January 15, 2013
"The Heart of Christmas," a musical play, was directed and coordinated by young aspiring performers Abigail Surgeon and Krista Villan from the Wilna Seventh-day Adventist Church. The theme of the musical was to share the meaning of Christmas but in a child-friendly format. "Christmas is often seen as a time to receive gifts by most kids" Abigail said. "I wanted to produce a Christmas program to allow kids to celebrate the birth of Christ and build a closer relationship with God. " The approach was to develop a play that would be directed and performed by children.
January 9, 2013
Baltimore police have charged a man in the Christmas Day beating of Kenni Shaw, though it was not announced for several days as the city's gay community remained on edge amid fears of violence. Shaw says he was attacked because he is gay, though police have not suggested a motive in the case. The beating, illustrated by images taken in the hospital of his badly swollen face, helped spur a rally Saturday in East Baltimore that included Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Records show Marcus Evans, 26, was picked up two days before the rally on a warrant filed Dec. 29. When asked about the case the day of the rally, police said it remained under investigation.
January 2, 2013
The challenge to keep Christ in Christmas began several years ago. Since then we have seen efforts across our nation to remove Christ from the public arena. The local pastors of the Susquehanna Ministerium made the appeal to remember the reason for the season yet again this year, and a number of Havre de Grace residents, businesses and churches have been very gracious in honoring this challenge by displaying a nativity scene during the Christmas holidays. Even more families have joined the effort.
December 29, 2012
County officials are encouraging residents to consider recycling Christmas trees after the holidays for use as compost, mulch or wood chips. Residents can drop off Christmas trees at the Northern Landfill and Recycling Center, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or at the Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Woodbine, the first and third Saturdays of the month from 7...
December 28, 2012
Among the 82 calls for medical and fire-rescue service received by the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department during the period Dec. 21-28 were the following: Stonewall Rd, 300 block, 9:28 a.m. Dec. 27. Crews responded to the report of power lines arcing in Catonsville and found a tree leaning on the lines, but no arcing. Birch Avenue, 1200 block, 12:09 p.m. Dec. 26. Crews responded to the report of a hazardous condition in Arbutus and found an overheated fuel heater. Stuart Mills Place, unit block, 10:31 p.m. Dec. 24. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville, Westview and Woodlawn career stations responded to the report of a residential fire in the Westview area of Catonsville and found a rubbish fire in the stairwell.
December 27, 2012
As the punches kept coming, landing across his face and head, Kenni Shaw tried to talk to his five attackers but couldn't get the words out. "I was pinned down by punches," Shaw said of the beating he received Christmas night, outside the East Baltimore liquor store he frequents near his home. "It was so hard that I felt my lip and side face swell up immediately. I was trying to talk to these guys, but they weren't letting me talk. " Instead, they were intent on beating him - simply out of hate, said Shaw, a 30-year-old gay man. "I was just beaten in my face.