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By Jamie Smith Hopkins | jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com | January 3, 2010
Community: Manchester Location: Carroll County Average sales price: $237,000 in ZIP code 21102 (January through June) Notable features: Rolling farmland, cows, horses and elbow room. You'll find homes with generous yards, new single-family houses for less than you'd spend in much of the Baltimore region and an old-town Main Street. Manchester is almost 40 miles from downtown Baltimore, and its ZIP code stretches to the Pennsylvania line.
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October 6, 2014
This fall, Maryland voters will have a constitutional amendment on the ballot of interest to all state residents, taxpayers and drivers: Question 1, which will create a "lockbox" for state transportation funds. The amendment language states: "Transportation Trust Funds may be used for non-transportation related purposes or transferred to the general fund or a special fund only if the Governor declares a fiscal emergency and the General Assembly approves legislation, by a three-fifths vote of both houses, concurring with the use or transfer of the funds.
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By Harold Jackson | June 21, 1998
ABOUT 15 years ago during a visit from Birmingham, Ala., to see friends and relatives in Washington I was introduced to someone who remarked, "I wish I lived in the country." I think he meant it as a compliment. He said "country folk" aren't pretentious, and rural lifestyles are peaceful.But I was offended, having recently learned that 'bama is a euphemism for "yokel" up here in the Mid-Atlantic. I quickly assured the man that I was city-bred and street-smart. Why, I didn't even know what a cotton boll looked like until I was well into my teens!
HEALTH
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Around 3 billion people worldwide cook in their homes over fires fueled by everything from wood and eucalyptus leaves to dried cow dung and quinoa and every year, the World Health Organization estimates, 4 million people die because of the smoke. The problem is the smoke from many home cooking fires is not properly vented outside. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is working to develop a safer way to cook for more than half of the world's population. The project aims to decrease the amount of harmful smoke residents of rural communities can be exposed to using cookstoves in thatched huts with little ventilation.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
Development in the county's rural western half will be be governed by a new set of rules intended to preserve open space.County Council members, acting as the Zoning Board, agreed to a new western zoning map Friday, ending a comprehensive rezoning process that began nearly a year ago. County planners expect to release a draft of the rezoning plan for the eastern half of the county this week.One goal of the new development guideline is to preserve undeveloped rural land. To accomplish that, the board created two zoning districts to replace the previous rural (R)
FEATURES
August 4, 1991
The 1719 Hans Herr House, oldest building in Lancaster County, Pa., will host Heritage Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops will be held on 18th century rural crafts and antique home and farm equipment. For children there will be 18th cventury games to play. Other attractions will include Conestoga wagon rides ande homemade food. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children. The museum is four miles south of Lancaaster just off U.S. 222d abd Route 741. Call (717) 464-4438
NEWS
By OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON | September 7, 1991
Iowa City, Iowa -- The fire that swept through a chicken-processing plant in rural North Carolina and killed 30 workers Tuesday was eerily and tragically similar to another blaze that jolted America's conscience 80 years ago.On March 25, 1911, 146 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York died in a fire that began in a rag bin and quickly filled three floors of the building with smoke and flames.The fire's victims were members of society's least powerful groups: They were poor women, most of them immigrants or first-generation Americans with little or no formal schooling.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | July 23, 1993
Rural residents whose wells are contaminated or threatened with contamination got some relief last night from the Howard County Council.The five-member council amended the county's general plan to bring nearly 3,000 more rural acres into the planned water and sewer service area. The vote was unanimous.Covered under the amendment would be St. Louis Roman Catholic Church and all the commercial properties on 123 acres west of Route 108 in Clarksville, 23 acres in the Burleigh Manor subdivision west of Centennial Lane and 2,800 acres surrounding the county's Alpha Ridge Landfill.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
In Howard County, it is a familiar pattern of seduction.The refugees from more urban areas catch a glimpse of rural Howard's tranquillity -- its rolling farmland, placid valleys and winding, two-lane roads -- and they just have to find a way to call it theirs.That's what brought waves of migrants to Ellicott City and Columbia over the last three decades, newcomers who brought with them much of what they were fleeing: rows of townhouses, traffic jams, shopping strips, crowded schools, crime, pollution, noise.
BUSINESS
By Adriane B. Miller and Adriane B. Miller,Contributing Writer | October 31, 1993
John Cairnes' family has lived in Jarrettsville for eight generations. From his office, he can see the cornfield that marks one boundary of his farm, a 290-acre spread that has been in the family since 1769."
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
In his final moments, Darren Bell made a call to 911. "Trace this call, please," he said. "I think I'm about to be killed. " Moments later, a pop and screams can be heard on the 911 recording. "They shot me!" he told the operator. Police say that not long after, they found Bell dying of a gunshot wound and more than 20 knife wounds in a snow-covered patch of woods in the Marley Neck area of Glen Burnie in January 2013. He died at the scene. Police arrested three people they found nearby: Erica Banks, her father Eric Banks and an associate, Tremain Calhoun Jr. Eric Banks of Baltimore County is on trial for murder in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in connection with Bell's death.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed increase in Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 cleared its first hurdle Monday night as a House committee approved the bill and rejected a proposal to set a different standard for rural areas. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 13-8 to send the measure - with significant changes -- to the full House. Before doing so, it amended the bill to eliminate a provision calling for the minimum wage to be increased automatically to keep pace with inflation after reaching $10.10 on Jan. 2017.
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By Samantha Iacia and For The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Location: The center of Anne Arundel County, bordered by Millersville to the north, Severna Park and the Severn River to the east, Annapolis to the south and Gambrills to the west. Average property listing price: Current homes for sale in Crownsville reach up to $3,495,000, with the average list price being $798,261, says Melissa Held Marsden, an associate broker for Hoffman Real Estate Inc., based in Crownsville. Population: 1,757 at the time of the 2010 census, says Marsden.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
Drive up and down the rolling hills on Uniontown Road in Westminster and you'll run into a red barn adorned with a placard painted with sunflowers. The barn on the Gardener's Gourmet farm is one of 12 rustic buildings getting decorated as part of a new community art project thought up by the Carroll County Arts Council. The placards are actually replicas of quilt panels. By placing the panels on highly visibly barns, the council hopes to highlight the art of quilting, the area's agricultural history and how they are tied together.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Nov. 21 was designated as Maryland Rural Health Day. We hope the public will join the Rural Maryland Council, the Maryland State Office of Rural Health and other stakeholders as we highlight health care in rural communities across the state. Rural Maryland is characterized by small, close-knit communities where citizens often know their health providers as friends and neighbors. Local physicians, nurses and other professionals work hard to provide excellent care. We celebrate and thank these individuals for their service to our communities.
NEWS
By Lucie L. Snodgrass | August 8, 2013
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common-sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction - especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. The historic legislation passed by the Senate provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in our country today without authorization. They will have to go to the back of the line, pay fines and settle taxes they owe our nation.
BUSINESS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1994
For the people of Kingsville, the meeting of Belair, Jerusalem and Bradshaw Roads and Sunshine Avenue is the center of the civilized -- rural -- world as they know it."Kingsville is close and it's country," says Mary Jo Button, a real estate agent and past vice president of the 400-member Greater Kingsville Civic Association.In Baltimore County's Master Plan, the guide to development, Kingsville's 10 square miles are labeled a "rural village" with only limited development allowed compared with nearby Hereford, considered a "rural center," where more development can occur.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2005
With several ponds nearby and fire alarms in their homes, the residents of the Woodmark neighborhood in rural western Howard County never worried much about fire protection - until they met Jeffrey Hull. Hull, a firefighter in Washington and a Woodmark resident, knew that the nearest hydrant was four miles away. With money from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and help from his neighborhood association and a corporate donor, Hull got his community a dry hydrant - a nonpressurized metal spigot that enables firefighters to quickly draw water from a pond.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Kudos to The Sun for supporting the Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure Act of 2013 ("Transit benefits us all," March 26). The measure would fund much-needed public transportation, as well as roads, bridges and highways. Despite the predictable moans from some of the state's rural legislators, public transit is in fact good for residents in rural areas as well as for those in urban areas. Each year, more than 5.5 million rural riders depend on transit to get to work, visit their doctor, go shopping or run their everyday errands efficiently - and with less pollution.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
I am writing in response to The Sun's editorial regarding septic tank limits, "Plowing old ground" (Feb. 15). I have introduced legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, the law requiring counties to adopt a tier system thus limiting new residential developments with septic systems. The state has told the counties they must either adopt the tier system established by the state or limit new major subdivisions, currently six or more housing units in Queen Anne's County, to land on public sewer.
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