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December 30, 2009

Last dredge fill goes to Hart-Miller Island


The port of Baltimore has sent its last haul of dredge material from the Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay channels to Hart-Miller Island, and the spit of land near the Back and Middle rivers in Baltimore County will enter the final phase of its conversion into a wildlife refuge and recreational area. Some 100 million cubic yards of material has been formed into 1,100 acres during the past 25 years. The island is now home to more than 200 species of birds, other animals and plants. Thousands of people also use it for boating, fishing, camping and other activities. The port will begin putting dredge material that is cleared from shipping lanes in Masonville. There already is a park there, so the new acreage will become land to store automobiles imported and exported through the port.

-Meredith Cohn

2 children hurt by falling tree at Carroll nature camp


Carroll County officials say two children were injured, one of them seriously, when a tree fell on them at a county-run nature camp. County spokeswoman Vivian Laxton says a 9-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The boy, who was seriously hurt, was then transferred to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The girl was treated and released. Laxton says the tree fell shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hashawha Environmental Center north of Westminster as the campers were preparing to go on a hike. Adults on the scene called 911. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating. It's not clear why the tree fell, but Laxton says there were wind gusts of up to 35 mph in the area.

- Associated Press

CSX looking into boy's injury in Cumberland

CSX Corp. says it is investigating whether any of its trains hit a 12-year-old Cumberland boy who was seriously hurt while allegedly cutting across the company's property. The boy was being treated Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital for injuries he suffered Monday night. His name and condition haven't been released. CSX spokesman Gary Sease says the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company is getting a full accounting of all the trains that moved through the area. Cumberland police say the boy was hit by a train about 8:30 p.m. His friends told police he had sneaked through a hole in a fence and tried to beat a train across one of multiple sets of tracks.

- Associated Press

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