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EPA Probing Source Of Green Water From Fort Detrick

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Fort Detrick officials say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the source of some harmless green water found flowing from the Army installation in Frederick into the Monocacy River earlier this month.

Two Fort Detrick officials told The Frederick News-Post about the criminal investigation Thursday. The EPA says it can't confirm or deny the investigation.

A Fort Detrick spokesman says the Army is looking into the possibility that someone came onto the installation and poured green dye into a storm drain.

Workers at the post's wastewater treatment plant noticed the discoloration Sept. 2. Post officials say it appeared to be colored with dye used in waterflow studies.

It is illegal to use trace dye without an EPA permit.

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Stink Bugs: Invaders from The North

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  They're here, especially those suburbs north of Washington closer to Pennsylvania.  I'm talking about 'Stink Bugs'. 

First noticed in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region in the late 1990s, these Asian natives probably hitched a ride on a shipping container.   They have been spreading out ever since and their numbers are also increasing. 

Web Link: Dr. Raupp's Bug Of The Week

University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp has been tracking these pesky bugs.  They've been eating crops and even some trees bark.  There is very little they won't eat except for people and animals.  Also, they have no natural predators in North America, so their growth has gone unchecked.

When the weather turns cold, they'll start coming indoors and that could mean an infestation of 'Stink Bugs' in your home.

Top Chef Winner and Runner-Up (Brothers!) Host Dinner for Share Our Strength

Chef BRYAN VOLTAGGIO OF VOLT RESTAURANT will co-host along with his brother Michael a very special dinner on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, for Share Our Strength®, the leading national organization ending childhood hunger in America. The dinner is part of the organization's national touring dinner series, A Tasteful Pursuit®, and will support the organization's efforts to end childhood hunger in the State of Maryland.

Saturday Stroll - Fall Harvest

Main Street in Thurmont, MD

Saturday, September 25th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, come out for Live Entertainment, Shopping, Local Artisans, activities & Prizes!  Bring a canned good and enjoy BBQ and ice cream while strolling Main Street in Thurmont!

There will be a Scarecrow decorating contests for the parking meters along Main Street which will get the town looking spiffy for Colorfest and fall.

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FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Civil War Bus Tour

Reserve your seat now!

There is still room on the bus for the Civil War tour on Saturday September 18.

Traveling by comfortable motor coach and guided by Sharon Holt, Museum director and  Civil War historian, Museum members will explore the importance of railroad and canal transport on the local economy, visit Harper's Ferry, scene of John Brown's raid as well as the skirmish that helped turn the tide for the Union at Antietam, and then arrive at the Antietam battlefield.  There, we will enjoy a customized tour of Antietam led by staff from Frederick's National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  We will then journey to Frederick for a reception, dinner, and entertainment in the Medicine museum's historic building, before returning to Sandy Spring. 

Become a Museum Member and join  the tour!

Sandy Spring Museum

17901 Bentley Rd.

Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Library in Frederick Infested


Frederick, Md. (AP) The public library in Urbana has a case of bedbugs.

Officials at Frederick County Public Libraries said Monday they have temporarily closed the Urbana library bookdrop after an employee spotted bedbugs in a book there Friday.

Interlibrary loans involving the Urbana branch also have been suspended.

Library officials say material from the bookdrop, and some material and carts from the building's circulation room have been locked inside a truck parked outdoors.

They plan to let the sun bring the truck's internal temperature to 120 degrees for at least 30 minutes. They say that will kill the bedbugs.