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March 30, 2011
I am the owner of Garrett County's oldest land and water adventure company. Our eco tourism business will be a joke if everywhere we turn there are trucks, smells, bad water, gas wells, compressor stations and gas pipelines crisscrossing our forested mountains. My wife and I own a home in Garrett County and have lived in this home on the banks of the Youghiogheny River Wild and Scenic River Corridor for almost 20 years. One of the first natural gas wells using the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technique is scheduled to begin just outside of our small town, and the first horizontal gas fracking shaft is coming within 500 feet of my front door and just across our beautiful wild and scenic river.
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By Andrew Conrad, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 15, 2014
Despite running a full-court press for the entire second half and pushing to erase a 14-point halftime deficit, the New Town girls basketball team never ran out of energy against Southern Garrett. "We've been running all season," said New Town senior Tiana Davis, who led New Town with eight rebounds. But the Titans (21-6) did run out of time. Southern (22-4) defeated New Town, 52-47, for the Class 1A state championship Saturday evening at Towson's SECU Arena. The Rams jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and New Town did not score until junior Destiney Taylor-Betts' (10 points, five steals)
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NEWS
December 7, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration is destroying Mountain Maryland. During the winter of 2012, the agency applied 48,352 tons of salt on 600 lane-miles of highway in Garrett County. That is more than 80 tons per lane-mile of highway. During the same winter, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan received 305 inches of snowfall - 50 percent more than Garrett County - yet used only 24 tons of salt per lane-mile. Other locations, such as Minnesota and Maine, used only 10 to12 tons per lane mile during the same season.
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Dan Rodricks | February 13, 2014
If you think it's been a long winter here in the Patapsco Drainage Basin, imagine Western Maryland: The first snow landed out there in October; they've had 90 inches so far, with about 2 feet of it held in place by a freeze that has made Deep Creek Lake safe for ice fishing. Of course, winters are almost always like that in Garrett County; it's the snowiest part of Maryland. But I enjoy going over Garrett weather facts now and then for their shock value and for the perspective they provide for my winter-weary and weather-worried neighbors in Baltimore.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
Linda Kemphfer held out overnight as the power, heat and water went out, but grew frightened as it became apparent she was trapped in her home deep in the woods of Garrett County. "We were going to freeze to death," she said of her decision to call 911 this week as superstorm Sandy continued to add to the snow mounds piling up around her. "It was stressful, worrying whether you're going to get out or not. " By the time three members of the National Guard arrived on snowmobiles, after having cut a path through fallen trees to her home with a chain saw, it was nearly dark, she said.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
A federal grand jury indicted two Garrett County developers Tuesday on charges related to a $3.7 million bank fraud conspiracy. The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, alleges that the two developers, who were involved in land deals together, used fake documents that included false names and inflated sales prices to secure a total of $3.751 million in bank loans for two properties...
FEATURES
By Dorothy Fleetwood | January 20, 1991
Winter conjures up images of frosty snowflakes dancing in midair, skating parties on frozen ponds, sleigh rides and cozy gatherings by fireside. There are, of course, less delightful images, but this is a reminder that those old-fashioned winter scenes still exist whether you find them around the corner or journey a little farther afield.Many travel west to Maryland's winter vacationland in Garrett County, where snowfalls average about 80 inches a year and winter activities abound. The big attraction there is Wisp Ski Resort on the shores of Deep Creek Lake.
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Dan Rodricks | February 13, 2014
If you think it's been a long winter here in the Patapsco Drainage Basin, imagine Western Maryland: The first snow landed out there in October; they've had 90 inches so far, with about 2 feet of it held in place by a freeze that has made Deep Creek Lake safe for ice fishing. Of course, winters are almost always like that in Garrett County; it's the snowiest part of Maryland. But I enjoy going over Garrett weather facts now and then for their shock value and for the perspective they provide for my winter-weary and weather-worried neighbors in Baltimore.
SPORTS
By Bill Burton | November 27, 1990
Garrett County appears to have taken the lead in hunter success in the Maryland deer season with a bag of 1,729 deer on Saturday's opener. Incomplete totals rank Dorchester second with 1,057. Other totals are incomplete.In both counties, the kill was off about 20 percent from 1989's record breaker, which is attributed to unseasonable temperatures. In Garrett County, a lack of tracking snow contributed to the lag. However, the Department of Natural Resources' deer chief Josh Sandt figures the hunt still will meet his prediction of 38,000 to 40,000 deer.
NEWS
January 13, 1996
IT WAS A STUNNING BLOW to folks in Garrett County, Maryland's western-most subdivision. Bausch & Lomb, the area's largest employer, announced it was shutting its 25-year-old plant in Oakland by the end of the year. That means a loss of 600 good-paying jobs in a town of only 1,700 residents. The company's contribution to the local economy nearly equals the entire county budget.Oakland's mayor said he was in "disbelief." There was no advance warning, no time for a counter-offer. Bausch and Lomb is struggling.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
A federal grand jury indicted two Garrett County developers Tuesday on charges related to a $3.7 million bank fraud conspiracy. The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, alleges that the two developers, who were involved in land deals together, used fake documents that included false names and inflated sales prices to secure a total of $3.751 million in bank loans for two properties...
NEWS
January 31, 2014
Many, many kudos to The Baltimore Sun for its front page article on Maryland's failure to people with some disabilities and those who suffer in extreme pain due to inexplicable roadblocks to authorize medical marijuana ( "Medical marijuana still beyond reach in Maryland," Jan. 28). We hear many excuses spun as "reasons. " Yes, it's still banned by the federal government, but 20 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to help people instead. Two states have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. To my knowledge, doctors have not lost their licenses to practice medicine.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
Drive up and down the rolling hills on Uniontown Road in Westminster and you'll run into a red barn adorned with a placard painted with sunflowers. The barn on the Gardener's Gourmet farm is one of 12 rustic buildings getting decorated as part of a new community art project thought up by the Carroll County Arts Council. The placards are actually replicas of quilt panels. By placing the panels on highly visibly barns, the council hopes to highlight the art of quilting, the area's agricultural history and how they are tied together.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Two Baltimore-area schools, Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County and Linthicum Elementary in Anne Arundel County, were among the six named state Blue Ribbon winners on Wednesday. The designation, which is given by the state Department of Education to the highest-performing schools as well as those with a high percentage of minority and disadvantaged students who beat the odds and perform well, carries significant prestige. The six schools can now apply to become National Blue Ribbon Schools.
NEWS
December 7, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration is destroying Mountain Maryland. During the winter of 2012, the agency applied 48,352 tons of salt on 600 lane-miles of highway in Garrett County. That is more than 80 tons per lane-mile of highway. During the same winter, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan received 305 inches of snowfall - 50 percent more than Garrett County - yet used only 24 tons of salt per lane-mile. Other locations, such as Minnesota and Maine, used only 10 to12 tons per lane mile during the same season.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
The gap between rates for black and white people arrested on marijuana possession charges widened significantly in the past decade, according to Maryland data released by the American Civil Liberties Union. Meredith Curtis, a spokeswoman for the organization, said that the trend is particularly troubling at a time when public opinion is shifting toward legalizing the drug. In Maryland, 51 percent of respondents favored legalization and 40 opposed it, according to a Goucher College poll published Friday.
NEWS
By Glenn Tolbert | October 22, 1995
McHENRY, Md. -- THE local promotion council doesn't like it, but there is a comfortably accurate saying that goes: "Alaska is to the lower 48 states what Garrett County is to the rest of Maryland."The lack of enthusiasm for the expression comes from fears that it makes Garrett County sound too remote from the rest of the state and too cold to attract winter visitors. Yet the impliedremoteness from urban regions and the hint of chilling winters in the comparison to Alaska are two of the very factors bringing about a rediscovery of one of Maryland's most pristine regions.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Stacy and Cindy Stacy,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 9, 1997
MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK -- What Prince George's County educators Anne and Don Forrester always wanted when they retired was to settle into "a dream home in a dream community."They've achieved both, retiring in July 1995 to a new 3,000-square-foot-home in Garrett County's Mountain Lake Park."It's a lot like Laurel was 40 years ago," said Mrs. Forrester, who until her move to Maryland's westernmost county had always lived in Laurel. "There's a sense of community and everyone knows everyone."So besides their new home with old-fashioned front and rear porches, the Forresters are clearly smitten with life in the mountaintop town that was a famous turn-of-the-century summer resort.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | November 2, 2013
Donnie Oates, manager of two great parks in Western Maryland, will never forget Hurricane Sandy's ferocious arrival there. On the last two days of October 2012, the storm brought two feet of heavy snow, high winds, thunder and lightning through Garrett County. Epic stuff. Oates had never seen anything like it. From his house on Maple Glade Road, which leads to Swallow Falls State Park, Oates heard a forest in collapse — trees cracking and popping, trees being uprooted under the weight of the snow, trees hitting the ground and shaking the earth.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Audrey Soukup, a retired Baltimore County school nurse, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 20 at Oak Crest Village Retirement Community in Parkville. She was 89. Audrey Alois Haddock was born in Connellsville, Pa. She was a 1944 graduate of the West Penn Hospital School of Nursing. She was a cadet nurse, but her plan to serve in the Army was interrupted by the end of World War II. She then enrolled at Waynesburg State College, where she met her future husband, Joseph Soukup. They married in 1946 and moved to Oakland, in Garrett County; they later lived in Parkville.
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