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By Carol Fowler and Carol Fowler,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 27, 1998
Many years ago, on a cross-country driving trip with our children, we ended a hot, long day in Amarillo, in the land-of-extremes Texas panhandle.We cruised down Highway 237, looking expectantly at each motel with a patch of grass and swimming pool in front. One after another had posted "No Vacancy" signs in glaring red neon. least it seemed glaring after we had just driven 500 miles in a station wagon with a broken air conditioner and three kids, restless as caged tigers, in the back.We finally stopped at a pay phone, and I thumbed through the American Automobile Association guide for Texas and started calling motels in towns down the road.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2002
When people are long dead, they need a good storyteller to bring them back to life. On Friday and Saturday nights in this ghostly season, seven guides roam the streets of historic Ellicott City, sharing tales of unexplained noises, un natural visitors and unusual visions along with a healthy dose of history from the area once called Ellicott Mills. "Every story has a source." said guide Marty Schoppert , as he set out Saturday night with a group of visitors on the "Ghosts of Ellicott Mills" tour, sponsored by the Ellicott City Tourism Council.
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By Betsy Wade and Betsy Wade,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 11, 1998
For New Year, here's a harvest of free or inexpensive booklets for travelers.* "North Carolina Scenic Byways" contains 144 pages, and full-color photos present 44 roads that show off state history, culture and scenery. The book represents "heritage tourism," the highlighting of an area's history.In the Piedmont, for example, the 18-mile Indian Heritage Trail passes the state's oldest historical site, the Town Creek Indian Mound. The longest road, 173 miles through the coastal plain, is designated Lafayette's Tour: It touches several places the general visited in 1825.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Since her first foray into painting using a kid's watercolor set, Alice Webb has come a long way. Growing up in Annapolis in the 1950s and 1960s, she did needlework and crafted get-well cards for hospital patients at her mother's bidding. But she was never exposed to the fine arts, which weren't a focus of the nuns at St. Mary's Parish, where she attended Catholic school. It wasn't until she had two sons of her own that the Ellicott City resident of 37 years stumbled upon a life-changing aptitude for art when a teacher asked whether she could draw well enough to create a poster for a school fundraiser.
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By Korky Vann and Korky Vann,Special to the Sun | February 23, 2003
If the challenges of aging have you searching for information to help ease the passage, an independent publishing house in california wants to help. Quill driver books has developed a line of self-help books dealing with memory loss, moving, creating memoirs and other subjects designed to appeal to the over-50 crowd. The Best Half of Life guides range from $12.95 to $14.95 and are filled with large, easy-to-read print, practical tips, checklists and anecdotes from older writers who have experienced the subject matter.
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By Korky Vann and Korky Vann,The Hartford Courant | April 11, 2004
Joanne Connors has had travel experiences most of us just dream about. In fact, it's hard to name a place she hasn't been. The former retiree has walked the Great Wall of China, watched the sun rise over Ayers Rock in Australia, floated down the Nile in a barge, gone ballooning over the Serengeti and more. But it's not only where she's been that's unusual, it's also how she got there. Connors wasn't a tour participant on any of these adventures -- she was the tour director. For 16 years, the retired office manager has been leading groups of enthusiastic wanderers around the globe, and loving every minute.
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By Orlando Sentinel Sun intern Kim Traverso contributed to this report | September 9, 1991
With school starting up, students nationwide will be stocking up on Cliff Notes, those handy little guides that have allowed millions to bluff their way through literature classes.Now, thanks to Centennial Press -- an offshoot of Cliff Notes -- students and everybody else can bluff their way through life.While they aren't exactly on the bestseller list, they seem to appeal to impulse buyers, says David Boice, manager of the Encore Books in downtown Baltimore of these pocketsized guides written by various authors.
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March 7, 2010
Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout on May 8. Volunteers will assist with traffic control, directions and registration, and act as guides along the 15-mile route. Flexible shifts are available between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Training, along with a free T-shirt will be provided. For more information, call 410-715-3103.
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