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By James Dulley and James Dulley,Contributing Writer | October 17, 1992
Q: I want to keep my old gas furnace running as efficiently as possible and not buy a new one. What simple things can I do to get it ready for winter and keep it running well?A: It is always a good idea to do some minor maintenance eacfall. By spending an hour or two, you should be able to cut at least $100 off your annual utility bills. A gas (natural or bottled) furnace should be inspected by a qualified service technician every two years.Your fall checkup should include a change of the furnace filter.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
The relatives of five people who were killed in a Baltimore house fire last year sued a landlord and the city housing authority in Circuit Court on Wednesday, claiming that failure to fix a faulty furnace or install smoke detectors led to the fatal blaze. Nancy Worrell, 55, was killed along with four young children in the October fire at 5601 Denwood Ave. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City was paying a portion of the rent on the home through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, and the lawsuit contends that housing authority inspectors should have forced landlord Paul Stanton to fix a malfunctioning furnace in the home and install smoke detectors.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | January 21, 1995
For most people, the sound of the furnace coming on is a comforting one. It means the furnace is working and warmth is on the way.However, for one reader in Maryland, the furnace is announcing it's on the job a little too noisily."
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December 24, 2012
I read Dan Rodricks ' column about how to renew manufacturing at Sparrows Point, and I found his suggestion of putting a Berger Cookie factory on the site glib, inappropriate and insensitive to the many workers who lost their jobs. It was an idea that would only come from someone who didn't have family who worked down the point and who just doesn't get it. My father worked down the point for 50 years, as did my grandfather, and my brother just lost his job there when the plant closed.
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By Bruce Reid and Michael James and Bruce Reid and Michael James,Staff Writers | March 11, 1992
The owner of a home in which a 2-year-old girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning had been ordered by city housing inspectors not to rent the East Baltimore property until it was re-inspected, a city housing official said today.The landlord, Zelick A. Gresser, apparently disregarded the Feb. 14 order, said Bill Toohey, of the Department of Housing and Community Development.Tiera Monet Moyd, the toddler who died last night, was a member of a family that began renting the house about a week ago, police said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 10, 2001
Baltimore County fire investigators have determined that neither the kitchen stove nor the furnace sparked the blaze in a Dundalk apartment that killed a mother and four daughters Sept. 28. Relatives of Michele Ferguson, the mother, said after the fire that she had been using to stove to heat the house -- in the 6800 block of Dunbar Road -- because the furnace wasn't working properly. But Capt. Glenn Blackwell, a department spokesman, said yesterday that investigators "know the stove top, the oven and the furnace were not involved."
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By ROB KASPER | November 20, 1993
Hope everyone enjoyed the recent spell of unseasonably warm weather. My furnace has been responsible for it.Two Saturdays ago, in a moment of weakness, I hollered "uncle" and fired up the furnace. Virtually ever since then it has been warm enough outdoors to dry your shorts in the back yard. That means, I guess, that I have to chalk this year up as a victory for Old Man Winter.Every year the Old Man and I try to fake each other out. He tries to lure me into lighting the furnace right after Labor Day. I try to hold out until Thanksgiving, which in my mind is the official opening of the heating season.
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By ROB KASPER | November 5, 2005
This weekend's expected 70-degree temperature is terrific news for those who love to rake leaves in the great outdoors and for those who hate to heat our vast indoors. As regular readers of this space know, every year I try to put off turning on the furnace in my Baltimore rowhome until Thanksgiving. It is a way to save money on heating bills, and over the years it has become, depending on which family member you ask, either a sign of character or proof of mental illness. This fall it has been so warm that I am considering delaying the fire-up date even longer.
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By ROB KASPER | October 24, 1992
Every fall the weather tries to trick us furnace guards into prematurely firing up.As soon as the temperature makes its first trip into the 40s, or an icy wind whistles through the window frames, the call goes out from the household to recklessly run up the heating bill.That is not precisely how the call is phrased. Usually, it sounds something more like this: "I'm freezing."During my career, I've withstood my share of attempts at stampeding the furnace guard into turning on the heat before it is absolutely necessary.
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By ROB KASPER | November 29, 2003
I HAVE surrendered. The puff of smoke has gone up the chimney. I have lit the family furnace. This year I thought I might be able to hold out until Christmas, but this week's piercing winds and plummeting temperatures forced me to abandon my cheap-guy pose and finally turn on the heat. Another factor figured in the decision to fire up. One of the kids will be coming home from college for the weekend. Even though he, like most college students who are back in town for this holiday stretch, will probably spend more time visiting friends than lounging in the abode, I nevertheless wanted the homestead to be warm and welcoming, not cold and forbidding.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Combustible materials stored too close to a furnace burst into flames and caused the October rowhouse fire that claimed five lives, Baltimore fire officials said Thursday. Investigators determined that the two-alarm fire began in the basement and spread quickly through the two-story brick home, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. The chilly evening may have prompted the family to turn on the furnace, he said. The fire struck in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 and quickly destroyed 5601 Denwood Ave., an end-of-group home in the Frankford neighborhood.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2012
The first big wave of layoffs hit Sparrows Point on Friday after the steel mill's owner essentially shut down its critically important blast furnace. Joe Rosel, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, said most of the workers told not to report back to the Baltimore County mill next week were in the iron- and steelmaking departments, though he couldn't say how many were notified. Other workers, including many in central maintenance, also were notified. The "L" blast furnace shutdown that began Wednesday starts a domino effect of layoffs that is expected to affect nearly 2,000 workers - all but a few hundred at the steel mill.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
The struggling Sparrows Point steel plant will resume operations of its "L" blast furnace Saturday after it was temporarily shut down for routine maintenance, the company said. In a letter to customers Friday, RG Steel chief commercial officer Jerry Nelson said the temporary outage that began Wednesday would not have a "detrimental effect on our delivery performance. " Earlier this month, RG Steel told managers and executives, including those at Sparrows Point, that it is cutting their salaries because of weak economic conditions.
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By Hamil R. Harris and Clarence Williams, The Washington Post | February 25, 2012
Seven firefighters were seriously injured in Prince George's County on Friday night when a sudden gust of air, possibly linked to the night's high winds, turned the inside of a house into an inferno, authorities said. Three remained hospitalized Saturday morning — two of them in critical condition, according to authorities. Ethan Sorrell, 21, sustained "burns to his airway" and Kevin O'Toole, 22, suffered second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
The Elkridge Furnace Inn made Open Table's 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the 100 most romantic restaurants in the U.S, the only Md. restaurant to make this year's list. The Elkridge Furnace Inn has since 1998 been in the hands of Daniel Welker, who is also the restaurant's executive chef. The restaurant is part of a 16-acre  complex on the Patapsco. The handsomely restored interior rooms are a particular treat for fans of colonial architecture. The restaurant is accepting reservations throughout Valentine's Day weekend and is offering a fixed-price menu  - three courses for $65; $75 for four courses - on Feb. 14. Open Table "awards" reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified Open Table diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the online restaurant-reservation resource.
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By Diane Pajak | January 30, 2012
Executive Chef Daniel Wecker reflects: This is one of my personal favorites because of the combination of the elegant, flaky flounder with the tartness of the sauce with the capers. I recommend a rice blend or creamy polenta as the starch and a garnish of chopped parsley. This dish pairs very nicely with Pouilly-Fuisse, White Burgundy, a rich, dry white wine. Sauteed Flounder Grenobloise Sauce Ingredients: - 3 cups of brown chicken stock - 1/3 cup roux (equal parts butter and flour cooked)
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By Dean Uhler | October 13, 2002
I recently looked at a house that has a brick chimney with mineral deposits on its exterior, apparently the result of moisture condensation inside the chimney. This problem is not uncommon, and may become increasingly common as older furnaces are replaced by newer, more efficient ones. The chimney on the house runs up the two-story end wall. The mineral deposits, which are white and powdery, are at the bottom third of the chimney exterior. Mineral deposits like this are typically the result of water inside the chimney leaching minerals out of the mortar used in the construction of the chimney.
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By ROB KASPER | November 30, 2002
YIPPEE! Pardon my glee, but for the first time in over a decade, I made it to Thanksgiving without turning on the heat in the house. Okay, I exaggerate. I turned it on Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving. Home ownership burdens you with a lot of responsibilities. But it also gives you the chance to engage in stupid little games, such as seeing how long you can hold Old Man Winter at bay by not turning on the furnace. I play this game because hot, stuffy rooms make me uncomfortable.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
The new owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill has agreed to pay a $135,000 penalty and resolve alleged violations of state pollution control laws that occurred in 2009 when part of a blast furnace ignited, state officials announced Thursday. RG Steel Sparrows LLC, which purchased Sparrows Point in April, has signed an agreement with the Maryland Department of the Environment, or MDE, and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General to reduce emissions from the blast furnace. The money will go to the Maryland Clean Air Fund.
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