September 3, 1997
Izaak Walton: We deserve shot at making lease work To the editor: Over the past few weeks, a great deal has been written about the Izaak Walton League's new lease of the historic Woodmont Rod and Gun Club - much of it based on misinformation. In December 1995, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acquired the historic Woodmont Lodge and surrounding 3,400 acres for nearly $1 million less than its appraised value. DNR immediately made 2,000 acres available for unscheduled public use and retained 1,400 acres near the lodge for scheduled activities.
August 14, 1997
"Shame on the union for taking and giving us all these benefits and for also losing all the jobs in US Steel and right close to home, Bethlehem Steel. How many jobs do you think we lost there and then a place right there closer to home - Mack Truck. And then across the border to Landis Tool, where it was 1,500 employees and now down to about 400 right now because of the Teamsters. Of course, when you go on strike, the UPS gets $55 a week, I wonder what Ron Carey is living off of? He might be getting the three or four million that was missing from the treasury up in Alaska in about 1980.
July 30, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS and DAVE McMILLION Staff Writers ANNAPOLIS - State officials on Wednesday approved leasing of the historic Woodmont Rod and Gun Club lodge and 1,400 prime hunting acres to a new chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America for six months a year. In return, the Walton League will maintain the property west of Hancock. The Board of Public Works approved the contract with the nonprofit hunting and conservation group after being assured by Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin, that "the public will have access to the property at least six months a year that they never had before.
July 29, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The Washington County Commissioners grilled a state Department of Natural Resources official Tuesday over a proposal to lease the historic Woodmont Rod & Gun Club lodge and 1,400 acres of prime hunting land to a private nonprofit organization for six months a year. The commissioners wanted to know why a public hearing wasn't held on the plan for the property west of Hancock, and why the public wasn't informed that the property was on the market.
July 17, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer HANCOCK - Opinions differ on whether the former Woodmont Rod and Gun Club will become a public lands playground for a special group, or whether a Department of Natural Resources proposal to lease part of the property to an Izaak Walton League chapter is a way to maintain the historic lodge at little cost to the taxpayer. The state is in the midst of negotiations with the Izaak Walton League of America and the newly created Woodmont chapter, which is interested in a 15-year lease on the property.