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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 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 | April 6, 1991
Every spring I have the urge to sow seeds. When the sun is warm, and the wind is gentle, I go out in the back yard and plant grass seed.I rake. I fertilize. I scatter seeds. And I keep my fingers crossed and hope that maybe this year something will make it to the seedling stage before being trampled to death.The tramplers are my children and their buddies. And as happens in families, the kids have pretty much taken over the back yard.When we moved into the house, the previous owners, a child-free couple, had the back yard looking like a photo spread in Rowhouse Beautiful Magazine.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
By Rob Kasper | April 10, 1999
YOU KNOW IT is spring when the backyard faucet starts dripping. I came to this seasonal insight all by myself.It happened last Saturday as I was adjusting the monkey wrench, reading the label on the penetrating oil, and searching my tool box for a washer to replace the spent one in the leaky faucet.The drip reminded me that I had vowed to fix that faucet last year, but never got around to it. Over the winter, the water supply to the faucet was turned off, so I had forgotten about the drip.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | March 9, 2007
In William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic, the Bay Theatre folks spread a veritable entertainment banquet of delights - a visionary director, polished performances, a minimalist set exuding backyard Americana, authentic 1950s-era costumes and nostalgic music. With this stunning production, which runs through March, Bay Theatre has reached yet another pinnacle of excellence. The company's fame has spread from its 275 West St. stage to New York City, where Picnic's director, Gia Forakis, knew of the work of Bay's founders Lucinda Merry-Browne and Janet Luby.
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