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By Cindy Parr and Cindy Parr,Contributing writer | September 29, 1991
North Carroll Farms residents are worried about more traffic, less water and crowded schools if town homes and single-family homes are built behind their property.A proposal to build 220 homes on 62 acres adjacent to North Carroll Farms, a community of 97 single-family homes off Fairmount Road, is pending before the town's Planning and Zoning Commission.The plan has raised concerns about traffic safety and adequate services."Our major concern is the increase in traffic, which wouldbe a result of continuing Farm Woods Lane," said Kris Koch, a North Carroll Farms resident.
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By Jim Joyner, jjoyner@baltsun.com | July 4, 2013
The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum could be considered the calm before the storm - the leisurely picnic and family festival that comes before tens of thousands of people converge on the museum grounds for one of the biggest fireworks show in the region. Thursday, in the hours before that night light show, the "calm" held plenty of attraction as well, from sack races to a performing monkey; mule-drawn wagon rides to a moon bounce; dancing cloggers to pickles on a stick.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | December 28, 1994
Denial of a railroad crossing for Farm Woods Lane is only a temporary derailment of the developer's plans to expand the North Carroll Farms development."
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By Katie V. Jones | December 2, 2012
On the 10th day of Christmas, someone's true love gave them 10 lords a leaping. At the Carroll County Farm Museum, in Westminster, that gift was a little bit challenging for Beverly Rose and Dorothy Duerr, who were tasked with displaying that scene in the dining room. "Ten lords a leaping? How do you do that?" Rose asked rhetorically - before revealing a small tree decorated with fruit ... and 10 paper cutouts of lords a leaping. "We thought it should be cheerful," added Duerr about the room's decorations, which feature festive garland and a table set for a Christmas Eve feast of turkey, soup, vegetables and more.
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September 18, 1995
Kris Koch, a resident of North Carroll Farms, is the newest member of Hampstead's Ethics Commission.A Baltimore businessman, Mr. Koch and his family are members of Citizens for Adequate Facilities in North Carroll, a slow-growth organization created in January. The Kochs also are petitioners in a Circuit Court judicial review questioning the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission's decision to approve a 220-home expansion of North Carroll Farms.Mr. Koch, who will serve a two-year term, is the second member appointed to the three-person commission.
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By Cindy Parr and Cindy Parr,Contributing writer | October 2, 1991
Residents concerned that an expanded North Carroll Farms developmentwould create a road hazard, strain town water supplies and crowd schools, fired questions Monday at town, county and school officials.Some 50 residents, who have spent recent months talking with town and county officials and Martin K. P. Hill, developer of the proposed North Carroll Farms Section 4, presented a position paper to the Planning and Zoning Commission outlining their concerns.The extension of Farm Woods Lane to Route 30 remains a major issue.
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November 11, 1996
At its meeting tomorrow night, Hampstead Town Council will consider for the third time a proposed agreement with developer Martin K. P. Hill, which would allow him to begin construction on his North Carroll Farms IV development.The agreement tries to resolve a dispute over storm-water management and open space, which led Hampstead officials to revoke 50 of Hill's building permits for the development last year.Council members discussed the proposal at two meetings but postponed a vote to study the issues more thoroughly.
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October 3, 1996
THE BATTLE OF North Carroll Farms IV appeared to be near a treaty last week as developer Martin K. P. Hill sat down with Hampstead's mayor and town council to put the finishing touches on negotiations that have stretched over eight months.There was no immediate agreement, but a one-vote majority seems in place to resolve differences over construction of the 220-home subdivision and issue building permits to Mr. Hill. The proposed pact would bind Mr. Hill, the most prolific builder in Hampstead, to storm water controls, bonding to prevent town well pollution, railroad crossing signals on a road entering the development and donation of six acres of open space for municipal use.But many questions remain about the adequacy of the measures and the legal basis for the council's action.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
The state Board of Public Works agreed yesterday to buy preservation easements on six Carroll farms -- four in Taneytown to keep the land free from development.The Carroll easements on 372.5 acres cost $657,884 and were part of a statewide expenditure of $2.6 million that will keep 2,392 acres in 10 counties from being developed.Queen Anne's County, which includes Kent Island on the Eastern Shore, will preserve the most land -- 386.4 acres -- as a result of yesterday's agreement. Carroll, which leads the state in farmland preservation with more than 24,000 acres permanently preserved, ranked second yesterday.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1996
After more than a year of legal wrangling, a Manchester developer has won court approval to begin expanding North Carroll Farms, a Hampstead subdivision.In the same Jan. 5 decision, Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. also ruled that a recent Hampstead law allowing any taxpayer to appeal decisions of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission is invalid.Before the law was passed last summer, only adjacent property owners or residents deemed "aggrieved" had standing to appeal commission decisions to the town's Board of Zoning Appeals.
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Story and photography by Phil Grout | March 17, 2012
When Jerry DeWitt paints a barn, there's a bit of the gentle clanging of cowbells mixing in with the watercolors. That sound echoes back to his grandfather's Depression-era farm at the end of a lane in Bedford County, Pa. He was just 2 years old when his father left home for good and the youngster was uprooted from Lansing, Mich., to live with his grandparents. And in between trips to the pasture to the hand-dug well for another bucket of water, or out to the shed for an arm load of firewood, the sights and sounds and smells of farm life wrapped themselves around Jerry's memory, eventually finding their way to paint and paper more than 30 years later.
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By Katie V. Jones | June 26, 2011
The fireworks display at the Carroll County Farm Museum on the Fourth of July is in the red — and its supporters are hoping it continues that way. "We had some seed money to start this year," said Tom Welliver, fireworks chairman for the Westminster Kiwanis Club. "It is going really well. " Last year marked the first time the Kiwanis took charge of the show. Now in its 35th year, the fireworks show on the Fourth of July was started by the Jaycees and then later run by the Rotary clubs.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
Joseph Michael Gardiner, a retired owner of a mechanical contracting business who was a World War II combat veteran, died of diabetic complications March 28 at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 84 and lived in Taneytown. Born in Baltimore and raised in Riviera Beach, he attended St. Rose of Lima School and the Jacobsville Elementary School in Pasadena. He left Glen Burnie High School at 16 to work at the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard to help support the family.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2010
In a field beside a gravel lane that leads to a 200-year-old farm house, two horses kick up their heels at play. One of those horses has a broad, bold white blaze down the front of his face and a white "sock" on each of his two left ankles. Sweetnorthernsaint, the Grade II Illinois Derby winner who went off as the betting favorite in the 2006 Kentucky Derby and finished second in the Preakness, is easily recognizable if you know who you're looking for. At age 7, the bay gelding, owned by Baltimore-area residents Ted Theos and Joe Balsamo and trained at Laurel Park by Maryland native Mike Trombetta during a memorable 3-year-old season, has been retired here, to Black Fox Farm in the rolling hills of Carroll County near Libertytown.
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By Laura McCandlish and Mary Gail Hare and Laura McCandlish and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporters | April 14, 2007
At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Carroll County Humane Society will trap wild animals living in the vicinity of a quarantined Marston farm beginning Monday in order to test them for a potentially deadly parasite, officials said yesterday. Raccoons, possums, foxes and skunks, all of which may feed on carcasses, will be captured in box traps, euthanized and tested for "trichinella spiralis" to determine if pigs escaping from the farm infected surrounding wildlife.
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By Nora Koch and Nora Koch,Special to The Sun | October 8, 2006
Log by log, a group of determined farmers plan to move an 18th-century barn from New Windsor to the Carroll County Farm Museum. First, they need to raise money to fund the move. More than $112,000 has been raised for the Marlin K. Hoff Memorial Log Barn project, an effort led by some of the county's founding families to honor the dream of the dairy farmer who died two years ago. Before his death, Hoff wanted to donate to the Farm Museum a 200-year-old log barn that stands on his family's Coldsprings Farms in New Windsor.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1995
Hampstead town officials approved last night the hiring of the Westminster firm of Bowersox and Ostrander to review any legal issues concerning the expansion of North Carroll Farms.North Carroll Farms Section IV, which is expected to add more than 100 homes to the north end of town, is currently being challenged in Carroll County Circuit Court by a group of residents who feel approval was improperly granted by the town's Planning and Zoning Commission.Other residents have raised ethical concerns because the town attorney, Thomas Gisriel, is representing those citizens fighting North Carroll Farms.
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By Cindy Parr and Cindy Parr,Contributing writer | October 23, 1991
North Carroll Farms residents told the Town Council they are not satisfied with its response to their concerns over adverse effects a proposed neighboring development could have on traffic and water."
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,sun reporter | October 5, 2006
A federal judge yesterday delayed for two months a decision on whether the operators of a Carroll County farm under state quarantine know anything about the disappearance of more than 100 pigs that prosecutors fear may be illegally slaughtered. Carroll L. Schisler Sr., 60, who owns the 112-acre farm in Marston, and his son, Carroll Jr., 34, who manages it, appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to respond to allegations that they may be connected to the pigs' disappearance.
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