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By Julie Brinckloe | August 4, 1999
Editor's note: A young boy discovers the beauty and excitement of fireflies but realizes he can't keep them in captivity.On a summer evening I looked up from dinner, through the open window to the backyard.It was growing dark. My treehouse was a black shape in the tree and I wouldn't go up there now.But something flickered there, a moment -- I looked, and it was gone. It flickered again, over near the fence. Fireflies! "Don't let your dinner get cold," said Momma.I forked the meat and corn and potatoes into my mouth.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Firefly Music Festival is not for everyone, especially for those that find much of the following unappealing: Multiple days of camping, ironic tank-tops, drinking games, Grateful Dead tapestries, dust, drug dealers, bugs, hydration packs, portable toilets, 30-minute treks from camp to the festival grounds, high-waisted shorts, flying glow sticks and bad tanlines. For the rest of us - and there were approximately 80,000 music fans in attendance, according to Billboard - the four-day music festival that took place from Thursday to Sunday in Dover, Del., was an unofficial kickoff to summer celebration that was thrilling and - if we're being honest - draining.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| July 11, 2013
Missy and Rob Altenburg and their 9-year-old triplets laughed last Sunday when Monet, their 15-month-old bearded dragon, jumped up to snag an unsuspecting firefly. The family often took Monet outside in the afternoons for some fresh air and exercise in their Jarrettsville yard, and joked about glowing poop after his snack. Their amusement turned to sorrow the next day, however, when Monet began shaking and throwing up. A quick call to the vet produced horror: Monet's body was filled with toxins from the fireflies, and there was nothing anyone could do. At 3 p.m., he died.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Firefly Music Festival, the most prominent multi-day summer music festival in the area, will return to the Woodlands at Delaware's Dover International Speedway for its third year on June 19-22. Reuinted rap duo Outkast leads the lineup, along with Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Arctic Monkeys, the Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Imagine Dragons, Third Eye Blind, Chance the Rapper, Girl Talk, Childish Gambino and more. (For the full lineup, click here .) More than 100 artists - but none based in Baltimore - are scheduled to perform over the course of four days.
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By Lou Boulmetis , hippodromehatter@aol.com | July 21, 2011
I've never liked being in the middle of large crowds. I don't care for loud noises, either, especially explosions. So I don't celebrate Fourth of July by attending fireworks displays. Around every Fourth of July, though, I do manage to find a field where nature is putting on a quiet light show with fireflies. Last summer a pair of fireflies apparently followed me home and camped out among our house plants. I took it as a promising sign. Legend has it that if fireflies get loose in a home, good fortune will shortly follow.
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By ANN EGERTON | June 28, 1994
Debate has heated up lately about how much and how often grass on public land should be mowed. Pro-mowers, including Baltimore's mayor, argue that grass kept tidily short is aesthetically more attractive and discourages rats. Anti-mowers say that reducing cutting eases the budget and encourages a natural setting.Encouraging a natural setting is one of the hottest topics in gardening today. It's part of the biodiversity movement, which is part of the movement to put something back in compensation for the widespread development and paving of America.
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By Stephen Vicchio | June 18, 1991
Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, and here on Earth C come emulating flies.-- Robert Frost THIS evening I am wondering about the consciousness of fireflies. My wife and 5-year-old son have gone off to bed, and I sit alone on the back porch to do the thinking. I can hear the bedsprings responding to their fitful sleep. In separate rooms, they turn this way and that, captured in a heat wave that envelopes the metropolis like an enormous plastic bag.I mop my brow and search for a flashlight to read the ancient thermometer tacked to the frame of the back door: 85 degrees at midnight.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2005
Dr. John Bonner Buck, a National Institutes of Health biologist whose studies of fireflies' flashing began as a young man observing them in his family's Towson back yard, died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Wednesday at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. He was 92. Born in Hartford, Conn. he moved to Towson in his late teens when his father was named principal of Towson High School and completed his senior year there in 1931. While enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University, he became fascinated with fireflies and undertook an investigation into the flashing behavior of a local species, Photinus pyralis, which he observed outside his parents' Allegheny Avenue home during the summer of 1933.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff | August 26, 1996
You can see fall coming as surely as you can see a candle flame snuffed by the wind. At twilight, watch any grass field or woods where this summer's fireflies, nourished by a wet spring, rose in great numbers. Now their dwindling lights tell us autumn is on the way.Think of it as the lightning bugs' parting signal in a brief life of signals.Seven days on the planet between June and mid-August, that's about all the adult lightning bug has in temperate zones. Time for the males to rise from the ground at twilight or night, fly through the darkness flashing, looking for a mate.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Shakespeare and the out of doors go together naturally — not surprising, given that many Elizabethans got their first exposure to his plays in an open-air amphitheater. For the better part of 15 years, Bard fans and fireflies have taken in the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's al fresco season on the meadow behind the Evergreen Museum and Library. And, for nearly a decade, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has celebrated the greatest English-language playwright with performances given at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute on a hilltop above Ellicott City.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| July 11, 2013
Missy and Rob Altenburg and their 9-year-old triplets laughed last Sunday when Monet, their 15-month-old bearded dragon, jumped up to snag an unsuspecting firefly. The family often took Monet outside in the afternoons for some fresh air and exercise in their Jarrettsville yard, and joked about glowing poop after his snack. Their amusement turned to sorrow the next day, however, when Monet began shaking and throwing up. A quick call to the vet produced horror: Monet's body was filled with toxins from the fireflies, and there was nothing anyone could do. At 3 p.m., he died.
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June 21, 2013
Sunday, June 23 Juneteenth The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. presents "From Slavery to Freedom: The Trials and Tribulations of James Too" at 3 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Free event include dance performances, singing, light refreshments and audience participation. Information: 410-715-1921. Tuesday, June 25 'Power Foods for the Brain' A lecture with Dr. Neal Barnard will be held at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Howard H. Seliger, a retired Johns Hopkins University biology professor who fulfilled a childhood fascination with fireflies by later investigating the science behind their light-making properties, died of coronary artery disease Dec. 20 at his Mount Washington home. He was 88. Family members said that he was an expert on bioluminescence. He helped to show that fireflies and microorganisms found in bioluminescent bodies of water have enzymes that trigger a chemical reaction that make them light up. Dr. Seliger was also principal scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Institute from 1972 to 1989.
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By Kate Godwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Dover, Del. Firefly Music Festival The first large-scale music festival in Dover history, Firefly's inaugural lineup has something for everyone. The three-day, 47-band event extends across a variety of genres, including alternative rock, bluegrass and R&B. A solid list of heavy-hitting rock headliners includes alternative bands the Killers and the Black Keys, as well as Jack White, who will share a stage with R&B superstar John Legend and electronic performers Bassnectar and Passion Pit. Attractions include an air-conditioned brewery, wine garden and hot-air balloon rides.
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July 6, 2012
Sunday, July 8 Music by the lake The Retro-Rockets, a six-piece oldies band specializing in music of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and beyond, will perform as part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 10275 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. The band will play favorites by Chuck Berry, Etta James, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, the Drifters, Jimmy Buffet and more. Free. In the event of rain, the performance will be canceled. Call 410-715-3127 for updates.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Fiona Apple played a short series of promotional shows earlier this year to support her upcoming album. Now, she's launching a full tour for "The Idler Wheel is Wiser" that includes stops in Baltimore and Washington D.C. Apple's mini-tour, her first series of live performances outside of Los Angeles, started at South by Southwest and garnered near-ecstatic reviews from critics who said she was giving once-in-a-lifetime performances....
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Howard H. Seliger, a retired Johns Hopkins University biology professor who fulfilled a childhood fascination with fireflies by later investigating the science behind their light-making properties, died of coronary artery disease Dec. 20 at his Mount Washington home. He was 88. Family members said that he was an expert on bioluminescence. He helped to show that fireflies and microorganisms found in bioluminescent bodies of water have enzymes that trigger a chemical reaction that make them light up. Dr. Seliger was also principal scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Institute from 1972 to 1989.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1999
In the late 1940s and 1950s, the serenity of a humid Maryland summer's night was most likely to be disturbed by platoons of net-carrying youngsters trooping over yards and fields, swooping up lightning bugs by the thousands.The tiny, graceful creatures, with their soft luminous flashings that filled the night, were as much a part of summer evenings in those years as the jingling bells of the Good Humor man, the endless hum of window fans or front porches that were illuminated by the glow from yellow light bulbs.
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By Lou Boulmetis , hippodromehatter@aol.com | July 21, 2011
I've never liked being in the middle of large crowds. I don't care for loud noises, either, especially explosions. So I don't celebrate Fourth of July by attending fireworks displays. Around every Fourth of July, though, I do manage to find a field where nature is putting on a quiet light show with fireflies. Last summer a pair of fireflies apparently followed me home and camped out among our house plants. I took it as a promising sign. Legend has it that if fireflies get loose in a home, good fortune will shortly follow.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
Shakespeare and the out of doors go together naturally — not surprising, given that many Elizabethans got their first exposure to his plays in an open-air amphitheater. For the better part of 15 years, Bard fans and fireflies have taken in the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's al fresco season on the meadow behind the Evergreen Museum and Library. And, for nearly a decade, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has celebrated the greatest English-language playwright with performances given at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute on a hilltop above Ellicott City.
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