Volunteers earn awards at state firefighting meet

Carroll County volunteer firefighters recently won several awards at the Maryland State Firemen's Association, or MSFA, annual convention.

Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention Kristi Gable from the New Windsor Fire Department won the state Miss MSFA 2005-2006 title.

Tanya Alexander of Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association Miss Fire Prevention 2004-2005, won a trophy in the firemen's parade. She also competed for Miss MSFA.

The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association fire prevention book won first place, receiving a plaque, two certificates and $50.

Chris Flanagan from Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department won the Jane Todd Award from the MSFA Ladies Auxiliary for her work in fire prevention.

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp from Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department won the MSFA Silver Spring Award for Excellence in Fire Prevention by an individual for the work done on behalf of CCVESA.

Merchants remain open during Carrolltown work

The 25 merchants in Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg are remaining open while the inside of the mall is closed for renovations.

A number of interior merchants have changed location in the mall but are open for business. Outside stores still open include Kmart, Peebles, Big Lots, Carrolltown Liquors, the Professional Building, Carrolltown Cinemas, Denny's and Wendy's.

Black Oak Associates, operated by Dixon Harvey, reacquired the 335,000-square-foot enclosed mall last year. Harvey owned the mall from 1993 to 1999, then sold it to Equity Investment Group of Fort Wayne, Ind. The mall was repurchased by a Black Oak investment group, Eldersburg Sustainable Redevelopment.

Six cows hiding under tree killed by lightning

The carcasses of two female Herefords and six calves were hauled away Thursday from a Carroll County farm where they were killed by lightning during an intense storm Wednesday.

"I saw the bolt hit the top half of the tree and saw it smoke, but I didn't see the lower half. ... I had no idea the cows were under it," said Nina Dustin, 55, of the 400 block of Klee Mill Road near Gamber, where she and her husband raise beef cattle and hay on 95 acres. Dustin said about 14 of the herd survived.

A contractor later discovered the dead animals, which were worth perhaps $3,000, she said.

As the carcasses were taken away, Dustin said, the cattle continued to moo, and "one mother stood over her baby's body until it was put into the truck. Another mother and older sibling followed it like in a procession with their heads hanging low. And you think animals aren't smart - but they know."

- Sheridan Lyons

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