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May 1, 2013
Regarding your recent blurb about Family Fun Day, I noted the headline was a gloss on one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most memorable songs from the "Pirates of Penzance" ("This day, a policeman's lot was a happy one," April 29). That charming ditty concludes with the refrain "When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done, a policeman's lot is not a happy one!" "Pirates," which debuted in the U.S. in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879, has always been a favorite on this side of the pond - so much so that by the 1920s its chorus, "Come, friends, who plow the sea," had acquired new, rather scurrilous lyrics that are still well known.
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NEWS
May 1, 2013
Regarding your recent blurb about Family Fun Day, I noted the headline was a gloss on one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most memorable songs from the "Pirates of Penzance" ("This day, a policeman's lot was a happy one," April 29). That charming ditty concludes with the refrain "When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done, a policeman's lot is not a happy one!" "Pirates," which debuted in the U.S. in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879, has always been a favorite on this side of the pond - so much so that by the 1920s its chorus, "Come, friends, who plow the sea," had acquired new, rather scurrilous lyrics that are still well known.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | November 1, 1992
Mike Kowalewski came to the Halloween parade determined to win."My costumes never get any prizes," he lamented, trudging through the cold drizzle yesterday morning.He carefully navigated his life-size outhouse costume, his vision restricted to a half moon cut into the cardboard door, and moved to the front of the crowd of costumed kids, awaiting his chance to wow the judge.The folks at the Festival Shopping Center in Bel Air certainly were impressed.Almost no one could resist opening the cardboard door and peering inside where Mike, 12, stood with a pair of boxer shorts around his ankles.
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 1999
Brad Hastings, a 21-year-old college student from Easton, became the first Maryland State Amateur champion from the Eastern Shore when he won the 78th event, beating Clark Topping of Columbia, 6 and 5, yesterday in their scheduled 36-hole final at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.In the youngest title-round pairing in recent years, Hastings, a semifinalist a year ago, was never behind against Topping, 22, a recent graduate of Seton Hall.The eventual winner was 4-up at the break, and after the two divided six birdies in the first seven holes in the afternoon, the margin held.
NEWS
June 14, 1992
Car Dealers donateThe Bel Air New Car Dealers Association has donated $14,000 to the Association for Retarded Citizens/Harford County.The money was raised through a charity golf tournament at the Maryland Golf and Country Club, in Bel Air.At the awards banquet following the tournament, Barry Scott of Scott Pontiac, president of the association, presented the check to Vernon Terry, member of the board of directors of ARC of Maryland; Tim Quinn, executive director...
NEWS
By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | November 4, 1990
The mud is flying in the race for county executive.Candidates Geoffrey R. Close and Eileen M. Rehrmann are airing campaign ads sharply criticizing one another and accusing the other of distorting facts.The ads aired on cable television channels and local radio stations.Until now, the campaigns have been marked by a genteelness on the part of both candidates, at least at public forums and debates."I think she's upset that she didn't get endorsed by The Sun, and has made this a very negative campaign," Close said.
NEWS
By Donald G.Vitek | March 17, 1991
Among the county duckpin teams competing in the 18th Annual Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Championship regional tournament at Mount Airy Lanes and the Village Lanes in Frederick will be eight teams from Thunderhead Westminster.The competition -- Western District qualifiers -- will be March 29 and 30 and April 1.The following teams from Thunderhead Westminster will be bowling at the Village Lanes in Frederick: Champion A's, Strikers, Gremlins and Lame Ducks.The Champion A's team will be bowling in the Pee Wee division for the youths up to age 6. Eric Blum, who had his sixth birthday March 17, will be bowling leadoff.
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 1999
Brad Hastings, a 21-year-old college student from Easton, became the first Maryland State Amateur champion from the Eastern Shore when he won the 78th event, beating Clark Topping of Columbia, 6 and 5, yesterday in their scheduled 36-hole final at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.In the youngest title-round pairing in recent years, Hastings, a semifinalist a year ago, was never behind against Topping, 22, a recent graduate of Seton Hall.The eventual winner was 4-up at the break, and after the two divided six birdies in the first seven holes in the afternoon, the margin held.
NEWS
March 7, 1993
. . . I believe Bel Air is run far better, and is better off, than Harford County. . . . I see no reason at this time to raise the tax rate; we missed a good opportunity with the Kmart expansion, and so we need to work with the surrounding (not in the town) neighborhoods to make sure the large undeveloped parcel back of Tollgate Mall becomes a central, attractive commercial site, with a good hotel and sufficient space for holding special events . . .We need to bolster our town police department, led by Chief Matrangola.
NEWS
December 26, 2006
On Saturday, December 23, 2006, NORMAN L. SCHENKER of Rockville, MD; beloved husband of the late Marion Schenker; devoted father of Esther Schenker; cherished brother of Philip Schenker; loving uncle of Hal (Ronna) Schenker, Roz (Michael) Blum and Jamie (Brad) Foohey; dear great-uncle of five; Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 11 A.M. at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Adelphi, MD. Shiva will be observed at the home of Hal Schenker at 8208 Anita Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
NEWS
March 7, 1993
. . . I believe Bel Air is run far better, and is better off, than Harford County. . . . I see no reason at this time to raise the tax rate; we missed a good opportunity with the Kmart expansion, and so we need to work with the surrounding (not in the town) neighborhoods to make sure the large undeveloped parcel back of Tollgate Mall becomes a central, attractive commercial site, with a good hotel and sufficient space for holding special events . . .We need to bolster our town police department, led by Chief Matrangola.
NEWS
By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | November 1, 1992
Mike Kowalewski came to the Halloween parade determined to win."My costumes never get any prizes," he lamented, trudging through the cold drizzle yesterday morning.He carefully navigated his life-size outhouse costume, his vision restricted to a half moon cut into the cardboard door, and moved to the front of the crowd of costumed kids, awaiting his chance to wow the judge.The folks at the Festival Shopping Center in Bel Air certainly were impressed.Almost no one could resist opening the cardboard door and peering inside where Mike, 12, stood with a pair of boxer shorts around his ankles.
NEWS
June 14, 1992
Car Dealers donateThe Bel Air New Car Dealers Association has donated $14,000 to the Association for Retarded Citizens/Harford County.The money was raised through a charity golf tournament at the Maryland Golf and Country Club, in Bel Air.At the awards banquet following the tournament, Barry Scott of Scott Pontiac, president of the association, presented the check to Vernon Terry, member of the board of directors of ARC of Maryland; Tim Quinn, executive director...
NEWS
By Donald G.Vitek | March 17, 1991
Among the county duckpin teams competing in the 18th Annual Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Championship regional tournament at Mount Airy Lanes and the Village Lanes in Frederick will be eight teams from Thunderhead Westminster.The competition -- Western District qualifiers -- will be March 29 and 30 and April 1.The following teams from Thunderhead Westminster will be bowling at the Village Lanes in Frederick: Champion A's, Strikers, Gremlins and Lame Ducks.The Champion A's team will be bowling in the Pee Wee division for the youths up to age 6. Eric Blum, who had his sixth birthday March 17, will be bowling leadoff.
NEWS
By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | November 4, 1990
The mud is flying in the race for county executive.Candidates Geoffrey R. Close and Eileen M. Rehrmann are airing campaign ads sharply criticizing one another and accusing the other of distorting facts.The ads aired on cable television channels and local radio stations.Until now, the campaigns have been marked by a genteelness on the part of both candidates, at least at public forums and debates."I think she's upset that she didn't get endorsed by The Sun, and has made this a very negative campaign," Close said.
EXPLORE
August 29, 2011
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee recently recognized St. John the Evangelist School, which produced the annual Fourth of July parade's best float. Representatives of the school accepted a monetary prize and the thanks of the committee at Bel Air Town Hall July 27. According to the committee, St. John the Evangelist School, of Hydes, won over the parade's judges with their creative float which was selected from among 22 entrants. "Floats make a parade, and I'm sure we all have watched the Tournament of Roses or Orange Bowl or Macy's parades on TV, which feature huge, professionally-created (and extremely expensive)
EXPLORE
August 3, 2011
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee recently recognized the C. Milton Wright High School Marching Band, winners of the Harford County High School July 4th Parade award. Representatives from the band accepted a monetary prize and the thanks of the committee at Bel Air Town Hall on July 27. The Mustangs also retained for a second straight year the Harford County High School July 4th Parade Trophy, recognizing the parade's best local high school band. "The idea behind the Harford County High School July 4th Parade award, which we started three years ago, is to reward the effort and organization it takes for a local high school to put a marching band together in the middle of the summer, when school is not in session and the seniors have all disappeared," parade chairman Michael Blum said in a news release.
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