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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer Staff writer Traci M. Johnson contributed to this article | December 23, 1992
A two-alarm fire sent flames and smoke hundreds of feet into the evening sky as it destroyed a sawmill on Klee Mill Road about 4:55 p.m. yesterday.The fire, in one of two sawmills at Hoff Lumber Co., brought equipment from the Winfield, Sykesville, Gamber, Liberty Road, Westminster and West Friendship fire companies to battle the blaze in the 100-foot by 35-foot open building.Flames could be seen up to 10 miles away before firefighters got the blaze under control at 5:43 p.m., after running hoses from underground water tanks through pumper trucks to the fire.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 20, 2009
William Frank Thomas Sr., whose lumber was shipped to worldwide customers from the Harford County sawmill that he owned and operated for more than 70 years, died of complications from diabetes and a stroke Dec. 11 at his Fallston home. He was 91. Mr. Thomas was born in Trade, Tenn., and moved with his family in 1919 to Jarrettsville. After his father was killed in a hunting accident when he was 3 years old, his mother married John B. Graybeal, and the family settled in 1928 in Fallston.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | June 28, 1993
DUNKIRK -- A four-alarm fire that destroyed several buildings and caused a half-million dollars in damage to a Calvert County sawmill Saturday was blamed yesterday on an electrical malfunction.More than 100 firefighters from 19 fire companies in Calvert, Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties struggled with high temperatures and a severe shortage of water that officials said hampered their efforts to save the buildings."If they had water, the firefighters would have had a much better chance of extinguishing the fire quickly," said Bob Thomas, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2008
Awards * Horizon Builders Inc. of Crofton and Muse Architects of Bethesda have received the Grand Award in the 2008 Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards competition sponsored by Builder magazine. Certifications * Vicki Hess, a principal with Catalyst Consulting LLC, was certified as a speaking professional by the National Speakers Association. Mergers * CRI Systems Inc. and Premier Solutions Group Inc. announced that the two companies have merged and will now operate as CRI Solutions Inc. The firm will have headquarters in Elkridge.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1999
Two mountainous mulch piles caught fire yesterday at a North Carroll sawmill and burned for more than two hours before volunteer firefighters from four counties in two states could contain the blaze, authorities said.The smoky, smoldering fire was discovered about noon at J. C. Wilhelm Inc., a milling, mulch and sawdust operation in the 3700 block of Maple Grove Road southeast of Manchester, fire officials said.Fanned by moderate but constant breezes, the fire leaped from one pile to the other, said Donny Nott, deputy chief of Manchester Fire Engine & Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. He estimated the piles were 300 feet long and 100 feet high.
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By Bill DeYoung and Bill DeYoung,New York Times News Service | July 31, 1995
In Vietnam, John Scott Gantt was known as a Green Beret who could get things done.A captain with the 5th Special Forces, Mr. Gantt was 30 years old in 1968 when he devised a scheme to fly a pair of elephants cross-country to a remote mountain village. By helicopter.Mr. Gantt's animal adventure forms the basis of Disney's "Operation Dumbo Drop," which opened in theaters on Friday. Although the movie is based on a real event, the filmmakers took lots of liberties with the facts. "If you had to pick somebody that was me, it would be Danny Glover," says Mr. Gantt, who lives in Cross City, Fla.Mr.
NEWS
April 4, 2000
Fire Pleasant Valley: Firefighters responded at 11: 55 p.m. Sunday to an auto fire at Route 97 and Sawmill Road. Units were out 30 minutes.
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By Photos by Lloyd Fox and Photos by Lloyd Fox,Sun photographer | January 29, 2007
The Frank Thomas Sawmill has operated in Fallston since 1933, when it was purchased for $150 during the Great Depression. The sawmill is what is known as a specialty mill, cutting wood for custom jobs such as fireplace mantels, hardwood flooring, fence boards, barn siding, bridge flooring and blocking. Frank Thomas Jr. sharpens each of the 44 razor-sharp teeth on the 56-inch steel saw blade every day to keep the cuts clean and straight. Years ago, there were as many as a dozen sawmills in the area; now only two are left in Harford County.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1999
Raymond Carver1938-1988"I began as a poet," Raymond Carver said; "so I suppose on my tombstone I'd be very pleased if they put 'Poet and short story writer -- and occasional essayist.' In that order."Carver is most remembered for his short stories in which he wrote about ordinary people using spare unadorned prose.Born to a waitress and an alcoholic who worked in an Oregon sawmill, Carver was an alcoholic and heavy smoker who worked blue collar jobs and lived the life of the people he wrote about.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2008
Awards * Horizon Builders Inc. of Crofton and Muse Architects of Bethesda have received the Grand Award in the 2008 Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards competition sponsored by Builder magazine. Certifications * Vicki Hess, a principal with Catalyst Consulting LLC, was certified as a speaking professional by the National Speakers Association. Mergers * CRI Systems Inc. and Premier Solutions Group Inc. announced that the two companies have merged and will now operate as CRI Solutions Inc. The firm will have headquarters in Elkridge.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | April 27, 2008
With cameras rolling and reporters scribbling, Gov. Martin O'Malley got down and dirty with a bunch of his constituents Friday morning. He turned over rocks to see what slithered from the gooey underside and cast a wide net to help them find spineless creatures that hid in the shadows. No, Maryland's chief executive wasn't leading a State House tour. He was standing along the bank of a Patapsco River tributary, emphasizing the importance of enjoying the outdoors and being good stewards of the environment.
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By Photos by Lloyd Fox and Photos by Lloyd Fox,Sun photographer | January 29, 2007
The Frank Thomas Sawmill has operated in Fallston since 1933, when it was purchased for $150 during the Great Depression. The sawmill is what is known as a specialty mill, cutting wood for custom jobs such as fireplace mantels, hardwood flooring, fence boards, barn siding, bridge flooring and blocking. Frank Thomas Jr. sharpens each of the 44 razor-sharp teeth on the 56-inch steel saw blade every day to keep the cuts clean and straight. Years ago, there were as many as a dozen sawmills in the area; now only two are left in Harford County.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2005
A tall, fit-looking guy in a black helmet and matching elbow and kneepads whipped back and forth across the Sawmill Creek Skateboard Park in Glen Burnie on Sunday, whamming up and down a quarter-pipe, the steel pyramid, and grinding along a rail. He lost his balance only a couple times in about 20 minutes - nothing serious. He stopped every now and then for a slurp of sports beverage, perspiration noticeable. Ah, kids, an unknowing passer-by on Dorsey Road or baseball and softball players nearby in the Anne Arundel County park might sniff.
NEWS
June 30, 2002
Ceremony to be tomorrow at Sawmill Skate Park County officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sawmill Skate Park at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 301 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. The park, open seven days a week to skateboarders and in-line skaters only, includes ramps, a 5-foot-high half pipe, quarter pipes and a fun box. Participants must pay an admission fee and wear helmets and elbow and knee pads. An adult must accompany children age 12 and younger. For a listing of fees, rules and hours, call 410-222-0017.
NEWS
April 4, 2000
Fire Pleasant Valley: Firefighters responded at 11: 55 p.m. Sunday to an auto fire at Route 97 and Sawmill Road. Units were out 30 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1999
Raymond Carver1938-1988"I began as a poet," Raymond Carver said; "so I suppose on my tombstone I'd be very pleased if they put 'Poet and short story writer -- and occasional essayist.' In that order."Carver is most remembered for his short stories in which he wrote about ordinary people using spare unadorned prose.Born to a waitress and an alcoholic who worked in an Oregon sawmill, Carver was an alcoholic and heavy smoker who worked blue collar jobs and lived the life of the people he wrote about.
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