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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him. The rush of traffic from nearby Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Route 40, does not bother Gary Yoder. Nor does the "thump-thump-thump" of the weaving loom from the cabin next door. The most celebrated crafter of wooden bird sculptures in Western Maryland is too engrossed to notice.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him. The rush of traffic from nearby Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Route 40, does not bother Gary Yoder. Nor does the "thump-thump-thump" of the weaving loom from the cabin next door. The most celebrated crafter of wooden bird sculptures in Western Maryland is too engrossed to notice.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | November 17, 1991
GRANTSVILLE -- Many thousands of gallons are being lost daily through leaks in this drought-stricken community's water system, and a team of specialists disbanded by the state because of budget cuts has been reassembled to help find the leaks.The leaks forced the town of about 500 residents to close Grantsville Elementary School and a local launderette for one day last week, Mayor Fred Holliday said.Like the water supplies in numerous other communities in Garrett County, Grantsville's dried up this fall as a result of the worst drought in recent memory.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | April 21, 2009
GRANTSVILLE - As she quietly begins another re-election run, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has a $1.2 million campaign account and no challenger anywhere in sight. "How 'bout that?" she exclaims. Election Day is still a year and a half off, but the biggest event in the campaign might have taken place already: Mikulski's decision to seek a history-making fifth term. Her move, yet to be formally announced, disappointed would-be successors in both parties who spent the past few years fanning rumors that she would retire.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | November 17, 1991
GRANTSVILLE -- Many thousands of gallons are being lost daily through leaks in this drought-stricken community's water sysstem, and a team of experts disbanded by the state because of budget cuts has been reassembled to help find the leaks.The leaks forced the town of about 500 residents to close Grantsville Elementary School and a local laundromat for one day last week, said Mayor Fred Holliday.Like the water supplies in numerous other communities in Garrett County, Grantsville's dried up this fall as a result of the worst drought in recent memory.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2002
GRANTSVILLE - The small-town librarian has to be a combination historian, genealogist, literary mentor, baby sitter, town guide, shopping aide, chief checkout clerk - even a puzzle master when a patron hands you a note asking for the book Catch Her in the Rye. Maxine Beachy Broadwater performed all those functions with admirable gusto for about 31 years at the Grantsville branch of Garrett County's Ruth Enlow Library. Now she's taking on another one: fund-raiser for a new library building.
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September 2, 1994
Boy, 6, is killed after getting off busHILLTOP -- A 6-year-old boy was killed yesterday when he was struck by a dump truck after he got off a school bus, state police said.The bus driver, Thomas Bender, 66, of Grantsville, had pulled the bus to the side of U.S. 219 about 3:35 p.m. but failed to put on the emergency flashers, said Charles Goldstrom, a trooper at the McHenry state police detachment.The southbound dump truck struck Thomas F. Maust, swerved and collided with a car. The driver of the truck, Thomas Humberson, 31, of Grantsville, was not injured.
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September 9, 2006
ROBERT FRANK EMALA, 71, of Baltimore, MD died Wednesday, September 6, 2006. He was the loving husband of Mary Emala, beloved father of Debra Corvin, Robert Emala, David Emala, Frank Emala and Rita Mudd, loving grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of Victory Villa Baptist Church, and served eight years in the National Guard. Viewing services to be held at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave., Essex, MD on Sunday, September 10, 2006 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial service at funeral home on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 8 p.m. Burial Service held at Grantsville Cemetery, Grantsville, MD on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 11 a.m.
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March 1, 2005
On February 27, 2005, REXFORD OWEN, JR., of Hanover; beloved husband of Judith E. (nee Hone); devoted father of Timothy Owen Bittinger, Kimberly Marie Wroten and Michael Thomas Bittinger; cherished brother of Mary Mildred Hengelsberg of Allison Park, PA, John Regis Bittinger of Cumberland, MD and Patrick Bittinger of Lanham, MD; loving grandfather of Ashley Katherine Bittinger, Justin E. James, Rachael Marie Grimes, Julie James, Aaron C. James, Courtney Anne...
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March 4, 1995
Shane A. SavageFuneral directorShane A. Savage, a former funeral director and flower arranger, died Tuesday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at his White Marsh home. He was 34.He had been employed by Ruck Funeral Homes, Lee Funeral Home in Washington, D.C., and, until retiring for medical reasons two years ago, was associated with McCully Funeral Homes.was a member of the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption, where he served on the parish council and was known for his Christmas and Easter floral arrangements.
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September 9, 2006
ROBERT FRANK EMALA, 71, of Baltimore, MD died Wednesday, September 6, 2006. He was the loving husband of Mary Emala, beloved father of Debra Corvin, Robert Emala, David Emala, Frank Emala and Rita Mudd, loving grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of Victory Villa Baptist Church, and served eight years in the National Guard. Viewing services to be held at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, 1407 Old Eastern Ave., Essex, MD on Sunday, September 10, 2006 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Memorial service at funeral home on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 8 p.m. Burial Service held at Grantsville Cemetery, Grantsville, MD on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 11 a.m.
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March 1, 2005
On February 27, 2005, REXFORD OWEN, JR., of Hanover; beloved husband of Judith E. (nee Hone); devoted father of Timothy Owen Bittinger, Kimberly Marie Wroten and Michael Thomas Bittinger; cherished brother of Mary Mildred Hengelsberg of Allison Park, PA, John Regis Bittinger of Cumberland, MD and Patrick Bittinger of Lanham, MD; loving grandfather of Ashley Katherine Bittinger, Justin E. James, Rachael Marie Grimes, Julie James, Aaron C. James, Courtney Anne...
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2002
GRANTSVILLE - The small-town librarian has to be a combination historian, genealogist, literary mentor, baby sitter, town guide, shopping aide, chief checkout clerk - even a puzzle master when a patron hands you a note asking for the book Catch Her in the Rye. Maxine Beachy Broadwater performed all those functions with admirable gusto for about 31 years at the Grantsville branch of Garrett County's Ruth Enlow Library. Now she's taking on another one: fund-raiser for a new library building.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2001
William A. Smith, a retired Associated Press photographer whose career with the news service spanned 48 years, died Monday at his home in Daytona, Fla., of pneumonia after a long illness. He was 73 and formerly lived in Bowie. "Smitty," as he was known to co-workers and friends, was considered an ebullient and likable personality who pursued his craft aggressively, and in doing so was an eyewitness to some of the most important events and personalities of the 20th century. Mr. Smith covered Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, who later became a close personal friend.
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December 31, 2000
Idyllic Columbia has fallen prey to time and change In his Dec. 3 column on Jim Rouse, "What would the Founder have done?", C. Fraser Smith starts out with the idea that something is wrong in paradise. Unfortunately things don't remain the same, especially when it comes to recessions, and remodeling and maintenance costs. Retirees, in particular, face a doubled-edged sword. They cannot afford many house and car repairs, especially with food prices being out of sight compared to incomes.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1999
GRANTSVILLE -- Imagine a world with stone skies smooth as silk, pleated and whorled like the folds of a collapsing circus tent, soaring up into darkness, sagging within inches of the ground. Imagine chill, dank air with no hint of a breeze and darkness so absolute that no sun-loving plant, not even single-celled algae, can survive.There are 161 such worlds in Maryland, and scientist-spelunker Daniel Feller has explored most of them. He knows what the rest of us can barely imagine: that the state's limestone caves are lightless arks full of bizarre, stubborn life.
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By Thom Loverro and Thom Loverro,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | November 10, 1991
GRANTSVILLE -- Springs have stopped flowing and wells are going dry in Maryland's western counties from a drought that area residents describe as the worst in memory.Drillers are working seven days a week to meet demands for new wells. An elementary school ran out of water. Farmers have begun selling cattle for fear of not being able to water them through the winter."I've been in the well-drilling business for 10 years and I've never seen it like this, and the man I bought the business from drilled wells for 30 years, and he's never seen it this bad," said Wayne T. Bolden, owner of Wayne's Water and Wells in Oakland.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | March 13, 1995
GRANTSVILLE -- A group representing most of Western Maryland's coal companies is proposing that two power plants be built in Garrett County to generate electricity for other Marylanders.The plants would burn locally produced coal, possibly saving Maryland's traditional coal-mining industry. The plants' advocates portray the industry as jeopardized largely because of federal clean-air regulations.Together, the two plants would cost an estimated $650 million.In addition to creating electricity for more densely populated sections of the state, coal officials said the plants would create jobs and spur economic development, as well as assist an environmental cleanup along the Potomac River's north branch and the Casselman River.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1998
GRANTSVILLE -- The woods near here are dark and deep, especially at 3: 30 in the morning. Then flashlights stab the night, like air-raid beacons. Their beams reveal a pack of hounds howling skyward, pawing the bark of a towering red oak.High in the tree, a dark patch barely visible in the green tangle of leaves seems to shift and glisten. It's a black bear, or so it's said."You think he's scared, or not?" Calvin Schrock hollers over the din.This is bear hunting, Maryland-style. Schrock, an Amish dairy farmer by day, roams the forests and farm fields of Garrett County at night with family and friends, tracking bears that have ruined crops or killed livestock.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1998
GRANTSVILLE -- You never know what you'll find when you go turning over rocks.Last week, in the cold, clear Casselman River near here, Ed Thompson and Dan Feller pried a sandstone slab off the bottom and spotted what they were looking for: a hellbender."
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