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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 30, 1998
PRETEND YOU'RE living about 200 years ago this weekend at an event at Bear Branch Nature Center. The Revolutionary War Living History Muster will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Visitors can experience the tastes and smells, games and songs, and daily life of the soldiers and their families in the past. The soldiers will be portrayed by Maryland Royalist Battalion Inc.Author Cathy Johnson will give a seminar on unusual women's occupations of the Revolutionary War period.
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June 11, 2006
Bear Branch offers summer programs Bear Branch Nature Center at Hashawha Environmental Center offers programs for all ages. End of School Campfire for all ages from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Hot dogs, s'mores and campfire stories will be featured. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs," fly fishing for teens ages 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Hashawha. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will offer beginner fly fishing.
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NEWS
June 6, 1993
The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club of Carroll County will hold walks Saturday and next Sunday at Bear Branch Nature Center in the Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center, John Owings Road, north of Westminster.Participants have a choice of a 10- or 15-kilometer walk through the rolling hills of northern Carroll County along Bear Branch and Big Pipe creeks. All trails are natural surface and not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.The walks are open to anyone interested in walking, jogging or running at their own pace, as all events are noncompetitive.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | February 19, 2006
On a brisk sunny afternoon, several mothers and their children carried galvanized buckets, drills and hammers into the woods surrounding Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster. They identified the tallest, hardiest maple trees, mostly by their silvery white bark, and set to work on the first phase of a process that could end with maple syrup. "Mom, drill please," said Victoria Dinisa, 9, of Littlestown, Pa. "I need to make a big hole." Actually, Victoria only needed to twist and turn the hand drill, called a brace and bit, long enough to place a 2-inch hole in the thick bark.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 1998
IT'S PEAK COLOR FOR autumn leaves, and a great time to hike at Bear Branch Nature Center, which is sponsoring Family Trail Day on Saturday. Two events are planned so children ages 3 through adults can enjoy a day in the outdoors.From 10 a.m. to noon, children ages 3 through 8 can join staff naturalists for "Track Trek," a hike to explore the world of animal tracks. The hike is followed by story time and a craft activity.For children ages 9 through adult, naturalists will lead a moderate hike over the trails at Hashawha Environmental Center.
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By Marie V. Forbes | January 30, 1991
If initial enthusiasm is any indication of success, Carroll County's new Bear Branch Nature Center is guaranteed to exceed even its planner's fondest hopes.An "Informational and Brainstorming Meeting" at Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center last Wednesday drew morethan 60 participants with a wide range of special interests that they hope to see included as part of the new facility.Among those represented were environmental groups, garden clubs, bird clubs, soil conservationists, astronomy clubs and children's clubs.
NEWS
April 11, 1997
FireWinfield: Firefighters from Lisbon in Howard County assisted Winfield at 6: 40 p.m. Wednesday, responding to a brush fire at Fannie Dorsey Road and Route 97. Units were out 40 minutes.Winfield: Firefighters responded at 6: 46 p.m. Wednesday to a brush fire at Bear Branch and Old Washington roads. Units were out 45 minutes.Winfield: Firefighters responded at 6: 58 p.m. Wednesday to a brush fire in the 500 block of Bear Branch Road. Units were out 35 minutes.Pub Date: 4/11/97
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By Staff report | December 29, 1993
Snakes don't take to ice any better than vehicles.Three reptiles from Piney Run Nature Center were scheduled to travel to Bear Branch to make their debut in the "Snakes Alive" program today. But because of the cold and snowy weather, the snakes have to stay home and the show had to be canceled.AThe slithery stars were to join Bear Branch's corn, black rat and king snakes-in-residence as part of a "sold-out" six-snake revue.To deliver the promised "big variety," Melinda Byrd, park naturalist, planned to take the hognose, garter and milk snakes from their cozy cages with heat lamps at Piney Run and house them in her home overnight.
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By Staff Report | November 7, 1993
The Hashawha and Bear Branch Advisory Council and Carroll County Arts Council have canceled the 1993 Art in Nature show and sale, scheduled for Nov. 20-21 at Hashawha Environmental Center.Hilary Pierce, the Arts Council's director, said a combination of factors contributed to the decision not to have the 1993 show."We have a planning committee from the Hashawha and Bear Branch Advisory Council, the Arts Council and other volunteers that will get together to discuss reformatting the show," Ms. Pierce said.
NEWS
April 5, 1995
Nature center has new kitchensBear Branch Nature Center has new kitchens, one as an exhibit demonstrating smart shopping practices and the other as a working facility for volunteers, staff and user groups.Both kitchens need equipment, and Bear Branch is asking area residents to donate items that they may no longer need or are replacing.The kitchens need tea kettles, flatware, drinking glasses, pots and pans, bowls of all sizes, plates, tea towels, wash cloths, salt and pepper shakers, trays, pot holders, butter dish with lid, can opener, counter-top compost container, canisters, lunch box or reusable bag, canning jars, plumber's snake, pump liquid soap dispenser, egg beater and wire whisk.
NEWS
August 28, 2005
CENTRAL Bear Branch offers activities for all ages Bear Branch Nature Center offers activities for all ages and interests. "Can You Canoe?" will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Anyone wanting to learn how to canoe can attend this hands-on lesson on Lake Hashawha. All ages are welcome; children 15 and younger must be with an adult. A Tiny Tykes Hike will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult. The cost is $1 for members, and $2 for nonmembers.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
The Westminster Astronomical Society wants to open up the night sky for Carroll County residents by building an observatory at Bear Branch Nature Center. Yesterday, the organization received preliminary support from the county commissioners to move forward on its plan. "It sounds like a great idea," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. The society's proposal calls for a 32-foot-by-32-foot observatory at the nature center outside Westminster. The building would be equipped with three telescopes and a retractable roof.
NEWS
November 4, 2001
3 organizations to plant trees, shrubs to help Bear Branch The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, with Friends of Carroll County Streams and Carroll County Outdoor School, will plant more than 400 trees and shrubs along Bear Branch, a tributary of the Monocacy River. Forest buffer and stream restoration will be done from noon to 4 p.m. today along Bear Branch at Camp Hashawha, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. In addition, live willow stakes will be placed in the stream banks as protection against erosion.
NEWS
August 20, 2001
Registration is under way at Bear Branch Nature Center for two programs geared toward helping children learn about nature through outdoor and indoor activities, crafts, songs and stories. Mother Nature, Mom and Me, for ages 4 and 5. Participants may choose sessions at 10 a.m., 11:15 p.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15. Babes in the Woods, for ages 2 1/2 to 3 years. Participants may choose sessions at 10 a.m., 11:15 p.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16. Each session is 45 minutes long and is devoted to a different topic each month.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 19, 2000
After 30 years as the Baltimore Zoo's curator of reptiles, one would think Frank Groves had enough of snakes and slimy creatures. Not so. In his retirement, the 79-year-old cleans the snake cages at Piney Run Nature Center in South Carroll. "I like to keep my hand in my work," said Groves, who also volunteers four hours a week for his former employer. Groves is one of hundreds of senior volunteers who give their time, knowledge and energy to parks, senior centers, churches and more in Carroll County.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 1998
IT'S PEAK COLOR FOR autumn leaves, and a great time to hike at Bear Branch Nature Center, which is sponsoring Family Trail Day on Saturday. Two events are planned so children ages 3 through adults can enjoy a day in the outdoors.From 10 a.m. to noon, children ages 3 through 8 can join staff naturalists for "Track Trek," a hike to explore the world of animal tracks. The hike is followed by story time and a craft activity.For children ages 9 through adult, naturalists will lead a moderate hike over the trails at Hashawha Environmental Center.
NEWS
July 1, 1993
Hampstead farmer named to county boardCarroll commissioners have named Hampstead farmer Ed Lippy to replace Westminster farmer Paul Hering on the county's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board.Mr. Lippy must accept the appointment before it is official. He would serve a four-year term.Bowersox to win Carroll employee awardThe Ombudsmen for Carroll County government and the Board of Commissioners will present Angela Bowersox with the July Employee Appreciation Award at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room 300-A in the County Office Building.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1998
Learn how to leave a "no trace" campsite, plant and prune a tree, enlist earthworms in composting or understand your septic system at a Carroll County environmental festival today.Activities at Earthworks '98, the county government's first environmental festival, will range from face painting and a chance to sample "dirt pudding" -- chocolate pudding, chocolate cookie crumbs and gummy worms -- to programs on native plants, water conservation and assessing the health of a stream by studying its insect life.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 30, 1998
PRETEND YOU'RE living about 200 years ago this weekend at an event at Bear Branch Nature Center. The Revolutionary War Living History Muster will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Visitors can experience the tastes and smells, games and songs, and daily life of the soldiers and their families in the past. The soldiers will be portrayed by Maryland Royalist Battalion Inc.Author Cathy Johnson will give a seminar on unusual women's occupations of the Revolutionary War period.
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