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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | June 22, 1995
The Carroll state's attorney is monitoring the finances of the EnterTRAINment Line, the Westminster excursion train line that stopped operating last month.State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said yesterday that while his office is not conducting an investigation, it is "looking into the matter."Published reports yesterday said that some people who had bought tickets to the EnterTRAINment Line were upset because their checks had been cashed even though the train line had closed.Mr. Barnes confirmed that was the basis of the complaints his office has received from a local attorney.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
J. Thomas "Gus" Novotny, a retired Howard County entrepreneur who combined his love for golf and trains and turned them into businesses, died March 24 from cancer at his home in Palm Gardens, Fla. He was 75. The son of a supervisor and a homemaker, John Thomas Novotny was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. Mr. Novotny, who never used his first name, was known to family, friends and business associates as "Gus. " After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1956, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1960 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow | April 4, 1992
The Pride of Baltimore II is offering a month of public sailing opportunities as a fund raiser to help support the goodwill ambassador sailing ship's 1992 itinerary.The schedule for "Gala Sail" month, from April 15 to May 16, calls for the two-masted schooner to sail twice daily, on three-hour afternoon and evening excursions.Tickets cost $200 a person, and the outing includes "a bountiful, gourmet feast" and open bar.The Pride will also be open to visitors this weekend while docked at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point and at the Annapolis City Dock April 11 and 12. Hours for today and tomorrow's tours are noon to 5 p.m."
TRAVEL
By Krishana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Gettysburg, Pa. Historic Gettysburg Honor Presidents Day with a trip to the town where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address and near Dwight D. Eisenhower's farm. In addition to the Civil War battlefield, there is the Soldiers' National Cemetery where Lincoln gave his address, the Majestic Theater where Eisenhower attended performances and often held news conferences, and the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies. Special hotel packages are available. Visit gettysburg.travel for more information.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2000
Ford Motor Co.'s decision to cut back on production of its big and pricey Excursion sport utility is not reflective of the sport utility vehicle market overall, officials said yesterday. "I wouldn't view our move as an indication that the SUV market is on the decline," said George Pipas, Ford's manager of sales analysis."This is just one manufacturer adjusting to sales of one vehicle," Pipas said. He pointed out that, while industry sales of cars and light trucks are up 10 percent so far this year, SUV sales are up 16 percent.
NEWS
February 8, 2004
Adella Wotherspoon, 100, believed to be the last survivor of the deadly 1904 fire and sinking of the excursion ferry General Slocum on New York's East River, died Jan. 26. She was just 6 months old when the excursion ferry caught fire as it took a group of German-American church members on an outing. The disaster killed 1,021 of the 1,300 people aboard. The General Slocum fire and sinking was the city's deadliest tragedy until Sept. 11, 2001, and one of the worst maritime disasters in American history.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2003
A car thief apparently stole more than he intended when he jumped into a sport utility vehicle yesterday morning in Baltimore and drove off - a 2-month-old girl who was strapped into a car seat. The thief apparently soon stopped the SUV and left the baby unharmed on a sidewalk, police said. Police said the incident began about 7:05 a.m. when Melchor Balete, 34, drove three of his children to meet a bus that was to take some of them on a trip. Just after Balete and a young son got out of the Ford Excursion in the 100 block of E. Mount Royal Ave., a man ran across the street and hopped behind the wheel, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL PAKENHAM | April 30, 2000
"Orio and Leini" by Rafael Alvarez (Woodholme House, 175 pages, $14.95) There is no possible way, I long ago decided, for a newspaper or magazine to review the work of members of it's staff in such a way as to be believed to be objective by any healthily skeptical reader. With that established, I unhesitatingly recommend Rafael Alvarez's latest excursion with the native wildlife of Baltimore. Alvarez, a thoroughly professional reporter and a devoted Baltimorean, adores and celebrates the city and the people of its streets and neighborhood.
TRAVEL
By Sheila Young and Sheila Young,Special to The Sun | September 30, 2007
Stomach clenched and legs wobbly, I climb hesitantly to the launch platform of the Dragon's Flight Zipline, discovering that it's a ledge, really, and not much of one. The metal cable that will carry me half a mile at 50 mph is a slim silver line. And I wonder: What in the world was I thinking? This had seemed like a good idea. I wanted a new experience, and the Dragon's Flight, a new Vitality adventure excursion on Royal Caribbean's stop at Labadee, Haiti, its private beach resort, promised me that.
FEATURES
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | September 11, 1999
150 years ago in The SunSeptember 11: OLD DEFENDERS' EXCURSION -- The steamer Constitution will leave Bowley's Wharf, at half past seven o'clock, for Annapolis, having been chartered by the Independent Blues, who have been selected as an escort for the Old Defenders. This will afford an excellent opportunity for those desirous of joining the celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of North Point at Annapolis.100 years ago in The SunSeptember 15: Sundown yesterday marked the close of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the end of the 24 hours of fasting and repentance in all the Jewish synagogues of the city.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2009
Everything happens for a reason. And in my case, the reason stuff happens is so I can write it down in this weekly column documenting my joyful, unremarkable life. My son signed up in June to take the September LSAT, only to discover that all of the test centers in the Baltimore-Washington area were filled. My husband, whose turn it was to flog the dead horse of preparedness, remarked: "What does this tell you about the type of people who sign up to take the LSAT?" My son replied: "Obviously, they are a group of very uptight, type-A people."
TRAVEL
By Sheila Young and Sheila Young,Special to The Sun | September 30, 2007
Stomach clenched and legs wobbly, I climb hesitantly to the launch platform of the Dragon's Flight Zipline, discovering that it's a ledge, really, and not much of one. The metal cable that will carry me half a mile at 50 mph is a slim silver line. And I wonder: What in the world was I thinking? This had seemed like a good idea. I wanted a new experience, and the Dragon's Flight, a new Vitality adventure excursion on Royal Caribbean's stop at Labadee, Haiti, its private beach resort, promised me that.
TRAVEL
By Los Angeles Times | September 2, 2007
I recently had an issue with Princess Cruise Lines about their charges for shore excursions. In Belize, we decided to go cave tubing, for which Princess charged us $99 each. People on the same bus that took us to the place said they booked the excursion online for $45 per person. Isn't Princess gouging the passenger? That's a definite maybe. When you book a shore excursion, essentially you are doing the same thing you do when you book any packaged tour, whether it's cave tubing in Belize or 10 days in Europe: You're leaving the details to someone else.
FEATURES
By LIA GORMSEN and LIA GORMSEN,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
What better way to enjoy the salty delights of the Baltimore Inner Harbor or the Chesapeake Bay than by relaxing in an air-conditioned luxury yacht. Fresh out of wealthy friends with big boats? Companies operating out of Annapolis, Baltimore and Havre de Grace offer cruises aboard their stylish ships for the public to enjoy. You want to take one, but wait, aren't those cruises for picture-snapping tourists? Baltimoreans don't really shell out money to eat buffet food and hear the history of Domino Sugar, do they?
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
The state prosecutor's office is investigating allegations that top Baltimore school system officials tried to tap an equipment account to pay for a recreational fishing trip originally planned as a staff retreat, according to sources close to the investigation. The office is reviewing school system records as it conducts an investigation of possible fiscal misconduct involving the fishing trip, taken May 19 by about 10 system and city officials. Last week, the system's chief operating officer, Eric T. Letsinger, was fired as the system conducted its own investigation into the trip and other allegations, including drinking alcohol in a school office.
TRAVEL
By CINDY STACY and CINDY STACY,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 12, 2006
Long waits at airports for international destinations and inevitable travel glitches these days can make older singles think twice before spending money on exotic vacations. My 84-year-old mother, for example, didn't want to navigate the travel waters alone anymore but was eager for a winter trip to the Caribbean -- specifically to explore the old-style West Indies island of Nevis. A mother-daughter excursion -- with Mom as seasoned traveler and me on hand to smooth any bumps along the way -- yielded an ideal vacation for us in January.
TRAVEL
By CINDY STACY and CINDY STACY,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 12, 2006
Long waits at airports for international destinations and inevitable travel glitches these days can make older singles think twice before spending money on exotic vacations. My 84-year-old mother, for example, didn't want to navigate the travel waters alone anymore but was eager for a winter trip to the Caribbean -- specifically to explore the old-style West Indies island of Nevis. A mother-daughter excursion -- with Mom as seasoned traveler and me on hand to smooth any bumps along the way -- yielded an ideal vacation for us in January.
TRAVEL
By Krishana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Gettysburg, Pa. Historic Gettysburg Honor Presidents Day with a trip to the town where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address and near Dwight D. Eisenhower's farm. In addition to the Civil War battlefield, there is the Soldiers' National Cemetery where Lincoln gave his address, the Majestic Theater where Eisenhower attended performances and often held news conferences, and the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies. Special hotel packages are available. Visit gettysburg.travel for more information.
NEWS
By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | November 28, 2005
For those who want to forgo the crowded malls and the impersonal Internet for their holiday shopping, the many bazaars that dot the area on fall weekends offer an alternative featuring whimsical crafts, fresh greenery and homemade goodies. "I love stuff like this," said Barbara Steger of Union Bridge, who saw a road sign for the Mistletoe Mart in Carroll County and decided to stop. "You don't need a big shopping center." Bette Brust and Janet Wenk often make a sisters day out of bazaar shopping.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2005
When gas prices hit $3 last week, Baltimore resident Michael Baker had second thoughts about traveling to New York City for a family gathering. But, heck, Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, and Baker figured he might as well enjoy the long weekend before "things get hectic." So he and his siblings took a two-car caravan to Brooklyn, despite the higher-than-ever gasoline prices looming over their trip. "What option did we have - ride a bicycle or a scooter to New York City?" said Baker, 23, as he took a driving break yesterday morning at the Chesapeake House rest area along Interstate 95 in North East.
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