June 26, 1997
Yesterday afternoon -- as temperatures soared to nearly 100 -- about 35 youths and adults were swimming along the Savage rapids section of the Little Patuxent River below Historic Savage Mill, as generations of area residents have before them.The generally quiet group was made up of youths who recently finished school for the year, families with small children and men in their late 20s or early 30s -- tanning on the rocks and sliding down the mild rapids."It's just a cool place to come and hang out," says Mark Thomas, of Laurel.
February 7, 1993
ANNAPOLIS -- State officials unanimously approved last week the purchase of more land for Watkins Regional Park in Largo.The $821,846 award by the Board of Public Works will enable officials to buy a 155-acre addition to the 437-acre park to house a community center.Among the other 38 "open space" projects approved Wednesday:* $11,250 for a 10-acre project at Frederick County's Emmitsburg Community Park, to buy and renovate an antique railroad caboose and purchase playground equipment and materials for a ball field.
January 9, 2008
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled public hearings on whether to allow companies to build wind turbines in state forests in Western Maryland. Because of public interest, the agency has moved the first hearing from an elementary school to the larger Garrett College Auditorium, 687 Mosser Road in McHenry, and postponed the hearing from Jan. 23 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The second hearing, also postponed for a week, will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Room 161 of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis.
September 24, 1992
Today-Saturday: $291,000 Bassmaster BP Top 10 tournament, Smallwood State Park near Waldorf. Launch daily between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Weigh-ins daily starting about 2 p.m.Today-Sunday: Sunfest Boat Show at Shantytown Village in West Ocean City. Show opens daily at noon. No admission. More than 100 boats on display. Call (410) 213-1121.Today-Sunday: Penn's Landing in-the-water boat show, Penn's Landing Boat Basin in Philadelphia. Call (215) 449-9910.Saturday-Sunday: DNR-sponsored Potomac paddling adventure, family canoe trip at Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County.
October 26, 2012
If a tree falls in a Maryland forest, does anyone know its value? State Forester Steve Koehn threw back his head and laughed when asked that question. And then he jumped at the chance to shed some light on what he calls one of Maryland's best-kept secrets. "Forest products are a $4 billion-a-year industry in Maryland," he said. "For comparison, seafood is a $950 million industry. " Koehn stood on a gentle slope in the middle of a towering stand of poplar trees, their golden leaves electrified by a bright fall sun. Eighteen months ago, loggers harvested that private plot in western Baltimore County, removing about half of the trees.
January 28, 2013
While Maryland lawmakers debate whether to subsidize a large wind energy project in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City , an Annapolis company is moving ahead with plans for the state's third land-based wind "farm. " Synergics Wind Energy LLC, which built Maryland's second wind project along a mountain ridge near the West Virginia border, is seeking state and local permits to erect 24 turbines on similar terrain just west of Frostburg in Garrett County. But the proposal is renewing concerns raised by some western Maryland resident about the state's first two wind projects, in particular the towering windmills' proximity to homes and their potential to kill birds and bats, including one listed as endangered in Maryland.
November 24, 2006
Garrett County Hunting ban signs to remain GRANTSVILLE --Bright yellow signs prohibiting hunting will remain posted on state forest land near the privately owned Savage River Lodge, the Department of Natural Resources says. Hunters will be allowed to carry unloaded guns within the safety zone during the deer season that starts tomorrow despite language on the signs prohibiting weapons, Steven W. Koehn, field operations director for the DNR Forest Service, said at a public meeting this week.
December 17, 2009
Another premier Maryland trout stream has become tainted by an invasive algae feared worldwide for its ability to coat the bottom of rivers and lakes and smother the habitat and food supply of fish. Biologists at the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that didymo, known by anglers as "rock snot," was found in Garrett County's Savage River late last month. "There's nothing we can do short of closing the area down, and that's draconian," said Don Cosden, inland fisheries director.
June 26, 2013
Twice a year, Kathleen Case and her husband, Skip, ditch Ellicott City and their fast-paced corporate lives. They pack up the car and head to Western Maryland for a chance to be one with nature - enjoying fresh air, wildlife sightings and high-thread-count sheets. "It's kind of pretend roughing it in the woods," the change management consultant said of long weekends at Frostburg's Savage River Lodge with Skip, an industrial real estate consultant. The comfy cabin experience "has all of the sensual aspects of being in nature and in the woods, but at the same time, it is something that you can step right into.
February 1, 2008
More than 200 people turned out last night to debate the merits of allowing wind turbines in state forests. The vast majority of those who signed up to speak at a public hearing in Annapolis opposed using public lands for private energy projects. Pennsylvania-based U.S. Wind Force has proposed erecting about 100 turbines in the Savage River and Potomac state forests in Garrett County. The high-tech windmills -- 400 feet high -- would be built atop mountain ridges visible from Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland's other tourist attractions.