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July 10, 2012
In response to the letter, "New policies eating away at Columbia's open space" (July 5): Open space to me means open access, not necessarily mowed turf. I appreciate the recent efforts of the Columbia Association, BGE, and others to reduce unnecessary mowing. Mowing is expensive in terms of labor, equipment, gas, and especially in terms of damage to the environment. My yard backs up to a CA pond, and for the past couple of years CA has been leaving an unmowed buffer between the path and a willow tree at the waters edge.
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By Loni Ingraham | May 1, 2013
Pinkies up! St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium is hosting its 12th annual British Garden Party and Fete on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, even though it costs St. Stephen's nearly  $4,000 each year to present this "bit of Jolly Olde England," as the church bills it. "It's really a gift to the community," the Rev. Guy Hawtin said. "It's not really a money-making venture - the goal is to break even. One year we cleared $50 profit.
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September 1, 1991
From: Edward HopkinsBel AirAs an individual who is actively involved with public safety, I have concerns with the cover photo displayed on the July 28th edition of the Harford County Sun.The picture displays a mother and son mowing grass while riding upon a medium size farm tractor. The mother is utilizing one hand for steering while the other is holding her sonon her lap. The child is not secured to the seat and the tractor is mowing on an incline.The photographer succeeded in providing a photo that was aesthetically pleasing.
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July 10, 2012
In response to the letter, "New policies eating away at Columbia's open space" (July 5): Open space to me means open access, not necessarily mowed turf. I appreciate the recent efforts of the Columbia Association, BGE, and others to reduce unnecessary mowing. Mowing is expensive in terms of labor, equipment, gas, and especially in terms of damage to the environment. My yard backs up to a CA pond, and for the past couple of years CA has been leaving an unmowed buffer between the path and a willow tree at the waters edge.
NEWS
October 5, 2006
A Baltimore County school system groundskeeper is recovering from injuries suffered Tuesday when a plastic bottle filled with a liquid exploded after he picked it up while mowing grass at Middle River Middle School, police said. Keith Duckworth, 41, was cutting grass at the school when he saw the bottle, police said. He put it in a trash bucket on the mower, The bottle exploded, causing minor injuries to his face and neck.
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August 4, 1998
A Reisterstown man died Saturday from injuries he suffered during a mowing accident last week at River Downs in Finksburg, authorities said.Jeffrey J. Oyan, 20, of the 3400 block of Winterberry Road was mowing about noon July 27 when he shifted the 84-inch mower's transmission to neutral to gain more speed as he traveled downhill near Lawndale Road, police said. The mower ran into a washed-out area, overturned and struck a bridge, police said.Oyan, who was employed by the River Downs Association, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was admitted in critical condition, a spokeswoman said.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | June 21, 1992
County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann has asked the Parks and Recreation Department to look into a proposal to limit grass mowing along streams and brooks on public land.Rehrmann's request came last week after two conservationists called on the county to change its policy for mowing grass on public parkland as a way to protect water quality in streams that feed Chesapeake Bay.The conservationists, Helen Richick and Carol Kehring, got a little help in their efforts to protect streams from about 40 Magnolia Elementary School students who tended trees and other plants along a stream as part of a project to improve water quality.
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By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | April 19, 2008
Why is my lawn so miserable? I have it fertilized and limed yearly. I only pay to have it mowed every other week, but I have the clippings raked off. Incorrect cutting of grass height is an under-diagnosed cause of turf problems. It stresses turf when more than a third of a grass blade is cut per mowing. If your mower is set to 3 inches, do not let grass grow longer than 4 inches. In the spring, when grass grows fast, this may mean cutting more often than on the weekend. (A bonus is that the grass clippings will be short and can be left to filter between blades.
FEATURES
By Rob Kasper | July 20, 1991
One of the highlights of my recent vacation was that I got a chance to cut grass. I went back to the Midwest and mowed the lawns of my relatives.I got a kick out of firing up the power mowers and bringing the once unruly blades of grass into line.Part of the reason I enjoyed mowing the lawns was that I don't have to do it on a weekly basis. The "lawn," or back yard, of my city row house is about the size of a golf green. But thanks to my children, the back yard has taken on the appearance of a sand trap.
NEWS
By Eileen Shields Fisher Guest columnist | April 21, 1991
I know I am supposed to greet the spring greening of grass in my yard with enthusiasm, if not country-smug verdant pleasure.But I don't. If anything, I find this annual popping-bursting-sprouting orgy areminder that, until Thanksgiving, I will spend more of my energy behind a lawn mower than behind a book.Mowing-as-an annoyance is not a new tradition in my life. It is, however, one I had hoped to discard -- or have reassigned -- by now.Heaven knows I tried. From the day I moved into a house with yard privileges, I pretended to know nothin'-'bout-mowin'-no-lawn.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Is there such thing as leaf-cycling? I grass-cycle. Do leaves add fertilizer to lawns like grass clippings do? How deep can I make the shredded leaves? Green organic materials are high in nitrogen. Grass-cycling can add as much as half of your lawn's yearly nitrogen fertilizer. Brown organic materials, such as leaves, improve soil structure and add some nitrogen, though not as much as is added by the same weight of grass clippings. By all means, leaf-cycle by mowing your fallen leaves and grass.
SPORTS
By Phil Rogers | November 1, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas — Anyone think Madison Bumgarner was going to wilt under World Series pressure? If so, have you been watching? Bumgarner stands 6-foot-4 and looks like an old soul. It is hard to believe a birth certificate that shows he turned 21 only three months ago given how easily he dissected the Rangers in Game 4 of the World Series. Baseball can be cruel for hitters when pitchers know where the ball is going, and Bumgarner seemed to throw just about every one of his 106 pitches where catcher Buster Posey set his glove.
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By Kevin Cowherd | June 9, 2010
Let me get this straight: There were Ravens players complaining about the offseason working conditions at The Castle? And moaning about being kept too long on the field and in the meeting rooms? And practicing too hard? And this is why the team was reprimanded by the NFL for offseason training violations? You gotta be kidding me. Let's go over a typical OTA (organized team activity), like the one being held this week, and see what horrible torture the Ravens endure on a daily basis.
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2010
Question: I have to replace a tree that keeled over in the snow and wind. Any tips to keep that from happening to the next tree I plant? Answer: Encourage a good root system and don't encourage a top-heavy tree. Lay off the fertilizer which will ramp up top growth at the expense of root growth. Roots need air and water. When soil is compacted from foot traffic and mowing, air and water can’t penetrate it. A wide apron of mulch, 1-3 inches deep, around your tree helps keep soil looser.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA and LAURA VOZZELLA,laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | May 10, 2009
A year ago, an acclaimed architect-artist swooped into Baltimore and tore out a front lawn, leaving a garden and a budding revolution in its place. Has either one borne fruit? Clarence Ridgley, a supervisor at a plastic bottle factory, surrendered his West Baltimore yard to Fritz Haeg's Edible Estates project, a deliciously subversive attempt to replace grass with plants people can use. After checking in with Ridgley recently, I'd say it's easier to coax peppers, grapes and turnips out of the ground than it is to persuade people to grow food out front.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld,Special to the Sun | July 26, 2008
A gigantic mosquito got into our house and scared us to death, but we got it before it got us. Where do they breed? Those giant "mosquitoes" are a type of crane fly also known as mosquito hawks. Crane flies don't bite, and they don't eat mosquitos. In fact, the adults don't eat at all, but they do live in damp areas and certainly resemble a huge long-legged mosquito. In their immature stage, they are slim brownish larvae and feed on dead plant material. They aren't considered a pest but an aid in decomposition.
NEWS
By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 2006
Jay Rhine's ancestors purchased a dairy farm in West Friendship in 1923. Rhine was the fourth generation of Rhine dairy farmers when he started mowing lawns on the side for a little extra cash. Nine years later, the lawn-mowing business had grown into a major landscaping company with 60 full-time employees, including an architect, an arborist and 20 masons. Rhine Lawn Care and Landscaping provides pretty much everything a person could need on his or her property, from mowing and pruning to complex architectural creations such as patios, pool decks and retaining walls.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun Reporter | May 26, 2008
Robinson Kendall Nottingham, the former executive vice president of global insurance giant American International Group Inc. and a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University, died May 20 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, several days after suffering a stroke. He was 70. Mr. Nottingham's 38-year career at AIG was hardly the stuff of gray-suited stereotype, offering him adventures in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War era and close calls in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. He climbed the corporate ladder in New York but remained faithful to the Baltimore institutions that nurtured his intellectual development and became was a major donor to Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld | April 19, 2008
Why is my lawn so miserable? I have it fertilized and limed yearly. I only pay to have it mowed every other week, but I have the clippings raked off. Incorrect cutting of grass height is an under-diagnosed cause of turf problems. It stresses turf when more than a third of a grass blade is cut per mowing. If your mower is set to 3 inches, do not let grass grow longer than 4 inches. In the spring, when grass grows fast, this may mean cutting more often than on the weekend. (A bonus is that the grass clippings will be short and can be left to filter between blades.
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