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A fire of undetermined origin destroyed this two-story wood-frame house along Church Street in Deer Park Monday afternoon. The owner/occupants of the house, Joseph Harper and his 8-year-old daughter Carlie, were not at home when the fire was discovered and reported by a neighbor after hearing an explosion. Some 30 firefighters from three local departments responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in about a half-hour; however, the house and all of its contents were destroyed. A pet dog tied adjacent to the house was rescued by firefighters. Fire investigators, who continue to search for the cause, estimate the loss to be $185,000. See story. Photo courtesy of Deer Park Community VFC chief Ken Collins. See today's entire issue by clicking on Your Virtual Newspaper above.
Today is Aug. 21, 2014.


This young bald eagle, a fledgling, is a true native of Garrett County, having been hatched in an aerie within the boundaries of the county this spring. The entire history of this young (but quite large) animal, from egg to flight, has been observed and documented by area birder Shelly Stoner Upole. The fledgling is the child of two bald eagles who seem to have made Oakland their regular homestead for much of each year. Upole has watched the male, whom she named "Native Pride" (he goes by Nate), for several years, documenting his flight paths, learning his feeding habits, and occasionally helping him out, especially in the dead of winter when he has decided to stay nearby. The mother is "Maryland" (and she goes by Mary), who is younger than Nate, but has been with him now for some time. Their fledgling does not have a name as of yet. Upole noted that names aren't usually given to a young bird unless it has been tagged or is in captivity. In the nest they are given recognition numbers, and she proposed that this one be tagged with E1-14, with E for eagle, 1 for the first of the nest, and 14 for the year. She believes that the young one is female. A feature story about Nate, Mary, their offspring, and their fascinating lives is published in today's issue, along with several photos taken over the years by Upole. Read it by clicking on Your Virtual Newspaper above.