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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 7, 2011
Madonna Road at Deer Creek in northern Harford County is closed to through traffic for approximately six weeks, the county government announced Friday. The bridge deck and the approach road were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee last month, necessitating repairs, the county said in a news release. The closure took effect Friday morning and effects a road that links Jarresttsville Pike (Route 146) with Route 136. The county said questions regarding this project should be addressed to Dan Svrjcek at Harford County DPW at 410-638-3299.
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Editorial from The Aegis | August 29, 2013
Few government programs are as highly regarded across the political spectrum as land preservation spending, and there are good reasons why. It's something of a paradox of the American way that a lot of people want to live in the country, or at least the suburbs near the country, but we love the idea of the country being as undeveloped as possible. Go figure. Land developers are happy to accommodate by turning undeveloped land into suburban neighborhoods, but with each new neighborhood, the country gets farther away from the older suburbs.
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December 14, 1991
Deer Creek, a 40-mile stream that meanders from the sloping hills of Baltimore County to the Susquehanna River, used to be in the middle of Indian country. In fact, an old Indian village once stood near the Rocks, a massive pile of boulders nine miles northeast of Bel Air, which is one of Harford County's most interesting formations of nature. A legend has it that one stone formation is an ancient Indian burial marker.Deer Creek "is a history of rural America," contends Christopher Weeks, the county's historical preservation planner.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 9, 2013
Deer Creek Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends will host its 16th Annual Blueberry Festival at its meetinghouse, at 1212 Main St. in Darlington, on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event will offer homemade blueberry pies, baked goods and blueberry desserts in addition to fresh berries. There will also be an 11 a.m. live auction, a white elephant table, native plant sale and hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Spring Valley Farm of Conowingo provides the berries for the wide range of baked goods so popular with attendees.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter | September 24, 2006
A $2 million state grant will help Harford County preserve more farmland along Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River and ultimately protect the Chesapeake Bay. "It is the most we have ever received in any one year and brings to $7 million the amount we have received from Rural Legacy," said William D. Amoss, manager of the county's agricultural preservation program. "We could hypothetically add 200 more acres and fill in a lot of blanks on our preservation map." The state awarded more than $26 million last week to preservation projects across Maryland, including Harford's Lower Deer Creek valley.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 27, 2003
Aberdeen City Manager Peter Dacey says the town planned to begin drawing water from Deer Creek over the weekend under an emergency-use certificate approved this month by state environmental officials. In a document dated July 14, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission - which regulates water use on Susquehanna tributaries - authorized withdrawals of up to 500,000 gallons a day, when available, after the Maryland Department of the Environment declared an emergency because of contamination in Aberdeen's wells.
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By Peter A. Jay | May 19, 1996
HAVRE de GRACE -- May is the weather-window for climbing Mt. Everest, and also for paddling Deer Creek.In the Himalayas, this month is the break between winter and the summer monsoons when the mountains are supposed to be safe to climb, or so it said in the newspaper reports about the eight climbers just killed in a single May storm. In Harford County it's a period when Deer Creek is especially beautiful, and when water levels are generally high enough for good canoeing and kayaking without being dangerous.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | May 20, 2007
At age 71, Jack Streb isn't one to get swept off his feet, go off the deep end or get in over his head. But he checked all the boxes late last month when a short but intense cloud burst turned his Deer Creek shad fishing trip into a full-contact sport. Luckily, except for a sore tailbone, the Pasadena angler survived and - miraculously - so did his fancy fly rod and reel, thanks to the keen eyes of other anglers. Streb and a buddy got to their favorite Harford County shad site about 8 a.m. April 28 and staked out the landmark big rock by the pumping station.
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By PETER BAKER | September 8, 1992
It is,by this time, 3 p.m. and my companion is wondering whether I wish to endure the impending thunderstorms so that we might spend another hour or so afterward further attuning our senses to the gurgling of the creek, the whisper of the wind in the trees and the complete indifference of the smallmouth bass.We are on Deer Creek in Harford County, and by this time, some six hours after we left Annapolis, we have managed to grope our way across highway and byway from a quiet stretch of water near the bridge on Furnace Hill Road to a popular stretch near the pumping station in Susquehanna State Park.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | January 19, 2003
From the restored 19th- century truss bridge at the edge of his 200-acre farm, Monroe Duke watches Deer Creek kick up a riffle of white water as it meanders past on its way to the Susquehanna River. Duke's farm is a few miles from the creek's juncture with the Susquehanna south of Darlington. In its nearly 40-mile course across Harford County, Deer Creek waters animals, fields and wells as it winds through parks, forests and farmland. The creek, about 2 feet deep on average and 80 feet wide at most, is home to diverse plants and animals, including rare bog turtles and one of the state's best-known shad runs.
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By Jennifer Dansicker | March 5, 2013
If watching Katniss fire off arrows in “The Hunger Games” made you yearn for a bow of your own, a trip to Churchville and a visit with George Bennett of Deer Creek Archery may be in your future.  Bennett was a builder by trade, but as he neared retirement, he decided to change gears and opened Deer Creek Archery in 1995. Now, almost 17 years later, at the age of 70, Bennett is taking advantage of the renewed national interest in archery. “The popularity of the sport has risen in the last few years especially with 'The Hunger Games,' and it is being introduced in schools across the country,” says Bennett.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Though it's been a recreational sport since the mid-1800s, kayaking is currently enjoying a major moment in the sun — or shade, as the case may be. The Baltimore region is home to dozens of kayaking clubs and groups, each full of friendly paddlers eager to share the water — and their expertise — with newcomers to the sport. "Kayaking is a sport of information," says Brad Nelson, owner of Starrk Moon Kayaks in southern Pennsylvania. From boat recommendations to whitewater adventure spots to the best place for a leisurely paddle followed by a great crab cake, kayakers keep no secrets.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 26, 2012
Another black bear sighting in Harford County was reported in the Darlington area Friday afternoon. This time the bear was seen at the home of Cal and Pat Gilbert in the 1900 block of Nobles Mill Road around 1 p.m. Pat Gilbert got several sharp photos of the bruin, who appears to have found a few snacks on his visit to their home, which is near Deer Creek. The latest sighting was the third since last Wednesday, when a black bear was seen in the Webster Village area. A bear was also seen at a home in Susquehanna State Park on Thursday morning, a few miles east of where Friday's sighting was. The bear photographed by Pat Gilbert Friday is very similar in appearance to the one photographed near Quail Way in Webster Village last Wednesday.
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May 11, 2012
Editor: I would be remiss if I didn't note the passing of the longest serving voice for Deer Creek land stewardship. Sensible politics and characteristics of a true gentleman. Monroe Duke was 94 and his beautiful wife, Olga, who predeceased him, were the kind of couple that continue to keep Darlington's integrity intact. Bob Chance Darlington
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 7, 2011
Madonna Road at Deer Creek in northern Harford County is closed to through traffic for approximately six weeks, the county government announced Friday. The bridge deck and the approach road were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee last month, necessitating repairs, the county said in a news release. The closure took effect Friday morning and effects a road that links Jarresttsville Pike (Route 146) with Route 136. The county said questions regarding this project should be addressed to Dan Svrjcek at Harford County DPW at 410-638-3299.
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September 28, 2011
As much as the landscape around here has changed over the years, in some respects, nature may have changed more. Or maybe changes to the landscape forced those changes in nature. The bald eagle, for example, was thriving, then it wasn't and then a few survivors became tourist attractions. People flocked to the base of the Conowingo Dam and walked downriver along the Susquehanna for a glimpse of one. And there was a nest alongside a driveway to a farm on Stafford Road just north of the Susquehanna State Park.
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By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | October 13, 2002
Aberdeen's water woes deepened after a water-use commission again delayed a decision on whether the city could supplement its supply with water from a Harford County river. Tom Beauduy, deputy director and counsel of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, said the group would likely wait until December to rule on the permit because the city has not submitted results of a well-capacity test performed several weeks ago. The city wants to use water from Deer Creek so it can reduce its reliance on wells near Aberdeen Proving Ground in which perchlorate, a hazardous chemical, was discovered in June.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 13, 2003
A Harford County group filed suit in federal court yesterday seeking to strike down the Susquehanna River Basin Commission's decision to allow the city of Aberdeen to draw water from a designated scenic stream during emergencies. The Deer Creek Watershed Association, made up primarily of property owners whose land is next to the creek, filed its suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The action comes after the city indicated two weeks ago that chemical contamination in several city wells led officials to shut them down late last month, creating an emergency need.
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Dan Rodricks | August 26, 2011
"There is no guarantee that when a middle-aged man enters the dark forest where the black dog is waiting, he will come out healed. It is possible to be broken there beyond hope of repair. " -- Howell Raines, from "Fly Fishing Through The Midlife Crisis" Mike Flanagan and I became friends after his major league pitching career ended and most of his old teammates and fishing buddies from the glory years of the Baltimore Orioles had scattered across the country. We were transplanted New Englanders, rooted in Maryland and approaching middle age with fly rods in our hands — mine in my right, Mike's in his left.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2011
A 19-year-old soldier from Aberdeen Proving Ground drowned Friday while swimming at Rocks State Park in Jarrettsville, Natural Resources Police said. Rescue crews were called to the park just after 4 p.m. to search for the man, who had been swimming with friends when he went under, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, Natural Resources Police spokesman. Windemuth said the man was swimming with five others in the Deer Creek area of the park, near Rocks Chrome Hill Road, when they heard him call for help.
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