representatives from Heath's Crab Pots will attend the Monday event that showcases American-made products and manufacturing.

The White House says Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet and lawmakers will join President Donald Trump for the event.

Heath's Crab Pots opened more than 40 years ago. It is the largest manufacturer of pots in the Chesapeake region.

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The City of Crisfield has been experiencing some water problems.

The town is working to upgrade its infrastructure lines.

But that has left many without water for the first part of this week.

High water levels on Monday led to a delay in the work.

And even with an additional contractor the water was not expected to be turned back on until today.

The water problems forced the closure of the Crisfield Academy & High School and Woodson Elementary school well as some businesses.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - With the ice building around Smith Island and Crisfield, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources dispatched its ice cutter to help.

Media outlets report the ice cutter, named J. Millard Tawes, cut a path Monday through the thickening ice in the Chesapeake Bay. State officials say the ice was between 2-3 inches thick, making it dangerous for the ferry and mail boats that run in the area.

Since Smith Island is only accessible by boat or air, the ice cutter was essential to make travel easier for those who live on the island.

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In Crisfield local government officials may allow you to use golf carts on the city streets.

The city council held its first reading of the new golf cart ordinance last night.

WBOC reports that City Manager Rick Pollitt said the town was becoming more of a tourist destination and that the carts would be a real convenience for visitors.

Users will still have to have a city permit a valid driver’s license, and obey all of the speed limits.

The carts will only be allowed on city streets.

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