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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Oregon Ridge is better known for its concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, July 4th fireworks and other festivities outside its wooded periphery, but that will change Sunday when most of the action will be at the park's Nature Center - and in the woods. The Quantico Orienteering Club will hold Orienteering on the Ridge for those interested in a sport that combines hiking and running with navigating and exploring by using compasses and maps. According to Mike Newman, vice president for Maryland events of the Northern Virginia-based club, there will be a variety of courses from beginner (2.9 kilometers)
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By Jean Marbella and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A Laurel boy who was celebrating his 13th birthday drowned at the Oregon Ridge lake Friday, prompting Baltimore County officials to close the beach until further notice. Dennis Kemp, 13, of the 3000 block of Old Channel Road, was on an outing with the Silver Spring-based Camp Sonshine, according to county public safety officials. Fire Department rescuers were called to the park shortly before 12:30 p.m. Witness told them they saw the boy in distress and slipping under the water, officials said.
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By Jean Marbella and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A Laurel boy who was celebrating his 13th birthday drowned at the Oregon Ridge lake Friday, prompting Baltimore County officials to close the beach until further notice. Dennis Kemp, 13, of the 3000 block of Old Channel Road, was on an outing with the Silver Spring-based Camp Sonshine, according to county public safety officials. Fire Department rescuers were called to the park shortly before 12:30 p.m. Witness told them they saw the boy in distress and slipping under the water, officials said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Joy Gettel Wheeler, a volunteer who taught children about the environment at the Cylburn Arboretum, died of multiple myeloma March 13 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. She was 87 and lived in Towson. Born Joy Gettel in Baltimore and raised on Walker Avenue, she was the daughter of Robert S. Gettel, a Pennsylvania Railroad engineer, and Jennie Saul Gettel, a homemaker. She was a 1944 Eastern High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree from Washington College in Chestertown.
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July 7, 2013
Baltimore County health officials have lifted warnings about swimming at two area beaches, but one swimming ban remains at the Genessee Valley Outdoor Learning Center's upper pond. On July 3, officials had closed the beaches at Genessee Valley, Oregon Ridge and Beaver Dam Quarry based on high bacteria levels. Officials said the high levels were caused by heavy rainfall that occurred last week. On Sunday, officials posted on the county website that the Oregon Ridge and Beaver Dam Quarry beaches have been reopened based on new water samples.
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By From Staff Report | September 16, 1994
HUNT VALLEY -- Sunday in the Park, featuring family activities and band performances, will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Oregon Ridge Park, off Beaver Dam Road. The event is the Baltimore County Police Athletic League's annual fund-raiser.Four stages will be set up for performances by Great Train Robbery, The Fringe, The Heat and Stonehaven Road. The Purple Dinosaur and Black Cherry Puppets will perform for children. Other events include police K-9 demonstrations, a classic car show, a jousting tournament, hot air balloon rides, pony rides and the Maryland Army National Guard Parachute Skydiving Team.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer | December 21, 1994
The historic Oregon Ridge Store in Hunt Valley, a structure that has had its share of dereliction and salvation over the years, is about to be saved once again.The Baltimore County Board of Appeals has cleared the way for renovation of the 145-year-old vacant store into an upscale restaurant operated by the owner of Mount Washington Tavern restaurant.The appeals board agreed to encompass a restrictive covenant between the Valleys Planning Council, a private nonprofit land preservation group, and Ted Bauer, owner of Mount Washington Tavern and lessee of the building.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 19, 2005
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will again do its part to liven up the summer season for all those not ensconced on the beach. Another round of the Summer Wine and Music Fest, introduced last year, will be served up, and the BSO's annual, fireworks-spiced residency at Oregon Ridge will be back as well. On four consecutive Friday evenings in July, the festival will mix concerts, a different conductor for each, and wine tastings at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Live music and dancing will follow each event.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | July 20, 1993
Out of the dirt of generations past come a cup handle, a glass bottle with a stick for a stopper, bone chunks and pieces of a dish that can be fit together to reveal a 19th-century china pattern.Along with lots of rocks and a few bricks, these are the first-day's take for a small group of fledgling archaeologists, digging in a hot plot of earth at Oregon Ridge Park and, subsequently, into the lives of those who lived nearby over the last 150 years.These youngsters are learning not only about archaeology and history, but also about thinking and how to do so more clearly and with more complexity.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1996
Another Baltimore County historic landmark has come under scrutiny, this time after a side wall collapsed and fixtures were removed during the recent renovation of the former Oregon Ridge Store in Hunt Valley.Members of the Baltimore County Historical Trust and the county Landmarks Preservation Commission are watching closely as the county-owned property is being turned into a 175-seat upscale restaurant with additional outdoor seating for 120.Of particular concern is the removal of interior items that some members of the preservation groups say belong to the county, along with the building.
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Richard J. Cross III | March 11, 2014
Symbols are meaningful in politics. Sometimes, a gesture as simple as a handshake can resonate with tremendous importance. For me, the most important handshake in American history occurred in China on February 21, 1972. By way of background, John Foster Dulles - President Dwight Eisenhower's secretary of state and a staunch anti-communist - refused to shake Chinese leader Chou En Lai's hand at a conference in Geneva in 1954. He later quipped that the only time he'd meet with Chou would be if their cars accidentally collided.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Advocates for Oregon Ridge Park warn construction of a gas pipeline planned to cut through Baltimore County's largest park will destroy acres of forest and could disrupt wildlife and pollute a popular swimming lake. "Essentially, we're losing a part of the park," said Jim Curtis of the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council, as he hiked recently through the park that is home to oak, beech, hickory and other types of trees. Construction is set to begin in April on the 21-mile Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline through Baltimore and Harford counties, a project the company says is needed to modernize the delivery of natural gas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave approval to the $180 million project last month.
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July 7, 2013
Baltimore County health officials have lifted warnings about swimming at two area beaches, but one swimming ban remains at the Genessee Valley Outdoor Learning Center's upper pond. On July 3, officials had closed the beaches at Genessee Valley, Oregon Ridge and Beaver Dam Quarry based on high bacteria levels. Officials said the high levels were caused by heavy rainfall that occurred last week. On Sunday, officials posted on the county website that the Oregon Ridge and Beaver Dam Quarry beaches have been reopened based on new water samples.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
Three Baltimore County beaches are closed after health officials determined that the level of bacteria there makes swimming unsafe. Officials said Wednesday that Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center (Upper Pond), Oregon Ridge Park Beach and Beaver Dam Swim Club Beach have unsafe levels of bacteria. The high levels of bacteria were caused by the region's unusual amount of rainfall in recent weeks, they said. The beaches will re-open when testing shows it is safe, they said. For information on water testing in the county, visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/results.html alisonk@baltsun.com twitter.com/aliknez
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Oregon Ridge is better known for its concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, July 4th fireworks and other festivities outside its wooded periphery, but that will change Sunday when most of the action will be at the park's Nature Center - and in the woods. The Quantico Orienteering Club will hold Orienteering on the Ridge for those interested in a sport that combines hiking and running with navigating and exploring by using compasses and maps. According to Mike Newman, vice president for Maryland events of the Northern Virginia-based club, there will be a variety of courses from beginner (2.9 kilometers)
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2011
For certain religious oenophiles, Wednesday's dinner presented an interesting question: "What wine goes with services?" wondered Arnold Weiner. Judging from the crowd gathered Wednesday night at Oregon Ridge Park for the popular al fresco Rosh Hashana service marking the Jewish New Year, white, red and rose all had their adherents.(For the record, Weiner, the lawyer famous for defending former Mayor Sheila Dixon in her corruption trial, went with a crisp pinot grigio.) Started five years ago by Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Rosh Hashana Under the Stars has become a tradition for thousands, who flock to the rolling grounds of the Baltimore County park for an event that has brought a tailgating spin to the ages-old service marking the start of the High Holy Days.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2004
Gentle, graceful and athletic, greyhounds are one of the oldest and most interesting breeds of domesticated dogs. And Saturday, visitors to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville can celebrate the breed at the Midlantic Greyhound Adoption League annual reunion. The event offers greyhounds and their owners a chance to mingle and gives the public an opportunity to learn more about the breed. "It's a gathering of the owners who have adopted greyhounds from our group and from everywhere," says Judy Leyse, president of the Midlantic Greyhound Adoption League and owner of two greyhounds.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 18, 1997
The Baltimore Symphony's summer season begins outdoors June 27 at 8 p.m. with an Oregon Ridge concert that features music from the "Star Wars" trilogy, "2001: A Space Odyssey," Holst's "The Planets" and an after-concert fireworks display.But some of the season's most impressive musical fireworks will come indoors in Meyerhoff Hall in the programs designed by violinist-violist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who was appointed last year as artistic director of the orchestra's annual Summer MusicFest.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2011
Bring your karma and your chameleon to the KarmaFest this weekend at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. In its sixth year, the festival is the work of Patricia Hawse, a Red Cross volunteer who found solace in meditation during her time in Louisiana, where she helped victims of Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards, Hawse vowed to spread the word about the benefits of yoga, meditation, holistic medicine and the power of the pysche. Whether you're a master of the downward-facing dog or simply a poseur, it doesn't matter because by the end of the week we could all use some good karma.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2011
At first, the clear liquid doesn't quite resemble the thick, gooey brown substance dribbled across pancakes and French toast, but naturalists assured the crowds gathered Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park that the sap tapped from maple trees, with a little elbow grease, would make maple syrup. Several hundred came for tours led by the Baltimore County park employees over the weekend for the annual Maple Sugar Weekend held each February, when weather conditions help the flow of sap with cold nights and warmer days.
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