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“The whole management area, up around Indian Springs and the hunt clubs, they’ve all been hit very hard,” he said.

This year’s outbreak doesn’t appear to be shaping up as bad as the one in 1995, when the state sprayed 64,000 acres of trees, and an additional 93,000 acres were defoliated. A solid estimate of this year’s damage won’t be available until this fall.

The state spent $2 million to fight this year’s outbreak, but that covered only 50,000 acres. Another 15,000 acres were targeted, but funds to cover pesticides and spraying are lacking.


Illness reports keep club’s kitchen closed

Public health officials kept the Beaver Creek Country Club kitchen closed for the fifth straight day yesterday after receiving more than 80 reports of gastrointestinal illness among people who ate there.

The Washington County Health Department was awaiting state laboratory tests on patient stool samples and the Department of the Environment was planning to conduct more water sampling, health department spokesman Roderick MacRae said.

Patrick Steiner, the club’s president, told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail that breaks in the septic system had been repaired.

Health inspectors found the septic problems and ordered the kitchen closed Thursday while investigating illness reports from June 12 to 18, Mr. MacRae said.

He said no definite link has been found between the septic problems and the illness.


Suspects in stabbing turn themselves in

Two suspects in the stabbing death of a Marine reservist earlier this month surrendered, police said.

Warrants charging Maurice Crosby, 19, and Erica Ammenhauser, 20, in the stabbing death of Michael Simms were issued June 14. They surrendered to police Friday.

Mr. Simms died June 10. Police said he tried to break up a fight between his friends and another group. Two others were stabbed in the attack.

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