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Allegany County, Maryland

Allegany County is located in the northwestern part of the U. S. state of Maryland. As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,087, its county seat is Cumberland. The name Allegany may come from a local Lenape word, welhik hane or oolikhanna, which means'best flowing river of the hills' or'beautiful stream'. A number of counties in the Appalachian region of the US are named Allegany, Allegheny, or Alleghany. Allegany County is part of MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is a part of the Western Maryland "panhandle". The western part of Maryland was part of Prince George's County when Maryland was formed in 1696; this county included six current counties, by repeated splitting, new ones were generated: Frederick from Prince George's in 1748. Allegany County was formed in 1789 by the splitting of Washington County. At the time it was the westernmost county in Maryland, but a split in 1872 produced Garrett County, the current westernmost county. Prior to 1789, the Virginia Commonwealth claimed the area of present-day Garrett and Allegany Counties, of Maryland.

A 1771–1780 map of Virginias counties, shows Hampshire County, but the Virginia State boundary has Hampshire outside that boundary line. When conducting genealogical research, it is possible to find tax records for Hampshire County, Virginia included in Maryland records, Maryland records in Hampshire County... Hampshire County was formed in 1758 by the Virginia Commonwealth and at its founding, included the present day counties of Garrett and Allegheny Counties in Maryland, Hardy, Grant and part of Morgan Counties in what is now West Virginia. Allegany County is referred to as "Where the South Begins." According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 430 square miles, of which 424 square miles is land and 5.8 square miles is water. Allegany County lies in the Ridge-and-Valley Country of the Appalachian Mountains, it is bordered to the north by the Mason–Dixon line with Pennsylvania, to the south by the Potomac River and West Virginia, to the east by Sideling Hill Creek and Washington County, to the west by a land border with Garrett County, Maryland.

The western part of the county contains a portion of the steep Allegheny Front, which marks the transition to the higher-elevation Appalachian Plateau and Allegheny Mountain region. The town of Frostburg is located west of the Front at an elevation of nearly 2,100 feet above sea level, while the county seat of Cumberland, only eight miles away, has an elevation of only 627 feet. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park As of the census of 2000, there were 74,930 people, 29,322 households, 18,883 families residing in the county; the population density was 176 people per square mile. There were 32,984 housing units at an average density of 78 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 93.02% White, 5.35% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, 0.75% from two or more races. 0.76 % of the population were Latino of any race. 29.0% were of German, 16.7% US or American, 12.8% Irish, 10.7% English and 5.3% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 29,322 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.60% were non-families. 30.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.20% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.90. In the county, the population was spread out with 20.60% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $30,821, the median income for a family was $39,886. Males had a median income of $31,316 versus $21,334 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,780. About 9.70% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010, Allegany County had a racial and ethnic population composition of 88.16% Non-Hispanic whites, 8.03% Blacks, 0.14% Native Americans, 0.76% Asians, 0.04% Pacific Islanders, 0.08% Non-Hispanics who reported some other race, 1.47% Non-Hispanics who reported two or more races and 1.44% Hispanics. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 75,087 people, 29,177 households, 17,959 families residing in the county; the population density was 177.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 33,311 housing units at an average density of 78.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 89.2% white, 8.0% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.8% were German, 14.6% were Irish, 11.9% were English, 11.8% were American, 5.6% were Italian. Of the 29,177 households, 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families, 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals.

The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 40.9 years. The median income for a household in the county was $37,747 and

Hermanville-sur-Mer

Hermanville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. 13th century church Commonwealth war cemetery Old village centre Villa la Bluette, an 1899 villa by architect Hector Guimard Villa La Houle Manoir de Prébois The beach of Hermanville, part of the area codenamed Sword, was one of the targets of Operation Overlord on 6 June 1944. The Cod German stronghold was located on the coast. A Norwegian destroyer, the HNoMS Svenner, sank in front of Hermanville; the sector at Hermanville was known as Queen Beach where elements of the British 3rd Division landed. The South Lancashire Regiment landed on Queen White and East Yorkshire Regiment on Queen Red, by 10:00 the village had been cleared. Offshore from Hermanville a Gooseberry was established, this consisted of a breakwater formed with ships sunk into position, including the French battleship Courbet. Hermanville is twinned with: Tangmere, England Nominingue, since 2002 Hermanville-sur-Mer was the birthplace of: Jean François Sarrazin, author Alain Touraine, sociologist Communes of the Calvados department Ligne 62 INSEE Tourism office webpage Memorials to the war

Phebe Seaman House

The Phebe Seaman House is located in the Byram section of Greenwich, Connecticut. It is one of the oldest structures in Byram, it is believed to be the Seth Mead homestead. The house is a rare example of a intact vernacular Colonial dwelling, its ​2 1⁄2-story, 3-bay frame is covered with original wide clapboards and reveals evidence of the original saltbox roof on both side elevations where the ends of the older clapboards show a stepped pattern depicting the original rear slope of the house before the flat-roofed second-story addition was constructed. The southern side elevation, facing Nickel Street, features a massive fieldstone chimney, built flush with the outside wall but left exposed at the first story; the bricked-in hole was most the result of the removal of a projection that held a beehive oven. Such a projection was found in one of the Lyon houses in nearby Port Chester, New York, which could indicate a family building custom since Phebe Seaman was a Lyon by birth; the windows are rather small and six over six in pattern showing a rather anachronistic Colonial trait.

The gabled entry foyer is a 20th-century alteration. The interior spaces include a shallow cellar which shows both original and replacement beams, as well as the underside of the original wide plank flooring; the first- and second-story rooms all feature low ceilings, which gives the house a diminutive appearance, despite its ​2 1⁄2-story height. The first floor’s front room features a large, reworked fireplace which retains its rather massive wood lintel; the second floor’s front room shows corner posts, a protruding central post, a peculiar beam along the north wall, several feet below the ceiling. A few original hand-hewn rafters most have been replaced; the corner lot is attractively landscaped with ornamental trees and shrubs. The property features a well with a red roof matching that of the house. Byram Historic Resources Inventory 1867 F. W. Beers Atlas

Bentley, Hampshire

Bentley is a village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. The parish has changed little over centuries and measures 2,299 acres, the same size it measured in 1875; when the population was 731 The village is south of the A31 road between Farnham and Alton, about five miles southwest of Farnham and six miles northeast of Alton. The village is served by Bentley railway station, about one mile to the south, in the parish of Binsted against Alice Holt Forest. There are two pubs in the village: The Bull Inn. Bentley was the location of a Radio 4 and ITV Docu-Drama from the 1990s called The Village, which focused on local residents and their daily lives. Twinned with Newton Haven the village is proud of its culture. Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, lived in Bentley at Pax Hill Sir William Pike, Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff Harold Sanderson, the owner of the White Star Line, learned of the sinking of the Titanic whilst at his home Jenkyn Place in Bentley.

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Rangoli Chandel

Rangoli Chandel is the sister of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and an acid attack survivor. She was hired by Kangana to be her PR manager. In 2006, Rangoli was engaged to be married to Vikram, an officer of the Indian Air Force, when a friend of hers began stalking her and asked her to marry him. Upon her refusal, he first threatened to and went on to throw acid on her. Rangoli is her sister Kangana Ranaut's social media manager, she has a son named Prithvi with Ajay Chandel. They married each other in May 2011. Quite vocal on social media, Rangoli has always been part of controversies due to her unfiltered comments on social terms and on Bollywood. In December 2019 Rangoli criticized Forbes India's editorial magazine Forbes Celebrity 100 for publishing fraud details about celebrities

Truman H. Aldrich

Truman Heminway Aldrich was a civil engineer, a mining company executive, a paleontologist, served in the United States House of Representatives and as Postmaster of Birmingham. He is the sole Republican to represent Alabama's 9th congressional district, which existed from 1893 to 1963, his brother William F. Aldrich represented Alabama in Congress, serving three partial terms during 1896–1901 from Alabama's 4th congressional district. Aldrich was suffered from poor health as a young boy, he attended public schools and a military academy at West Chester, Pennsylvania before enrolling at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He graduated in 1869 with a degree in mining and civil engineering and took a job with the railroads in New York and New Jersey. In 1870 he married Anna Morrison of Newark. Aldrich's career was characterized by long-term vision, his strength was in finding new resources, developing them and moving on to the next discovery. He was an honorable man in science as well as in business.

In 1872, Aldrich became a partner in a banking enterprise in Alabama. While in the region, he investigated the existing coal-mining operations at Montevallo and around the Cahaba Coal Field; the next year he secured a lease on the Montevallo coal mines and set to work extracting coal that summer. He purchased the mines outright in 1875 and named the surrounding settlement Aldrich, leasing the operation to his younger brother William while he prospected for new seams, he incorporated the Jefferson Coal Company in the town of Morris, from which he supplied fuel for the first successful coke-fired furnace in the Birmingham District, helping to establish the area as a center of iron and steel production. In 1881 Aldrich founded the Cahaba Coal Company in Bibb County. After building a railroad connector, the company laid out a "model community" on the bank of Caffee Creek. After seeing a "ton block" of coal brought from the mine, Aldrich named the town Blocton. Blocton coal earned a reputation as an efficient fuel for steam locomotives and the profitable company embarked on a period of great expansion.

Aldrich advertised for miners who arrived from all over the United States, as well as Western and Central Europe. By the summer of 1890 over 3,600 people were residents of Blocton and products from the companies' mines and ovens were being sold to customers throughout the Southeast and parts of Latin America. In addition to his many business interests, Aldrich pursued a lifelong fascination with shell collecting amassing one of the largest amateur collections of his time by purchase and by collecting in person. In the 1890s he joined a "Shell Syndicate" to support naturalists Herbert Huntington Smith and Amelia W. Smith, who collected freshwater and terrestrial mollusks in Alabama and Georgia. State Geologist Eugene Allen Smith encouraged Aldrich to concentrate his efforts in the Tertiary paleontology of the Coastal Plain sending him material to identify, Aldrich collected thousands of fossils from now-classic sites along the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, such as Claiborne, he contributed an article to Bulletin 1 of the Geological Survey of Alabama on the state's Eocene fossil record, including nine plates illustrating new species.

His collection of modern shells is now in the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, his fossil shells are in the Geological Survey of Alabama Paleontological Collection and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Aldrich supplied information on the coal fields he had surveyed to John Witherspoon Dubose and to Squire's Report on the Cahaba Coal Field published by the Geological Survey of Alabama in 1890. In 1890 Aldrich faced a major labor strike initiated by the United Mine Workers of America, he defeated this strike for the first time, African Americans to operate the mine. In 1892 Aldrich sold the combined Cahaba and Excelsior Coal Company to the Tennessee Coal and Railroad Company. Aldrich became a second vice-president and general manager for TCI; as an executive of that company he secured investments that helped TCI survive the depression of 1893, including a contribution of grain and flour from B. B. Comer, he moved his residence from Blocton to Birmingham. In 1896 Aldrich secured the Republican nomination to the 54th United States Congress by contesting the election of Oscar W. Underwood.

As a Republican in a Democratic state, Aldrich served for less than a year before being defeated by Underwood in the 1896 election. He returned to the coal business as president of the Cahaba Southern Mining Company, which operated mines at Hargrove in Bibb County. In 1899 be became a vice-president of the Birmingham Machinery and Foundry Company and, two years was named the acting president of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company, he opened the Virginia mines, which were the site of a tragic explosion in 1905 in Hueytown, Alabama that killed over 100 miners. In 1902 Aldrich joined his son in a prospecting venture in Tallapoosa County called the Hillabee Gold Company. In 1905 he served until 1910 as its president. In 1911 President William Howard Taft, a neighbor in Cincinnati, appointed him as Postmaster of Birmingham. Aldrich's paleontological hobby became his career in life, when Eugene Allen Smith appointed him as Curator of Paleontology of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, he donated large collections of Southeastern fossils, many from sites that are no longer exposed today.

Under Herbert Huntington Smith and Daisy Smith, who were hired in 1909, the Museum continued his species-based cataloging system for fossils and Aldrich continued to write short articles on T