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David Fike
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David Fike started with Chesapeake Publishing & Printing in 1992 as an Advertising Account Executive for one of their weekly newspapers.  During his career with the company, he held the positions of Retail Advertising Manager, Advertising Director, Director of Advertising & Marketing, General Manager, Publisher, Regional Vice President, and to his current position.  As President & Publisher, he is responsible for eleven newspapers, three magazines, six websites, and five mobile apps covering nine counties in Maryland & Delaware.  The print publications include a six-day daily, a three-day daily, and nine weekly newspapers, plus two monthly magazines and one semi-annual magazine.  Every week nearly a million people read one the publications, websites, or mobile apps that he manages.

David is the past President of the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association and Press Services, past Chairman of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce and has served previously on the board of directors for Talbot Mentors, The United Fund of Talbot County, Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Foundation.

He currently serves as the President for Brighter Christmas Fund, a regional non-profit fund that has given over two and a half million dollars, since the funds inception, to families in need during the Christmas season.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Talbot Bank and on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association  He is active member of Easton Rotary and various other local groups, committees, and youth sporting organizations.

David is a graduate of The University of Maryland College Park and graduated with a degree in Business Management and resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.



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For more than forty years,The Dundalk Eagle has brought you news and information about the Greater Dundalk area. Through good and bad times, The Eagle has remained true to its original mission of reporting items of local interest that other papers can't or won't. The following articles chronicle much of our history.

Through good times and bad, The Eagle has kept pace with events in Greater Dundalk. The fledgling paper, begun in 1969, grew to maturity through the vision of readers who recognized it as a sounding board for the exchange of ideas and information. The paper has served its purpose well. As The Eagle flies into the next era, it will continue to fulfill its mission as the voice of the community.

Eagle Chronicles Thirty Years of History

(written Thursday, 23 April 2009)


It was the year that Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon.

A brand-new Chevy Camaro listed for just under $4,300.

American combat troops in Vietnam peaked at 540,000 and Richard M. Nixon had just been sworn in for his first term as the nation's 37th president.

Emala Lake Polluted

Closer to home, the first edition of The Dundalk Eagle-printed May 15, 1969- rolled off the presses.

The lead story that week, under a blaring headline spelled out in capital letters, reported claims that Emala Lake in Stanbrook was polluted.

At the time, residents of the surrounding areas, led by the Eastfield Civic Association, protested over a local refuse company that supposedly was dumping waste and trash into the lake. Although the company had the option to buy the land by June 30, Councilman Wallace Williams and state Senator Roy Staten lobbied heavily for the Department of Recreation and Parks to buy the parcel for recreational uses.

"I am hopeful that the source of pollution of the lake can be found and corrected," Williams was quoted as saying.

Within a week of the first article, The Optimist Club of Dundalk, the greater Bear Creek Civic Association and 7 other community organizations expressed support in having Baltimore County purchase the property for park and recreational facilities. But supporters would have to wait for the June 30 deadline.

As the date approached, community leaders became bolder in their attempts to stop the pollution and turn the area into a recreational facility.

On June 19, 1969, The Eagle reported that Sen. Staten was appealing to County Executive Dale Anderson to move immediately to set aside the Emala property for public use after learning that the disposal operator planned to exercise his option to buy the property.

We cannot afford to have this property used for any purpose other than recreational, and Baltimore County should take immediate steps to acquire it," Staten told the chief executive in a letter.

The senator also reminded Anderson that he had asked the county six months earlier to declare a moratorium on any sizable future development in the Dundalk area.

Just before the disposal operator's June 30 deadline to purchase the property, the county brought about condemnation proceedings on Emala Lake and the adjoining property for use by the Department of Recreation and Parks.

By the end of the year, the Baltimore County Council approved the purchase, and the Parcel of land-now known as Stansbury Park-was secured by the county.

Of This You Can Be Sure

In The Eagle's first month of publication, the Baltimore County Council voted on the 1969-1970 real estate taxes.

The outcome was to continue the previous year's rate of $3.47 per $100 of assessed value. Councilman Williams, who voted to keep the previous year's rate, represented the Dundalk area in 1969 with others who since have left the public spotlight, as well as several who have remained.

Current senator Norman Stone was serving his first year in the senate, after having served one term in the House of Delegates. The area also was represented by a second senator-Roy Staten-before redistricting allowed for only one senator from Greater Dundalk.

Sam D'Anna, Danny Minnick and John Arnick sat in the House of Delegates that year. Today, only Arnick remains from that time of 30 years ago.

County Executive Dale Anderson later served six months in jail for accepting bribes from contractors on county bids, a federal offense.

Growing Pains

Greater Dundalk was feeling its growing pains in 1969, as plans were underway for construction projects and buildings that would soon become permanent fixtures in the area's landscape.

That year saw the erection of the Patapsco Federal building on Merritt Boulevard. Ground was broken for the two story structure, designed by architect John Weid, on July 15 in anticipation of its completion by that Christmas.

In September of 1969, The Eagle reported on five Dundalkians who were appointed to the Dundalk Community College Study Committee.

The appointees were Marge Cappecci, who was president of the PTA Council of Baltimore County; Lou Grumbach, who helped establish the Dundalk Arts Festival; Emmanuel Krajovic, an employee of the Martin-Marietta Company at the time and an active member in community affairs; Margaret Steele (now Margaret Gibson), who served as chairwoman of the Educational Committee of the Greater Dundalk Council of Community Associations; and Joseph Thomas Jr., and attorney who served on the advisory council for Essex Community College.

In 1971, Dundalk Community College held classes at various locations around the area, including Dundalk United Methodist Church, which served as a temporary headquarters, according to literature from the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society. On October 12 of that same year, the ground breaking ceremony for the proposed campus facing Sollers Point Road took place.

The Eagle also reported on the late fall opening of Franklin Square Hospital, which was to serve Dundalk and other communities of Eastern Baltimore County.

Miss Baseball 1969

Always a voice of the community, The Eagle then featured the triumphs of the youth of Dundalk, as it continues to do today.

On the first page of the first edition was a picture of three young women who competed for the title of Miss Baseball 1969 from the Patapsco Neck Recreation Council

Standing front and center, and wearing a full- length gown and a huge smile was 14-year old Toni Cox, then of Wareham Road, who "bested 24 other comely misses for the title."

She was flanked by Bonnie Dalmaso, 16 and Cathy Dukeman, 15.

"It was my first contest and the first time I spoke in public, " said Cox, who now goes by Toni Stone. "I entered myself {in the contest}."

Stone recalls competing for Miss Dundalk High School and other contests in her younger years. "They were always a lot of fun, "she recalled." "I loved it because I would always get a new dress and a new bathing suit, " she said with a laugh.

The mother of two girls, Stone move to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from Dundalk almost 15 years ago. She said she still carries fond memories of growing up in the area.

"I always thought it was a great place to live", she said, " and there's no place that has a better 4th of July celebration than Dundalk."

Decked Out

In August of that first year, the paper featured a front-page photo of Jean Kettell Dance Studio students, decked out in toy soldier costumes, who were to perform in the Tony Grant Show on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City that week.

"It was a great experience for those kids to be able to be part of that performance," Kettell recalled. The instructor and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette dancer was delighted to reminisce about those times. That brought back a lot of memories for me," she said over her car phone. "Even though I'm driving my car right now, I can't help but daydream about it."

A Piece of History

Like Dundalk, The Eagle itself has acquired a history of its own over the past 30 years. Sometimes, those pieces tend to intertwine, oddly enough. For example, the late Louise and Sam Couper of Flagship Road were the first subscribers to The Eagle when it began taking subscriptions soon after its first publication.

Now Eagle columnist and copy editor Diane Pinter and her family live in the Couper's former home.

Coincidence? perhaps, but to us it sounds like just another tribute to Dundalk's intimate community appeal, even after 30 years.

The Dundalk Eagle story

Thursday, 23 April 2009 19:37

Oelkes Established A True Community Paper

"When I was in high school, I had two ambitions: To be a baseball player and to be a newsman,'' Kimbel E. Oelke (1917-1998) said in his office in 1994. You won't find Oelke's name in The Baseball Encyclopedia, but the .300-hitting outfielder and middle infielder made a name for himself in that other profession. If "Scoop'' Oelke never had picked up a newspaper, he still would be an all-star citizen. But it's his 50-plus years as an editor and publisher that helped him gain prominence in the community. He has served that community well, helping to establish the Dundalk Library, the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, the Dundalk Association of Businesses and the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 1993. When all his contributions are assessed, though, his founding of The Dundalk Eagle with his wife, Mary, 30 years ago ranks as his greatest achievement. And Oelke, though not one who often boasted of his accomplishments, surely would have been quick to note that starting The Eagle was a particularly American act of entrepreneurship: Seeking a need and filling it.

Oelke's status as Dundalk's primary journalist actually predates The Eagle by three decades. Sometime in the 1930s, he realized that his .300 batting average with various school and sandlot teams was not good enough to merit a chance at playing professional baseball. "I loved the game, but I wasn't a good ballplayer,'' he recalled. Nor did his above-average soccer or track skills merit a paycheck.

Fortunately, Oelke didn't bank his future on athletics. After graduating from Sparrows Point High School in 1935, he took evening classes at City College and improved his spelling by reading a dictionary. Unsure of public speaking, he turned to expressing himself in writing.

His newspaper career began in 1938, when he started a two-year stint as sports editor for Dundalk's Community Press, a broadsheet owned by Stromberg Publications. Oelke was promoted to editor in 1945.

His next assignment was more than 5,000 miles away. During four years of service with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, Oelke at one time was assistant editor of Kaleo O Hawii, a newspaper based at the University of Hawaii.

Sports still were a part of his life, though. While stationed in Hawaii, he once officiated a tennis match involving Bobby Riggs.

After the war, Oelke returned to his job at The Community Press and took night classes at University of Baltimore Law School, from which he later graduated.

He then made an important visit to his hometown of Louisville, Ky. There, he met fellow Louisville native Mary Georgina Jarboe. They were married six months later.

Oelke's duties with Stromberg continued to grow, especially after owner Paul G. Stromberg died and the chain of papers he ran was turned over to stepson Charles Gerwig. By 1962, Oelke was in charge of both The Community Press, which was published from an office in the Dunkirk Building, and The Eastern Beacon, a tabloid based on Eastern Avenue in Essex. Oelke had started The Beacon for the Stromberg group in 1962.

Meanwhile, Oelke's family continued to grow, and to move. Oelke had moved from Louisville to Sunship Road at age 7 when his father, a foreman for American Standard, was transferred to the company's Holabird Avenue site. After marriage, the Oelkes lived on Broadship and on Sollers Point Road. In 1952, he and Mary moved to Ilchester in Howard County. They had 11 children.

Family responsibilities and growing newspaper pressures made for some long days. "I remember getting 15 minutes' sleep one night,'' Oelke said.

Besides being harried, though, Oelke was becoming increasingly annoyed over the direction the Dundalk paper was taking.The chain of papers was expanded and renamed in 1968. Without warning, Oelke was dropped from the Dundalk paper's operation. He was made operation manager of the original Essex Times and was directed to help start a paper in Towson.

The Times papers, scattered about Baltimore County, ran some of the same information in their various editions. Local news in the Dundalk paper suffered, the Oelkes felt.

"The Community Calendar listed things that were happening in Ellicott City,'' Mary Oelke said.

"They didn't have real interest in the community,'' Kimbel Oelke said.

At first, in his early 50s with a large family depending on his income, Oelke was reluctant to complain too much, except in private. But as the months went by with no improvement in The Dundalk Times, Mary encouraged him to do what was on his mind.

"I quit,'' he said. "I took two of the men that were working on The Community Press, and they helped me start The Eagle.''

Dundalk's new tabloid debuted May 15, 1969. It was bankrolled by the Oelkes' savings and the proceeds from the sale of a building in Ellicott City. Start-up costs were about $20,000.

The first office was at 38 N. Dundalk Ave., formerly Skyview restaurant. The staff consisted of editor-publisher Oelke, general manager Edward J. Walsh, advertising manager Edward J. Potocki, office manager Constance J. Stefanik and layout composer/bookkeeper Mary Oelke.

Ten thousand copies of the first issue were distributed for free throughout Dundalk and Edgemere. Subscriptions were sold for $1 per year. Paid subscriptions quickly reached 500, which enabled the paper to get a second-class postal permit that allowed The Eagle to be delivered by mail.

"It was amazing,'' Mary Oelke said. "We didn't expect the paper to take off like it did. But we knew from the beginning it was going to go. There was a need.''

From its first words, The Dundalk Eagle was very much a Kimbel Oelke publication. Above the paper's namesake logo - drawn by Mary Oelke and still in use until recently - was The Eagle's Oelke-penned first byline, "Dundalk Now Has Its Own Newspaper.''

He explained the paper's origin and his intentions to treat everyone equally. Many editorial decisions were left up to the readers, and their opinions were included in a letters page entitled By The People.

It's no wonder the paper was named after a national symbol. Especially in its early years, when sentiment against the Vietnam War was swelling in the United States, The Eagle remained fiercely patriotic. One of its longest-running features, Our Heroes (now Roll Call), a roundup of short pieces about local men and women in t he military services, was a direct response.

The paper's characteristic homespun flavor was apparent in the first issue, which included two features that are still printed weekly: DunTalk, now called Talk of the Town, collects tidbits about local folks, and Mystery Beauty continues to perplex and amuse readers.

For years, Oelke wrote about half of everything that appeared in the paper, which for several years numbered between 24 and 32 pages per issue. He took plenty of news tips in person and over the phone, and he was a familiar face at the local fire station and courthouse and the old Dundalk Police Station on Shipping Place.

Once, he had a lieutenant roused from his sleep at 5 a.m. because a patrolman wasn't allowing him to take a look at the latest batch of police reports. The bleary-eyed lieutenant showed up, and Oelke saw the reports.

If an article wasn't written by Oelke, it probably was submitted by a Dundalk resident. Reports from readers ran alongside dispatches from the editor.

"We ran all the stuff the Sunpapers wouldn't,'' Mary Oelke recalled. "The Sunpapers couldn't fool around with all that 'itsy-bitsy' stuff. We could.''

One of Kimbel Oelke's more endearing qualities was his reluctance to tell people no. As policy, that occasionally backfired.

"We used to run everybody's birthday in the paper,'' Oelke said. "Then we realized that everybody has a birthday, and we couldn't keep up with it.''

The Eagle built a reputation for making ordinary citizens feel important by printing wedding announcements, obituaries, student honor rolls, church announcements and recreation league results.

And plenty of pictures. Photographs of school-age kids, members of service organizations, contest winners and other individuals have graced The Eagle's pages for a quarter-century. Legend has it that everyone who grows up in Dundalk appears in The Eagle at least once.

Whether or not that's true, the formula has worked well enough for the Oelkes' paper to have long since outlasted The Dundalk Times, which folded in a few years, and The Eye, which published in Dundalk in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Eagle's current paid circulation, about 23,000, is the best among Baltimore County weeklies, and one of the best in Maryland.

Over the years, The Eagle has undergone many changes. In 1982, its offices moved to the old Reier House on N. Center Place. Computers were added in 1989. Staff members have come and gone.

The Oelkes have remained the one constant. Where many weeklies have been gobbled up by corporations, The Eagle is in many ways a family business.

In some cases, that's literally true. Various members of the Oelke family have worked at the paper at one time or another. Today, three of their eight daughters have a hand in the paper's production: Deborah Cornely is the managing editor, Kim Boone is in charge of advertising and Barbara Oelke is a production assistant. And Jonathan Kimbel O'Neill, Kimbel and Mary's grandson, recently returned to the paper as its Webmaster.

Mary Oelke continues to work as The Eagle's publisher.

Kimbel Oelke suffered a mild stroke in 1986, spending a week at Church Home Hospital. Cornely, his second-oldest daughter, took over as managing editor. When he returned to work, he found that the "vacation'' had recharged him. He resumed full-time duty with The Eagle until October 1993, when illness began to slow him down. Even after his retirement, he still visited the paper frequently to keep an eye on his creation.

Kimbel Oelke died of a heart attack on Aug. 2, 1998 as he attended morning Mass at St. Rita's Church with Mary. He was 80.

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