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November 6, 2013
Who is this wacko Tom Schaller, and why does he harbor so much hostility toward the people of Western Maryland ( "Don't secede; vote with your feet," Oct. 29)? The fact is that the interests of Maryland's western counties are not well represented by their state government. So why shouldn't they make some noise? Mr. Schaller labels these people as "Maryland haters. " After looking up his all-too-short biography on the Internet, it turns out that Mr. Schaller himself is not a native of Maryland but rather of New York and he has lived all over.
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By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Arguing their safe access to public lands is threatened, birders are making a last-ditch appeal to Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that would expand hunting on Sundays in western Maryland. The Maryland Ornithological Society joined horse lovers in opposing two bills that would authorize hunting deer and other game on private and public lands in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties. The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed both measures, sponsored by western Maryland lawmakers, on the final day of the legislative session April 7. The Maryland Horse Council , representing horseback riders, had testified against the bills during the 90-day legislative session.
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By Scott Dance | April 23, 2012
It's a wet, snowy day in Western Maryland. The storm may not dump as much snow in Maryland as expected, or as much as has already fallen a bit further north, though. Traffic cameras show slick roadways and white on everything else. Forecasters are calling for 2-4 inches in Allegany and Garrett Counties, according to the National Weather Service. Two inches were reported in Frostburg as of 7 a.m., according to a weather spotter report to the National Weather Service.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, Michael Dresser and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills considered during the 434th legislative session. The two major votes on marijuana decriminalization and increasing the minimum wage closed out the annual 90-day frenzy of lawmaking. Measures to create stricter penalties for drivers who cause fatal accidents while texting and to revamp Maryland's stalled medical marijuana program also received final passage.
NEWS
April 1, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will be campaigning in Western Maryland ahead of Tuesday's primary. Gingrich is scheduled to hold a rally at the Frederick Motor Company at 11 a.m. Monday and to speak at Hood College at 2 p.m. Hood spokesman Dave Diehl tells The Frederick News-Post that Gingrich's campaign called the college's director of student activities to schedule the visit. Gingrich will meet with student Republicans after his speech. Gingrich has conceded that Mitt Romney is the likely Republican nominee, and his campaign laid off one-third of its staff last week to save money.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
Western Maryland residents may see snow overnight, as forecasters are calling for a possibility of snow mixed with rain. The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a possibility of snow in higher elevations in Garrett County. Temperatures were hovering just above freezing. Although the chance of precipitation was 100 percent, little to no accumulation of snow was expected. Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
NEWS
July 29, 2010
All who hate mosquitoes and garden pests should be pleased with the news that the "Bike trail will spare bat refuge" (July 27). The last thing the best bat cave in the East needed to face was construction for a bike path and a steady stream of bikers. People can pedal elsewhere. Whole bat species are struggling to survive against the march of white nose syndrome. This fungus has decimated bat populations in the Northeast and is relentlessly spreading. Mortality is over 90 percent once a winter roost is infected.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Gambling started Wednesday afternoon at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort right after the state approved the opening of its fourth casino, one that Western Maryland leaders hope will lure not only gamblers but also their families to a region eager for more tourist dollars. "It's open and jamming," said Scott Just, the general manager of the resort near Cumberland. "There's a couple hundred people in there. They were pressing up against the ropes. " The $35 million casino, located in what was the lakeside golf resort's conference center, will be open around the clock.
NEWS
By Scott Dance | April 20, 2012
Some weather models are predicting snow in Western Maryland on Monday, on the tail end of the rainy system expected to move through this weekend. But the chances are slim and variable, according to AccuWeather meteorologists. Moisture from a storm moving up from the Carolinas could meet cold air coming from the north, potentially producing the most snow in western Pennsylvania and New York, AccuWeather blogger Elliot Abrams wrote. But AccuWeather severe weather blogger Henry Margusity cautioned   factors including "the temperatures in the lower level of the atmosphere, the time of day the snow falls and the intensity of the snow" could determine whether it's something or nothing.
EXPLORE
February 26, 2013
An article in the March 1, 1913, edition of The Argus reported on the dreams of young runaways. James Rubin , 12 years old, Lakewood avenue; Louis Susosky , 11 years old, Hudson street, and John Noroacki , 15 years old, Hudson street, Baltimore, were locked up Saturday night at the Catonsville Police Station charged with being runaways. The boys were picked up by Patrolman Dennis Cavey near Ellicott City, where they were to board a freight train for Western Maryland. They had been reading dime novels and said they were going to the mountains for adventure.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | April 5, 2014
Fabien Lefevre of Bethesda and Ashley Nee of Darnestown made the U.S. team that will compete at the ICF Slalom World Championship on Sept. 16-21 in McHenry, the first time the event will be held on American soil in 25 years. Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, will compete in men's K-1 with Michal Smolen of Gastonia, N.C., and Rick Powell of Parkesburg, Pa., and in men's C-1 with Casey Eichfeld of Drums, Pa., and Zach Lokken of Durango, Colo. Nee will compete in women's K-1 with Dana Mann of Washington and Anna Maria Ifarraguerri of McLean, Va. Other members of the team announced last week by USA Canoe/Kayak are Colleen Hickey of Okawville, Ill., Micki Reeves of Grand Junction, Colo., and Tracy Hines of Mount Holly, N.C., in women's C-1 and Eichfeld/Devin McEwan of Salisbury, Conn., Jeff Larimer of Marietta, Ga./Eric Hurd of Woodstock, Ga., and Benn Fraker of Peachtree City, Ga./Scott McCleskey of Sylva, N.C., in men's C-2. The squad has a combined eight Olympic appearances: Lefevre (2008 and 2004 for France)
NEWS
March 19, 2014
The General Assembly is poised to approve legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on public and private land in three western Maryland counties. Under bills that have passed both the House and Senate, hunters in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties would not be subject to the widespread ban on Sunday hunting. While Sunday hunting for deer was approved in some jurisdictions in 2003, hunting for most other game is banned that day. The new bill would make it legal to hunt all game species except waterfowl in those western Maryland counties during the existing hunting seasons.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Snow is looking to be likely on St. Patrick's Day, but whether it does much accumulating remains a tricky call. Here is what forecasters are saying about the event, expected to start late Sunday and last into Monday: The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington office isn't yet suggesting any possible accumulation totals, but suggests cold air is likely to move in overnight turning a mix of rain and sleet into snow. The weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park suggests a 40 percent chance that most of Maryland will see at least 4 inches of snow, however, and a 10 percent chance of 8 inches or more.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
McDonogh's girls basketball team put the finishing touch on its No. 1 season by winning the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament in Cumberland last weekend. The Eagles, the IAAM A Conference champions who finished 29-2, defeated Good Counsel, 39-37, in Saturday's title game to become only the third IAAM team to win the title. Eagles junior guard Dajah Logan was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player and junior point guard Danielle Edwards made the All-Tournament. Founded 20 years ago as a girls answer to the boys Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Western Maryland, the Bishop Walsh Tournament has included the top Catholic and private school teams from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.
FEATURES
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Biologists from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources got to hold some cute bear cubs Monday. But it was more than just an opportunity to see the state's wildlife up close. DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service used the winter check-up to "keep an eye on the size and health of Maryland's bruin population," said DNR spokeswoman Candus Thomson . Staff ventured into the woods Monday, while sows and bears were still located in their dens, Thomson said. The exercise allowed biologists "to change the batteries in radio collars worn by some sows and tag the new cubs with microchips, so they can be scanned in subsequent years without disturbing their hibernation.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
Here's a number that ought to be memorized by every elected official in the state of Maryland: 485. That's how many people died in traffic collisions in 2011 in this state (the most recent year for which such statistics are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). That's the equivalent of about 10 full motor coaches. Yet the number that's being discussed these days in the General Assembly is 70. That's how fast, in miles per hour, some believe motorists should be allowed to drive on certain state highways, and under the circumstances, it's more than a little surprising that raising the speed limit is even on the legislative agenda.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2010
MIDDLETOWN — Even some Democrats out here call this rolling country "Bartlett Territory," a respectful nod to the deeply conservative longtime congressman who routinely rolls up 20-point electoral margins in the most reliably Republican region of the state. But now the son of Western Maryland's favorite son is in trouble, facing questions from reporters, political challengers and some Republican colleagues about using more than $30,000 in taxpayer money to pay rent to his girlfriend in Annapolis.
SPORTS
November 14, 1991
Western Maryland College will induct five Maryland natives into its Sports Hall of Fame at its annual banquet and induction ceremony Saturday at 7 p.m. in the college's Decker College Center Forum.Jerry Phipps of Cockeysville, Charles White of Laytonsville, Lynn Glaeser Damiano of Ellicott City, Charles "Skip" Brown of Arnold and Ken Volk of Towson make up the Hall of Fame's Class of 1991, which brings its membership to 88.Reservations may be made by calling the Western Maryland Office of Alumni Affairs at (410)
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Hundreds of hearty souls waded into icy Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland on Saturday for the annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had to cut away a thick layer of ice from the lake to make room for the 850 dunkers, who waded into the water from a spot near the Honi Honi bar. "It looks like Alaska with the backdrop of the chunks of ice," said Jason Schriml, vice president of communications for Special Olympics Maryland.
BUSINESS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
— Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, saying constituents have complained of lengthy mail delays, pressed the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to resume regular delivery — even as the agency reported it was not aware of any significant problems. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski wrote to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that her office has received complaints from residents in Pasadena, Windsor Mill and Perry Hall who say they have not received a delivery in more than a week and have faced extraordinarily long lines at post offices.
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