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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | October 17, 1993
Although Franklin L. Meeder Jr. was dying, he still visited and walked on the Great Wall of China.Mr. Meeder, 66, who as an advocate of Christian missions had visited more than 73 countries and six continents, died Thursday of cancer of the pancreas at a son's home in Pylesville.His last trip abroad was in March, when he went to China and, despite being in great pain from his illness, walked on the Great Wall."He was indomitable. He just kept going until the last," said the Rev. Dr. John Murray Smoot, who accompanied him on the trip.
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By Mary Beth Regan and Mary Beth Regan,Special to the Sun | February 15, 2004
Linda McGrain calls herself a wimp when it comes to blood. But when she learned last fall that her brother-in-law, Frank Meeder, needed a kidney transplant, she volunteered with a handful of others to be tested as a donor. McGrain turned out to be the closest match -- and 51-year-old Meeder's best shot at a healthy future. "I'm scared to death, don't get me wrong," says McGrain, 48, days before the January surgery. "But I know in my heart this is what I need to do." Every day, 17 people die nationwide waiting for an organ transplant.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1998
Though Democrats outnumber them 5 to 3 in House of Delegates District 13A, Republicans think they might have a chance in the district, which takes in east Columbia and much of southern Howard County.Hans K. Meeder is hoping voters there will cross party lines. He announced his candidacy for a House seat last night, characterizing himself as a tax-cutting, reform-minded conservative who wants to serve constituents the way businesses serve customers."Today, we're going to start reaching out," said Meeder, speaking at a baseball-themed "Opening Day" fund-raiser at the Apple Ford dealership on Snowden River Parkway.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1999
Twenty-one people -- plus one to be named later -- were chosen yesterday as members of Howard County's new Leadership Committee on School Equity, set to tackle concerns about schools with poor images at its first meeting Nov. 18.Representing groups from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Data Corp. of America, the panel is headed by Bill B. Benton, 56, a private consultant with a long background in public administration, and Howard Community College President Mary Ellen Duncan, 58. They were named last week.
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August 11, 1998
A COUPLE OF familiar names are on the ballot seeking the Republican nomination for the two House seats in Legislative District 13A. Michael Grasso tried four years ago to unseat one of the two Democrat incumbents, Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner. He finished just 730 votes short of his goal.Mrs. Pendergrass and Mr. Turner are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Each is seeking a second four-year term to represent East Columbia and North Laurel.With Mr. Grasso on the Sept. 15 Republican ballot are Hans K. Meeder and Charles H. Fiege.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1998
PUBLIC OFFICE ELUDED the reading candidate in Tuesday's election.Hans K. Meeder finished fourth and last in the race for House of Delegates in Howard County's District 13A. Though he still got 10,007 votes, 20 percent of the total, he couldn't overcome a Democratic majority.Meeder doesn't call himself the reading candidate. There was more to his candidacy than that. Nor did the race, in which he and fellow Republican Michael Grasso tried unsuccessfully to unseat Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner, turn exclusively on reading.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
Hans Meeder, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates district that includes east Columbia and North Laurel, raised $3,000 yesterday morning with the help of Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.Meeder, 36, a self-employed educational consultant and former Capitol Hill staffer, lives in Allview Estates in Columbia.He has pledged to lower taxes, bring new discipline to schools and improve Maryland's business climate."We're two or three years behind many of our competing states in getting into an economic recovery, and that's partially the fault of our legislature," Meeder told the crowd of 40 at the Columbia Hilton.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1997
Hans Meeder was stumped as he watched his 4-year-old daughter try to learn to read in kindergarten at Howard County's Atholton Elementary School last school year.Her teacher was using a method called whole language, which instructs children to guess at words based on context, not phonics, which teaches students to decode sounds and groups of letters to figure out words.His daughter "at one point said, 'Good readers look for picture cues,' and I thought, 'This is crazy,' " Meeder said. "I literally couldn't sleep one night."
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By Mary Beth Regan and Mary Beth Regan,Special to the Sun | February 15, 2004
Linda McGrain calls herself a wimp when it comes to blood. But when she learned last fall that her brother-in-law, Frank Meeder, needed a kidney transplant, she volunteered with a handful of others to be tested as a donor. McGrain turned out to be the closest match -- and 51-year-old Meeder's best shot at a healthy future. "I'm scared to death, don't get me wrong," says McGrain, 48, days before the January surgery. "But I know in my heart this is what I need to do." Every day, 17 people die nationwide waiting for an organ transplant.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1998
In the House of Delegates door-knocking war of District 13A, Frank S. Turner must have the most calloused knuckles of any candidate.The first-term Democratic incumbent in the southern Howard County district says he has spent every day since May -- save four -- knocking on doors and talking up voters. Which, by his count, means he's rapped on more than 12,000 to date."He's Iron Man," boasted his Democratic running mate, former County Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass.Sometimes, though, the number of doors upon which a candidate knocks is directly proportional to the strength of the political opposition.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1998
PUBLIC OFFICE ELUDED the reading candidate in Tuesday's election.Hans K. Meeder finished fourth and last in the race for House of Delegates in Howard County's District 13A. Though he still got 10,007 votes, 20 percent of the total, he couldn't overcome a Democratic majority.Meeder doesn't call himself the reading candidate. There was more to his candidacy than that. Nor did the race, in which he and fellow Republican Michael Grasso tried unsuccessfully to unseat Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner, turn exclusively on reading.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1998
In the House of Delegates door-knocking war of District 13A, Frank S. Turner must have the most calloused knuckles of any candidate.The first-term Democratic incumbent in the southern Howard County district says he has spent every day since May -- save four -- knocking on doors and talking up voters. Which, by his count, means he's rapped on more than 12,000 to date."He's Iron Man," boasted his Democratic running mate, former County Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass.Sometimes, though, the number of doors upon which a candidate knocks is directly proportional to the strength of the political opposition.
NEWS
August 11, 1998
A COUPLE OF familiar names are on the ballot seeking the Republican nomination for the two House seats in Legislative District 13A. Michael Grasso tried four years ago to unseat one of the two Democrat incumbents, Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner. He finished just 730 votes short of his goal.Mrs. Pendergrass and Mr. Turner are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Each is seeking a second four-year term to represent East Columbia and North Laurel.With Mr. Grasso on the Sept. 15 Republican ballot are Hans K. Meeder and Charles H. Fiege.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1998
Democratic Del. Shane Pendergrass returns tomorrow to Savage, the place she says made her a politician more than a decade ago, to announce her bid for a second term in Annapolis.Pendergrass lives in Kings Contrivance, but she made her name in 1984 as an activist in Savage, where she says school crowding and fast residential development spurred her into politics."I started working then to slow growth and to build schools," said Pendergrass, 48.As a private citizen, she lost a battle to stop developers from building 1,200 homes off Gorman Road in a subdivision called Bowling Brook Farms.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1998
Though Democrats outnumber them 5 to 3 in House of Delegates District 13A, Republicans think they might have a chance in the district, which takes in east Columbia and much of southern Howard County.Hans K. Meeder is hoping voters there will cross party lines. He announced his candidacy for a House seat last night, characterizing himself as a tax-cutting, reform-minded conservative who wants to serve constituents the way businesses serve customers."Today, we're going to start reaching out," said Meeder, speaking at a baseball-themed "Opening Day" fund-raiser at the Apple Ford dealership on Snowden River Parkway.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
Hans Meeder, a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates district that includes east Columbia and North Laurel, raised $3,000 yesterday morning with the help of Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.Meeder, 36, a self-employed educational consultant and former Capitol Hill staffer, lives in Allview Estates in Columbia.He has pledged to lower taxes, bring new discipline to schools and improve Maryland's business climate."We're two or three years behind many of our competing states in getting into an economic recovery, and that's partially the fault of our legislature," Meeder told the crowd of 40 at the Columbia Hilton.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1998
Democratic Del. Shane Pendergrass returns tomorrow to Savage, the place she says made her a politician more than a decade ago, to announce her bid for a second term in Annapolis.Pendergrass lives in Kings Contrivance, but she made her name in 1984 as an activist in Savage, where she says school crowding and fast residential development spurred her into politics."I started working then to slow growth and to build schools," said Pendergrass, 48.As a private citizen, she lost a battle to stop developers from building 1,200 homes off Gorman Road in a subdivision called Bowling Brook Farms.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1999
Twenty-one people -- plus one to be named later -- were chosen yesterday as members of Howard County's new Leadership Committee on School Equity, set to tackle concerns about schools with poor images at its first meeting Nov. 18.Representing groups from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Data Corp. of America, the panel is headed by Bill B. Benton, 56, a private consultant with a long background in public administration, and Howard Community College President Mary Ellen Duncan, 58. They were named last week.
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1997
Hans Meeder was stumped as he watched his 4-year-old daughter try to learn to read in kindergarten at Howard County's Atholton Elementary School last school year.Her teacher was using a method called whole language, which instructs children to guess at words based on context, not phonics, which teaches students to decode sounds and groups of letters to figure out words.His daughter "at one point said, 'Good readers look for picture cues,' and I thought, 'This is crazy,' " Meeder said. "I literally couldn't sleep one night."
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | October 17, 1993
Although Franklin L. Meeder Jr. was dying, he still visited and walked on the Great Wall of China.Mr. Meeder, 66, who as an advocate of Christian missions had visited more than 73 countries and six continents, died Thursday of cancer of the pancreas at a son's home in Pylesville.His last trip abroad was in March, when he went to China and, despite being in great pain from his illness, walked on the Great Wall."He was indomitable. He just kept going until the last," said the Rev. Dr. John Murray Smoot, who accompanied him on the trip.
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