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2011-06-22 14:46:00

DARLINGTON, Md., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As summer officially gets underway, Exelon Hydro's newly refurbished Conowingo Visitor Center is open and ready to welcome and educate visitors in northern Maryland. This year, over 1,000 travelers have visited the Center and earlier this month, 300 people attended an Open House and barbecue at the facility. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110622/PH24785 ) "Our refurbishments to the Center have been designed to create a...

2008-10-28 06:00:24

By Paul Davidson HOLTWOOD, Pa. -- The Holtwood Hydroelectric Dam on the Susquehanna River here hasn't changed much since it cranked up in 1910. Outside, gulls perch on the crest of the dam wall above a picturesque waterfall as a lone boater skims across a serene lake. Inside the long, narrow powerhouse lined with neoclassic arches and peeling green-and-white walls, 10 hulking, steel-encased generators emit a shrill hum. From below comes a steady, subway-train-like rumble -- the...

2008-07-23 06:00:00

By Ad Crable Only a few years ago, it all seemed so promising. American shad, once a prized spring staple of locals' diet and an economic linchpin up and down the Susquehanna, at last seemed headed for a comeback amid a multi-state and federal restoration plan. Visions of again catching the silvery, forked-tail fish, perhaps frying its tasty roe in butter, danced in anglers' heads. Fish lifts or ladders - costing utilities tens of millions of dollars - were in place on all the...

2008-06-15 15:00:23

By Tom Pelton, The Baltimore Sun Jun. 15--HOLTWOOD, Pa. -- The century-old dam on the Susquehanna River doesn't look like an energy source of the future. Weeds sprout out of cracks in the weathered Holtwood Hydroelectric Dam, 12 miles upriver from Maryland. Inside the generating building, antique brass volt meters look like something from Dr. Frankenstein's lab. Water snakes slither across the floor. Despite the decrepit appearance, a Pennsylvania power company is planning to spend...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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