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east. He worked for Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a few years before deciding again that he would rather be on his own and formed the Coastal Heritage Alliance non-profit. Grant writing became yet another skill he had to add to his toolkit. Throughout his life, Vlahovich has seen the shifts and changes that occur as tourism bumps into working waterfronts, changing cultural values along with property values. Too of ten the family f isher men were left out of the process. With the help of several other Chesapeake non-profits, he put together the Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training program that gave classes in how to make money off the influx of curious outsiders. “It has always

passengers and took charters up the coast. While that was going on, he made trips to the Chesapeake to work on the skipjack Stanley Norman for CBF, where his old friend Lonnie Moore was then working. Vlahovich says he began to realize that his real calling was being a boat carpenter and not a business manager, so he cut way back on the outfitting business. During a 2001 trip back to work on the Stanley Norman at Severn Marine on Tilghman Island, the Baltimore Sun wrote about Vlahovich’s skills. That led to his being hired for the Skipjack Restoration Project and a second and final move of his family

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