Forget about the candy and flowers.

This Valentine's Day, give a gift that shows you care about both your loved one and the environment.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources offers a very special gift-giving idea -- a living tree to honor the person of your choice.

For only $12, you can order a tree to be planted in an area whereit will increase greenways and natural habitat.

The person you choose to honor with this special gift will receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing.

Neil Ridgely, plans reviewer for the Carroll County's Bureau of Development, explains that the county is cooperating closely with the Department of Natural Resources in this effort.

"At this point, we have about 100 trees on order to be planted at Hashawha this spring. The trees are 5- to 8-feet tall and are balled and burlapped. Among the species we will be planting are yellow poplar, green ash, mountain ash, red maple, snowdrift crabapple, white pine, pin oak, shademaster locust, Leyland cypress and Kousa dogwood."

Ridgely says the trees are not sold directly to individuals; instead, they are planted by the county foresters in public areas where they will benefit all citizens. However, community groups that wishto plant a grove of 10 or more trees may do so, provided the trees are to be placed in a public area.

Order cards for the trees are available at the County Office Building, most area banks, many individual stores and businesses, as well as Piney Run Nature Center.


Year-end results for the 1990 Maryland Sportfishing Tournament find four Carroll residents among the winners.

In the Freshwater Division, Glenn Potts of Union Bridge won with a 7-pound, 8-ounce rainbow trout. He took his prize-winning catch in the Whiskey Springs Fire Pond on Gambrill Mountain in Frederick County last June using a night-crawler as bait.

"I wasn't sure whether it was a trophy size or not,but I knew it was a big one," Potts says. "What made it even more exciting, there was a thunderstorm coming up just as I caught him."

Dwight Topper of Taneytown was the other freshwater winner with a 23-pound, 10-ounce catfish caught in a farm pond last April.

Also, Baltimore resident Steve Barnes caught the trophy smallmouth bass in Liberty Reservoir on the Carroll-Baltimore border. He hooked the 5-pound, 15-ounce fish Oct. 6.

In the Chesapeake Bay Division, 11-year-old Matthew Bechtel of Westminster won for his 14-ounce yellow perch. Matthew, a student at Hampstead Middle School, was fishing with his father, Gary Bechtel, and his grandfather, Ted Bechtel, in Dundee Creek on a cold day last March. Although others in the boat were bringingin both yellow and white perch on shad darts and minnows, it was Matthew who reeled in the catch of the day on a small tubular Gitzit.

"I was fishing off the back of the boat, and I cast, and I had him,"the young fishing enthusiast recounts with satisfaction.

In the tournament's Atlantic Coast Division, Donald Frock of Westminster won with a 10-pound, 8-ounce flounder taken off Drum Point near the Bay Bridge in August. Frock was using minnows as bait and until he hooked his trophy fish had experienced little luck.

"At first I thought Ihad hooked a skate," he recalls. "I got him up to the boat one time,but when I tried to net him he ducked under the boat. It took another 20 minutes to bring him in. At 28 -inches long, I knew he was a pretty big one."

The Maryland Sportfishing Tournament is sponsored bythe Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Fishing in Marylandmagazine. To be eligible, contestants must be licensed Maryland fishermen and their catches cannot exceed established weight limits. All winners receive a patch and certificate.

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