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  • rotbaron@aol.com
    From today s Hagersotwn Herald-Mail: GOVERNOR SAYS GROWTH, PRESERVATION GO TOGETHER Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich stressed the importance of economic
    Message 1 of 7 , Oct 25, 2005
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      From today's Hagersotwn Herald-Mail:

      GOVERNOR SAYS GROWTH, PRESERVATION GO TOGETHER

      Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich stressed the importance of economic development and land preservation Monday during a five-stop tour to sites in Washington County. Ehrlich said both are important and can be done at the same time.

      "They're not mutually exclusive, it's not a zero-sum proposition," he said. "Maryland's going to grow. To view it as a zero-sum, we reject. We know, given the state of technology today, we can grow appropriately and accommodate the growth." Ehrlich started a six-hour tour of Washington County at the FedEx Ground facility, where he told a crowd of just less than 300 that he was pleased with the company's decision to build here.

      "FedEx could go a lot of places," Ehrlich said. "They chose this place in this state in this time. For us, it's 400 jobs today and more to come, and that's great." In announcing a $50,000 Maryland Historical Trust Capital Grant to be used to preserve the Boonsboro Trolley Station, Ehrlich said Washington County is not alone in facing development and growth issues. "This is a beautiful town in a beautiful county in a beautiful region in a beautiful state," he said. "We're going to have to keep the small-town nature of these communities while acclimating ourselves to the growth in the watershed area."

      Ehrlich also announced $3.3 million in funding from a variety of federal, state and county sources to buy the easement rights for 828 acres of land adjacent to Saint James School, which served as the middle ground between the battles at Gettysburg and Antietam.

      Saint James Headmaster Stuart D. Dunnan said for more than a decade he feared the land would be lost to development, and he praised Ehrlich's assistance in helping to preserve it. "(Development's) moving, so there is another army moving up the Sharpsburg Pike," he said. "We need to preserve our setting. And, I frankly (have) been terrified about this for 14 years."

      Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said the governor's announcement helps preserve the historic fabric of Washington County. It reduces the effects development would have on the county's resources and ensures the vitality of tourism in Washington County.

      POSTED BY: Tom Shay


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    • Thomas Clemens
      Thanks Tom Shay, I didn t think it was anything close to the battlefield, and it isn t, but still is good news. St. James School occupies the ridge between
      Message 2 of 7 , Oct 25, 2005
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        Thanks Tom Shay,
        I didn't think it was anything close to the battlefield, and it isn't,
        but still is good news. St. James School occupies the ridge between the
        Downsville Pike and Sharpsburg Pike. It was indeed part of the
        stand-off in 1863 as Lee fortified the ridge to the west along
        Downsville Pike, and Meade had troops just east of St. James. The
        connection of this ground to Antietam is tenuous at best, as it is
        several miles from Sharpsburg, and other than FitzJohn Porter's mother
        being employed there, had little to do with the battle. Still, I am all
        for easements anywhere in Washington County!
        Tom Clemens

        >>> rotbaron@... 10/25/2005 3:11:09 PM >>>

        From today's Hagersotwn Herald-Mail:


        Ehrlich also announced $3.3 million in funding from a variety of
        federal, state and county sources to buy the easement rights for 828
        acres of land adjacent to Saint James School, which served as the middle
        ground between the battles at Gettysburg and Antietam.

        Saint James Headmaster Stuart D. Dunnan said for more than a decade he
        feared the land would be lost to development, and he praised Ehrlich's
        assistance in helping to preserve it. "(Development's) moving, so there
        is another army moving up the Sharpsburg Pike," he said. "We need to
        preserve our setting. And, I frankly (have) been terrified about this
        for 14 years."




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