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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1996
Howard County's middle school off Gorman Road should be called Rocky Gorge Middle School, not Fairview Middle School, area residents told the Howard County school board Tuesday night."
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
A teenage boy died Monday after disappearing in the waters of Rocky Gorge Reservoir near North Laurel. The 15-year-old was swimming in the Scott's Cove area of the reservoir when bystanders on shore heard him cry for help about 4 p.m., according to the county fire department's Twitter feed. Scott's Cove is on the north side of the reservoir in southern Howard County and includes a boat ramp and recreational area. He was found in the chilly waters about three hours later, at 7:08 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the department.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 19, 2001
ERIC HENNING, who lives in Rocky Gorge, near Laurel, was selected to perform his feats of prestidigitation at the preinaugural dinners held for President-elect George W. Bush last night. Henning was among 21 area magicians tapped to help celebrate the transfer of power to the new administration. He and his fellow magicians were to stroll among the tables and dignitaries, performing on request and keeping the diners entertained between speeches. Henning, 39, is honored - and surprised - to have been selected.
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June 6, 2012
The Rocky Gorge Rugby Football Club, of Columbia, mounted a second-half comeback to win the Emirates Airline USA Rugby DII Men's Club National Championship on its first crack at the title. The club had made an appearance in the round of 16 last year before elimination. Having topped Santa Rosa in a lightning-delayed match on the first day of the championships, Rocky Gorge was out to prove a point on the second day. Rocky Gorge faced off against a Wisconsin club that was riding high of a last-second victory in the semifinals.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 29, 1996
It isn't on a map or in a telephone book. It doesn't have road signs welcoming commuters as they pass through southeast Howard County.In fact, most people wouldn't know a place called Rocky Gorge existed unless they looked at Susan Godzuk's mail. She is among the first North Laurel residents using Rocky Gorge in their mailing addresses.The former North Laurel residents no longer want to use Laurel -- a name shared by portions of Howard, Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties -- and decided to find a name peculiar to their community.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1998
Howard County police are trying to determine the identity of a man found floating in the Rocky Gorge Reservoir during the weekend and are investigating the cause of death.Police officials said the man -- described as Asian or Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 140 pounds and in his early 30s -- was wearing a green sweat shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.A boater discovered the body at 2 p.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a Police Department spokesman. Police think the man had been dead about two days.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Howard Libit contributed to this article | November 1, 1996
About a half-mile east of U.S. 29 -- by Route 216 in southeast Howard County -- a white shingled building with a sign in bold blue letters stands as a reminder of the more tranquil lifestyle this community once knew.The sign reads "Scaggsville Station." And the current owner of the mom-and-pop-style gas station that has been there since 1935 believes that it is as important as ever to make sure that name never dies."The newcomers want to change the name of our town," says the proprietor, Robert "Bobby" Allen.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2002
A two-seat helicopter crashed into Rocky Gorge Reservoir yesterday after its engine apparently sputtered and stalled, injuring the pilot and passenger. "You could hear it struggle, and it lost altitude," said Danny Stevenson, 17, of Silver Spring, who was fishing with a friend at the reservoir on the border of Howard and Montgomery counties, and alerted authorities on his cell phone about 4:15 p.m. "You just heard the engine stall. It got real quiet and then we heard it hit the water," he said.
NEWS
November 11, 1996
The Rocky Gorge/Scaggsville Regional Association, a new, nonprofit civic organization working to establish representation for the southern Howard area, will hold an organizational meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 19.The group will meet in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 11795 Route 216.The Rouse Co.'s mixed land-use development proposal and its impact on wetlands, school districting, highway and traffic will be discussed.Information: Marilyn Watson, (301) 725-5754.Pub Date: 11/11/96
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2002
That junk car with its painted bulls-eye - if you've driven U.S. 29 from Washington, it's a safe bet you've noticed it out in the middle of a golf driving range just into Howard County, north of Rocky Gorge Reservoir. About 150 yards from an arc of double-decker tees, that junker is marketing gimmick and teaching tool. For as Gus Novotny, Rocky Gorge Golf Fairway's founder and majority owner, has taught literally thousands of beginners since the mid-1960s, golf is a game of trying to hit a target with a small, dimpled ball.
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By Janene Holzberg | November 30, 2011
When the second watershed cleanup in four weeks takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Rocky Gorge Reservoir, equestrians who have been prohibited from riding on horseback trails since May will again be working to clear the very access roads to which they were banned. Volunteers say they remain eager to help the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission patrol and maintain the land that buffers the drinking water supply, even as they fight to regain use of the trails. Yet, they are feeling "very conflicted" by WSSC's Nov. 16 verbal decree that violators will receive warnings instead of citations despite posted rules to the contrary.
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October 18, 2011
Students can earn service hours and help keep Rocky Gorge Reservoir beautiful at a community service day scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prince George's County public schools are closed for students that day. County students ages 11 to 18 can register to participate in the event, which is being held by the county's Police Athletic League and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which maintains the reservoir....
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By Janene Holzberg | August 19, 2011
Rays of sunlight filter down through a 200-foot-high canopy of tulip poplars and pines to dance across the forest floor at Rocky Gorge Reservoir. The dappled shade and serene setting draw recreational users to the watershed like deer to a salt lick. But horseback riders there say that they can't enjoy the woods as much these days since they've been banned from the decades-old equestrian trail nearer the water. In its place, they've been told to use an access road along the property's perimeter that they describe as "steep and rock-strewn.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | November 7, 2004
CALL HIM a dreamer, but Brian Bassett thinks he's found a budding technology that may be the answer to building a bigger audience for his favorite sport, rugby. Bassett, a video producer with the Howard County public school system by day, is a tireless participant evenings and weekends in rugby with the Rocky Gorge Rugby Club. He is the coach as well as a player. He is a promoter, too, telling sports folks last week that he is close to getting a half-hour show about the sport to be carried by Comcast SportsNet next month via the cable giant's Middle Atlantic outlets.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 27, 2004
Joseph J. Chung, Joseph J. Chung stood quietly on the putting green at the Rocky Gorge golf range off U.S. 29 near the Montgomery County line and watched a student inadvertently simulate Phil Mickelson's misadventures with short putts at the U.S. Open last weekend. The student stroked one of several balls Chung had placed 5 feet or closer to a hole on the sloping green and made the putt. But his next try slid just right of the hole; the next missed farther right. Chung stepped in to demonstrate.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | February 22, 2004
BELIEVE IT or not, there's a hole in all the team sports that you can find in Howard County, and Jim Hulbert wants to fill it. Starting now. That's rugby for high-school-age players, mainly boys. You can play rugby if you're in elementary school or middle school. And you can play relatively locally on a men's club for players ages 20 to 35, and 36 and older. But, says Hulbert, an environmental engineer by trade and official with the Rocky Gorge Rugby Football Club of Laurel: "We're missing a piece of the puzzle.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2000
Ryan Homes has a model open at the Preserve at Rocky Gorge. The Howard County community, which is surrounded by the Rocky Gorge Reservoir Watershed area, features natural gas heat and public water and sewerage. The model, the Patterson, starts at $291,990 for 2,418 square feet. The first floor consists of a 11-by-10-foot study, 12-by-16-foot living room, 12-by-13-foot dining room, 11-by-11-foot kitchen, 10-by-13-foot dinette, 20-by-15-foot family room, laundry room, powder room and two-car garage.
FEATURES
March 19, 1997
Rocky Gorge. Sounds like a name for a pro wrestler from the '50s, or maybe that fifth starter the Orioles need so badly.Rocky Gorge, though, is the name some good citizens want as a replacement for the suburban Maryland community now known as Scaggsville -- too "hickish," too much like "the boonies" to some. A name change, apparently, would fix all that.Following that logic, the Today staff wondered if there weren't other candidates for a name change among our state's many colorfully christened burgs.
NEWS
June 13, 2003
Developers planning subdivisions in eastern Howard County or projects that require conditional-use permission must meet with neighbors before submitting plans to the county. The next meetings are: Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Church of God dining hall, 7340 Longview Road, Simpsonville, about a proposal for age-restricted housing on that 28.23- acre site. Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Fisher, Collins & Carter Inc., 10272 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, about a proposal for seven units on 4.2 acres at 8414 Leishear Road.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2002
A two-seat helicopter crashed into Rocky Gorge Reservoir yesterday after its engine apparently sputtered and stalled, injuring the pilot and passenger. "You could hear it struggle, and it lost altitude," said Danny Stevenson, 17, of Silver Spring, who was fishing with a friend at the reservoir on the border of Howard and Montgomery counties, and alerted authorities on his cell phone about 4:15 p.m. "You just heard the engine stall. It got real quiet and then we heard it hit the water," he said.
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