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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1999
ONCE AGAIN, Baltimore's historic Masonic Temple has been rescued from the wrecking ball.Baltimore's Department of Public Works has developed a plan that would enable the city to build a 570-space garage near Charles Street without razing any part of the seven-level meeting hall at 223-225 N. Charles St. or the six-story office building next to it, home of the Downtown Partnership.The latest plan, to be presented today to Baltimore's Planning Commission, calls for the $10 million garage to be constructed in place of the 115-space Allright parking lot east of the Masonic Temple.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Rep. Charles A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger was considering running for governor of Maryland 12 years ago when an operative for a political foe approached him with a word of caution. "Dutch, you belong to an all-white, all-male secret society. I'm giving you a heads-up that we plan to make an issue of it," he recalls the operative saying. "Tell anybody you want," the congressman remembers replying. "The world should know more about what it means to be a Mason. " Ruppersberger, 68, told the tale Sunday as part of the opening ceremonies for the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America, an annual convention of the 500 or so individuals who serve as leaders for the 2 million Freemasons who live in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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November 11, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Binder announce the marriage of their daughter, Katie, to Danny Skelton, son of Howard & Kathy Skelton. The wedding took place on September 28th at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Parkville. A reception followed at the Grand Lodge of Maryland.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Richard A. "Dick" Simmons, a retired Baltimore police officer who was a founder and first president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, died Tuesday of complications from an aneurysm at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 84. Mr. Simmons was born and raised in Chicago, where he graduated from high school. "Because of the Depression, his parents couldn't afford to keep him, and when he was 4 years old they placed him in Lawrence Hall, a home for boys that was run by an Episcopal priest," said his daughter, Janet Embleton of Franklin, W.Va.
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May 15, 2004
On May 10, 2004, WILLIAM M. KOENIG, beloved husband of Charlotte Gerbig Koenig; also survived by his son William Martin Koenig Jr., daughter-in-law Kathryn Towson Koenig and grandsons William Martin Koenig III and Donald Slater Koenig. Mr. Koenig will be in repose at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, in Hunt Valley, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030, on Sunday, May 16, 2004, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 P.M. A religious service will be held on Monday, May 17, 2004 at the Grand Lodge at 10 A.M. with Interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
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April 19, 2008
On April 18, 2008, LEROY "ROY" JOYNER; beloved husband of Loretta Butta-Joyner; loving step-father of Joseph John Butta and Jodi Renee Hess; loving step-grandfather father of Alyssa, Samantha and Jami. He was the former President of The Belair Road Lodge, OSIA and the Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of MD, OSIA. Relatives and friends are invited to callSCHIMUNEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 9705 Belair Road, (at Forge Road), on Sunday, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 9:30 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, (Fullerton)
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,London Bureau of The Sun | August 12, 1994
London -- The secrets of Freemasonry used to be exposed in little blue books published by obsessive authors writing from obscure corners of Kansas.The brethren once guarded the mysteries so closely that the penalty for revealing a secret was to have one's tongue "torn out by the root and buried in the sand of the sea at low water mark." Whether any tongues ever vanished beneath the surf is problematic, but the secrets prevailed.The Freemasons here are more relaxed these days. They invite you into the inner chamber of their Grand Lodge, where they're likely to show you the worn brocade work on the arms of the throne of Grand and Worshipful Masters.
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June 5, 2005
On June 5, 1830, members of the Mount Ararat Masons Lodge met for the first time in their new hall behind the County Courthouse between Wall and Bond streets in Bel Air. The lodge had not had a regular meeting place since 1827. Across Maryland, the fraternity was in retreat from a strong and unrelenting anti-Masonic movement. At last, a new Masonic Hall was to be dedicated, and the Grand Lodge of Maryland members were determined to make the most of the occasion. On June 24, 1833, the new hall was dedicated with an elaborate ceremony.
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October 17, 2004
On October 14, 2004, BERNARD RICHARD HILL, of Bel Air, MD; beloved husband of the late Frances Louise Hill; loving father of Michael R. Hill; devoted brother of Roland Hill and Alvin Hill. Also survived by two grandchildren, Ashley Marie Hill and Paul Daniel Hill. Services will be held in the family owned Mc Comas Funeral Home, P.A., in Abingdon, MD on Monday, October 18, 2004, at 10 A.M. Interment will be in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Middle River, MD. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Contributions may be made to Grand Lodge of Maryland, Masonic Temple, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030, ATTN: Oriental Lodge 158.
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May 17, 2004
William Martin Koenig, an engineer who was the former Grand Master of the Maryland Masonic order, died May 10 of complications of vascular disease and stroke at his Parkville home. He was 89. Born in Baltimore and raised on Groveland Avenue, he was a 1931 Forest Park High School graduate. He earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1935. For several years, he was a civil engineer with the firm of Kupitz and Koenig in downtown Baltimore. He joined the Navy's engineering corps and directed construction of an air base in Bermuda and at Williamsburg, Va., during World War II. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Erika Brannock is still adjusting to life with new physical challenges after the Boston Marathon bombing, but she now has a fully accessible bathroom, thanks to renovations by the Freemasons of Maryland. Brannock, whose left leg was amputated above the knee, said the renovations have allowed her to regain some independence. "When you have a life-altering change like this, you really need something that makes you feel more normal, and you guys have made me feel more normal. Thank you," Brannock told Grand Master Jerry Piepiora and Bob Knight, the Timonium contractor who coordinated donations.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Bolton Hill community leaders pleaded with Baltimore zoning officials Tuesday to prevent a fraternal lodge from holding late-night parties, saying that the raucous gatherings are destroying the character of the neighborhood. City Councilman William H. Cole IV, who represents the area, clutched a sheaf of fliers for Hiram Grand Lodge events that featured scantily clad women, promises of "top shelf liquor" and names such as "Love & Lust Pre-Valentine's Day event. " "We're asking you to end these activities because it's killing a great neighborhood," said Cole.
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April 19, 2008
On April 18, 2008, LEROY "ROY" JOYNER; beloved husband of Loretta Butta-Joyner; loving step-father of Joseph John Butta and Jodi Renee Hess; loving step-grandfather father of Alyssa, Samantha and Jami. He was the former President of The Belair Road Lodge, OSIA and the Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of MD, OSIA. Relatives and friends are invited to callSCHIMUNEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 9705 Belair Road, (at Forge Road), on Sunday, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 9:30 A.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, (Fullerton)
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November 11, 2007
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Binder announce the marriage of their daughter, Katie, to Danny Skelton, son of Howard & Kathy Skelton. The wedding took place on September 28th at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Parkville. A reception followed at the Grand Lodge of Maryland.
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By New York Times News Service | August 26, 2007
DENVER -- As with most matters of Odd Fellowship, nearly every aspect of the annual convention of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows must adhere to protocol. The dais for the officers' banquet, for example, must be two-tiered and able to accommodate 50 people - important on the bottom, really important on the top. Seats for the sovereign grand master, the deputy sovereign grand master, the sovereign grand warden, the sovereign grand secretary and the sovereign grand treasurer.
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June 5, 2005
On June 5, 1830, members of the Mount Ararat Masons Lodge met for the first time in their new hall behind the County Courthouse between Wall and Bond streets in Bel Air. The lodge had not had a regular meeting place since 1827. Across Maryland, the fraternity was in retreat from a strong and unrelenting anti-Masonic movement. At last, a new Masonic Hall was to be dedicated, and the Grand Lodge of Maryland members were determined to make the most of the occasion. On June 24, 1833, the new hall was dedicated with an elaborate ceremony.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | February 18, 1992
Should a building designed in 1986 receive a building permit in 1992? Or have tastes and philosophies about architecture changed so much in six years that the plans need to be updated?Those questions have stymied a Masonic organization seeking city permission to build a new temple on one of the Bolton Hill historic district's last large development parcels.Members of the Most Worshipful Hiram Grand Lodge AF&AM Inc., an organization with 1,500 members, received approval in 1986 to construct a $3.2 million headquarters in the 1200 block of Eutaw Place.
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January 19, 2002
George Welch Lacey III, a pilot and flight instructor, died Jan. 12 in an automobile accident on Route 152 in Fallston when his vehicle was struck by a truck that had crossed the center line. He was 54 and lived in Parkton. He was the owner and operator of Dayflight, a Parkton air-charter service. He also was a certified flight instructor. He had been a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Baltimore and volunteered in its Bald Eagle Project to protect endangered birds.
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October 17, 2004
On October 14, 2004, BERNARD RICHARD HILL, of Bel Air, MD; beloved husband of the late Frances Louise Hill; loving father of Michael R. Hill; devoted brother of Roland Hill and Alvin Hill. Also survived by two grandchildren, Ashley Marie Hill and Paul Daniel Hill. Services will be held in the family owned Mc Comas Funeral Home, P.A., in Abingdon, MD on Monday, October 18, 2004, at 10 A.M. Interment will be in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Middle River, MD. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Contributions may be made to Grand Lodge of Maryland, Masonic Temple, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030, ATTN: Oriental Lodge 158.
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May 17, 2004
William Martin Koenig, an engineer who was the former Grand Master of the Maryland Masonic order, died May 10 of complications of vascular disease and stroke at his Parkville home. He was 89. Born in Baltimore and raised on Groveland Avenue, he was a 1931 Forest Park High School graduate. He earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1935. For several years, he was a civil engineer with the firm of Kupitz and Koenig in downtown Baltimore. He joined the Navy's engineering corps and directed construction of an air base in Bermuda and at Williamsburg, Va., during World War II. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
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