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5Jun 2017

Support the Tufton/Worthington/Greenspring Roundabout

June 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Support the Tufton/Worthington/Greenspring Roundabout

Valley residents have been concerned for years about the safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Tufton/Greenspring/Worthington avenues. During rush hours, it has grown increasingly difficult and dangerous to make left turns. In addition, speeds are increasing on these roads, making it less safe for all users. VPC met with elected officials at the state and county level who were able to secure funding for 90% of the $1 million project. This left a gap of $100,000, which VPC has committed to raise. While it is unusual for a community to contribute to a public infrastructure project, the partnership will result in a far better solution that will be a lasting asset for the area.

26May 2017

2017 McHarg Winner Announced!

May 26th, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 McHarg Winner Announced!

The Valleys Planning Council (VPC) presented its prestigious McHarg Award to environmental writer Tom Horton at its annual meeting on May 9th at St. Thomas Church in Owings Mills. Tom Horton is a native of [...]

7Nov 2016

Joan Hoblitzell

November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Joan Hoblitzell

The VPC was saddened to hear of the passing of long-time Board Member Joan Hoblitzell on October 28, 2016.  Joan served on the VPC board for nearly 20 years.  Her enthusiasm towards the valleys was [...]

22Aug 2016

Peter R. Fenwick, VPC President to be Recognized with the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Peter R. Fenwick, VPC President to be Recognized with the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award

The VPC is pleased to announce that VPC President, Peter Fenwick has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). The award, [...]

11Jul 2016

Board of Appeals Overturns Special Exception for Megachurch on Shawan!

July 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Board of Appeals Overturns Special Exception for Megachurch on Shawan!

GOOD NEWS! The Baltimore County Board of Appeals decided last week to overturn the special exception regarding the Hunt Valley Baptist Church on Shawan Road. This is a huge victory for the community who worked [...]

29Jun 2016

STEMMER HOUSE SPECIAL PROJECT UPDATE!

June 29th, 2016|Comments Off on STEMMER HOUSE SPECIAL PROJECT UPDATE!

The Stemmer House (2627 Caves Road, Owings Mills, MD) was built c. 1761 and is one of Maryland’s outstanding Georgian houses. VPC is working with the community to protect this Baltimore County Historic Landmark and [...]

6Jun 2016

2016 McHarg Award Winner Announced!

June 6th, 2016|Comments Off on 2016 McHarg Award Winner Announced!

VPC presented Ellen Harvey Kelly its prestigious McHarg Award at its annual meeting on May 12 at St. Thomas Church in Owings Mills.  Ellie Kelly is a dedicated land conservationist who has worked for over 40 [...]

8Apr 2016

Previous Event – 2016 Calcutta

April 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Previous Event – 2016 Calcutta

Many thanks to the Old Line Society along with Justin and Jeremy Batoff for hosting the 2016 Calcutta, with proceeds going to the VPC.  All VPC "Young Associates" members were able to purchase tickets at [...]

26Feb 2016

Maryland’s Hunt Cup, the country’s most challenging horse race, bets on its future

February 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Maryland’s Hunt Cup, the country’s most challenging horse race, bets on its future

by Frances Stead Sellers The Maryland Hunt Cup, one of the most coveted prizes in the dangerous sport of steeplechasing, involves riding a four-mile course over 22 tall timber fences. Established in 1894 as a [...]

26Feb 2016

Preserving Farms Worth the Fight

February 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Preserving Farms Worth the Fight

by Tom Horton Ann Jones still remembers the harassment and silent treatment from her schoolmates in Howard County. The problem was her Dad, Ridgely, a local dairy farmer, elected as an independent to the Howard [...]