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By ROB KASPER | October 7, 2006
The leaves fall and we rake them. Why? I pondered this autumnal question last weekend as I picked up a rake and took an initial pass at the backyard. What would happen, I wondered, if I let the leaves lie? The grass would probably die, smothered by the leaves. But in my case, with a rowhouse backyard and our kids grown and mostly gone, grass does not matter much. The neighbors might disapprove. But more than likely only if the leaves took flight, and jumped property lines. I also wondered whether I could break the leaf-raking habit.
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BUSINESS
August 5, 2006
Acquisitions Phillips Edison & Co., a Baltimore-based shopping center owner/management and development company, acquired the 147,112-square-foot Geyer Springs center in Little Rock, Ark. Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. of Bethesda acquired Fargo, N.D.-based Regional Artificial Limb & Brace Co. Inc. New contract Thomas & Herbert Consulting LLC of Silver Spring was chosen to take part in a $95 million blanket purchase agreement by the Air Force Medical Support...
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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.
FEATURES
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.
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."
NEWS
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 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.
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