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Camp David G-8 summit plan puts rural Md. community on alert for dignitaries, protesters
THURMONT, Md. (AP) ' The upcoming G-8 economic summit at Camp David has put the neighboring town of Thurmont on alert for international dignitaries, big-name journalists ' and protesters.
Officials in the town of 6,200 about an hour north of Washington say it's exciting when global events bring international visitors.
But they're a little nervous about the prospect of large-scale protests in and around their community May 18-19.
Activists have been tweeting about camping in nearby Cunningham Falls State Park. But park officials say they haven't seen a rush for reservations since the White House announced on Monday it was moving the meeting from Chicago.
At least one protest group, the United National Antiwar Coalition, says it's staying focused on Chicago, where a NATO summit is planned two days later.