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By Amalie Adler Ascher | May 18, 1991
Botanical name: Kalmia latifoliaPronunciation: Kal-me-aFamily: Ericaceae (Heath)Origin: Maine to AlabamaClass: ShrubDisplay period: late May, early JuneHeight: 3 feetEnvironment: Dappled sunlightMountain laurel is called by many "the most beautiful flowering shrub in North America," yet finding it in home landscapes was a rarity indeed. The problem is the plant is difficult to propagate, which put a damper on efforts to try to produce stock and breed new varieties.But the advent of tissue culture changed things and brought about the creation of miniatures as well.
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By Ellen Fishel, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
Henry Stansbury is pure Maryland. His family has been here since the 1650s. He grew up in Mount Washington, played lacrosse for the Terps in the early 1960s and now splits his time between his houses in Catonsville and on the Eastern Shore. And his love for the state and its history also led him to one of his greatest passions - decoy collecting. Hand-carved decoys, once used for waterfowl hunting and now appreciated as art, have a rich history in the Chesapeake Bay region.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer | January 24, 1995
The late Victorian farmhouse is sound, but it needs work -- a lot of work. Built in 1875, it hasn't been renovated since the 1950s."It's a long-term project," said homeowner Sharon A. H. May -- even if the house is only 5 feet long and 4 feet high.While the chief of the Baltimore state's attorney's sex offense unit spends her days in deadly serious work, prosecuting criminals, she spends her evenings and weekends "in another world.""I come home to play with my toys," she said of the 22 dollhouses that occupy every room of her Baltimore County home "except the laundry, the kitchen and the bathroom."
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. You can get a pretty good idea of someone's journey through life by looking at the objects with which he surrounds himself. For Gary Vikan, who stepped down this spring as the director of the Walters Art Museum , those objects include a pair of tickets to Woodstock, a piece of the gate guarding Graceland, a collection of Russian icons and a miniature replica of the Shroud of Turin.
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By Wayne Hardin and Wayne Hardin,Staff Writer | August 7, 1993
Rene', who will be 2 next month, struggles to get out of her mother's arms into the pen full of mares and their offspring. Rene' doesn't smile until she is reaching to hug Glamour Puss, a red and white filly not much bigger than she."She loves the horses, especially the babies," says Leslie Kaminski, watching her daughter as she plays with the tiny, gentle horses of Gypsy Magic Miniature Horse Farm in White Marsh.Ms. Kaminski, 29, her husband Bob, 32, and her sister, Stephanie Welsh, 34, owners of the Vincent Road farm, will have an "open barn" this weekend, opening the farm to the public, showing off the horses and the operation they started five years ago. The event is free.
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By Athima Chansanchai, Mary Gail Hare and Sheridan Lyons and Athima Chansanchai, Mary Gail Hare and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2004
By the end of September, the only place in Carroll County where the buzzing of miniature motorized scooters and motorcycles should be heard are on private driveways and property. Concerned for the safety of the riders and motorists who can't see the small vehicles, Carroll police chiefs, representatives of the sheriff's office and the state's attorney's office met recently to agree on a standard of enforcement for the trendy transportation. Under the county's interpretation of the state law, mini-motorized scooters and skateboards and mini-motorcycles in Carroll will be prohibited from operating on public roads, authorities said.
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February 10, 1997
MARYLAND'S OLD motto, "America in Miniature," is due for an update following President Clinton's 10-point education plan set out in his State of the Union address and today's scheduled visit to Annapolis to expound on his vision. The Free State now represents "America's Education Policy in Miniature." Most points suggested by the president have been proposed or are in practice in Maryland.Mr. Clinton spoke of national standards, similar to the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.
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January 10, 1993
Topps' first NBA cards since the 1981-82 season have 198 cards in Series 1. Backs are full color, with color head shots and miniature renditions of the player's team jersey. As with hockey, league leadership in statistics is indicated in red. Cards come 15 to a pack, including a gold-foil one.
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By Lois Szymanski and Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 1, 1996
"IT ALL STARTED with one miniature Sicilian donkey." That's what Finksburg resident Denise Duvall said of the hobby that has become a family business featuring miniature Sicilian donkeys, sugar gliders, miniature opossums and African pygmy hedgehogs. "I just wanted one as a pet," she declared.Her husband, Charlie, made her wish come true when he gave her Hannah, a miniature Sicilian donkey, on their 21st wedding anniversary two years ago. "The next day we went to Philadelphia and bought two more," she said.
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By Amalie Adler Ascher | May 11, 1991
Miniature Mountain LaurelBotanical name: Kalmia latifoliaPronunciation: Kal-me-aFamily: Ericaceae (Heath)Origin: Maine to AlabamaClass: ShrubDisplay period: late May, early JuneHeight: 3 feetEnvironment: Dappled sunlight Mountain laurel is called by many "the most beautiful flowering shrub in North America," yet finding it in home landscapes was a rarity indeed. The problem is the plant is difficult to propagate, which put a damper on efforts to try to produce stock and breed new varieties.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Governor Martin O'Malley said Maryland was experiencing "America's weather in miniature" as the remnants of Sandy approached the state bringing blizzards in the west, tidal flooding in the east and wind and rain everywhere else. "This is goin to be a long night," Governor O'Malley said. "The next 12 hours of this storm will likely be the most intense. " Snow was already falling in the western-most parts of the state at 10 p.m. Monday and blizzard warnings were in effect, with 7-to-11 inches of snow forecast overnight in Oakland.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
A man hangs from a rope connected to the beam of a barn, his feet smashing through a wooden crate so he looks like he's cut off at the knees. His wife explains that when he was angered or annoyed, he would go to that spot, get up on a bucket, put a noose around his neck and threaten suicide. On the fatal day, she placed the bucket elsewhere, so he grabbed the crate. Is this a picture of accidental death, as she contends? Or is it suicide — or murder? This scene doesn't belong to a forensic TV series like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | February 27, 2012
Searching for some good old-fashioned family fun that doesn't involve a video game? If so, you should check out Churchville Golf Range. This family-run recreation center, on Churchville Road, has two miniature golf courses, a driving range, nine softball and baseball batting cages, a golf pro shop and an arcade for those who still want their video game fix. Joyce and Ken Rizer purchased, renovated and expanded this Churchville gem from Joyce's...
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
No one gets to take the Woodlawn Vase home anymore. Jeanne Murray Vanderbilt made sure of that in 1953 after her husband's horse, Native Dancer, won the Preakness by a neck. She was not going to be responsible for the three-foot-tall, 30 pound solid sterling silver trophy the winning owner was entitled to keep until the next year's race. So she gave it back. The next year — and for the 56 years since — owners have been getting a one-third replica of the original, which sits gleaming in a case at the Baltimore Museum of Art . The perpetual trophy, appraised at more than $1 million, will have its coming out party on Saturday, escorted to its place of honor in the winner's circle by white-gloved members of Maryland's National Guard.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2011
In an era of supersized portions, in a city with soaring obesity rates, small bites were in, if only for a night. S'mores made with mini-marshmallows roasted over tea lights. One-bite banana splits. Four-course TV dinners no bigger than a bag of M&M's (a "fun size" bag at that). Small Foods 2011, as this smorgasbord of miniatures was called, might have seemed precious had it not unfolded in an edgy west-side gallery where artists once lived as squatters and where some continue, having gotten right with zoning laws, to live communally.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2010
Sure, riding the zoo's new train is cool and all, admits 5-year-old Charlotte Corcoran. But the really cool thing about the Falls Road Zephyr is what goes on around the train. "It was great; I got to see all the animals," Charlotte said yesterday after she and her dad, Rick, a member of the zoo's board of directors, got an early seat on the Zephyr. "The best part was I got to see the monkeys." Train-less since 2005, when its old miniature locomotive had to be taken off the rails — it was falling apart, zoo officials said, and replacement parts were increasingly tough to find — the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore officially gets back into the miniature-railroad business at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | August 9, 2009
Starting Saturday, a miniature Quran no larger than your thumb will be on display at the Walters Art Museum. Page after page of the 17th-century text from Turkey is filled with words that look as though they were scrawled by fleas. Each of the original's 114 "suras" or chapters is faithfully reproduced in its entirety. Talk about reading the fine print. "How can little things possess so much power?" the Walters' Ben Tilghman wonders. "As long as there has been writing, there have been miniature manuscripts.
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By JACQUES KELLY | December 23, 1993
People who are not versed in the peculiar ways of Baltimore sometimes think a Christmas garden has something to do with a Christmas cactus.Guess again.Baltimore's wonderful gardens that bloom only around Dec. 25 are really the miniature railway villages that fill local fire houses, basements and family rooms.And there is no more traditional Baltimore Christmas aroma than the scent of a balsam fir intermixed with imitation smoke spewing from an O-gauge toy steam locomotive.And what carol is as evocative as the din produced by the wheels and motors of three electric trains hurtling along a figure-eight of track?
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | August 9, 2009
Starting Saturday, a miniature Quran no larger than your thumb will be on display at the Walters Art Museum. Page after page of the 17th-century text from Turkey is filled with words that look as though they were scrawled by fleas. Each of the original's 114 "suras" or chapters is faithfully reproduced in its entirety. Talk about reading the fine print. "How can little things possess so much power?" the Walters' Ben Tilghman wonders. "As long as there has been writing, there have been miniature manuscripts.
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By TIM SMITH | July 21, 2009
What's with the ukulele? The miniature instrument, once thought of as, well, unserious, seems to have achieved a kind of stature over the past decade or so. The fast-rising, genre-crossing career of ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro speaks volumes about this new popularity. Here's another: the Greenspring Valley Ukefest. This celebration of all things ukulele-ian will include workshops and a concert on Saturday at Stevenson University, where the festival has been organized by faculty member Jared Denhard.
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