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Our View: Thumbs up to more youth sports facilities, a career of public service, a scholarship winner | COMMENTARY

THUMBS UP: While we certainly miss many, we do try to recognize long-tenured public servants at the end of successful careers. The latest to retire after a long career with Carroll County Government is Clay Black, who served in various positions for 37 years. He retired last week as bureau chief of development review. “It’s safe to say that just about every development project in the county and the municipalities Clay has either reviewed or supervised over the past 30-plus years,” Tom Devilbiss, director of land and resource management, said in a farewell to Black at the Sept. 24 Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, called Black “the heart and soul of Carroll County.” Black worked his way up from the permits office in 1983 to construction agreements coordinator to subdivision review assistant to development systems supervisor before becoming bureau chief in 2005. Black said he enjoyed serving the county commissioners, citizens and businesses in Carroll County. “My position has given me opportunities to help others with their projects. … allowed me to meet a vast amount of individuals and to work with amazing colleagues,” he told us. “Being able to work with citizens, developers, government officials, outside agencies, colleagues and others has been rewarding.” Black said he plans to spend more time with his wife and dogs and that after a scheduled surgery and physically therapy, he will be spending his days, among other things, golfing, traveling, camping, and volunteering. We wish him well in retirement.

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Get lost in Hubble telescope’s breathtaking view of stars being born

The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy is located around 60 million light-years from Earth.


ESA/Hubble/NASA/J. Lee/PHANGS-HST Team/Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

I don’t know about you, but I’m just about ready to pack my gear, crawl into a cryogenic sleep pod and take a spaceship to some other galaxy. I’ve got my eyes on a real looker: the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy, also less romantically known as NGC 1365.

The Hubble Space Telescope, a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), captured a stunning portrait of NGC 1365, a faraway place where stars form. 

“The bright, light-blue regions indicate the presence of hundreds of baby stars that formed from coalescing gas and dust within the galaxy’s outer arms,” ESA said in a statement shared by NASA on Friday. That sounds so sweet.

The image comes from a Hubble collaboration with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile. The Phangs (Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby Galaxies ) joint survey “is expected to uncover and clarify many of the links between cold gas clouds, star formation, and the overall shape and morphology of galaxies,” according to ESA.

The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy is located in the constellation Fornax (the furnace), which seems like it would be cozy. It’s 60 million light-years from Earth. That should give me enough space to stretch out a little. 

Just kidding, Earth. I still love you.

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