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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1995
Kathleen Kreimer thought she was a pretty good judge of her Union Bridge neighbors and their habits, so it never occurred to her to tell them that she was only guessing when she made out some of their water bills.Now the veteran town clerk is on unpaid leave as Town Council members review accounts and the Maryland attorney general awaits their explanation.It seems that 55 meters, more than one-sixth of the town's 300 meters, are not working. Some meters have been stuck for years, in one case for 14 years.
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January 19, 2004
Deborah Marie "Debi" Messier, an office administrator for state government, died Jan. 12 of a suspected heart attack at her home in Brooklyn Park. She was 49 and had previously lived in Glen Burnie for more than 20 years. Born in Riverdale, Ms. Messier was educated in Prince George's County schools and earned a community college certificate as a medical assistant. She worked in various state offices, primarily in Baltimore, including the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, said a sister, Carol Fachet of Roseland, N.J. Ms. Messier was an active member of the Chesapeake Christian Fellowship, and enjoyed gospel and country music, sewing, reading and her family.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | April 28, 1994
Union Bridge Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer punched the pad of her adding machine, trying to figure the taxes a resident owes, then scribbled the numbers on a pad. When she finished, she fumbled with her glasses, then placed them on her desk."
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 2002
UNION BRIDGE will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival began as a way to raise money for a new Town Hall, said Kathy Kreimer, the festival's organizer. "We wanted to raise money so we wouldn't have to raise taxes," she said. "We started making money before we started building." The town has been in the building since 1992. Last year's festival raised more than $4,000. As in the past, the festival will be on Lehigh Cement Co. grounds. Lehigh will be conducting 90-minute tours of its new plant, which has doubled its construction output, said Wally Brown, training supervisor.
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November 6, 1995
IN SMALL TOWNS, people generally know a great deal about their neighbors. Apparently, in the western Carroll County burg of Union Bridge, town clerk Kathleen Kreimer thought she was familiar enough with her fellow residents' living habits to enable her to estimate about one-sixth of the town's water bills for years.Mrs. Kreimer's unorthodox billing method was recently discovered. The town now must untangle this mess.It appears that unrepaired water meters are the source of this problem. For the past 20 years, Union Bridge had a contract with Kreimer Construction Co., owned by Mrs. Kreimer's husband, of all people, to read the meters and repair broken ones.
NEWS
November 13, 1995
Union Bridge Town Council is expected to try again this week to decide whether to retain Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer, who is on an indefinite leave of absence from the job she has held for 21 years.An audit of town water bills by the Gettysburg, Pa., accounting firm of Musselman and Creager has revealed no criminal wrongdoing. But town officials say they are concerned that Ms. Kreimer apparently estimated water bills for many residents when their water meters were not working -- sometimes for years.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | October 11, 1993
What's going faster than a speeding bullet in Union Bridge?Raffle tickets that give residents the chance to win one of 20 rifles, said Town Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer.The raffle, which began last week, is a fund-raiser for the new town office building."I think it is so popular because we have so many hunters out here," said Ms. Kreimer. "We've sold chances already that have cleared over $1,200."The Town Hall Funding Committee bought 20 rifles -- including Winchesters, Remingtons, Stogers, Brownings and Rugers -- from the Gun Cellar on Main Street for about $6,500, Ms. Kreimer said.
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February 10, 1995
New Windsor Fire & Hose Company No. 1 recently held its annual banquet and installed officers for 1995.Administrative officers are: president, Wayne Blacksten; vice president, William Kreimer; corresponding secretary, Ruth Lease, and assistant, Gail Hooper; financial secretary, Barbara Blacksten, and assistant, Barbara Misenar; chaplain, Simon Magruder; treasurer, Jack Coe, and assistant, Jack Gullo.Line officers are: chief, Ronnie Blacksten; assistant chief, Dale Lowman; captain, Rick Fritz; lieutenant, Byron Welker; second lieutenant, Jeff Blacksten; ambulance captain, Richard Hooper; ambulance lieutenant, Gail Hooper; second ambulance lieutenant, Michelle Lowman.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | September 4, 1991
A private contractor here, who said his employee was responsible foran accidental discharge of sludge into Little Pipe Creek, has paid a$2,000 fine to the Maryland Department of the Environment.The department discovered the March 1 discharge during a routine inspection.Joseph Kreimer, a resident here whose company manages the town's water treatment plant, paid the fine June 26.Sludge, the treated byproduct of sewage treatment plants, was discharged into the creek by a new employee of Kreimer Construction Co. The man was unfamiliar with the plant operation, said Kreimer, who manages the plant and oversees its operation two hours a day.The employee misdirected sludge from the intake chamber to a pipeline leading to the creek, said Kreimer.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1995
Union Bridge officials announced the resignation of the town's clerk-treasurer yesterday, six weeks after learning that she had sent estimated bills to water customers whose meters were broken, in some cases for years.Town Council members have begun going over records of the town's 300 water customers. They have pledged to work out individual agreements that could involve credits to customers whose current usage indicates they may have been overcharged in the past. Customers who may have been undercharged on estimated bills will not be asked to repay the difference.
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By Laura Barnhardt and By Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2000
Michael Kreimer has felt your pain. He knows what it's like to spend eight hours pulling out holiday decorations and another 10 connecting strings of lights. The difference is Kreimer didn't just pull down a few boxes from the attic. He unloaded the holiday trimmings from truck-sized storage containers. And he's spent a total of about five weeks of eight- to 10-hour days on annual holiday decorating. But then, Kreimer is a professional. The Owings Mills company he works for - Blumenthal-Kahn Electric - has had a crew setting up the Symphony of Lights attraction at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia since October.
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November 26, 1997
The Union Bridge Town Council is considering an ordinance that would make obstructing traffic and blocking sidewalks misdemeanors subject to a $25 fine.State Police Tfc. Leonard Mays, a resident trooper who provides town police protection, said some teen-agers and young adults have been sitting in the streets, leaving doors of parked cars open or hanging out on the sidewalks, blocking pedestrians.Councilwoman Kathleen D. Kreimer introduced the proposed ordinance.Mays said no one has been injured and that the problem is "more of a nuisance" than an "injury situation."
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1996
Union Bridge's new clerk-treasurer steps into a job that has grown from answering the phone and writing out bills by hand in a converted living room to computerized recordkeeping in a new town hall.Debra Rippeon, who started work Monday, won't be collecting money from the town parking meters, one of the tasks handled by former Town Clerk Kathleen D. Kreimer. The council has assigned parking meter collections to Council President Bret Grossnickle, but the clerk-treasurer in the town of 932 residents still has duties more varied than similar positions in larger communities with more municipal employees.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1995
Union Bridge officials announced the resignation of the town's clerk-treasurer yesterday, six weeks after learning that she had sent estimated bills to water customers whose meters were broken, in some cases for years.Town Council members have begun going over records of the town's 300 water customers. They have pledged to work out individual agreements that could involve credits to customers whose current usage indicates they may have been overcharged in the past. Customers who may have been undercharged on estimated bills will not be asked to repay the difference.
NEWS
November 13, 1995
Union Bridge Town Council is expected to try again this week to decide whether to retain Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer, who is on an indefinite leave of absence from the job she has held for 21 years.An audit of town water bills by the Gettysburg, Pa., accounting firm of Musselman and Creager has revealed no criminal wrongdoing. But town officials say they are concerned that Ms. Kreimer apparently estimated water bills for many residents when their water meters were not working -- sometimes for years.
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November 6, 1995
IN SMALL TOWNS, people generally know a great deal about their neighbors. Apparently, in the western Carroll County burg of Union Bridge, town clerk Kathleen Kreimer thought she was familiar enough with her fellow residents' living habits to enable her to estimate about one-sixth of the town's water bills for years.Mrs. Kreimer's unorthodox billing method was recently discovered. The town now must untangle this mess.It appears that unrepaired water meters are the source of this problem. For the past 20 years, Union Bridge had a contract with Kreimer Construction Co., owned by Mrs. Kreimer's husband, of all people, to read the meters and repair broken ones.
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By Laura Barnhardt and By Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2000
Michael Kreimer has felt your pain. He knows what it's like to spend eight hours pulling out holiday decorations and another 10 connecting strings of lights. The difference is Kreimer didn't just pull down a few boxes from the attic. He unloaded the holiday trimmings from truck-sized storage containers. And he's spent a total of about five weeks of eight- to 10-hour days on annual holiday decorating. But then, Kreimer is a professional. The Owings Mills company he works for - Blumenthal-Kahn Electric - has had a crew setting up the Symphony of Lights attraction at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia since October.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | June 28, 1994
Union Bridge parents are being encouraged by town officials to "provide infants with an alternate source of drinking water" because nitrates found in the town's water supply exceed the limit set by the state."
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1995
Kathleen Kreimer thought she was a pretty good judge of her Union Bridge neighbors and their habits, so it never occurred to her to tell them that she was only guessing when she made out some of their water bills.Now the veteran town clerk is on unpaid leave as Town Council members review accounts and the Maryland attorney general awaits their explanation.It seems that 55 meters, more than one-sixth of the town's 300 meters, are not working. Some meters have been stuck for years, in one case for 14 years.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1995
Kathleen Kreimer thought she was a pretty good judge of her Union Bridge neighbors and their habits, so it never occurred to her to tell them that she was only guessing when she made out some of their water bills.Now the veteran town clerk is on unpaid leave as Town Council members review customer accounts and the Maryland attorney general awaits their explanation.It seems that 55 meters, more than one-sixth of the town's 300 meters, are not working. Some meters have been stuck for years; in one case, 14 years.
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