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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
The Baltimore area is getting back to normal after Sandy - government offices are open, trains are running again and the lights are on at 95 percent of the homes and businesses that lost power. But Sandy's dangers linger. A man clearing storm-damaged trees in Annapolis was killed Wednesday by a falling tree, the third Maryland death related to the post-tropical cyclone that had been Hurricane Sandy. Across the state, many residents took stock of damage and mopped up Wednesday.
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.
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.
By Ian Duncan and Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
More than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of Garrett and Allegany counties as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front backed by polar air, closing east- and westbound sections of Interstate 68 in Western Maryland until late Tuesday morning. John Darnley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Pittsburgh office, said disruptions to telephone service were hampering efforts to put together a complete picture of the snowfall. But in Oakland, at 2,500 feet above sea level, the service measured 24 inches, with more coming down Tuesday evening.
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
One in a series of profiles of Maryland delegates to the Republican National Convention Ask Brenda Butscher to compare this year's Republican convention to the first one she attended, in 1972, and her answer is unexpected. "One thing is I haven't met with an ice pick since I've been here," the 72-year-old Garrett County woman says with a smile. Butscher, who has attended nine national political conventions — more than anyone else in Maryland's delegation — found herself caught up in the Vietnam War protests that accompanied the 1972 nomination of Richard M. Nixon in Miami Beach.
By Jim Kennedy | August 8, 2012
Since I was a kid, I've spent a lot of time in the woods. My family has camped in state and national parks along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, and I've even hiked relatively short portions of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Trout fishing is something I enjoy immensely and it's an endeavor that obliges those who are serious about its practice to spend a fair amount of time in fairly remote territories. Pine needles, beach sand and leaves have served as comfortable cushions under my sleeping bags; roots, pine cones and rocks have made for unpleasant sleeping experiences.
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
The annual Maryland bear hunt ended Thursday night after a total of 65 bears were killed, the largest being a 372-pound male shot by a 12-year old boy. Colton Lucas of Kitzmiller in Garrett County brought down the biggest of the bears, which averaged 154 pounds, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Most of the bears — 59 of them — were killed in Garrett County. The other six were killed in Allegany County. Nearly 70 percent of the bears were killed on private property.
By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2011
On a brisk autumn morning perfect for a leisurely drive, I set out from Baltimore en route to Maryland's westernmost county. With its rolling hills dotted with farms, mountain vistas and cornfields, plus dense forests gleaming with brilliant fall hues, rural Garrett County makes a stunning canvas for Mother Nature's handiwork. As the miles rolled by, making the city a distant memory, the ever-changing landscape unfolded like a good book. Each stretch was a revelation filled with quaint finds and charming discoveries: tiny towns with names like Accident; an Amish farmer driving a horse and buggy; herds of sheep and cows grazing in open fields; roadside produce stands with pumpkins for sale.
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
Western Maryland residents may see snow overnight, as forecasters are calling for a possibility of snow mixed with rain. The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a possibility of snow in higher elevations in Garrett County. Temperatures were hovering just above freezing. Although the chance of precipitation was 100 percent, little to no accumulation of snow was expected. Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2011
Pterodactyls. Giant airplane propellers in the sky. Graceful, gliding birds. Blots on the verdant landscape. Among residents of rural Garrett County, the 28 wind turbines now pin-wheeling atop Backbone Mountain conjure many images — some nicer than others. But whatever one's perception, the massive windmills are here to stay. And they demand attention. Constellation Energy assembled several dozen guests next to one of the behemoths — about the size of a 40-story building — on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting for Maryland's first commercial wind farm, even though the turbines started generating electricity months ago. "Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of our wind park," Constellation's project manager Don Shilobod said to the group as they gazed at a vista dominated by eight of the light gray turbines looming over the treetops.
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