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By James Bready | February 22, 1999
FUNNY THING, in the Revolutionary War the two opposing chieftains were Farmer George and George the Farmer. George the former was also a Hanoverian, an invalid, a king. George from Mount Vernon was also a fourth-generation American, surveyor, soldier, state legislator, letter writer and first U.S. president.George III is not our topic -- his birthday's in June. The pride of the Washingtons is about to have a bicentennial year, climaxing in December with the anniversary of his death. Official Maryland can be relied on for noises.
By MIKE ROYKO | March 31, 1993
The most frustrating part of this job is being unable to do something for a troubled soul who has a problem and cries out to a newspaper for help. The harsh fact of life is that there are some problems for which there are no easy solutions. And the most we can do is offer comforting words.And I felt this frustration in reading a poignant letter sent to me by Susan Waitkus, of Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood.I hope I don't ruin your day with this tale of woe. But her story should be shared because it could happen to others.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 21, 2011
Southwest Airlines is saying happy birthday to you with its 40th Anniversary sale offering fares starting at $40 one-way. For the next 72 hours or so, customers can purchase one-way tickets for $40, $80, or $120 to select destinations, based on length of travel. One-way fares are $40 for travel up to 450 miles; $80 for travel between 451 and 1,250 miles; and $120 for travel more than 1,251 miles, fares are $120 one-way. The fares are good for travel from Aug. 23 to Nov. 16. And it's a twofer for Baltimore travelers since Southwest is offering a parallel sale with its new subsidiary AirTran, with fares starting at $40 one-way.
By Karol V. Menzie | October 23, 1994
The theme of festivities will be "made in Maryland" at the third annual Bounty on the Bay celebration Nov. 6 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.The indoor and outdoor waterfront celebration features made-in-Maryland food items, such as Thrasher's french fries and Tulkoff's horseradish and sauces, and Maryland beers and wines. There will be bluegrass music, and a men's chorus, plus prizes, games and face-painting for children.The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1415 Key Highway.
By Karin Remesch | March 25, 1999
Happy birthday, Maryland Celebrate Maryland's 365th birthday with pageantry, ceremonies and living history Sunday at Historic St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first capital. The annual celebration also kicks off the outdoor museum's seasonal opening. The official birthday ceremony starts at 2 p.m. with fourth-grade students from every county in Maryland and Baltimore City participating in the Ceremony of Flags at the State House of 1676. The St. Maries Citty Militia, a Colonial military re-enactment group, participates in the pageantry.
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
My sweet baby boy Aaron turned 1 on Saturday. I still can't quite wrap my head around how fast this year has gone by. I knew it would be fleeting. This isn't my first rodeo, after all, and I'm stunned every day by just how grown-up my 4 1/2-year-old is. And with Aaron being born before my husband returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, I knew that first few weeks would fly. But knowing that, and knowing that we're a two-and-through family and that I wouldn't be doing this again, made me think that if I held on a little tighter to every moment, maybe time would slow down.
July 21, 2011
The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents "Les Miserables" School Edition as its 2011 Summer Youth Production. Young West Laurel thespians Michael Baeder, Tim Baeder, Jeanette Brown and Jocelyn Knazik shine in this well-known musical. The show runs from July 29 through Aug. 21. For information, go to and for reservations, call 301-617-9906 and press 2. This is the last year Caitlin Raynor can compete as a West Laurel Swim Team Wahoo because she has turned 18. Raynor, a former Laurel High School Spartan star swimmer, just finished her first year at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C. Raynor has developed as a swimmer since she was a wee little Wahoo, and progressively placed in - and won - races for her team while leading with spirit, energy and skill.
By Russell Baker | August 18, 1993
EVERY year I have a birthday, and this year was no exception. For a long time I was afraid to admit that I was experiencing birthdays because in those days Americans hated for people to get older, which is what happens on birthdays.Nowadays, though, it's all right to have birthdays and maybe even a smart idea to lie by claiming more birthdays than you really have under your belt because nowadays practically everybody is not just old, but downright cheeky about it.That's because being old makes you part of the biggest, toughest lobby the U.S. government has ever faced: the old people's lobby.
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | September 3, 1992
NEW YORK -- He marched into the stadium surrounded by six security guards, the light of a television minicam bouncing off his face, kids and parents trying to keep up with him, screaming "Happy Birthday" every step of the way.It was another U.S. Open, another prime-time show when New York stopped for a couple of hours, and took notice of a limping old man running down tennis balls, chasing after dreams that should have long since been extinguished.Jimmy...
By Carl M. Cannon and Carl M. Cannon,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 19, 1996
NEW YORK -- The nation's Boomer-in-Chief celebrated his 50th birthday last night at Radio City Music Hall with a bash big enough to herald an entire generation reaching middle age. The night-long party for Bill Clinton brought together 20,000 of his friends and supporters, featured six decades of American music and raised $10 million for the Democratic Party.Clinton needed help from his 16-year-old daughter, Chelsea, to blow out the candles on his huge cake. Earlier in the evening, he joked that the three surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are all older than 50."
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