Search the Baltimore County community newspaper archives


>> Click here to search for stories published AFTER 2011

>> Use this search box to find stories published prior to 2011.
Note: All Words is a more strict search. Implied operator is "AND."
Ex: Charles Dickens"

From
subscriber services email print comment


It’s probably no big deal when a contractor shuts down a road in Harford County and erects detour signs. Or, that’s the impression we get after the recent closing of Red Pump Road north of Vale Road for the construction of a roundabout at the entrance to the new elementary school and parks and recreation site.

The county Public Works Department apparently had no idea the road was being closed, as the contractor was working for the school system, not the county. Thus, no public notice was given because, in the words of one county spokesperson, that should have been the school system’s responsibility. Actually, one source tells us the county people found out about the road being closed from the sheriff’s office, which was notified by the contractor, as were other public safety agencies. As for the school system, as best we can tell, it didn’t put out any notice, either.

So, who really is in charge of the county’s roads? DPW? Sheriff? School headquarters? County executive? County council? Developers? Farmers? John Q. Citizen. Or, does it really matter? After all, if you travel Red Pump Road and came up to the detour, you know the road is closed. Nobody has to tell you.

The Red Pump closing brings to mind an incident from the early 1970s when one of Harford’s most famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) residents, L.S. MacPhail, put a chain across the public road that bears his name near his farm and the Maryland Golf & Country Clubs. He then posted a man with a shotgun nearby. MacPhail had been feuding with the county for 20 years over the condition of MacPhail Road and whether he or the government was responsible for upgrading it. As was his wont, MacPhail decided to show who was boss. The dispute was eventually settled without anybody getting hurt and the chain came down, but not before county officials had been subjected to media embarrassment over their inability to deal with the mercurial squire of Glenangus Farm.

MacPhail, of course, didn’t erect any detour signs or put out any advance notice, either.


user comments (0)


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic
xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Learn more about subscriptions
Learn more about subscriptions
Advertisement
Eating vegan doesn’t necessarily have to mean soggy tofu, quinoa bowls and green juices - it’s also plant-based versions of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, red velvet cake and so much more.
Advertisement
A 26-year-old Baltimore woman was acquitted Monday of allegations that she killed her mother and burned her body in 2019.
One of the major contributors to blight is vacant properties, of which there are more than 14,000 in Baltimore, with the bulk of them privately owned, and Westport and Harlem Park are some of the areas with concentrations of blight.
The Maryland State Fair is back for its 141st edition beginning Aug. 25, and like everything in the pandemic era, it’s less like the before times and more like, well, something new.
As home prices rise, buyers can now eliminate up to $50,000 of their student debt under Maryland’s SmartBuy program, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.
  • Three of the best-known women in Republican politics will face primary voters Tuesday, with at least one highly unlikely to make it onto ballots in November: Rep. Liz Cheney, former Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Advertisement
Young Baltimore families chosen to participate in a new guaranteed income pilot program will receive their first check soon, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday.
Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos, 55, prefers to sell a piece of the team while continuing to retain his family’s majority control, two people told The Baltimore Sun in interviews.
After going nearly 60 years without hosting a PGA Tour event, the Baltimore area will host the BMW Championship again in 2025.
Baltimore prosecutors have dropped the cases of 25 state correctional officers charged in 2019 with using excessive force against inmates and functioning as a criminal enterprise in jails around the city.
A train crashed into a tractor-trailer at about 12:40 p.m. Monday near Eastern Avenue and Kane Street, Baltimore Police said.
Laurence F. “Coach O” Orendorff, a retired Baltimore County Public Schools educator and coach who was active in his Fullerton Roman Catholic church, died Aug. 2 of congestive heart failure at his Nottingham home. The former Hamilton resident was 78.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the five-day SABR convention, which has dozens of presentations, panels and discussions all centered on various topics in baseball, much of it with a Baltimore focus.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 15-year-old boy with assault after a fight at a pool in Bel Air on Monday night.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Free Fun & Games

  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Crossword
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Jumble Daily in color
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Solitaire
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Bubble Shooter HD
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    2020 Connect
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Cookie Crush
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Butterfly Kyodai
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Classic Mahjong
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Sudoku
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Baltimore Sun Store

Advertisement

GAMES & TRIVIA

Advertisement