Issue: March 2013

I have one last chance, and I shall take full advantage of it, to let you know, dear reader, that there’s still time (till March 15) to let your voice be heard in this year’s Best of the Bay reader survey.

If you’ve already voted, thank you, and please don’t vote again. That’s naughty, and we’ll count only one of your ballots. If you haven’t voted yet, please do! You’ll see that it’s easier than ever to do so—just go to our website,, and click on the Best of the Bay link in the rotating features at the top of the front page. If you’re allergic to the internet but still would like to participate, just let us know by phone, post or email [see page 2 for contact information] and we’ll send you a print version of the survey. But no dilly-dallying (I love that word; thanks, Mom), because the deadline is nearly upon us.

March 15 is also the deadline for submitting entries in the Best of the Bay photo contest. No coincidence that, because the winning photos will be published, as always, alongside the reader survey results in our June issue. There are four categories (places, people, boats and wildlife) and the top three photos in each win cash prizes: $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third. That’s right, real cash money—in addition to fame and public adulation! I know, we’re awesome. You’re welcome.

On a considerably more somber note, it is my sad duty to inform you that Richard C. Goertemiller, the cofounder and first publisher of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, passed away peacefully on January 15. He was 80. As I noted in last month’s column, Dick only recently retired as a regular illustrator for CBM. Though he and his wife Dixie sold the magazine in 1974, Dick continued to write and illustrate for both the magazine and the Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay for the next four decades. Indeed he only hung up his brushes for good last fall, having contributed his last watercolor—a lovely little thumbnail of Main Street in Port Deposit, Md.—in our October 2012 issue.

We are already working on a retrospective of Dick’s contributions to the magazine over the years, which will appear in the May issue—a fitting time since its our annual anniversary issue. Dick and Dixie launched the magazine in May of 1971. If you’d like to read more about the Goertemillers and the magazine’s earlier years, look on our website’s front page for “Perfect Partnership,” Marty LeGrand’s excellent 2009 profile of Dick and Dixie.

Finally, and most importantly, on behalf of the entire CBM family, I offer heartfelt condolences to Dixie and the Goertemiller family. Dick was truly a special man, and we will miss him.


Tim Sayles, Editor