December 20, 2012
The Maryland Wineries Association has announced Winter Wine at Evergreen, a Jan. 10 wine tasting event at the Evergreen Museum and Library's Carriage House on North Charles Street. Guests will sample 25 locally grown and produced Maryland wines in Riedel stemware, Baltimore caterer Chef's Expressions will serve passed hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening, musicians from the Peabody Institute will perform and winemakers will be on hand to answer questions about wines. A separate reception, featuring sparking wines, will be held prior to the carriage house event in the Evergreen Museum and Library itself.
November 24, 2012
Opening day at Ruhl's Christmas Tree Farm, Nov. 23, found the day mild and bright. While many were out enjoying Black Friday sales, Ruhl's collection of trees in Phoenix attracted residents from around the area in search of the perfect tree for holiday celebrations. The Sherman family of Glen Arm was the first to arrive down Ruhl's long, gravel driveway on "Green Friday. " With their two sons, Justin and Cody, home from Salisbury University, Robin and David Sherman decided it was a good time to get a tree before the boys returned to school.
November 23, 2012
For many people, finding the perfect Christmas tree and cutting it down is a family tradition, and one that puts them in the holiday mood. In Carroll County, local farms are happy to help spread that Christmas cheer, and bring in a little green as well. "Between now and Christmas, those are the busy times," said Wayne Thomas, owner of Thomas Tree Farms in Manchester. "It's an exciting time of the year. Most of the folks are in a pretty good mood, that's for sure. " Thomas Tree Farms actually opened the weekend before Thanksgiving, Thomas said, and he had quite a few families come to get their tree.
October 2, 2012
The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was intended to extend health insurance coverage to 32 million of the roughly 50 million Americans who currently lack it. Yet even after the law fully goes into effect in 2014, millions of Americans will still be hard-pressed to pay the premiums charged by traditional for-profit health insurance companies. If they are to benefit from the law, many of them will have to seek lower-cost alternatives to the for-profit insurers. Plans for new kinds of nonprofit health cooperatives, which provide members equivalent care at lower cost, are already on the drawing boards in about two dozen states, including Maryland, which recently received a $65 million federal loan to fund the establishment of the state's first non-profit health cooperative.
September 28, 2012
Wedding day: Sept. 7, 2012 The bride: Kristin Dear Sharp, 33, grew up in Catonsville. She works as a bartender at Hamilton Tavern and Annabel Lee Tavern in Baltimore. Her mother, Linda Dear, is a real estate agent, and her father, Robert Dear, is a mortgage lender. The groom: William Sharp, 37, was born in Missouri and is the lead artist for Croydon Finishing, a decorative architectural finishing company based in Alabama. His father, John Sharp, owns Croydon Finishing and is retired from the military.
September 28, 2012
A Maryland group led by Howard County health officer Peter Beilenson has received a $65 million loan under federal health reform to start the state's first insurance co-op, a consumer-owned nonprofit that will compete against private insurers to sell health policies. Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. hopes to begin operations by next October, when consumers will begin buying insurance on the state's new health exchange. The exchange is the market where those not covered by employee insurance can buy health policies under the federal reform law. The company also will sell insurance outside of the exchange.