July 1, 2006
County working to fix Rosedale sewer break Baltimore County public works officials said yesterday they are hoping to have a broken sewer line fixed by today. County officials discovered sewage flowing from a 36-inch main near the Red House Run Pumping Station in the Rosedale section of the county Thursday. A "water contact alert" was issued for Back River because of the break, officials said, discouraging residents from water activities such as swimming and wind surfing. The beach at Rocky Point State Park has been closed until further notice.
December 12, 2005
You've heard Frank Sinatra sing it. Bing Crosby and Andy Williams, too. But, hon, you've never heard a "Silent Night" like this. The Charm City Warblers -- a group of three Baltimore natives now working as musicians in Los Angeles -- have recorded a "Silent Night" in the thickest Bawlmerese this side of a John Waters movie. They've also recorded "The 12 Days of Christmas" Baltimore-style ("12 Preakness ponies, 11 fried tomatoes, 10 Bertha's mussels" and so on). "Baltimoreans are really proud of that accent and the colloquialisms and the things that identify their city, and I just thought that people would get a kick out of it," said Harry Orlove, who formed the group.
February 9, 2004
On February 6, 2004 J. LINDSEY BURCH, beloved husband of the late Dorothy G. (nee Gerkens) devoted father of Martin Burch and his wife Patricia, Lois O'Brian and her husband Mark, loving grandfather of Graham Burch, Jeannine O'Brian, Neil O'Brian and Audrey O'Brian, dear brother of Russell Burch and Grace Woomer, dear friend of Peg Spalding. Friends may call at the family owned Leonard J. Ruck Inc. Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Rd. (at Echodale) on Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. and at the Oak Crest Chapel, on Wednesday from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M., when the memorial service will be held.
March 5, 2000
In 1967, after death had permanently decommissioned C. S. Forester, author of the Horatio Hornblower novels and proprietor of a maritime industry in his own right, a publisher approached an obscure British author named Patrick O'Brian with the suggestion that the public might appreciate another novel about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. When O'Brian died in January, his novels about Jack Aubrey, a British naval officer, and Stephen Maturin, his ship's surgeon and intimate friend, amateur naturalist and spy, extended to 20 volumes with sales of 3 million copies, subsidiary publications and fans numbered by cohorts and legions.
January 13, 2000
ABOARD THE HMS SURPRISE -- Which is where hundreds of thousands of contented readers are once again. A freshening Atlantic breeze has the ship's sails billowing. The deck is pitching, but agreeably. Stephen Maturin is anticipating a naturalist's delights at the next landfall. And Jack Aubrey, in command, is looking for excitement and advancement in the Royal Navy in the doldrums after the Napoleonic wars. It is difficult to describe to the uninitiated the frisson that Patrick O'Brian's readers feel when another installment in his Aubrey-Maturin novels appears.
January 8, 2000
Thirty-one years ago, Patrick O'Brian brought out a historical novel, "Master and Commander," that introduced Jack Aubrey, an officer in the Royal Navy of the Nelson era, and his ship's surgeon, Stephen Maturin. When O'Brian died Sunday in Dublin at the age of 85, his Aubrey-Maturin novels had grown into a series of 20 volumes and, according to his publishers, had sold more than 2 million copies. In 1995, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. To have made such a success with a series of historical novels is a stunning accomplishment in publishing, but O'Brian's achievement goes well beyond sales.