January 8, 2013
A wall with one long window separates the Timonium office of Michele's Granola from its bakery space, but neither glass nor drywall can keep out the intoxicating smell: a mix of vanilla, coconut and sunflower seeds, among other ingredients. When complimented on the aroma, the business' founder and owner, Michele Thornett, smiled knowingly. "We get that a lot," she said. Wearing earth-toned clogs and a peasant skirt (which match her green eyes and red hair), Thornett looks like someone who should be into healthy snack food.
January 3, 2013
Belcamp resident Kevin Jones takes his Ravens fandom everywhere he goes. With a collection of get-ups that includes a Ravens clown costume, a king outfit and one ensemble he describes as "like the Heat Miser," Jones lives out the saying, "Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story. " When he's not wearing his gear to Ravens games or working as executive chef with Parkhurst Dining Services at the Maryland Institute College of Art , he can often be found in his Ravens "man cave.
November 26, 2012
I very much enjoyed the article featuring the Howard County Stamp Club that appeared in the Columbia Flier of Nov. 22 ("Putting their own stamp on a hobby"). The club certainly appreciates the coverage. I do feel though that, assuming part of the intent was to promote the hobby, the article gave too much ink to some negative comments regarding participation and the future of stamp collecting. I would like your readers to know that the club is open to everyone, and the hobby of collecting stamps is alive and well.
October 5, 2012
Jay Dackman's Canton home is bright, open, contemporary and directly on the waterfront at the Anchorage Marina. The three-story, six-level brick townhouse is filled with framed puzzles of Impressionist masterpieces, hung as they are completed by the 54-year-old attorney and real estate investor. In addition to the puzzles, a hobby which Dackman says relaxes him after a busy day, he revels in the whimsical collectibles placed on every wall and in most corners of his 2,000-square-foot interior.
September 1, 2012
John Tokar, owner of Vintage Restorations Limited, in Union Bridge, started tinkering with British cars in 1969 when he was a teen in Bayonne, N.J., and his uncle sold him a 1959 Hillman Minx for $50. "It needed a clutch, so I got involved in working on it and I never stopped," the 61-year-old New Jersey native recalled, pointing to a framed photo of his office wall of himself and that '59 Hillman. "That car was what got me started, then I went to Triumphs, and now my specialty is MGs, which is mostly what I do these days," he said, pointing to another photo, this one of himself a few years later, a college student standing next to a vintage Triumph Spitfire.
June 8, 2012
Surrounded by dozens of supporters at an evening campaign rally in Madison on May 30, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election, had something encouraging to tell the crowd: The fact his opponent, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was outspending him by more than seven to one was no big deal. "He's got the mountains of money," Mr. Barrett declared. "I've got you. " Now, Mr. Barrett probably wishes he'd had the mountains of money.