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February 5, 2004
On February 3, 2004, ANTS POLDMAE beloved husband of Marju (nee Siimsen); loving father of Andres Poldmae and his wife Sara, Aime Poldmae and the late Tarmo Poldmae; dear brother of Douglas Poldmae and Pille Sarapuu. Survived by several nieces and nephews and many loving family members in Estonia.A Funeral Service will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (Beltway Exit 26A), on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment Moreland Memorial Park. Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. If so desired, contributions in Mr. Poldmae's memory may be made to the Baltimore Estonian School.
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November 26, 2013
The commentary, "Bee death mystery could end" (Nov. 21), offers a vital call to sanity in Maryland and world wide. Without data on the poisons being used all around us, we are undermining our shared future. Bees are at the center of the ecosystem and, like ants, they produce a most essential element for life, formic acid. Without it, the trees, fields and forests perish, and human DNA depends on it for stability and well-being. Where ants are reintroduced into dying woods or forests, the forest's health can be reestablished.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
My friend and I both saw a bright red fuzzy insect on the ground. Never saw anything like it before! She thinks it's an ant, but I think it's a wasp. What say you? Red velvet ants are wasps, but the females are wingless and that's why they look like ants darting about on the ground. The adult males have wings but no red hair like the females. Males also can't sting, but the females pack quite a wallop, earning them the nicknames of "cow-killer" and "mule-killer. " Most of the body is black, but in the insect world red coloring means danger, and they aren't kidding.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Greenwood Racing Inc. showed its hand Wednesday in its bid to build a casino in Prince George's County. The owner of Pennsylvania's largest casino said it would plow $100 million into local road improvements and generate $30 million a year in tax revenue for the state, in part by accepting a higher state tax rate than required by law, if it wins the gambling license. Greenwood Racing wants to build a $761 million Parx Casino Hotel and Spa on 11 acres of undeveloped land off Indian Head Highway — an area it says is "ripe" for development.
FEATURES
June 3, 2012
Under some of my cabbage and broccoli plants there are ant hills. The stems look weak on those plants compared to others. Are the ants eating the plants? Ants don't eat garden plants, but a large colony can interfere with a root system and thus stunt a plant. While ants are helpful when they aerate the soil or churn the soil, bringing up nutrients from deep soil, you may have a case of too much of a good thing. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the ant hills. The sharp edges on this powder of fossilized diatoms should penetrate and kill enough ants to reduce the population.
NEWS
By ISAAC REHERT | June 23, 1995
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise.--Proverbs 6:6The ant's industry is -- please pardon the pun -- proverbial. In the fable, isn't the ant, as the foil of the sun-giddy grasshopper, the symbol of foresight and prudence?These warm sunny days are the season for ants. In the garden I notice them crawling, always in a hurry, among ant-sized specks of dirt; and on sidewalks, as I stroll with my dog, I see their mounds -- brown creepy doughnuts -- in the cracks between the concrete slabs.
NEWS
June 3, 2003
YOU FIND THEM scaling the sides of the sink. You find them crawling along the edge of the stove. You find them in the dog's bowl, swarming through the food he's just been eating. Gross! No wonder Fido seems antsy. Before long, ranks of the insect multitudes may swell to the point that they just pick him up and carry him off. A solid month of rain, preceded by record snowfalls, has apparently been even harder on the ants than on the rest of us. Their nests have been flooded so often, they finally just packed up and moved to higher ground - your house.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement and Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to the Sun | July 21, 2007
Something is making perfect inverted cones in the soil beside our house. Should we worry? These clever funnel-shaped traps are made by antlion nymphs, also known as doodlebugs. When ants walk on the trap's dry crumbly sides, they fall into the bottom of the trap where an antlion hides, waiting to eat them. If you dig at the bottom, you'll find this brown dusty predator with its long pincher jaws, who is intercepting ants before they get into your house. My hollyhock leaves are turning red and yellow.
NEWS
By Sue Goetinck and Sue Goetinck,DALLAS MORNING NEWS | December 5, 1998
DALLAS -- The world could be a very efficient place if more people would just stick their heads in the sand -- and take a look at all the ants.To you, perhaps, ants mostly mean spoiled picnics. But to a handful of scientists who want to improve airplane travel, telecommunications networks and Internet traffic, ants are pure inspiration.The idea is simple. Ants do some pretty intricate tasks. Even without the benefit of training seminars or personal organizers, thousands of ants can figure out how to cooperate to build colonies, find food, tend to their young and remove their dead.
FEATURES
October 5, 1997
My 3-year-old fig tree is finally producing ripe figs. I'm a little upset, however, by the ants that crawl into the opening that appears on the bottom of the ripe fruits.Is there anything I can do about this?The small opening, referred to as the "eye," is common on most fig varieties. Ants find the sweet interior irresistible. But they do crawl out when you disturb them, and they don't usually affect the eating quality of the figs.You may be leaving your figs on the tree too long. Try to harvesting them as soon as they are fully colored and begin to droop a bit.By the way, Celeste is one of the fig varieties that is well adapted to our area.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Pennsylvania meteorology company AccuWeather.com is offering a new 45-day forecast to help the public plan events even further in advance, just a few months after going out as far as a month in its predictions. The forecast is live on AccuWeather's website by clicking on the "extended" tab of a local forecast. In Baltimore, for example, the forecast suggests the most intense of summer heat is behind us, with highs in the 70s and 80s for the next month and a half. It also calls for likely clouds and storms in Baltimore and Ocean City for Labor Day weekend.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
I had separate conversations earlier this offseason with a scout from a rival team and a player agent that basically intimated the same thing: The industry was watching what the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would do this winter because they are viewed as the potential new guard in the AL East with the New York Yankees aging, the Boston Red Sox rebuilding and the Tampa Bay Rays hampered by payroll. The agent said Baltimore and Toronto could be easier sells this year to clients because the sense is that both teams are in a position to win now and for a few more years if they make the right choices.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
My friend and I both saw a bright red fuzzy insect on the ground. Never saw anything like it before! She thinks it's an ant, but I think it's a wasp. What say you? Red velvet ants are wasps, but the females are wingless and that's why they look like ants darting about on the ground. The adult males have wings but no red hair like the females. Males also can't sting, but the females pack quite a wallop, earning them the nicknames of "cow-killer" and "mule-killer. " Most of the body is black, but in the insect world red coloring means danger, and they aren't kidding.
FEATURES
June 3, 2012
Under some of my cabbage and broccoli plants there are ant hills. The stems look weak on those plants compared to others. Are the ants eating the plants? Ants don't eat garden plants, but a large colony can interfere with a root system and thus stunt a plant. While ants are helpful when they aerate the soil or churn the soil, bringing up nutrients from deep soil, you may have a case of too much of a good thing. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the ant hills. The sharp edges on this powder of fossilized diatoms should penetrate and kill enough ants to reduce the population.
TRAVEL
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
Atlantic City gets an undeserved bad rap. The area doesn't exactly conjure thoughts of luxury, class and glamour. Its casino roots are kind of hard to shake. (Insert images of smoke-filled rooms, gold chains, exposed chest hair and hideously cheap outfits.) The MTV show "Jersey Shore" hasn't exactly helped to inspire thoughts of class. When the Miss America pageant abandoned Atlantic City for Las Vegas in 2006, some thought that was the last bit of glitz to leave. And now comes HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," a TV drama that paints the city with gangster stripes.
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2010
Question: I saw an ad that said I should get rid of "wood" ants in my yard. What does the University recommend about outside ants? Answer: You want to have ants in your yard. They kill termites and eat many other pests, e.g. Japanese beetle eggs. Their foraging cleans up the constant plant debris created in a landscape. Their soil tunnels aerate the soil, helping plant roots get the oxygen they must have to survive. Their tunneling also moves nutrients deep in the soil up to where roots can use them.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Wherever Morgan State's basketball team goes this season, the Bears take Anthony Anderson with them. He was in Winston-Salem, N.C., last week - in spirit, at least - when they won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship. And he'll be in Buffalo's HSBC Arena on Friday - emotionally - when they play West Virginia in an opening-round game in the NCAA East Regional. Physically, the 19-year-old from St. Charles remains at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been waging a fight against acute myeloid leukemia since October.
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