March 9, 2007
Stone Hill, near the Jones Falls in Hampden, is an appropriate name for a cluster of homes built almost two centuries ago. Dotting a few hillsides on what was once the site of a large flour mill, followed by a sailcloth factory, these quaint two-story duplexes are built of local fieldstone granite and were the 19th-century houses of mill supervisors. One house at the foot of the hill, however, stands out from the others, distinguished by its larger size and detailed appointments. "We walked by this house for 15 years, but thought we could never afford to have something like it," Robyne Thistel remembered.
October 6, 2006
Having grown up in Philadelphia, Karen Fretz knew the value of buying a piece of history. And that is exactly what she and her husband did in Baltimore when they bought a 125-year-old Hollins Street property, next door to the H.L. Mencken House on Union Square "I loved my house even when it wasn't nice," she says with a laugh. That was in 1985. The three-story, red brick townhouse in the West Baltimore neighborhood was on the market for $60,000. "You should have seen it," Fretz continued.
May 30, 2006
North of Mount Washington, a new lake is growing. On a sunny morning a hawk soars overhead, riding thermals. Geese fly into the former crushed marble quarry, settling on crystal green water. Nearby, the buzz of building construction recalls a century of other men and machinery that once mined this property. It is a dramatic transformation. After years of furnishing material for Baltimore's best-known roads and buildings, the old Greenspring Quarry is making money in a very 21st-century way. It is becoming Quarry Lake - the centerpiece and key selling point for a new upscale development of homes, offices and shops.
October 6, 2005
It's no secret that the Gunpowder River is a blue-ribbon trout stream known by anglers all around the Mid-Atlantic states. What made it great was a partnership among fishermen and state and local government. Part of what keeps it great happens almost every fall, when volunteers and biologists conduct a trout count at a handful of spots, called sampling stations, along the upper river. From their careful monitoring, state fisheries managers do their best to keep conditions at their peak.
June 15, 2004
A man and woman were rescued last night from the roof of a car caught by floodwaters in Harford County after a series of storms that dropped as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania, officials said. The 50-year-old man and 45-year-old woman were traveling east on Walters Mill Road, north of Bel Air along Deer Creek, when rising water caused the car to stall. They called 911 with a cell phone at 9:20 p.m., said Bel Air Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Thomas Schaech. A dispatcher instructed them to climb onto the roof of the car when the vehicle started to fill with water.
July 29, 2003
As workers began yesterday to rebuild a caved-in Westminster intersection, officials said that the road collapse appears to have been caused by a "classic" sinkhole. Officials initially were unsure whether a water main break had caused the road at Green and Anchor streets to collapse Saturday or whether the main broke after the asphalt caved in. Yesterday, they said that dirt funneling into porous rocks - likely limestone - and undermining street support structures was probably to blame.