Army proposal to hook some residents to city water met with mixed emotions

For some resident along Kemp Lane, an Army proposal to hook their homes to city water may be what one called “a necessary evil.” Dorothy and Debbie Blank are among five Kemp Lane residents that rely on wells. Fort Detrick has supplied each with bottled water since about early 2006 as the Army studies groundwater under an Area B Superfund site to try and determine how far contaminants dumped on post decades ago have spread. (News-Post)

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Underage volunteers help Montgomery police catch establishments illegally selling booze

Valeria Navarrete remembers the first time she tested whether a restaurant would sell her alcohol illegally. She was an underage volunteer working with the Montgomery County police as part of a program to see whether restaurants and liquor establishments are serving those younger than 21, the minimum age to buy or drink alcohol in Maryland. (Wash. Post)

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'Abnormally dry' areas in Md. doubled in past week

The area of Maryland where “abnormally dry” conditions are developing doubled over the past week, according to the U.S. drought monitor. Forty-six percent of the state was considered drier than average as of Tuesday, compared with 22 percent of the state a week earlier. The area has spread from along the Interstate 95 corridor up into Western Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. (Balt. Sun)

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Urban farm event highlights growth

The third annual Urban Food & Farm Fair held Saturday was a chance to share the work of the urban farming movement, which is gaining in popularity, according to organizers. "This gives folks an opportunity to celebrate local foods. Farmers' markets are exploding. People are really into it," said Zach Chissell, project manager of Real Food Farm, which is a project of Civic Works, an urban service corps and AmeriCorps program. (Balt. Sun)

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County hears input on transportation priorities

Frederick County staff members and representatives from the State Highway Administration met with the commissioners last week to go over transportation priorities for Frederick County. Transportation projects tend to develop slowly, so many of the items on the county priorities list were carried over from earlier years. The overall top priority remains widening U.S. 15 between I-70 and Md. 26. (News-Post)

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Howard Co. Police museum to open in Ellicott City

A museum dedicated to the history of law enforcement in Howard County is scheduled to open on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City by the end of this year. Construction on the project is under way, and the expected cost of the museum is $120,000, according to a Howard County police news release. Funding for the project will come through donations and sponsorships. (Patuxent)

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Havre de Grace wants to annex 241 acres off Route 155

Havre de Grace could soon annex 241 acres near Route 155 (Level Road) and Bulle Rock Parkway, if the city council acts to accept annexation requests presented to the city council Monday. The annexation process is expected to take about six months. (Aegis)

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Traffic, development discussed at Rice's constituent meeting in Damascus

Help is on the way for traffic congestion in Damascus and Clarksburg along Md. 27, Montgomery County Council Vice President Craig Rice told a roomful of constituents in Damascus. Planning is complete on a project that will transform Md. 27 into a six-lane divided highway from Brink Road to Snowden Farm Parkway, as well as a two-lane roadway with turn lanes and an acceleration/deceleration lane running from Little Seneca Parkway to Skylark Road, said Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown. (Gazette)

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