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April 1, 2002
Patapsco Valley State Park will offer a preschool program, "Meet a Tree," for children ages 2-3, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Avalon Visitor Center. Children will learn about trees through imaginative play, discovery activities and a walk. Participants should wear old clothes. The cost is $3. Registration is required. The park will hold a "River of History Walk" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the park's Avalon Area. Paul Travers, author of The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History, will lead the hike.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Search crews with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are scheduled to return to the Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park this morning to resume a search for a swimmer who went missing Sunday night, according to a DNR spokesman. The swimmer was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and as of 11:30 p.m., Howard County fire and rescue officials announced they were unable to find him and called off the search. Fire spokesman Marc Fisher said the swimmer is a Hispanic male but did not immediately provide an age. The investigation has been turned over to Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.
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By SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
A Howard County woman was assaulted while jogging in Patapsco Valley State Park near Relay on Thursday evening, according to a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.The unidentified woman in her 40s told police that she was attacked from behind while jogging at 6: 10 p.m. in the Avalon Area of the park, along River Road between the swinging bridge and Gun Road near the Baltimore County line, said DNR spokesman John Surrick.The man pulled a knife while the two struggled, Surrick said.
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October 23, 2011
Among the 76 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received Oct. 16-23 were the following: Patapsco State Park, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Crews responded to the report of a injured person in the Avalon Area of the state park. One seriously injured person was rescued from a trail and taken to a local hospital. Westland Boulevard, 4700 block, 10:56 p.m. Oct. 19. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Halethorpe career station responded to the report of a building fire in Arbutus and found a small stove top fire that had self-extinguished.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
Hannah Goodmuth isn't particularly fond of pulling weeds from her family's Woodstock yard. But yesterday, she tackled the weeds of a far larger yard: Patapsco Valley State Park. Participating in the park's first Garlic Mustard Challenge, 10-year-old Hannah and her team pulled up more than 86 pounds of a weed that has been crowding out many of the native plants along the Patapsco River. "We want the butterflies to live and the other plants to grow," Hannah said, in between yanking up dozens and dozens of the 2- to 3-foot plants.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2002
Just about every week for three years, Tom Rabenhorst ventured into Patapsco Valley State Park with a 4-foot-tall, red-and-white striped pole topped with a circular antenna. The 58-year-old geography teacher and his wife, Carol, 57, tackled switchback trails and rock formations, tracking their progress with a Global Positioning System unit and doing something that had never been done. They mapped all 170 miles of trails in the sprawling park. "It's a monumental feat without a doubt," said Lt. Chris Bushman, the park manager.
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By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2000
When Daniels was a thriving mill town, back in the middle of the last century, the town's St. Stanislaus Church was filled every Sunday with music, fellowship and prayer. Daniels is long gone now, but the crumbling stone church on the hillside remains a spiritual place. For more than a year, somebody has maintained a Catholic altar at the abandoned site in the Patapsco Valley State Park, with red ribbons, a waterlogged prayer book, a rosary - and three small journals where visitors pen prayers, remarks and observations.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
The Howard County Sierra Club and other environmental groups would like to bring people closer to nature, but not too close in Patapsco Valley State Park. The group filed an appeal with the state Department of the Environment last week in a last-ditch effort to block construction of a 1.25-mile paved trail extension that would open the 14,000-acre park to bicyclists and hikers from Ellicott City and other communities along the Patapsco River to the north. A permit for the trail to cross less than 100 square feet of Patapsco wetland was granted Feb. 20 to the state Department of Natural Resources by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
One hundred fifty years ago, the house known as Gray's Mill on the east side of the Patapsco River was one of the finest mansions in the area, and its owners threw parties that attracted prominent politicians and visionaries of the day.Now, the River Road house -- not a mansion by today's standards -- is little more than a ruin, with half a roof and graffiti-coated walls. But Wayne Leek, the new resident curator, plans to make it palatial again, with a spiral staircase, spacious living room, French doors and windows overlooking Patapsco Valley State Park adjacent to what is now Catonsville.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
The Howard County Sierra Club and other environmental groups would like to bring people closer to nature, but not too close in Patapsco Valley State Park. The group filed an appeal with the state Department of the Environment last week in a last-ditch effort to block construction of a 1.25-mile paved trail extension that would open the 14,000-acre park to bicyclists and hikers from Ellicott City and other communities along the Patapsco River to the north. A permit for the trail to cross less than 100 square feet of Patapsco wetland was granted Feb. 20 to the state Department of Natural Resources by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
The bodies of a man and woman were found Saturday morning in Patapsco Valley State Park, police said. The young adults appeared to have committed suicide, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The bodies were found at about 10:20 a.m. by an CSX train crew, he said. They were in the Avalon area of the park, near the Thomas Viaduct obelisk and train tracks, said Windemuth. Investigators are still working on the case, he said, and the manner of death and identities of the two people will not be released until the investigation is complete and relatives are notified.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2011
Hundreds of police and volunteers who spent Saturday trudging through ravines and woods in Patapsco Valley State Park failed to find any sign of a teenaged girl missing from the city since December, frustrating authorities who say they have run out of leads in the case. "We are now very much back at square one," said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, echoing frustrations felt by people who spent 10 hours looking for Phylicia Barnes, the subject of one of the most extensive searches undertaken by police in years.
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By Michael Dresser and Jessica Anderson and Baltimore Sun reporters | March 26, 2010
A freight train derailed near Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore County on Friday morning, according to CSX and county officials. The train derailed at about 10:30 a.m. near the Howard and Baltimore county lines, close to the Swinging Bridge in Patapsco Valley State Park and north of the Grist Mill Trail. Howard County fire units were first on the scene, according to Baltimore County fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost, and handled the incident. CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan said eight cars came off of the track.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | September 13, 2009
When Ken Burns' latest documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," airs on Maryland Public Television this month, viewers will see awe-inspiring images of such natural wonders as Yellowstone's Old Faithful, Yosemite's Half Dome and the Grand Canyon. No doubt, some will decide then and there to check out a national park during their next vacation. But Maryland has its own share of scenic vistas, as the folks at MPT and the state's Department of Natural Resources are quick to point out. To drive that point home, five state parks will play host over the next two weeks to a preview screening of scenes from Burns' latest creation, as well as snippets from an MPT production devoted to Maryland's own natural wonders.
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By a Baltimore Sun staff writer | May 7, 2009
Two Baltimore detectives have been suspended as authorities explore allegations that they drove a teenage boy to Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City on Monday night and left him there, officials said. Anthony Guglielmi, a city police spokesman, said nine-year veteran Milton G. Smith III and six-year veteran Tyrone S. Francis, who are assigned to the department's Violent Crimes Impact Division, have been assigned to administrative duties, as is customary when officers are under investigation.
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June 25, 2008
Hospice holding a raffle Tickets are available for a raffle sponsored by Gilchrist Hospice Care (formerly Hospice of Baltimore and Howard County) to win an Escape Hybrid, a Bullitt or a Mustang. Proceeds will help fund Howard County hospice programs. Tickets, which cost $25 or five for $100, are available online at www.Gilchristhospice.org or by calling 410-730-5072. The winning tickets will be drawn at the 23rd annual Taste & Auction event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2002
At the end of a milelong, one-lane road lined with trees stands an Elkridge manor house built when Maryland was a colony. It's a metaphorical island in a county where post-1960s architecture dominates, a literal island surrounded by the vast Patapsco Valley State Park. Named for its view, Belmont - "beautiful mountain" - was home to a prominent Howard County family for generations. But unlike some of the county's brick-and-mortar survivors of history, Belmont is as lively today as it ever was. It's a conference and retreat center.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | March 7, 2007
As day turned to night and the sky faded from blue to pink to purple over the Patapsco Valley, Lee Moser led a small band of hikers back to the pavilion where Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway was hosting its Winter's Feast. Moser, a board member with the nonprofit organization, known as FPVHG, had taken the 20 or so hikers down to the Patapsco River so he could point out a damaged dam that needs to be removed and the spot where he would like to see a pedestrian bridge across the water.
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By Kevin Rector and Kevin Rector,Sun Reporter | June 25, 2008
A man and woman who fell about 50 feet from a rocky outcropping in Patapsco Valley State Park Monday night were rescued from a remote location by police and rescue teams who used a system of ropes to pull them out, Baltimore County officials said yesterday. The two adults, who were not identified, were sitting on a well-visited Baltimore County outcropping - known as the Ilchester Rocks - when the woman stood and slipped, according to Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
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