December 26, 2003
In Baltimore City Residents urged to recycle gift-wrap, boxes, holiday cards The city Department of Public Works has issued a reminder for Baltimore residents to recycle gift-wrap rather than throwing it away. Recyclable items include cardboard boxes and packaging, wrapping paper, tissue paper, colored paper, holiday cards, gift cards and envelopes. The city does not recycle ribbon, foil or foam packing material. For more information, call 311. Walbrook library branch schedules Kwanzaa event The Walbrook branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold "Telling for Kwanzaa," a one-hour holiday presentation featuring the storytelling troupe the Growing Griots, at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
June 8, 2012
When Lisa Moore searched outside her house in Jacksonville on Thursday for her 4-year-old daughter, she instead found a 2-year-old black bear. "I looked for her, turned the corner… I see this bear on its hind legs and it was trying to eat bird seed from a bird feeder" hanging in the tree, Moore said. After about 10 seconds watching the bear in awe, she said, "it hit me, where is my daughter?" Luckily, she was inside and, together, mother and daughter watched the bear hanging around a swing set, occasionally making his way to the bird feeder.
January 18, 2013
"Rats! They fought the dogs and killed the cats, and bit the babies in the cradles ... " Baltimore County's rat problems may not be as hair-raising as those above in Robert Browning's poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," but the disease-spreading vermin are an enduring presence in the yards and alleys of many neighborhoods. The county's response to rodent infestation is Rid Rat, a complaint-driven program that gathers data from phone calls (on a phone line dedicated to rat problems)
December 28, 2003
Bird watching is the perfect hobby for a busy world. You can do it while you're on the phone and while on your way to take the kids to soccer practice. You can watch birds at a bus stop or while you eat a sandwich. "Bird watching is the fastest-growing outdoor activity," says John Bianchi, a spokesman for the National Audubon Society. About 71-million Americans are bird watchers, Bianchi says, and more than 60 million have bird feeders in their back yards. While we're enjoying the bright flash of a goldfinch, the antics of a blue jay or the determined progress of a wren as she looks for insects in the fissured bark of an old oak, we're also becoming conservationists.
November 23, 2011
Dumb animals can be pretty smart. Looking out our kitchen window the other day, my wife glanced into our neighbors' yard, where they've got one of those bird feeders fixed with a barrier to keep squirrels from getting at the goodies. It was hanging by a thread from one of their trees. Hanging onto the feeder from a cylindrical piece at the bottom was a squirrel. The feeder spun around as it dangled from the branch, and the squirrel twirled along with it. "Whee!" I said, laughing.
June 18, 2012
Milton Lee Eckstein Jr., a retired grocery store manager and fast-pitch softball player, died of complications from cancer Saturday at his Inwood, W.Va., home. He was 84 and had lived in Joppa. Born in Rosedale, he attended Kenwood High School. He worked at A&P grocery stores for 27 years, including one on Sinclair Lane, where he was manager. He later became head of maintenance for Maryland General Hospital. He also owned a business, E&M Home Improvement. In 1984, he was inducted into the Maryland Fastpitch Hall of Fame.