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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | November 4, 2005
With an election a year away, a fissure is dividing Republicans in the Maryland Senate - imperiling party unity at a time when the GOP hopes to capitalize on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s popularity to make gains in the General Assembly. Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a first-term Eastern Shore Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate last year, has launched a bid to topple Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus as minority leader. Pipkin has lined up at least six of the eight votes needed to claim the leadership position, senators say. A caucus vote is scheduled for Tuesday.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | May 27, 2009
At least 3,000 fish have recently died in Baltimore's harbor, likely as a result of an algae bloom that sent a foul odor into surrounding neighborhoods, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman said Tuesday. The dead fish, primarily menhaden, were mostly congregated around the Domino Sugar plant in Locust Point, MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said. Scientists responding to reports of brown water and a bad smell Monday night suspect a seasonal algae bloom prompted oxygen levels in the water to drop, according to Stoltzfus.
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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2005
The two ranking Republicans in the state Senate rebuffed a challenge to their leadership positions yesterday, as the 14-member GOP caucus voted to retain the current minority leader and whip for the 2006 General Assembly session. Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, the minority leader, fended off an upstart bid from first-term Sen. E.J. Pipkin for the caucus' top spot. Each represents portions of the Eastern Shore. Sen. Andrew P. Harris of Baltimore County will remain as whip, surviving an effort by Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County to unseat him. The caucus met in private for about 90 minutes yesterday and emerged claiming it was unified behind Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. entering an election year.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com | March 12, 2009
Maryland senators delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed texting-while-driving ban to give time for a Republican lawmaker to offer a change that would reduce the suggested $500 maximum penalty to a warning. The legislation is expected to come up again today, as lawmakers discuss banning the practice of sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel. Maryland now bans texting and cell-phone use only by drivers younger than 18. Sen. Andrew P. Harris, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, said he worried that the maximum $500 proposed fine was too onerous because it could require drivers to miss a day of work and hire an attorney to appear in court.
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January 7, 1992
J. Lowell Stoltzfus, a Republican member of the House of Delegates from Somerset County, was appointed to the state Senate yesterday by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.Mr. Stoltzfus, 42, replaces Lewis R. Riley, who resigned to become deputy secretary of agriculture.The district includes Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The Republican central committees from the three counties recommended three candidates for the job.Mr. Schaefer chose Mr. Stoltzfus over Reginald Hancock, a Worcester County commissioner, and William Russell, chairman of the Wicomico County Central Committee.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | May 27, 2009
At least 3,000 fish have recently died in Baltimore's harbor, likely as a result of an algae bloom that sent a foul odor into surrounding neighborhoods, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokeswoman said Tuesday. The dead fish, primarily menhaden, were mostly congregated around the Domino Sugar plant in Locust Point, MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said. Scientists responding to reports of brown water and a bad smell Monday night suspect a seasonal algae bloom prompted oxygen levels in the water to drop, according to Stoltzfus.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,Sun Staff Writer | February 4, 1995
MECHANICSVILLE -- The procession of black, horse-drawn buggies to the Stoltzfus farm began yesterday at first light.The Amish of northern St. Mary's County came to comfort a brother and to try to come to grips with a rare explosion of violence within their pacifist society. What police believe was a murder-suicide at the Stoltzfus farm Thursday rocked this stable community."We hear about this kind of thing happening in the outside world," said an Amish farmer who, typical of a people who closely guard their privacy, declined to give his name.
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November 14, 2007
Columbia festival names Stoltzfus Josh Stoltzfus has been appointed program coordinator for Columbia Festival of the Arts. He will be responsible for identifying performers for the 2008 festival, scheduled June 13-28. He was production coordinator for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., responsible for production and logistical details of shows. Stoltzfus, who lives in Silver Spring, also has worked with the Dr. Cyrus & Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Harold & Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, all in Washington.
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By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2004
If you imagine the battle over the Maryland budget as a game of chess, you'd have seen a knight charge this town last week, his sword aimed low. Since Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. unveiled his budget, surprising everybody by adding new programs rather than making deep cuts, I have been wondering who would do the dirty work. In case you forgot, the budget in Maryland has to be balanced. The governor is king. He suggests how to spend and the General Assembly can only cut. And if nobody here raises taxes this session, or comes up with another revenue source (slot machines?
NEWS
By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2005
In a day marked by partisan feuding and a sweeping dismissal of GOP concerns, General Assembly leaders voted yesterday to give subpoena power to a special committee examining the governor's personnel practices. The Legislative Policy Committee - led by Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - also adopted a resolution allowing the committee to hire any staff or consultants, possibly including legal counsel, that it deemed necessary. Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, the Senate Republican leader, sharply criticized the actions of his Democratic colleagues.
NEWS
November 14, 2007
Columbia festival names Stoltzfus Josh Stoltzfus has been appointed program coordinator for Columbia Festival of the Arts. He will be responsible for identifying performers for the 2008 festival, scheduled June 13-28. He was production coordinator for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., responsible for production and logistical details of shows. Stoltzfus, who lives in Silver Spring, also has worked with the Dr. Cyrus & Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Harold & Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, all in Washington.
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By Jill Rosen and Julie Scharper and Jill Rosen and Julie Scharper,Sun reporters | October 4, 2006
NICKEL MINES, PA. -- Along the miles of twisting country roads that divide and unite this community, people went about their business yesterday, tending acres of corn and pumpkins, ordering meatloaf lunch specials at homey diners, and browsing knickknacks at tourist haunts. But like most everyone living here, Sam Riehl, a sturdy Amish farmer whose dark hair refuses to be tamed under a straw hat, fought yesterday to understand Monday's schoolhouse shooting and hoped to find a way to help those it touched firsthand.
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By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | November 9, 2005
The two ranking Republicans in the state Senate rebuffed a challenge to their leadership positions yesterday, as the 14-member GOP caucus voted to retain the current minority leader and whip for the 2006 General Assembly session. Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, the minority leader, fended off an upstart bid from first-term Sen. E.J. Pipkin for the caucus' top spot. Each represents portions of the Eastern Shore. Sen. Andrew P. Harris of Baltimore County will remain as whip, surviving an effort by Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County to unseat him. The caucus met in private for about 90 minutes yesterday and emerged claiming it was unified behind Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. entering an election year.
NEWS
By DAVID NITKIN and DAVID NITKIN,SUN REPORTER | November 4, 2005
With an election a year away, a fissure is dividing Republicans in the Maryland Senate - imperiling party unity at a time when the GOP hopes to capitalize on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s popularity to make gains in the General Assembly. Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a first-term Eastern Shore Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate last year, has launched a bid to topple Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus as minority leader. Pipkin has lined up at least six of the eight votes needed to claim the leadership position, senators say. A caucus vote is scheduled for Tuesday.
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By JENNIFER SKALKA and JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2005
Westover -- Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, a devout Mennonite, is seen as one of the gentlest members of the General Assembly. Balding, with big, warm brown eyes and glasses, he teaches Sunday school classes to adults and talks about his love of a cappella singing. But Stoltzfus has been steamed lately, and he isn't hiding it. As one of four Republicans on the special committee investigating whether Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. fired state workers for political reasons, he is fighting to make sure the eight Democrats on the panel don't turn the hearings into an election-year escapade that makes the governor look bad. Though Stoltzfus, 56, denies he's Ehrlich's point man in the committee, he uses the word "we" frequently during the group's meetings.
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2005
In a day marked by partisan feuding and a sweeping dismissal of GOP concerns, General Assembly leaders voted yesterday to give subpoena power to a special committee examining the governor's personnel practices. The Legislative Policy Committee - led by Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - also adopted a resolution allowing the committee to hire any staff or consultants, possibly including legal counsel, that it deemed necessary. Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, the Senate Republican leader, sharply criticized the actions of his Democratic colleagues.
NEWS
By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com | March 12, 2009
Maryland senators delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed texting-while-driving ban to give time for a Republican lawmaker to offer a change that would reduce the suggested $500 maximum penalty to a warning. The legislation is expected to come up again today, as lawmakers discuss banning the practice of sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel. Maryland now bans texting and cell-phone use only by drivers younger than 18. Sen. Andrew P. Harris, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, said he worried that the maximum $500 proposed fine was too onerous because it could require drivers to miss a day of work and hire an attorney to appear in court.
NEWS
By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 17, 1997
PHILADELPHIA - At a time when the number of farms and farm acreage have been steadily declining for decades in Pennsylvania, the Amish have been expanding their hold on Lancaster County farmland, despite development pressures.In researching Lancaster County farm sales and Amish registries dated 1984 through 1995, sociologist Conrad L. Kanagy has found that the Amish gained a net of 137 non-Amish farms and gained a net of 11,498 farm acres.Though some Amish were selling, they were not selling out: Of the Amish farms that were sold, 82 percent went to other Amish.
FEATURES
By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2004
If you imagine the battle over the Maryland budget as a game of chess, you'd have seen a knight charge this town last week, his sword aimed low. Since Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. unveiled his budget, surprising everybody by adding new programs rather than making deep cuts, I have been wondering who would do the dirty work. In case you forgot, the budget in Maryland has to be balanced. The governor is king. He suggests how to spend and the General Assembly can only cut. And if nobody here raises taxes this session, or comes up with another revenue source (slot machines?
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2003
The Maryland Senate's Republican leader predicted yesterday that the majority of his caucus will support whatever decision Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. makes on how to raise money for transportation - even if it means voting for tax and fee increases. Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus said the 14 Republicans in the 47-member Senate are far from agreed on how the governor should go about replenishing the state's Transportation Trust Fund. The Eastern Shore lawmaker said the mix of any revenue package and how the money would be spent will be the subject of negotiations.
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