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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 Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Joy remembers the day that risking a few dollars for fun turned into a rush she couldn't control. It was Feb. 14, 2000, at the casino in Charles Town, W.Va. She plunked some money into a slot machine, and out came hundreds of dollars - and the start of an addiction she could never satisfy. "I went out with $30 and went home with $400 and that's all she wrote," she said. Like an alcoholic who needs more drinks to get drunk, she needed to wager ever larger sums to recapture the thrill.
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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
October 7, 2014
The development of natural gas supplies located deep in the rocky landscape of Western Maryland carries significant environmental risks, but there are regulations the state can impose that would reduce those dangers. The latest study of this issue - a draft report released last Friday by Maryland's Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources - takes a somewhat optimistic view of that circumstance, but isn't exactly a game-changer. The assessment looked at the various phases of the fracking process, from site preparation and drilling to production and finally, reclamation, and rated the potential risks involved from low to high.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Not since Brooks Robinson has any Arkansan been more welcome in Maryland than David Wrightam. And in the tiny Western Maryland hamlet of Williamsport, he may be getting top billing -- at least since last Friday, when he visited the town's Desert Rose Cafe in answer to a challenge from Howard County Executive and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Ken Ulman. It seems Ulman was on a campaign swing through Western Maryland last week when he stopped at the Desert Rose and noticed a U.S. map owner Rose Harris had hanging on the wall.
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.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
To hear Larry Hogan tell it, the multibillion-dollar effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay has been a dismal failure - and the biggest problem is getting Pennsylvania and New York to stop sending sediment pollution down the Susquehanna River. The Republican gubernatorial candidate vows to "stand up" for Maryland farmers, watermen and homeowners, who he contends have been unfairly burdened with the bay's restoration, and says he'd take the other states to court if necessary to get them to do more.
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By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
- In the heart of this town on the old U.S. National Road in Western Maryland, a woman leans on the front desk of an 1890s-era hotel, her face a study in mixed emotions. Tina Storey loves her work as office manager of Failinger's Hotel Gunter, the grande dame of lodging in Frostburg with its polished oak staircase, Victorian settees and zillions of artifacts and displays that evoke the history of the so-called "Mountain Side of Maryland. " But she's still grieving the woman who revived the place.
NEWS
By Michael J. Wilson | September 1, 2014
Fifty years ago this week, the Food Stamp Act of 1964 was signed into law. The goal was to ensure that those of us with the least would not be without food. In the ensuing decades, the program adapted to cultural, economic and technological changes and has provided millions of people with better nutrition. Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the modern incarnation of food stamps) remains our nation's most effective tool in the fight against hunger. The Food Supplement Program (FSP, Maryland's name for SNAP)
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Residents inundated by June floods in Western Maryland can apply for $5,000 in state cash, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday. The program will give grants to help cover medical, housing, and food expenses caused by June 12 flash floods that officials said destroyed about 200 homes in Allegany and Washington counties.  O'Malley promised the state would help ease the burden of distressed residents when he visited the area on Wednesday....
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | August 6, 2014
Top Maryland officials highlighted a change in the way hospitals are charging patients for treatment - and a related push to prevent unnecessary admissions -- during a stop Wednesday in Western Maryland. Maryland has long regulated hospital rates under a unique agreement with federal officials, but has altered its waiver in a way that provides hospitals with a budget based on their projected patient population rather than a fee for every service performed. The idea is to cut costs and improve care by encouraging more preventive measures.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Not since Brooks Robinson has any Arkansan been more welcome in Maryland than David Wrightam. And in the tiny Western Maryland hamlet of Williamsport, he may be getting top billing -- at least since last Friday, when he visited the town's Desert Rose Cafe in answer to a challenge from Howard County Executive and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Ken Ulman. It seems Ulman was on a campaign swing through Western Maryland last week when he stopped at the Desert Rose and noticed a U.S. map owner Rose Harris had hanging on the wall.
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.
FEATURES
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2002
For Al Feldstein, an award-winning historian who has written and self-published 26 books and videotapes on the Western Maryland counties of Allegany, Garrett and Washington, there is nothing more exciting than an abandoned mining town, a crumbling building foundation, rusty, weed-grown rail line or a monument-choked graveyard. Feldstein's perambulations have taken him throughout Maryland's westernmost counties in search of historic photographs, prints, newspaper clippings, maps, old postcards and other ephemera which have filled a former bedroom and spilled over into the living room of his LaVale home.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Stuart F. Oster, an environmental health specialist who worked for the Howard County Health Department, died June 28 of undetermined causes at his Ellicott City home. He was 55. "We are waiting for the results of the toxicologist's report from the medical examiner as to the cause of death," said a brother, Kevin R. Oster of Monkton. The son of Edwin F. Oster Jr., an engineer, and LaRue K. Oster, a homemaker, Stuart Frederick Oster was born in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville.
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