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By Sam Sessa | November 20, 2008
Hometown : Frostburg Members: Derek Shank, keyboards and vocals; Josh Grapes, samples, effects, keyboards and vocals; Curt Tompkins, drums and vocals; Kenny Tompkins, guitar and lead vocals Founded : 2006 Style : experimental electro-pop Influenced by : Mum, Deerhoof, Panda Bear Notable: The Christmas Lights is the brainchild of Kenny Tompkins, who recorded the band's debut album, Walk Like a Human, at home by himself. Tompkins recruited Grapes, Shank and his brother, Curt, to perform the pieces live.
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NEWS
December 10, 2013
Carroll County government's annual lighting of the county Christmas tree won't be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, because of the weather. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will instead be held next Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the county office building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. In addition, county government offices and all county senior centers are closed Tuesday because of the second snowstorm in three days.
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By Jacques Kelly | December 23, 1991
At Christmastime, Hampden stages its own miracle on 34th Street.West 34th Street, between Keswick Road and Chestnut Avenue, is an electric midway of good cheer, a brilliant show of Christmas lights."
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 5, 2013
This Saturday, Dec. 7, Savage's historic Bollman Bridge will be decked out in Christmas lights for the first time ever, as part of the town's "Miracle on Foundry Street" event. The lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., and then the festivities will move to the Carroll Baldwin Hall on Foundry Street for refreshments and music by Hammond High School singers and brass ensemble. There will also be carols and a community Christmas tree lighting with Santa at Baldwin Common, on 9035 Baltimore St. The event lasts until 7 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to learn about Savage's history as the location of a Christmas ornament manufacturing plant, and can end the evening with a drive past houses decked out in lights, wreaths and other decorations as part of the town's Holiday Decor Galore contest.
NEWS
November 17, 1991
Red and white lanterns will brighten many Main Street in many Carroll County communities this holiday season. And most of the time, taxpayers are footing the bill.In Union Bridge, for example, the Town Council -- meeting in an improperly closed session -- voted to spend $7,857 to purchase and install lights; officials had budgeted $20,000. Other examples include Westminster, which is spending $3,200, and Taneytown, $2,899. Electricity costs are additional.The American Civil Liberties Union says towns should not spend money celebrating a religious holiday.
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By Helen Chappell | December 13, 1995
OYSTERBACK, Maryland -- Dear Santa,I, Desiree Grinch, proprietor of the Blue Crab Tavern, would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much we all appreciated your visit last year, and to apologize again for the misunderstanding. Alonzo Deaver has sworn off drinking Pride of Baltimore Vodka when he's jacklighting deer, so Rudolph should have no unpleasantness this year. Again, we are all very sorry about that.Also, I'm sorry you had so much trouble finding us way out on the marsh, but to tell you the truth, sometimes we have some trouble finding ourselves, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.Anyway, I didn't think you would mind if I dropped you a line again this year and sort of brought you up to speed on what's been happening down here.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1995
A problem with lights on a Christmas tree wrecked Edward Sawicki's holiday season.The lights sparked a fire Tuesday that caused $75,000 damage to his rancher in the 200 block of Gloucester Drive in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.Mr. Sawicki could not be reached.The fire is an example of how twinkling lights can cause holiday tragedy, said Battalion Chief J. Gary Sheckells, a Fire Department spokesman."It happens more often than people think," Chief Sheckells said, "Most people don't check their Christmas lights to see if there are any frays or cracks.
BUSINESS
By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2007
As you're decorating the house for the holidays, you might notice a little warning label on the strand of lights you're hanging on the window. The label most likely says the lights may contain lead, a known neurotoxin that can be hazardous to your health, or in some cases, deadly. But before you toss those lights out and rush out to buy new ones, realize that regardless of whether the lights are made in China or not, most holiday lights contain some level of lead. The risks, however, can be reduced by washing your hands thoroughly after handling the lights.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
This Christmas will be the first one in a long time that Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lopus will be spending at home with his wife, Mary, and their four children. During his 18 years in the Army, the 41-year-old Lopus he has served in Somalia, Haiti, South Korea, Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned from Iraq in April. And for the second year in a row, his house is being decorated for free by a kindhearted retired Baltimore County police officer. Rob Schmidt, who lives in Forest Hill, retired about a year and a half ago after 25 years on the Baltimore County force.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1998
It's holidays without the hassles.Year after year after year, Harold A. Carter dragged out boxes of snarled Christmas lights and spent hours untangling the wires. Then he'd climb up a rickety ladder and hang from a tree limb to drape a line of bulbs -- all in the spirit of Christmas.But this year, the two-story-high rooftop wasn't that appealing to the 62-year-old minister from New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. So his wife, Weptanomah, picked up the telephone, dialed a holiday landscaper and voila!
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by Sarai Brinker, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Make your own winter wonderland. This very merry sticker app encourages kids to use their imaginations to create their very own holiday sticker books. Kids drag and drop their “stickers” into one of several winter scenes. Kids decorate Christmas trees, build their own snowmen, dress Santa and his elves and even string up the Christmas lights. When they are done creating their scenes, kids can hit the “play” button and watch their creations come to life. It combines the fun of stickers, paper dolls and storytelling and weaves it all in with favorite Christmas and winter traditions.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
This Christmas will be the first one in a long time that Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lopus will be spending at home with his wife, Mary, and their four children. During his 18 years in the Army, the 41-year-old Lopus he has served in Somalia, Haiti, South Korea, Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned from Iraq in April. And for the second year in a row, his house is being decorated for free by a kindhearted retired Baltimore County police officer. Rob Schmidt, who lives in Forest Hill, retired about a year and a half ago after 25 years on the Baltimore County force.
TRAVEL
By Cassandra Berube, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The holidays are here before you know it and often gone before you've had a chance to sample any of the wonderful seasonal offerings. Taking a day trip to any of these destinations will provide a quick cup of cheer. New Market Shadrack's Christmas Light Show Want to see a unique presentation of Christmas lights but without having to venture out into the cold? Adventure Park USA presents its third annual Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Light Show, a mile-long drive through 10 acres of dazzling light displays and Christmas tunes.
NEWS
By Ashley M. Wislock | April 17, 2012
April 16--YORK, Pa. -- As one visitor put it, it seemed like "every Dell rat in the county" came to see the renovations made to the former teen hangout on Starcross Road in Spring Garden Township. About 200 people came during the two-day event to see the changes made to the 4,000-square-foot home and 3-acre lot, which is now on the market for $399,000. Among the visitors was Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, whose father built the house in 1913, shortly after she was born. Schneider will turn 100 on Wednesday and is considered the "oldest living Dell rat. " Walking past the new, stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen Sunday, Schneider's daughter, Kathy Clunk, whispered in her ear. "Could you imagine if your father could see this?"
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November 29, 2011
Magician Eric Henning , of Laurel, will perform for VIPs during the ceremony to mark the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Dec. 1 on the Ellipse in Washington. Henning, a full-time professional magician and speaker, has performed at two pre-Inaugural candlelight dinners for President George W. Bush and at two Easter egg rolls for Laura Bush. Last year, he performed for the family of President Barack Obama at the White House Halloween party.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2011
Ray Beaty wove Christmas lights around the rails of his sailboat. An inflatable, motorcycle-riding Santa was strapped to the bow. Beaty and his 9-year-old stepson, Tyler Hall, were at the Stansbury Yacht Basin marina on Friday afternoon to prepare his 1969 Tartan 27 for the Middle River Parade of Lighted Boats on Saturday - a tradition that is returning after a break last year. For nearly a decade, watching Christmas-themed boats was a regular post-Thanksgiving event for Baltimore County's waterfront communities.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2000
Every town has its Christmas zealot, who decks not just the halls, but the whole darn house - rooftop to front yard, chimney to curb, all done up in blinking, blinding yuletide kitsch. But it takes an extra helping of holiday spirit to pull that off in Columbia, a place where architectural rules push conformity over personality. They even decree the precise, six-week window when wreaths and Santas and electric Baby Jesuses are allowed. Luckily for lovers of Xmas excess, Butch and Barbara Colby of Owen Brown village are up to the task.
NEWS
By Tiffany Arnold, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown | December 5, 2010
Anyone who has ever wondered what kind of people leave their Christmas lights up all year, meet the Morgans, the kind of neighbors you'll either love or hate. About seven years ago, Mary and Richard Morgan decided they weren't going to take down their Christmas lights. Ever. Traditionalists — those appalled at the thought of putting up Christmas lights any sooner than Thanksgiving and leaving them up beyond New Year's — would probably consider what the Morgans have done as something akin to sacrilege.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | August 8, 2009
It's 3 p.m. at Shirley's Honey Hole, a neighborhood bar in East Baltimore, and behind a locked door about 10 men - mostly retirees, all in their 60s and 70s - are sipping Budweisers, Coronas and mixed drinks in red plastic cups, a bottle of fruit juice standing by for refills. Behind the bar are family pictures, white Christmas lights - and a letter from the Baltimore Police Department notifying 60-year-old owner Shirley Barner of the department's intention to shut the business down. Police stipulated three incidents from June, including a shooting on the street outside that left five people injured and one dead, and drugs recovered from people inside and outside the bar. On Friday, Barner's bar became the latest city business that police have identified in recent months as a public nuisance, initiating proceedings to padlock the business until the owners can come up with a safety plan deemed suitable by Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. And like the business owners before her, Barner, an East Baltimore bar owner for 30 years, says police are blaming her for something over which she has no control.
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