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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 2, 2003
Faced with increasing opposition from residents and animal rights groups, Carroll County officials have called off plans to reduce the beaver population at Piney Run Park in Sykesville. Less than a week after the county's plan to use underwater traps to kill beavers at the park's lake became public, officials canceled the hunt. "We are re-evaluating the situation and will not do the trapping in January," Richard Soisson, the county director of recreation and parks, said Friday. "We want more information on alternatives."
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January 13, 2013
1/13 Sunday Brunch on the hill On Sun., Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, will host a Sunday brunch buffet with live music. The cost is $12 and includes a mimosa or bloody Mary, or $7.75 without an alcoholic beverage. 410-857-2290. 1/14 Monday Sesame Street party Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy will host a Sesame Street ABC 123 party Mon., Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Enjoy stories, games and crafts featuring Sesame Street characters.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | June 13, 1993
The rats wore ruffles.A Great Dane wore a wig and granny glasses. And a 16-pound male cat wore a dress."I think he's embarrassed," said Betty Six of Eldersburg, whose 5-year-old daughter Tracey held the cat, Lucky, on a leash.When the tiger cat didn't fit into a size 4 girls' bathing suit, the family resorted to a pink dress and white bonnet for the costume category of the competition, Mrs. Six said. Lucky took second place. The cat also won first place in the largest cat category."He's a loveable cat when we're not doing this to him," Mrs. Six said.
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By Katie V. Jones | January 19, 2012
SYKESVILLE — Other teens may have seen Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a day off school, but David Kreinar, a Boy Scout in Troop 719, tapped the philosophical meaning of the day to create "A Day Of Service," on Monday, Jan. 16. Following on the quotation from Coretta Scott King that the holiday should be, "a day on, not a day off," the event gave opportunities for people to donate their time to help local charitable and outreach causes....
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By SHERRY GRAHAM | August 16, 1994
Ah, the waning days of summer. The last few precious weeks before school is once again in session.You'd think this would be a great time for a kid. There's still a chance to squeeze in a couple more summer memories. Maybe even have an adventure or two worth mentioning in the required essay on how I spent my summer vacation.Alas, these last two weeks before school begins have become known around my house as the whining days of summer.My offspring are tired of each other, bored with their friends and would swear that we haven't been anywhere or done anything the entire summer.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
Piney Run Park honored its volunteer of the year yesterday with bouquets, touching tributes and a wooden plaque painted to resemble her many gardens.Those were most appropriate gifts for 76-year-old Erma Gebb, whose manicured gardens color the Eldersburg park."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 6, 1999
Piney Run Park will offer a number of pontoon rides on the lake during the summer. Pontoon programs are available for all age groups.Registration for all rides is required, and payment is due within one week of registering. Call 410-795-3274 for details, including the park's cancellation policies.Child rates apply to those under 12; Senior rates apply for those 62 and older. Pontoon programs for children and an adult are:Mickey Mouse Pontoon: Bring a favorite Mickey Mouse or wear a Mickey outfit, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. June 18 and 25; July 9, 16 and 30; and Aug. 6 and 20. Fees are $2 per person.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | April 6, 1993
Seven intrepid trackers trekked fearlessly into the woods, searching the forest floor for evidence of wild animals. One 9-year-old boy wondered if they might spot a cougar's trail.Their guide laughed and said beaver, mice, deer or squirrel would be more likely."This bark has just been chewed," said Mike Cobb, 9, as he examined a tree at Piney Run Park. "That's a sign of beaver."Deanna Hofmann, Piney Run's naturalist and leader of Thursday's trek, said the beavers probably are spending every morning and evening dining on bark.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2001
The Carroll County commissioners are about to receive more than 3,000 signatures from residents opposed to construction of a $14 million water treatment plant at Piney Run Reservoir in Sykesville. But the petitions have no legal standing and probably will not sway the decision to build the plant - which two commissioners have chosen as the means to augment the water supply in populous South Carroll. "People have a democratic right to let the commissioners know how they feel, but these petitions are not legally binding and do not trigger any process such as a referendum," said Laurell Taylor, county attorney.
NEWS
By Marie V. Forbes | April 10, 1991
Morgan Run volunteers clean up: Sue Ballus, chairwoman of the committee to re-open Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, said her group has presented Gov. William Donald Schaefer with two proposals -- one for re-opening Morgan Run and another for an Adopt-A-Park program similar to the Adopt-A-Highway program.At a meeting with Walter Brown,manager of Patapsco Valley State Park, and Frank Ryan, the park ranger formerly assigned to Morgan Run between Westminster and Eldersburg, the committee devised a schedule of tasks necessary for the re-opening.
NEWS
March 24, 2007
A prominent highway bridge painting contractor for the state pleaded guilty yesterday to tax evasion after failing to pay the government more than $1.2 million in personal and corporate taxes, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Athanasios Reglas, 57, also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to creating a complex accounting scheme that hid more than $800,000 in income from the government, federal prosecutors said. According to the plea agreement, Reglas used names and bank accounts of two fictitious companies he created to bill the Reglas Painting Co. for subcontracting work that was never performed.
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By NORA KOCH and NORA KOCH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 2006
Although their skinny legs barely reached the foot pedals, and the paddles stretched taller than the paddlers themselves, nothing could stop five young kayakers as they took to the water recently, navigating around blooming lily pad patches and concentrating on the perfect stroke. "I'm going to drop my oar," one small voice shouted. "It's a paddle. Not an oar," said patient Piney Run kayak instructor Jess Hall, for the third time. "Not. An. Oar." "And don't worry," she said. "Paddles float."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | March 31, 2005
Breakfast cruise Get on the water early Tuesday for the Piney Run Park Pontoon Breakfast Cruise. About 20 people can fit on the park's flat-bottom boat for a tour that goes around Piney Run Reservoir to see how the landscape shifted over the winter. In previous years, passengers spotted minks, eagles and new beaver dams. And if the water is clear, people might spy bass swimming near the boat. The trip starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to 10 a.m. The park provides coffee and muffins. Passengers should dress warmly.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2005
More than 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that began contaminating a small stream and surrounding soil near Piney Run Park in Sykesville more than a year ago has prompted a remediation effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Samples tested have determined that the leak is No. 2 diesel fuel, often used in heating oil, said Charles Fitzsimmons, on-site coordinator for the EPA. The agency installed a dam last spring to block further spillage into the unnamed creek that is downstream from Piney Run Lake, a potential drinking water source for Carroll County.
NEWS
September 19, 2004
Piney Run Park to hold annual Apple Festival Piney Run Park will hold its annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the park grounds near Eldersburg. The fall fruit will be celebrated with a variety of apple foods, including dumplings, pies and fritters, and sales of freshly picked apples. Other foods and beverages will be sold throughout the day. Family activities will include horse-drawn wagon rides, scarecrow stuffing, music, storytelling, pontoon lake tours, old time cooking and traditional arts demonstrations, cider pressing and face painting.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2004
Carroll County's two largest parks offer residents and visitors who love the outdoors a range of activities for all ages. The crown jewel of the park system is the 833-acre Piney Run Park, which includes a 300-acre man-made lake and a nature center that caters to all ages. Opened in 1976 in the southeast corner of the county, Piney Run attracts 100,000 visitors a year for fishing, boating, walking, picnicking, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cross country skiing, and environmental and educational programs, plus two special events -- a herb festival in spring and apple festival in fall.
NEWS
By Staff report | January 9, 1991
Buckle up those seat belts and drive down Route 75 to Union Bridge Sunday afternoon.Just as you enter town, direct your attention to the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum, where you'll find an open house from 1 to 4 p.m.Leave your autos in the parking lot and step back into the heyday of railroad travel, when the train was the nation's king of transportation.The scale model railroad will be in operation, with layout depicting scenes from the railway's 130-year history. You can imagine riding the rails, viewing the miniature version of long ago life along the railway tracks.
NEWS
By Maureen Rice and Maureen Rice,Contributing Writer | October 16, 1992
If you're trying to eat the recommended five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, the place to be tomorrow is the Apple Fest at Piney Run Park.Apples there will come in all guises -- served up as pies, cider, dumplings, jams and apple butter, to mention a few.For exercise, there are nature trails to hike; then you can take a break on a scenic pontoon boat ride.Test your coordination in a three-legged race, or try your artistic skills painting pumpkins.Join a hayride through the woods.
NEWS
November 9, 2003
Humans, beavers can coexist in park The Humane Society of the United States applauds Carroll County Department of Recreation and Park's decision, following public outcry, to abandon its plan to kill beavers in Piney Run Park during this trapping season. ("Park's beavers given reprieve," Nov. 2). Many citizens of Carroll County and nearby communities join us in strongly urging the park not to kill beavers in the future. There are non-lethal alternatives to allow people and beavers to co-exist while the park benefits from their presence.
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