Dam project will claim remains of mill

Reconstruction of a dam at Lake Waterford Park will destroy the remains of a 200-year-old mill, once listed among Maryland's historical places.


The low-walled foundation will be removed as contractors rebuild the 63-year-old dam, which contains the 11-acre lake.

The state ordered reconstruction last spring after declaring the dam unsafe. However, Colby Rucker, an Arnold resident, worries that the county is surrendering part of its historical heritage too easily.


He said the mill, constructed of native county white rock, offers important lessons in colonial life in the county.

State historians who reviewed the site this spring found little value in preserving it. Little has survived beyond the foundation, which offers relatively few clues to the past, they said.

County officials are considering building a memorial and educational kiosk about the mill from the foundation stones.

The dam project will cost about $1.27 million.

Woman, 24, raped in Freetown Village

A 24-year-old woman told police she was raped on a ball field in Freetown Village early Wednesday morning.

According to the police report, the woman had gone to the Freetown Recreation Center at 1:30 a.m. to meet a friend.

Since her friend had not shown up, she was walking away when a man grabbed her, dragged her into the woods and raped her, police said.



* Pasadena: A woman walked into the Royal Farm store in the 1800 block of Fort Smallwood Road on Wednesday and grabbed four packs of cigarettes from a display by the cash register before the clerk could stop her.

* Pasadena: An employee at the Party City store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway reported to police that a customer walked into the store at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, browsed a while, then went into a back room and stole the employee's purse.