Boonsboro to form task force to address $7.9 million payoff for sewer plant

With the debt for Boonsboro’s four-year-old sewer plant sitting at $7.9 million and developers showing no interest in helping to pay for it as they have in the past, the town is turning to a task force to try to find some answers. Town Manager Debra Smith said last week — days before she gave notice she was leaving her job — that the town wants to “open the door” with a task force and see if there are any “fresh ideas that we haven’t heard.” (Herald-Mail)

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Aberdeen chided for not supporting those with homes razed for highway

The residents along Aberdeen's Route 22 whose houses were razed to make room highway improvements may be gone, but they may not soon be forgotten. One such longtime resident came before the Aberdeen City Council Monday to "bring some closure concerning this life-changing event," as she put it. (Balt. Sun)

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Detectives raid Charlotte Hall casino

About two weeks after law officers checked the records of George Wells’ casino in Charlotte Hall and found “everything in order,” by his account, they returned Sunday night with a search warrant and reported seizing those records, along with nearly $20,000. “We’re abiding by the law,” Wells said Monday after the raid, and a police search of his home. “If they don’t want gambling in St. Mary’s County, change the law. We’re doing it for good charities.” (Enterprise)

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Frederick's homeless, leaders discuss cold-weather options

Warmer nights ahead might buy time for those seeking a solution for homeless residents before Frederick's cold-weather shelter opens Nov. 15. Nearly 30 of the city's homeless joined Frederick aldermen, police and social services leaders at On Our Own of Frederick County on Tuesday to discuss the scramble to provide warmth on Friday. (News-Post)

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Gaithersburg to apply for Summit Hall to join National Register of Historic Places

Summit Hall Farm could soon land on the National Register of Historic Places. Matt Bowling, Gaithersburg’s staff liaison to the city’s Historic District Commission, said the city is planning to submit an application to Maryland Historical Trust to have the Summit Hall Farm property in Bohrer Park be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The action came from the direction of the mayor and council at an Aug. 12 city worksession during which city staff and elected officials toured the smokehouse on the site. (Gazette)

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New language addition to Silver Spring library.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced Thursday that Amharic is now part of the language collection at the Silver Spring Library. More than 58,000 Africans live in Montgomery and the largest group among them is Ethiopians, according to a county news release. Amharic is a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia and is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world, according to the release. (Gazette)

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Ingleside gravel pit owner cited for mining at Price farm

Roland Karbaum, owner of the Ingleside gravel pit ordered to cease operation in September, was cited Friday, Oct. 25, for unapproved mining at his farm, Maple Meadows in Price. Steve Cohoon, director of planning and zoning for Queen Anne’s County, said he and another county employee went to the farm on Oct. 21 after receiving a citizen complaint that a mining operation was occuring there. After investigating, the county determined there was evidence to support issuing a $500 fine to Karbaum for operating a minor extraction without approval. (Star Dem.)

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Oct. 29 // A year after Hurricane Sandy, recovery ongoing

A year ago, Hurricane Sandy was imminent, and now 12 months later, signs of recovery from the storm remain in Crisfield and Garrett County. In Crisfield, charity workers will on Monday dedicate the first two houses to be rebuilt since Sandy's winds and storm surge funneled floodwaters across the Eastern Shore town. (Balt. Sun)

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