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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 2003
LAST WEEK'S column generated quite a few comments about bicycling in Howard County. Here's a sample of what you're saying. "While I do not live in Howard County, I drive and ride my bicycle on Howard County roads. I feel that the policy of resurfacing roads with tar and chips is short-sighted," said Catonsville resident Janet Goldstein. "This resurfacing method may last longer than asphalt, but the resulting road is hazardous: slippery, with piles of gravel. Though the ride is much more uncomfortable for cyclists than for drivers, autos as well as bicycles can be damaged by the inevitable small flying rocks.
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September 28, 2014
In response to the letter from Susan Garber of Laurel ( "Self-serving self promotion in Howard County," Sept. 24), the new banners installed along county roads were created in the spirit of civic pride, not tourism, and were inspired by a local business man who is passionate about his community. Over the years, Howard County has accumulated many accolades and awards. Often, the citizens and businesses that call Howard County home affirm that the very reasons they choose Howard County are its top schools, top libraries, top parks and family-friendly quality of life.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Hanah Cho and Athima Chansanchai and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2004
A Carroll County roads operations employee was killed on the job yesterday when a falling tree limb struck him on the head, state police said. Charles Edward Olinger Jr., 35, of Taneytown was hit on the head by a limb cut by another county worker while they were trimming trees in the area of Tyrone and Cross Section roads near Mayberry, said Cpl. Jeffrey Tanzola of the Westminster barracks. State police responded to the accident about 9:30 a.m. Olinger was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 3, 2014
I read with interest an article in The Aegis that 28 percent of adults in Harford County are obese. We adults in the North Harford area have limited areas where we can exercise. Walking or riding a bicycle is very dangerous on the roads. There are no shoulders on county roads where you can walk or ride your bike. The only place to exercise is on state roads where traffic is doing 50 or 60 miles an hour. Not a very good thing to do. There was a design made by the county five or six years ago to build a trail parallel to Route 165 from the Pennsylvania line to Route 642 then it was extended to North Harford Middle School when the state approved the plan.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 25, 1996
State officials and the Washington Redskins reached an agreement yesterday under which the football team will pay workers the prevailing wage for state-funded highway construction on county roads at the team's new stadium in Prince George's County.The Redskins and state highway officials reached an agreement last month under which the team will pay prevailing wages on several projects on state roads near the stadium site."All state and county off-site infrastructure construction will require payment of prevailing wages," said Chuck Brown, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Carroll County's budget director understands the sticker shock some towns are experiencing at news that they will receive no dollars in highway revenue from the county for the first time in 20 years.But the explanation is logical -- in a "counterintuitive" way, said Steven D. Powell, director of management and budget. He emphasized that he wasn't defending the formula, merely explaining it.Shock erupted at a Westminster Common Council work session Monday when the city learned it would receive no money this year under the county roads levy.
NEWS
July 23, 2006
ISSUE: Minors soliciting money from motorists on Anne Arundel County roads could be fined $100 if the County Council approves a bill that has been drafted by Vice Chairwoman Cathleen M. Vitale, a Severna Park Republican. A violation of Vitale's proposed ban would be considered similar to a traffic infraction, and Vitale said she might consider revising the legislation to empower police officers to issue warnings. Citations for those 16 and older would be handled in District Court; violators under 16 would go to juvenile court.
NEWS
July 30, 2006
LAST WEEK'S ISSUE -- Minors soliciting money from motorists on Anne Arundel County roads could be fined $100 if the County Council approves a bill that has been drafted by Vice Chairwoman Cathleen M. Vitale, a Severna Park Republican. A violation of Vitale's proposed ban would be considered similar to a traffic infraction, and Vitale said she might consider revising the legislation to empower police officers to issue warnings. Citations for those 16 and older would be handled in District Court; violators under 16 would go to juvenile court.
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By Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's library | January 21, 1996
25 years ago (week of Jan. 17-23, 1971):A bill which would ban non-returnable beer and soft drink bottles was proposed to the County Council. The bill was proposed to encourage recycling and eliminate the waste disposal problems caused by throw-away bottles.50 years ago (week of Jan. 13-19, 1946):The Patuxent Grange held its first meeting of the year. Officers were elected. Improvement of county roads was selected as the Grange community project for 1946.The Howard County Draft Board reported that of the approximately 2,100 men drafted through their office during the war years about 1,100 had been returned to civilian life.
NEWS
March 3, 2004
Hearing set tonight on new zoning class for business parks A public hearing on a proposal to establish a new zoning classification to encourage the development of business parks is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Room 003 of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster. Through an "employment campus zoning district," the county could designate parcels for use as business parks as part of its periodic reviews of zoning throughout the county. For the past decade, the county has been trying to devise strategies to attract businesses and light manufacturing companies that would increase its current industrial tax base of 12 percent and offer better-paying jobs to Carroll residents.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 6, 2014
The the first snowstorm of 2014 dumped six to eight inches of the white stuff accross Harford County from Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning, forcing the closure of schools and government offices. On Monday, the weather – heavy morning fog – was a factor in schools opening two hours late. Driving conditions throughout the weekend, from Friday through Sunday, were treacherous, with mulitple accidents, though none serious, were reported across the county. At 1 p.m. Monday, it remained to be seen what would happen with schools Tuesday morning, when temperatures are expected to be in the teens, with the wind chill making it feel like -15 degrees.
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By Carrie Wells and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Several water main breaks in the city and Baltimore County Wednesday night and Thursday morning shut down roads and are affecting service to hundreds of customers. A 30-inch, cast iron main that dates back to the 19th century broke in downtown Baltimore at East Madison Street and Guilford Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. Spokesman Kurt Kocher had no firm estimate of how many customers were without water in the areas nearby, but said workers had addressed issues with low water pressure at Mercy Hospital.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 16, 2013
Icy conditions and crashes were reported on several Harford County roads overnight Sunday, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services said. The State Highway Administration encountered icy conditions on several roads it maintains in Harford. County government and Harford County Public opened at their normal times Monday morning and roads were largely clear of ice in time for the morning rush Monday, emergency services spokesman Bob Thomas said. "Spotty patches of ice but for the most part traffic is moving at the posted speed limits," Thomas said at about 10:15 a.m. "The Emergency Operations Center was not activated over the weekend for Saturday's snow event.  [The Department of Emergency Services is]
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
Howard County police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint is being done to "to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads," and is part of the initiative aimed at keeping county roads safe, according to a news release. According to police, the checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers who willutilize both marked and unmarked vehicles and will be checking for violations including driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seat belts and failure to use child safety seats.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Much of Maryland's westernmost county remained largely inaccessible on Wednesday afternoon, a result of superstorm Sandy's meeting a cold front and dumping more than 2 feet of heavy, wet snow on the region. About 80 percent of Garrett County residents - or about 24,000 people, according to recent census data - remained without power, and secondary roads remained "completely inaccessible," according to Brad Frantz, the county's emergency services coordinator. "This is as bad as I've seen it, and I've been in public safety for 38 years," Frantz said.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | May 31, 2012
The term bridge to nowhere has become something of a politically charged euphemism for government waste, but it is rather appropriate for two recently completed Harford County roads projects, and could well be applied to a third that's in the works. A few years back, under a previous county executive, there was a proposal to build a bridge over a creek named Broad Run, in Creswell, so as to allow for a thoroughfare linking Wheel Road to Route 136. The project faced opposition from people who didn't want their neighborhood streets being turned into shortcuts.
NEWS
Baltimore Sun reporter | December 7, 2011
Route 140 was closed in both directions near Bethel Road in Carroll County for a little over an hour this afternoon as crews worked to clean up diesel fuel leaking from a tanker that overturned, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. The tanker overturned near a Royal Farms store between Westminster and Sykesville around 12:30 p.m. The road reopened before 2 p.m., but the tanker remains overturned in the Royal Farms parking lot, according to highway officials.
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By Bob Allen | July 31, 2011
On July 1, following years of political debate, a resolution passed last year by the Board of County commissioners and months of extensive planning and rehearsal, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office officially assumed its new role as the county's primary law enforcement agency. And by all accounts, few people outside the halls of law enforcement and county government even noticed. Which is exactly the sort of seamless transition that the Sheriff's Office and the county Office of Public Safety has been planning and hoping for. "Our workload has increased by about 60 percent in terms of the calls we take, and we were prepared for that," Sheriff Kenneth Tregoning said of the transition, which will take two years overall, culminating on July 1, 2013.
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