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By Jonathan Pitts | January 19, 2010
Facing mounting public criticism, the Maryland State Highway Administration has postponed a road-improvement project in northern Harford County that called for the detonation of scenic rock formations in Rocks State Park. State highway officials said the public's objections helped persuade the department to delay and reassess the Route 24 Slope Protection Project, which called for blasting away portions of the hillsides along a stretch of Route 24 near Pylesville known as Rocks Road.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 31, 2013
Jay DuBree of Churchville received the 2013 Harford County Farm Fair Pulling Award, given each year to the outstanding fair volunteer as selected by the Farm Fair Board of Directors. DuBree has volunteered in various capacities at the Farm Fair for 24 years. The major area of this work has been in support of the tractor pulls. He has been an invaluable asset to those events, the directors said in bestowing the award to DuBee on Friday evening. DuBree, 44, was recognized by members of the Harford County Farm Fair Board of Directors and the Aberdeen and Bel Air Rotary clubs.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 27, 2012
A hazardous materials crew was called to clean up a spill of automotive fluids into a small stream following a single vehicle accident north of Rocks State Park in northern Harford County Wednesday afternoon. A Honda Accord traveling north ran off Route 24 a few hundred feet north of Coen Road, flipping over and landing in the stream around 3:38 p.m., according to Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for the Harford Volunteer Fire & EMS Association. The driver, whose name and age were unavailable, was taken by ambulance to a regional trauma center, Gardiner said.
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rbenjes@theaegis.com | July 22, 2013
As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, July 25, 1963: The Harford County Commissioners decided 50 years ago this week to adopt the new July 1 to June 30 fiscal year starting in 1964. Legislation passed by the General Assembly made it mandatory for all political business divisions in Maryland to change their fiscal year by 1966 to coincide with the federal fiscal year. The Maryland State Department of Parks built a new outdoor facility for group gatherings on Rocks Ridge in Rocks State Park.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | December 4, 1990
ROCKS STATE Park is a splendid 855 acres in Harford County blessed with massive boulders, rock cliffs, splendid views, scenic trails, Deer Creek and the largest and most active group of volunteers, 25 in all, of any Maryland park.Ranger Peggy Eppig has established park programs for adults and children. Two of her valued volunteers are Faith Cross from Street and Karl Sumwalt from Bel Air.Cross says she discovered the park last summer and now wishes she had had the nature experiences her children are getting there.
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July 6, 2007
A 28-year-old man was critically injured yesterday when he plunged 40 to 50 feet from a ledge at Rocks State Park in Harford County. The man, whose name was not released, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with numerous injuries, authorities said. He and family members were hiking to the King and Queen Seat, a 190-foot rock formation at the park. About 1:40 p.m., the man walked through a hole in the rock formation that climbers refer to as the window, which is about 60 feet from the ground.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2010
A 31-year-old Edgewood man drowned while swimming at Rocks State Park in Harford County on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Phillip Randall Anders Jr. drowned just after 3 p.m. in the Deer Creek Rapids inside the park, off Route 24, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, spokesman with the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Emergency medical units responded, but Anders was pronounced dead at the scene, Windemuth said. He said the cause of the drowning was unclear, but that drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor.
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By Artika Rangan and Artika Rangan,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2004
A recent thunderstorm caused two picnic sites in Rocks State Park to remain closed through the weekend, though the park's officials expect to reopen the areas by Saturday. Rocks State Park in Jarrettsville closed its Wilson and Hills Grove sites Tuesday, after the storm caused Deer Creek to rise more than 10 feet. Debris littered the campgrounds, while deposits of silt, about 5 inches deep, covered the sites. John Norbeck, regional manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' state forest and park services division, said most of the picnic tables in the two sites were either broken or washed into the creek.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
A Loyola College student was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after falling 75 feet from a portion of the King and Queen Seat rock formation at Rocks State Park in Harford County.Ashley Candy, 22, of Haddon Heights, N.J., was free-climbing on the south side of the rock formation about 7 p.m. Wednesday when he lost his footing and plunged to the ground, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources said.He suffered a concussion and a broken leg, said Bob Thompson, the DNR spokesman.
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June 1, 2011
It's summertime, and the living is dangerous. That's not how the song goes, and it's not as pleasant as the vision of catfish jumping on a warm, lazy evening that the melody's next line evokes. Unfortunately, summertime can be all too dangerous, even as this season of vernal prelude is brightened by high school graduation, the promise of summer vacation and the thrill of any number of outdoor activities. Just last week, a teenager partaking of the good things in life had his cut short when the ATV he was riding crashed in the Robin Hood Road area ofHavre de Grace.
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Allison Eatough and For Harford Magazine | April 16, 2013
The dogwood trees are beginning to bloom, the air is warm and free of humidity, and residents everywhere are breaking out their long-dormant shorts and sandals. It's spring and the start of picnic season. From state and county parks to amphitheaters and nature centers, the county is filled with scenic places to enjoy an open-air meal that combines food and friends with nature. To help narrow your search, we've listed nine of the county's best picnic areas. Some are well-known spots while others might surprise you. So what are you waiting for?
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April 1, 2013
The Harford County Office of Tourism has released "Destination Harford 2013," the county's official visitor guide and calendar of events. This year's guide features the commemoration bicentennial of the attack on Havre de Grace by the British on May 3, 2013. Reenactments, encampments, tall ships and concerts can be enjoyed by visitors to the event. Fireworks, a 5-K race and the annual Decoy Festival also round out the weekend's festivities. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy Harford County's scenic attractions.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 27, 2012
A hazardous materials crew was called to clean up a spill of automotive fluids into a small stream following a single vehicle accident north of Rocks State Park in northern Harford County Wednesday afternoon. A Honda Accord traveling north ran off Route 24 a few hundred feet north of Coen Road, flipping over and landing in the stream around 3:38 p.m., according to Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for the Harford Volunteer Fire & EMS Association. The driver, whose name and age were unavailable, was taken by ambulance to a regional trauma center, Gardiner said.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2012
The body of an Edgewood man who jumped off a boat Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay was found Monday, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. Brandon M. Greene, 21, jumped from a drifting vessel and did not reappear on the surface after entering the water, Natural Resources Police spokesman Art Windemuth said in a news release. Mr. Greene had jumped from a vessel to go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, about a half mile west of Howell Point, near Betterton in Kent County, Windemuth said.
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BY ALLAN VOUGHT, avought@theaegis.com | November 15, 2011
A small group associated with the Occupy social and economic protests on New York's Wall Street is expected to stop in Bel Air late this week or over the weekend, the town's police chief said Tuesday evening. The Occupy movement has also staged a camp-in a few blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Calling itself Occupy the Highway: The 99% March on Washington, the group expected in Harford County set out from New York on foot with the intention of walking to Washington, D.C., where it plans to arrive by Nov. 23, according to website occupywallst.org/article/occupy-highway-99-march-washington . The arrival date is set to coincide with the day Congressional committees are expected to take up an extension of the so-called Bush tax cuts, which the Occupy movement claims benefit only 1 percent of the U.S. population.
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September 21, 2011
On Aug. 20, Dene' Kathleen Bruce wed Christopher Carl Flack. The ceremony and reception were Deer Creek Overlook in Rocks State Park. The maid of honor was Danielle Priestianni and the best man was Clifford Finneyfrock. Bridesmaids were: Sara Edwards, Heather Masters, Stacy Flack, Rachael Leiss and Abigail Soul. Groomsmen were: Matthew Flack, Ryan Flack, Jonathon Magness, Sean Howearth and James Soul. Flower girls were: Kylie Becker, Hannah Hill and Grace Magness. A reception followed featuring Bee Happy Wedding Planners, Paul's Pork & Prime Caterers, Sandy Magness Cake Decorator, Rachael Priestianni hors de ourves & more, Bayline Studios Photography and Greg Brunner the Disc Jockey.
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By Susan Reimer and Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2011
A young boy who arrived early Monday with family to reserve a spot on the beach at Sandy Point State Park on what was expected to be a crowded Fourth of July holiday slipped under the water and drowned. According to Capt. James Rostek, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the boy was pulled from "about four feet of water" about 8 a.m. after being discovered by someone who had been part of a "human chain" to search for the child. The 6-year-old was identified as Saquan L. Kennedy.
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June 1, 2011
It's summertime, and the living is dangerous. That's not how the song goes, and it's not as pleasant as the vision of catfish jumping on a warm, lazy evening that the melody's next line evokes. Unfortunately, summertime can be all too dangerous, even as this season of vernal prelude is brightened by high school graduation, the promise of summer vacation and the thrill of any number of outdoor activities. Just last week, a teenager partaking of the good things in life had his cut short when the ATV he was riding crashed in the Robin Hood Road area ofHavre de Grace.
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