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At Big Hunting Creek, a presidential past and a troublesome present
At Big Hunting Creek, a presidential past and a troublesome present

These days, some parts of Big Hunting Creek do not seem nearly so presidential. Its banks torn apart by years of erosion, the roaring stream has become, for some Thurmont citizens, a noisy, unwanted neighbor. “It sounds like a freight train,” said Carol Newmann, who lives near the creek. Over the past two decades or so, Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird estimates, water thundering down Big Hunting Creek has cost some Thurmont residents living along the embankment 10 to 20 feet of their property lines. Now, through a $765,000 grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment, Thurmont is about four months into its latest Big Hunting Creek watershed restoration project. And...

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