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The Raven

Posted in deep creek lake real estate with tags , , , , on December 1, 2009 by deepcreekmudybech

The Raven

I remember being fascinated and haunted by the hair raising Edgar Allen Poe classic “The Tale Tell Heart” in high school.”The Black Cat”, “The Cast of Amontillado”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, and the famous classic ”The Pit and the Pendulum” catapulted Poe into literary prominence forever.

            On a recent visit to Baltimore to see a football game, I had the opportunity to walk the same streets as Poe and to visit his final resting place, Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, which has spookiness all in itself. Nestled among huge modern office buildings, concrete, steel, and cars, Westminster Church brings you far back in time to a kind of gothic/medieval atmosphere. Although Poe called a lot of cities home, it was Baltimore, Maryland that he married and wrote his famous poem “The Raven” which led the city to eventually name their football team after.

             From the salt water of Baltimore to the cool fresh waters of Deep Creek Lake, Marylander’s should feel immeasurable pride in a genius whose words have left behind a word wide legacy.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Nor-Easter

Posted in deep creek lake real estate with tags , , , , on November 27, 2009 by deepcreekmudybech

Nor-Easter

This Thanksgiving I packed up the family and hit the highway for the seven hour drive from Deep Creek Lake, MD to Kill Devil Hills, NC. The news was out that a devastating Nor-Easter had pounded the mid-eastern coastline for a week prior to me leaving, and some areas along the ocean would never be the same. A Nor-Easter is a powerful low pressure system that rotates counter clock wise off the coastline and whose leading north east winds cut in the beaches with the fury of a huge saw. The water level along beach communities rises 3-5 feet above normal which causes damaging flooding and massive erosion to oceanfront properties. The system stalls for days and sometimes weeks and wipes out fragile sandbars that serve as a protection barrier for the beaches.

After arriving at the beach it was hard not to notice the amount of debris left behind by the storm. There were wooden decks and walkways shredded and splintered into thousands of pieces and left floating up and down the seaboard in the violent waves crashing on the beach.  Some homes crumbled into the water from the brute force of Mother Nature never to be built again. The cleanup work is immense and septic trucks work around the clock to pump out property in flood zones. This creates a secondary problem because most of these areas are over septic fields plagued with bacteria’s. This water is then pumped into the ocean making it a more dangerous place to be for fall surfers who are chasing the storms dying energy.

I talked to my mother who lives inland in Virginia Beach and who has weathered storms there for 30 + years. She said she cannot remember any storm, hurricanes included, that has caused this much damage. It does give us all a reason to be thankful for having family and friends to lean on during such a draining event.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876