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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 25, 1997
AT THIS RODEO you see the longhorn bulls just about eye-to-eye. You hear the thud when a rider falls, and you see the torn shirts and earth-caked jeans.You peer through dust kicked up by a bucking bronco galloping willy-nilly to the fence. This is an authentic rodeo, and it's free every Saturday at River Valley Ranch.Traditional cowboys, transplanted from Southwestern ranches, perform Western rodeo races and rope tricks from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, through Aug. 16 at River Valley Ranch, a Christian youth camp northeast of Manchester on Grave Run Road.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
At the funeral Tuesday for Justin Nicholas Diggs, family and friends remembered a child who loved the outdoors, God and helping others. Justin, a 12-year-old Pikesville Middle School honor student, was killed July 8 when a tree fell on him during a violent thunderstorm at River Valley Ranch, a Christian summer camp in the Millers community in Carroll County. Eight other children in the camp were treated for minor injuries. During the service at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, camp program director John Zeigenfuse recounted how Justin once told his mother he wasn't calling home often while at River Valley because he was busy helping other campers.
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By Chris Emery and Chris Emery,sun reporter | November 6, 2006
Barbara G. Bisset, who helped run a youth camp that mixed religious teachings with horsemanship, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at her home in Manchester. She was 92. She mentored young women for more than four decades at River Valley Ranch, a western-themed Christian camp in Carroll County that she founded in 1952 with her husband, John Bisset. Known as "Mrs. B" to ranch visitors, she helped manage the camp and taught the dozens of girls who attended each summer about the Bible and offered them spiritual guidance.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
One child was killed and eight others were injured by falling tree branches at a Christian summer camp in Carroll County during Tuesday night's storm, a fire department spokesman said. The children were on their way inside at River Valley Ranch in the 4400 block of Grave Run Rd. in Manchester around 7 p.m. when heavy winds brought branches from several trees down on top of them, said Donald Fair, public information officer for the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. Fair called the storm "very sudden" and said it caused "massive damage to the trees" in the area.
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April 25, 2004
On April 21, 2004, BERNICE MARY GROSS, dear wife of William S. Gross, loving mother of Carolyn Macneal and her husband, Burgess, and Shirley Montgomery and her husband, James. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P.A., 1407 Old Eastern Ave, Essex at Rt 702 (Beltway exit 36) on Saturday (4/24/04) from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. followed immediately by Graveside Services in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers family request donations to: The River Valley Ranch Youth Camp, 8713 Liberty Plaza, Randallstown, MD 21133.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
At the funeral Tuesday for Justin Nicholas Diggs, family and friends remembered a child who loved the outdoors, God and helping others. Justin, a 12-year-old Pikesville Middle School honor student, was killed July 8 when a tree fell on him during a violent thunderstorm at River Valley Ranch, a Christian summer camp in the Millers community in Carroll County. Eight other children in the camp were treated for minor injuries. During the service at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, camp program director John Zeigenfuse recounted how Justin once told his mother he wasn't calling home often while at River Valley because he was busy helping other campers.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | September 10, 1992
Nearly half of the overnight youth camps registered in Maryland -- including a Carroll County camp where 16 people were injured in a stagecoach accident Aug. 18 -- operate without state oversight because of a loophole in the law, officials say.At least 42 of the 101 registered sleep-over camps fall under a clause in state law that exempts them from having to obtain permits regulating their activities and hiring practices.The clause defines residential camps as those that are open at least seven consecutive 24-hour days, said Michael Hurney, chief of the state division of community services, which oversees youth camps.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | August 19, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- If there is such a thing as a fortunate time for an accident, the stagecoach accident at River Valley Ranch came at a fortunate time.Fourteen camp residents from River Valley Ranch, injured yesterday afternoon when a stagecoach in which they were riding overturned, were treated at Carroll County General Hospital's emergency room. Most suffered lacerations, bruises and sprains, and all were expected to be discharged last evening. The injured, 10 males and four females, ranged in ages from 9 to 19, hospital staff members reported.
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By Robert Erlandson and Robert Erlandson,Staff Writer | July 17, 1992
Increasingly desperate and snorting angrily, the bull slammed against the slats of the narrow pen and kicked at the gate with his hoofs.John Zeigenfuse Jr., 22, settled himself on the animal's back, took a firm grip on the rope circling the bull's body and shouted, "OK!"The gate flew open; the bull cannoned out of the pen, bucking into the rodeo arena. Mr. Zeigenfuse clung for a few seconds before the bull flung him to the dirt and for good measure kicked him in the shins.At the River Valley Ranch in Carroll County, a Christian camp with an Old West theme, riders earn those bruises for Jesus.
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August 7, 2002
Hampstead has announced that Shiloh Road east of Route 30 and west of Black Rock Road might be limited to single-lane travel from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week. The road might be closed tomorrow and Friday. A detour route will be posted if it is closed. Local residents are advised to use East Mott Avenue between Route 30 and Black Rock Road as an alternate route. The contractor, L.R. Hollman, will be responsible for traffic control. Information: 410-239-7408. Market to offer `Peter Pan' and Latin music show Spring Meadow Farms produce market is featuring multiethnic performing arts programs this summer for families.
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By Chris Emery and Chris Emery,sun reporter | November 6, 2006
Barbara G. Bisset, who helped run a youth camp that mixed religious teachings with horsemanship, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at her home in Manchester. She was 92. She mentored young women for more than four decades at River Valley Ranch, a western-themed Christian camp in Carroll County that she founded in 1952 with her husband, John Bisset. Known as "Mrs. B" to ranch visitors, she helped manage the camp and taught the dozens of girls who attended each summer about the Bible and offered them spiritual guidance.
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April 25, 2004
On April 21, 2004, BERNICE MARY GROSS, dear wife of William S. Gross, loving mother of Carolyn Macneal and her husband, Burgess, and Shirley Montgomery and her husband, James. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P.A., 1407 Old Eastern Ave, Essex at Rt 702 (Beltway exit 36) on Saturday (4/24/04) from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. followed immediately by Graveside Services in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers family request donations to: The River Valley Ranch Youth Camp, 8713 Liberty Plaza, Randallstown, MD 21133.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 11, 2002
EVANGELISM on horseback is a success story at Grace Bible Church of North Carroll, where at least 3,000 people turned out for the annual Rodeo Round-Up on Sunday afternoon to watch riding and roping and listen to the Christian message. The sloping church yard, behind the church on Charmil Drive in Manchester, had been transformed into a rodeo amphitheater with a fenced oval ring of dirt and animal pens to release calves, bulls, sheep and goats into the arena. Horses were everywhere -- hobbled in the shade at the edge of the compound, ridden like lightning around barrels, and responding to cowboy duties in the ring.
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August 7, 2002
Hampstead has announced that Shiloh Road east of Route 30 and west of Black Rock Road might be limited to single-lane travel from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week. The road might be closed tomorrow and Friday. A detour route will be posted if it is closed. Local residents are advised to use East Mott Avenue between Route 30 and Black Rock Road as an alternate route. The contractor, L.R. Hollman, will be responsible for traffic control. Information: 410-239-7408. Market to offer `Peter Pan' and Latin music show Spring Meadow Farms produce market is featuring multiethnic performing arts programs this summer for families.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1997
The magic number came three years ago, when Geary Myers reached the 30th year of his career. Most educators retire with a nice pension.But he kept going as director of the Carroll County Outdoor School."
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 25, 1997
AT THIS RODEO you see the longhorn bulls just about eye-to-eye. You hear the thud when a rider falls, and you see the torn shirts and earth-caked jeans.You peer through dust kicked up by a bucking bronco galloping willy-nilly to the fence. This is an authentic rodeo, and it's free every Saturday at River Valley Ranch.Traditional cowboys, transplanted from Southwestern ranches, perform Western rodeo races and rope tricks from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, through Aug. 16 at River Valley Ranch, a Christian youth camp northeast of Manchester on Grave Run Road.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 11, 2002
EVANGELISM on horseback is a success story at Grace Bible Church of North Carroll, where at least 3,000 people turned out for the annual Rodeo Round-Up on Sunday afternoon to watch riding and roping and listen to the Christian message. The sloping church yard, behind the church on Charmil Drive in Manchester, had been transformed into a rodeo amphitheater with a fenced oval ring of dirt and animal pens to release calves, bulls, sheep and goats into the arena. Horses were everywhere -- hobbled in the shade at the edge of the compound, ridden like lightning around barrels, and responding to cowboy duties in the ring.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1997
The magic number came three years ago, when Geary Myers reached the 30th year of his career. Most educators retire with a nice pension.But he kept going as director of the Carroll County Outdoor School."
NEWS
By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | September 10, 1992
Nearly half of the overnight youth camps registered in Maryland -- including a Carroll County camp where 16 people were injured in a stagecoach accident Aug. 18 -- operate without state oversight because of a loophole in the law, officials say.At least 42 of the 101 registered sleep-over camps fall under a clause in state law that exempts them from having to obtain permits regulating their activities and hiring practices.The clause defines residential camps as those that are open at least seven consecutive 24-hour days, said Michael Hurney, chief of the state division of community services, which oversees youth camps.
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