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By Leah Polakoff and For the Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Enjoy the tide from your own backyard with this spacious house in Annapolis. From the pier that sprawls across the edge of the backyard, watch the sea of sailboats that have become a staple of life on Weems Creek, then launch your own. The spacious Annapolis house boasts an open plan and six bedrooms (two are master bedrooms). Built in 1967 and remodeled in 1997, it's well suited for entertaining adults on the multilevel deck or throwing the kids a pool party. Guests will arrive via the elegant paved driveway curving in the front of the house.
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By ROB KASPER | August 11, 2007
During a recent scorching evening, Peter Norman and I slipped into his downtown Baltimore backyard to watch his bees work. Like many residents of Baltimore, these honeybees were out on their "front porch," the lower part of their hive, where the air is cooler, Norman said. An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 honeybees reside in the 3-foot-tall hive, a squarish structure, ringed in handsome varnished pine. There is a hierarchy to the hive, he told me. The queen and nursery bees reside on the lower floor, or "brood"; the honey and its foragers can be found in the upper levels.
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By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN] | July 1, 2007
Most business owners believe in their products, and Alexa Corcoran is no different. Except that she also lives on the meals made by her Maryland enterprise, Let's Dish!, a meal-assembly store that has nine locations in the region and plans for more. Customers at the store put together their own meals to cook at home. "Since 2004, we have ... created over a million dishes," says Corcoran, 34, who invested in the business with her husband, Rick, and a couple of friends. "It's a concept that came when people were saying they wanted easy and convenient meals but also healthy."
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2005
Hon, let's go shopping There's a new "hon" in town. But you won't find her in Bawlmer. Thanks, Hon, a new Baltimore-flavored gift shop, has just opened in Towson. Offering eclectic and fun gifts, unusual knickknacks and whimsical craft works by local artists, Thanks, Hon was the brainchild of three longtime friends and PTA moms from Towson -- Lyn Reeves, Brenda Prevas and Laura Scheeler. Much of the shop's collection comes from gift shows that Reeves attends around the country. And some comes from local artists, who've consigned their unique wares, like the adorable "Baltimore Hon" light switches (right)
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By Rob Kasper | November 23, 1991
I collect leaves the old fashioned way, with a rake, a barrel and a kid. The rake assembles the leaves, the barrel holds them. Then the kid jumps in and squashes them.Long ago I was a leaf squasher, but last week I worked on the other side of the barrel as a gatherer. My 6-year-old started off raking. However, once the position of squasher opened up, he tossed aside the rake and the snow shovel, which he had used to scoop up the leaves, and climbed feet-first into the barrel.As dads do, I began to give the kid instructions.
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May 2, 2001
A RED FOX sunning itself in the backyard may be an interesting wildlife experience for suburbanites, but the animal could also be infected with rabies. So, too, could raccoons raiding the bird feeder for a nighttime snack, or the skunk digging in a porchside flower bed. These unexpected animal incursions should remind people of the importance of keeping a cautious distance -- and remind pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats get up-to-date rabies vaccinations. A bite from a diseased wild animal is fatal for an unvaccinated pet; the rabies virus rapidly attacks the nervous system.
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By Doug Miller | July 1, 2014
"Once a librarian, always a librarian," Pattee Fletcher says. Strictly speaking, she was never actually a librarian. But with postgraduate degrees in library and information sciences, she knows a little something about the profession. About nine months ago, the retired college professor and master gardener added a piece to her backyard landscaping through which she shares her passion for books with her neighbors in Long Reach. At first glance, those passing by on the Columbia Association pathway that runs behind Fletcher's house in the Phelps Luck neighborhood might see it as either a very large bird house or an oddly placed doll house.
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By David Michael Ettlin | November 26, 1990
Although the creatures are common in Maryland and may be found readily in the spring in urban backyards, many people have never seen them -- or perhaps have mistaken them for large insects.The animal is the ruby-throated hummingbird -- the only one among 339 known species of the tiny bird that inhabits Maryland -- and area residents soon will have a chance to learn how to find and photograph it.The world's most dedicated watchers of hummingbirds, and pTC likely the only couple who can claim to make a living off the little bird, Robert A. and Esther Quesada Tyrrell of El Monte, Calif.
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By Rob Kasper | April 20, 1991
A speeding soccer ball narrowly missed crashing through th kitchen window the other day. It reminded me that the broken window season had begun.This is the season when the kids go outdoors. They play ball. The balls break windows. Then the dads repair the windows.I know, I've been on both the window-breaking and the window-fixing ends of this cycle.My prime window-breaking days were years ago when I was kid playing baseball in our backyard. The backyard was, of course, "too small" to hold a real ballgame in. That is what my parents repeatedly told my brothers and me. They also reminded us that a big park, with a real baseball diamond, was a mere two blocks away.
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By ROB KASPER | February 28, 2007
As a hard-core griller, I try not to let bad weather stop me from starting backyard fires. For a time, I thought my winter grilling habit marked me as a smoky-smelling fanatic. Then I read the results of a national survey that reported 54 percent of grill owners say they fire up all year long. Of course, grilling on a sunny Florida patio in February is a much different experience than cooking in a frigid Maryland backyard. The pollsters did not ask these year-round grillers if, like me, they sometimes have to dress like they are climbing Mount Everest.
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