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October 20, 1991
In an effort to reverse the effects of the chestnut tree blight of the 1950s, the first American Chestnut/Fall Farm Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, will demonstrate the value of the tree as wood and as a fruit. The Nationl Colonial Farm, a re-creation of a mid-18th century tobacco farm, will host the festival, offering demonstrations of chestnut woodcraft, chestnut wreath making and chestnut pancakes making, plus Colonial crafts and children's games, music, storytellers, carriage rides and tours of the farm and its chestnut gove.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Gun manufacturer Beretta USA announced Wednesday it would build its newest plant not in Maryland, but in Tennessee. Last year, the centuries-old Italian gun-maker threatened to abandon plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Prince George's County when Maryland weighed some of the toughest gun laws in the country. At least eight states began trying to woo Maryland gun manufacturers last year. When state lawmakers approved a ban on the sale of assault-style rifles - some of which Beretta had been developing at its Accokeek plant - the company said it would look elsewhere for its next $45-million, 300-job plant.
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August 30, 2002
ACCOKEEK - The Episcopal Diocese of Washington and a Prince George's County parish have ended an 18-month dispute over the appointment of a conservative rector. Bishop John Chane and the vestry of Christ Church, Accokeek, have agreed to the appointment of the Rev. Stephen T. Arpee, who had been serving in an interim capacity. The vestry has agreed not to appeal a federal court decision forcing the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards from the parish, where he had remained last fall in defiance of Bishop Jane H. Dixon.
BUSINESS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Maryland's largest gun manufacturer has decided not to leave the state just yet. Beretta USA threatened to abandon its home on the Potomac if Maryland passed a strict new gun-control law, but after the law was signed the company announced that its operations would remain in Prince George's County for now. However, Beretta added, it would look elsewhere for future expansions. Beretta and another Maryland gun maker have taken a wait-and-see approach to leaving the state, balancing the risk of a customer backlash against the cost and difficulty of a possible move, while keeping up with unprecedented demand for guns of all kinds.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Maryland State Police are asking motorists to be on the lookout for a missing 66-year-old woman from Prince George's County. Police said Sunday afternoon that they have issued a "silver alert" for Adela Shepard-Barrett, last seen in Accokeek on Friday. She could be driving a 2010 gray Nissan Sentra, license plate 4AB2351. Silver alerts are issued in Maryland when adults with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's, go missing.
NEWS
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2001
ACCOKEEK -- A conservative priest at the center of a religious and ideological dispute was evicted by the Episcopal Church from his four-bedroom home in Prince George's County yesterday. The Rev. Samuel L. Edwards, his wife, two children and two cats left their home on the grounds of Christ Church in Accokeek, the day after a federal appeals court rejected a request to allow them to stay temporarily. The court's ruling and the departure of Edwards from the church grounds mark a victory for the bishop of Washington, who has sought to oust Edwards since May. A federal judge ordered Edwards in October to immediately cease his ministry at the church.
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2001
ACCOKEEK - A conservative Episcopal priest who has been serving as rector of a Prince George's County parish in defiance of a bishop's attempts to oust him said yesterday that he will obey a federal court order barring him from the church while he seeks to have the ruling overturned on appeal. The Rev. Samuel L. Edwards, 47, speaking in front of the white-clapboard rectory because he is barred from the grounds of the adjacent Christ Church in Accokeek, said that he defied the acting bishop of Washington, but will not defy civil authority.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1995
Beretta USA Corp. regained its status as a defense contractor when the Accokeek company received an $18.5 million order for 45,000 of its 9 mm handguns for the Navy.The new order is the second largest in the southern Prince Georges County company's history. It will activate Beretta's military assembly operation for the first time in more than a year.In August 1994, the company shipped the last of 392,000 handguns, valued at $110 million, to the Army, the purchasing agent for all branches of the military.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Gun manufacturer Beretta USA announced Wednesday it would build its newest plant not in Maryland, but in Tennessee. Last year, the centuries-old Italian gun-maker threatened to abandon plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Prince George's County when Maryland weighed some of the toughest gun laws in the country. At least eight states began trying to woo Maryland gun manufacturers last year. When state lawmakers approved a ban on the sale of assault-style rifles - some of which Beretta had been developing at its Accokeek plant - the company said it would look elsewhere for its next $45-million, 300-job plant.
NEWS
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2001
ACCOKEEK - An Episcopal church in Prince George's County that has been locked in a bitter dispute over the fate of its conservative priest took a step toward reconciliation yesterday, but parishioners on both sides said the mood remained tense despite the effort at healing. Supporters of the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards - who was ordered last week by a federal judge to leave his post as rector of Christ Church in Accokeek - were joined by those who favor his ouster for the first time in more than five months at the hourlong service.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Maryland State Police are asking motorists to be on the lookout for a missing 66-year-old woman from Prince George's County. Police said Sunday afternoon that they have issued a "silver alert" for Adela Shepard-Barrett, last seen in Accokeek on Friday. She could be driving a 2010 gray Nissan Sentra, license plate 4AB2351. Silver alerts are issued in Maryland when adults with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's, go missing.
NEWS
By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | February 17, 2008
ACCOKEEK -- An audience lined a flat and straight stretch of rural highway in the middle of the night to watch what many here say is a recurring show of speed and thunderous noise. The drivers spun their wheels, throwing smoke and warming the tires for the contest to come. At some point, the spectators stepped into the road. And, police later said, a Ford Crown Victoria not involved in the illegal street race drove into the blinding haze, straight into the crowd. Eight people were killed and at least five injured in the accident, which occurred about 3 a.m. yesterday near an unlighted intersection on Route 210 - also known as Indian Head Highway - in southern Prince George's County.
NEWS
July 13, 2007
Scientist is indicted on false-claim counts ACCOKEEK -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Prince George's County scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on charges of claiming work-related expenses while vacationing at the Trump Casino in Atlantic City, among other allegations, officials said yesterday. Myron Price, 45, of Accokeek is charged with eight counts of making a false claim. If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison. Between 1998 and 2004, according to the U.S. attorney's office, he inflated mileage on travel vouchers and claimed several reimbursements for "official travel" while on vacation.
NEWS
August 30, 2002
ACCOKEEK - The Episcopal Diocese of Washington and a Prince George's County parish have ended an 18-month dispute over the appointment of a conservative rector. Bishop John Chane and the vestry of Christ Church, Accokeek, have agreed to the appointment of the Rev. Stephen T. Arpee, who had been serving in an interim capacity. The vestry has agreed not to appeal a federal court decision forcing the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards from the parish, where he had remained last fall in defiance of Bishop Jane H. Dixon.
NEWS
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | December 1, 2001
ACCOKEEK -- A conservative priest at the center of a religious and ideological dispute was evicted by the Episcopal Church from his four-bedroom home in Prince George's County yesterday. The Rev. Samuel L. Edwards, his wife, two children and two cats left their home on the grounds of Christ Church in Accokeek, the day after a federal appeals court rejected a request to allow them to stay temporarily. The court's ruling and the departure of Edwards from the church grounds mark a victory for the bishop of Washington, who has sought to oust Edwards since May. A federal judge ordered Edwards in October to immediately cease his ministry at the church.
NEWS
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2001
ACCOKEEK - An Episcopal church in Prince George's County that has been locked in a bitter dispute over the fate of its conservative priest took a step toward reconciliation yesterday, but parishioners on both sides said the mood remained tense despite the effort at healing. Supporters of the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards - who was ordered last week by a federal judge to leave his post as rector of Christ Church in Accokeek - were joined by those who favor his ouster for the first time in more than five months at the hourlong service.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer | August 10, 1993
ACCOKEEK -- The 16-shot, semiautomatic 9 mm handgun lying on Robert Bonaventure's desk has a lot to do with his sense of security.Mr. Bonaventure is head of Beretta U.S.A. Corp., and the gun he picked up and waved about is almost identical to those the company makes for the U.S. military.Beretta has used its military contract to establish such a strong position in the domestic firearms market that even when its Army order is filled next spring, the company expects no slowdown in production.
NEWS
July 13, 2007
Scientist is indicted on false-claim counts ACCOKEEK -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Prince George's County scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on charges of claiming work-related expenses while vacationing at the Trump Casino in Atlantic City, among other allegations, officials said yesterday. Myron Price, 45, of Accokeek is charged with eight counts of making a false claim. If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison. Between 1998 and 2004, according to the U.S. attorney's office, he inflated mileage on travel vouchers and claimed several reimbursements for "official travel" while on vacation.
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2001
ACCOKEEK - A conservative Episcopal priest who has been serving as rector of a Prince George's County parish in defiance of a bishop's attempts to oust him said yesterday that he will obey a federal court order barring him from the church while he seeks to have the ruling overturned on appeal. The Rev. Samuel L. Edwards, 47, speaking in front of the white-clapboard rectory because he is barred from the grounds of the adjacent Christ Church in Accokeek, said that he defied the acting bishop of Washington, but will not defy civil authority.
NEWS
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2001
Nearly three dozen members of a Prince George's County Episcopal church and their supporters yesterday filed ecclesiastical charges against acting Bishop Jane H. Dixon of Washington, escalating a dispute to retain a conservative rector at the 300-year-old parish. The parishioners and supporters of Christ Church in Accokeek charged that Dixon violated canon law by attempting to oust the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards, whom the parish called as its rector in December, after the 30-day period in canon law when she is allowed to intervene.
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