March 23, 1997
Once it was a sign of how well bred you were: whether you knew your asparagus fork from your dessert fork. That's surprising when you consider that the fork is the upstart of eating utensils, arriving relatively late on the dining scene. In medieval times, it was used in Europe only as a serving piece. While Italy adopted it for eating during the Renaissance, England really didn't accept the newfangled implement until the second half of the 17th century.We no longer have separate forks for every sort of food; most place settings include only two, a dinner fork and a fork that can be used for salad or dessert.
January 15, 2006
Ladew schedules crafts and stories Education Notes Ladew Topiary Gardens is offering "Nature Stories & Crafts" for children's entertainment and education throughout the winter season. The second session of the series, "Wake Up, Groundhog," will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Admission for one child age 2 to 4 and one adult is $5 for each session. Additional adults must pay regular admission. Participants should bring small blankets to sit on. Reservations are required.
October 2, 2008
A fire caused a half-million dollars in damage when it roared through a storage room in an Annapolis public works building yesterday morning, fire officials said. Shortly before 8 a.m., a malfunctioning light fixture sparked the fire in a second-floor room where lawn mowers, paper products, tires, oil filters and petroleum-based chemicals are stored, Annapolis Fire Department spokesman Lt. John Bowes said. More than three dozen firefighters from the city, Anne Arundel County and Naval Academy fire departments worked to contain the two-alarm fire as public works employees hastened to move garbage trucks from the building in the 900 block of Spa Road, Bowes said.
February 21, 1995
A man who pretended to be a prospective car buyer at an Ellicott City car dealership drove off the lot while the salesman VTC discussed the vehicle's features Saturday, Howard County police said.According to police, a salesman at Acura West in the 9500 block of U.S. 40 started a car's engine and opened the hood to show a man the car's parts about 6 p.m.The man drove off as soon as the salesman closed the car's hood, police said. He was last seen driving the stolen car east on U.S. 40, police said.
June 21, 1997
Columbia-based JP Foodservice Inc. has completed its fourth major acquisition of the past year, purchasing Mazo-Lerch Co. Inc. of Alexandria, Va., for more than $7.8 million.The merger of two food service companies -- both distributors to schools, hospitals, restaurants and nursing homes -- is part of an industrywide trend toward consolidation.In a deal that was announced in May, JP bought all outstanding shares of Mazo-Lerch stock for 279,268 shares of JP common stock, the assumption of debt and other consideration.
December 14, 1994
Police and fire officials are investigating three fires set in the past six weeks at Randallstown High School -- but it remained unclear whether the fires were related.Paper that was set ablaze started each of the fires -- Nov. 2, Nov. 3 and Monday -- at the school in the 4000 block of Offutt Road, said Battalion Chief Patrick T. Kelly, a Fire Department spokesman."Our investigators right now are trying to determine if they're related," he said. "Evidently if they are all being done at the same school, you'd think they'd have some tie to that school.
January 5, 2007
Patrick Waldron Cooper, founder and president of a Florida restaurant supply company and a former Govans resident, died of melanoma Saturday at his home in Sugarloaf Key, Fla. He was 52. Mr. Cooper was born in Baltimore and raised on Orkney Road in Govans. He was a 1972 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied business at what is now Towson University. Beginning in the 1970s, Mr. Cooper worked summers as a waiter in Ocean City and winters in the Florida Keys. "He was a waiter at the Embers and the Saute Cafe in Ocean City, and at the Cracked Conch in Marathon, Fla.," said a sister, Margaret "Mike" Cooper Berman of Stoneleigh.
October 6, 2002
Harold N. Nathanson, an aluminum siding salesman who opened Aluminum Products, a home improvement business, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Pikesville resident was 80. Mr. Nathanson grew up in the Forest Park section of Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1940. He earned several ribbons for his Army service in New Guinea during World War II as a member of the 126th Signal Service Company. After returning to Baltimore, he sold aluminum siding and paper products until opening his home improvement business, Aluminum Products, on West Madison Street in 1954.
August 5, 2005
Frederic G. Lahourcade, an executive in the Baltimore office of Cadbury-Schweppes who briefly owned a downtown coffee shop, died of cancer Tuesday at his Lutherville home. He was 63. Mr. Lahourcade was born in Fort Knox, Ky., and raised in San Antonio. After earning his bachelor's degree in 1963 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, he joined Procter & Gamble in Dallas as a salesman. In 1967, he was transferred to Baltimore with a promotion to unit manager for the company's paper products sales department.
March 19, 2006
Planning a birthday bash for your child? Instead of inviting a gaggle of youngsters to your house, consider having the party at one of these Howard County locations. No need to think up games and craft projects, since the entertainment is included. And best of all, you don't have to clean your house after all the pint-sized celebrants have gone home. PUMP IT UP This franchise, which has recently opened in Elkridge, allows children to run, jump, slide and play in a giant room filled with inflatable bouncers, slides, climbing equipment and coin-operated air hockey tables.