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The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
It's National Park Week, so why not be wild and free. From April 19-27, the National Park Service is celebrating the nation's more than 400 parks with special events and activities. To launch "National Park Week: Go Wild" this weekend, admission to the 401 national parks and other properties under the direction of the National Park Service will be free. Parks with free admission in Maryland include Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Catoctin Mountain Park, Assateague Island National Seashore and Antietam and Monocacy battlefields.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
It's National Park Week, so why not be wild and free. From April 19-27, the National Park Service is celebrating the nation's more than 400 parks with special events and activities. To launch "National Park Week: Go Wild" this weekend, admission to the 401 national parks and other properties under the direction of the National Park Service will be free. Parks with free admission in Maryland include Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Catoctin Mountain Park, Assateague Island National Seashore and Antietam and Monocacy battlefields.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
The final sections of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park have reopened to beachgoers after more than 100 pieces of World War II-vintage ordnance were discovered washed ashore earlier this week. Munitions experts from the Army Corps of Engineers visually inspected North Ocean Beach and southernmost portion of the state park beach and swept them with detection equipment during a two-day search for more unexploded ordnance and debris left behind by the Navy when Assateague was used for target practice.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Almost 7 million people visited national parks in Maryland in 2012, generating some $217.2 million in spending and 2,770 jobs, according to the National Park Service. In Baltimore, Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine drew more than 744,000 visitors, who spent about $40 million and sustained about 526 jobs. About 625,024 of the visitors were non-local, representing about $38.2 million, according to the new peer-reviewed report, which measures spending within a 60-mile radius of a park.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Almost 7 million people visited national parks in Maryland in 2012, generating some $217.2 million in spending and 2,770 jobs, according to the National Park Service. In Baltimore, Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine drew more than 744,000 visitors, who spent about $40 million and sustained about 526 jobs. About 625,024 of the visitors were non-local, representing about $38.2 million, according to the new peer-reviewed report, which measures spending within a 60-mile radius of a park.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
So as summer kicks into high gear, the crowds and traffic begin to rise to their summer peak on Coastal Highway. If you are looking for a different, and in many ways more tranquil beach experience, Assateague Island National Seashore might be the spot for you. Assateague has tons of open beach, salt marshes and of course the wild horses. Here are few tips on how to make your day trip to Assateague a unique experience that will make you feel as if you vacationed in two different places during your visit down the ocean.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Maryland's Catoctin Mountain Park is closed to the public and 30 park employees have been furloughed as part of the federal government shutdown that began on Tuesday, National Park officials said. The park closed at noon with just a few roads remaining open for through traffic only. The closure affects all park facilities, ranging from hiking trails to campgrounds to picnic areas. Park officials said visitors already camping or occupying cabins at Catoctin will be notifed and given 48 hours to pack up and leave.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Tomorrow is the annual summertime pony swim across the Assateague channel. The wild ponies that inhabit the Chincoteague, Va., portion of the Assateague Island National Seashore will be rounded up sometime around "slack tide" and herded across the water to the carnival grounds, where they will be auctioned off. It's a big event that draws thousands to the region every year. If you're in Ocean City, it's probably no more than a 90-minute drive or less to the southern end of the shore in Chincoteague, Va. (Tomorrow it may take longer depending on traffic, of course.)
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
A pony was struck and killed by a vehicle late Monday at Assateague Island National Seashore. The horse, a 20-year-old bay mare, stepped into the path of the car, said Rachelle Daigneault, chief of interpretation and education at Assateague. The accident happened at about 8 p.m. on Labor Day near the Verrazano bridge at the entrance to the park. Daigneault said the driver, who was visibly upset, was charged with unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. She also said that it's not extremely unusual for horses to collide with vehicles on the island.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
On a sizzling day, one of Maryland's premier summer getaways turned ghost town while an Army bomb squad exploded World War II-era munitions that had washed up at Assateague Island National Seashore. After two muffled explosions late Tuesday morning, a portion of the park reopened, including the main drag, Bayberry Drive, but ocean access and parking were limited, said a park spokeswoman, Rachelle Daigneault. "We are taking our time to make a complete assessment, but we're not anticipating any further issues," said Daigneault, who did not expect the public to cancel plans to visit the island for July 4. Campers milled about and took refuge in the cool darkness of the visitor center movie theater as an ordnance disposal unit from Aberdeen Proving Grounds collected rusted relics - more than 100 pieces - piled them in a pit dug in the soft sand and covered it with blast mats.
NEWS
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Maryland's Catoctin Mountain Park is closed to the public and 30 park employees have been furloughed as part of the federal government shutdown that began on Tuesday, National Park officials said. The park closed at noon with just a few roads remaining open for through traffic only. The closure affects all park facilities, ranging from hiking trails to campgrounds to picnic areas. Park officials said visitors already camping or occupying cabins at Catoctin will be notifed and given 48 hours to pack up and leave.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
A pony was struck and killed by a vehicle late Monday at Assateague Island National Seashore. The horse, a 20-year-old bay mare, stepped into the path of the car, said Rachelle Daigneault, chief of interpretation and education at Assateague. The accident happened at about 8 p.m. on Labor Day near the Verrazano bridge at the entrance to the park. Daigneault said the driver, who was visibly upset, was charged with unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. She also said that it's not extremely unusual for horses to collide with vehicles on the island.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
The final sections of beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park have reopened to beachgoers after more than 100 pieces of World War II-vintage ordnance were discovered washed ashore earlier this week. Munitions experts from the Army Corps of Engineers visually inspected North Ocean Beach and southernmost portion of the state park beach and swept them with detection equipment during a two-day search for more unexploded ordnance and debris left behind by the Navy when Assateague was used for target practice.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
On a sizzling day, one of Maryland's premier summer getaways turned ghost town while an Army bomb squad exploded World War II-era munitions that had washed up at Assateague Island National Seashore. After two muffled explosions late Tuesday morning, a portion of the park reopened, including the main drag, Bayberry Drive, but ocean access and parking were limited, said a park spokeswoman, Rachelle Daigneault. "We are taking our time to make a complete assessment, but we're not anticipating any further issues," said Daigneault, who did not expect the public to cancel plans to visit the island for July 4. Campers milled about and took refuge in the cool darkness of the visitor center movie theater as an ordnance disposal unit from Aberdeen Proving Grounds collected rusted relics - more than 100 pieces - piled them in a pit dug in the soft sand and covered it with blast mats.
TRAVEL
By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
So as summer kicks into high gear, the crowds and traffic begin to rise to their summer peak on Coastal Highway. If you are looking for a different, and in many ways more tranquil beach experience, Assateague Island National Seashore might be the spot for you. Assateague has tons of open beach, salt marshes and of course the wild horses. Here are few tips on how to make your day trip to Assateague a unique experience that will make you feel as if you vacationed in two different places during your visit down the ocean.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Tomorrow is the annual summertime pony swim across the Assateague channel. The wild ponies that inhabit the Chincoteague, Va., portion of the Assateague Island National Seashore will be rounded up sometime around "slack tide" and herded across the water to the carnival grounds, where they will be auctioned off. It's a big event that draws thousands to the region every year. If you're in Ocean City, it's probably no more than a 90-minute drive or less to the southern end of the shore in Chincoteague, Va. (Tomorrow it may take longer depending on traffic, of course.)
EXPLORE
By Louise Vest | July 14, 2011
100 Years Ago Visiting, dancing, and great pitching From the Lisbon social column: "Miss Louise Fisher has returned to Baltimore after spending sometime with her mother, Mrs. Ella A. Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton White have returned to Philadelphia after visiting. E.D. Justus. Mrs. and Mrs. Hoffman anddaughter have returned to Baltimore after visiting Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Hoffman. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Griffin of Mt. Airy visited friends in our neighborhood recently.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
Lytia Solomon had never met a park ranger or taken a family vacation to a national park. And growing up in Philadelphia as a "complete urban city girl," she never knew what a park ranger did. Yet the rising college sophomore with an interest in criminal justice discovered that such a career path could be right up her alley, thanks to a new initiative that's recruiting college students to help combat a looming shortage of National Park Service rangers....
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By Louise Vest | July 14, 2011
100 Years Ago Visiting, dancing, and great pitching From the Lisbon social column: "Miss Louise Fisher has returned to Baltimore after spending sometime with her mother, Mrs. Ella A. Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton White have returned to Philadelphia after visiting. E.D. Justus. Mrs. and Mrs. Hoffman anddaughter have returned to Baltimore after visiting Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Hoffman. Mr. and Mrs. Allen Griffin of Mt. Airy visited friends in our neighborhood recently.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
Lytia Solomon had never met a park ranger or taken a family vacation to a national park. And growing up in Philadelphia as a "complete urban city girl," she never knew what a park ranger did. Yet the rising college sophomore with an interest in criminal justice discovered that such a career path could be right up her alley, thanks to a new initiative that's recruiting college students to help combat a looming shortage of National Park Service rangers....
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