April 8, 2013
Rebecca Rigger, a League of Women Voters activist who monitored the Baltimore County Planning Board, died of a heart attack March 25 at her Monkton home. She was 85. Born Rebecca Rogers in Big Island, Va., she was raised at an apple orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She earned a bachelor's degree from what is now James Madison University, where she was editor of the college newspaper. As a young woman, she moved to eastern Baltimore County and taught at Middle River Junior High School.
March 14, 2013
Somewhere along the line, Hal Cummings came up with the slogan "Have Pipes, Will Travel. " That's no exaggeration. On St. Patrick's Day in particular, Cummings, a Naval Academy graduate and retired Navy line officer as well as a master bagpipe player, faces a whirlwind schedule. On Saturday night, the Arnold resident is scheduled to play in Washington establishments including the Irish Whistle, the Mighty Pint, the Side of the Whale and the Uptown Tap House. "Then on St. Patrick's Day, I'll be playing with a group that includes a guitarist, keyboard player and a drummer," said Cummings a few days before the day of green celebration.
February 9, 2013
Family, friends and a host of elected officials celebrated the life of East Baltimore Del. Hattie N. Harrison at the West Baltimore United House of Prayer for All People, in a ceremony borne on the spirited rasps of trombones and rhythmic clattering of tambourines. "Today there's a lot of powerful emotion in this place," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "There's also a lot of powerful music. " The funeral service struck a joyful tone as politicians from Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland remembered the delegate who had represented her community since August 1973, making her the longest-serving African-American female legislator in the United States.
January 25, 2013
It was standing room only Thursday as family, friends and admirers of Robert Francell Chew said goodbye with a spirited and moving celebration of life ceremony for the actor known as Proposition Joe. More than 100 persons crowded into the chapel at the Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home in east Baltimore on a cold, snow-dusted morning. They ranged from other Baltimore actors who had won featured roles in HBO's "The Wire," like Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, to Raymond Parker, the high school music teacher who rook Chew under his wing at Patterson High, taught him to sing Italian opera and helped him get an audition that led to a four-year scholarship at Morgan State University.
January 20, 2013
Funeral services for former Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who died aboard a baseball-themed cruise in the Caribbean , have not yet been scheduled, but a private service will likely be held later this week in South Florida. The week-long cruise, which docked out of Fort Lauderdale, just returned to port Sunday morning, so funeral plans have just begun. The Orioles also plan to have some type of memorial service to honor Weaver, who led the team to four AL pennants and a World Series in 1970, but where and when that service would take place has yet to be scheduled.
December 4, 2012
Daniel Simons, managing partner of Hubbard Funeral Home, and his wife Heather will pick up 30 Christmas trees in North Carolina to give to the families of deployed Maryland National Guard veterans, in honor of their service. The Maryland National Guard Teen Council will help load the trees on the recipients' vehicles Dec. 8. A visit from Santa is expected and light refreshments will be served at the Wilkens Avenue funeral home.