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October 17, 2005
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, JOSEPH PHILIP PONS, SR., husband of May Jo Pons (nee Ryan), father of Honore Adrian Pons, Andrew Mac Namara Pons, Joseph Philip Pons, Jr., Michael Pons, and Alice Pons, and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Country Life, 319 Old Joppa Road, Bel Air, Md., from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Monday, Oct. 17. Following his wishes, Mr. Pons' body has been given to the Maryland Anatomy Board. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21215.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
In addition to bringing together the finest high school seniors in the country, the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic gives players a unique chance to reflect on the past and look ahead to their promising futures. For the three players selected from Boys' Latin - Colin Heacock, Mac Pons and Ben Pridemore - Saturday's game is a special go-between from a memorable high school season that ended just short of their ultimate goal to the lofty expectations awaiting them in their college careers.
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NEWS
March 12, 2009
On March 8, 2009, HARRY ANTHONY; beloved husband of Mary Anna Pons (nee Panowicz); devoted father of Anthony B. Pons and his wife Kimberly, Theresa M. Shamoo and her husband Zachary; loving grandfather of Alexander Pons, Carson and Jordan Shamoo. Friends may call at Gonce Funeral Service, P.A., 4001 Ritchie Highway on Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict Church on Saturday at 10 A.M. Interment in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
Country Life Farm in Harford County is a place where the bloodlines of the humans and of the horses have flowed through time and into the future with the ease of a stream. On this Preakness Week morning, the thoroughbred mare Go Steady nurses her 12-day-old foal in a paddock, while up at The Big House, as it is known, three strapping young men circle their grandmother's refrigerator with the same thing in mind — food. "I may grow old," said Mary Jo Pons, the matriarch of a family that has lived and bred horses here since the Depression.
NEWS
June 11, 2008
On June 9th 2008, Christopher Lee Pons Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 12th from 3-5 P.M. & 7-9 P.M. at WITZKE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD, where services will be held on Friday, June 13th at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow in Columbia Memorial Gardens.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1996
When Cigar is crowned Horse of the Year on Feb. 9 in San Diego, the Pons family of Bel Air will share heavily in the accomplishment. Cigar won 10 straight races and $4,819,800 last year."
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | October 13, 2005
Joseph P. Pons Sr., patriarch of the family that owns Maryland's oldest extant commercial thoroughbred breeding farm, died of a heart attack yesterday morning at his Bel Air home. He was 83. Mr. Pons resided at Country Life Farm with his wife and four of their five children. Racing's all-time money winner, Cigar, was born at the farm, and 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Carry Back was bred there. "It just won't be the same, walking out in the paddock and not seeing Joe," said William "Billy" Boniface of Bonita Farm.
NEWS
By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,Contributing Writer | April 4, 1993
It's a story of heartbreaks and high fives, of foals born with contracted forelegs and foals born to win, of stallions who successfully cover a mare, and stallions who are successful at chomping a handler's arm.In "Country Life Diary," Josh Pons chronicles three years of the daily life of the renowned, 113-acre thoroughbred breeding farm his family owns and runs in Fallston.The breeder brings to his writing a love of the life on the farm and a gift for evoking images not only of breeding but also of the world that gently unfolds around him."
SPORTS
By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | December 20, 1992
Gamblers who ever wondered how "the 2-horse" ever got to the starting gate might want to pick up a copy of Josh Pons' recently published "Country Life Diary."Few people have chronicled the nuances of breeding racehorses more thoroughly than Pons, who spent three years writing about the daily joys -- and drudgery -- of life on a Harford County horse farm.Raising a racehorse is a long, costly and laborious process. After finishing all 419 pages of Pons' book, a reader will never again wonder why people go nuts in the winner's circle, even if their horse has just won an $8,500 maiden claimer.
NEWS
By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,Contributing Writer | April 4, 1993
It's a story of heartbreaks and high fives, of foals born with contracted forelegs and foals born to win, of stallions who successfully cover a mare, and stallions who are successful at chomping a handler's arm.In "Country Life Diary," Josh Pons chronicles three years of the daily life of the renowned, 113-acre thoroughbred breeding farm his family owns and runs in Fallston.The breeder brings to his writing an obvious love of the life on the farm and a gift for evoking images not only of breeding but also of the world that gently unfolds around him."
NEWS
March 12, 2009
On March 8, 2009, HARRY ANTHONY; beloved husband of Mary Anna Pons (nee Panowicz); devoted father of Anthony B. Pons and his wife Kimberly, Theresa M. Shamoo and her husband Zachary; loving grandfather of Alexander Pons, Carson and Jordan Shamoo. Friends may call at Gonce Funeral Service, P.A., 4001 Ritchie Highway on Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict Church on Saturday at 10 A.M. Interment in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
SPORTS
By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,bill.ordine@baltsun.com | October 2, 2008
Preakness Day might be Maryland horse racing's day in the national spotlight and certainly does the most good for the pocketbook of the state's thoroughbred industry. But Maryland Million Day, being run for the 23rd time Saturday, might do the most good for Maryland's racing pride. The card of 12 races at Laurel Park (12:15 p.m. start) is restricted to horses sired in Maryland, and, as more than one horseman put it, unlike the Preakness, it makes players out of local breeders and trainers rather than relegating them to spectators.
NEWS
June 11, 2008
On June 9th 2008, Christopher Lee Pons Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 12th from 3-5 P.M. & 7-9 P.M. at WITZKE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD, where services will be held on Friday, June 13th at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow in Columbia Memorial Gardens.
NEWS
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to the Sun | November 18, 2007
After the birth of a foal at her horse farm in Fallston, Ellen Pons waited, poised for the right moment to capture the newborn and his mother. The foal nuzzled on the mare, trying to figure out how to get milk. The mare lowered her nose and touched it to the foal's nose, and Pons snapped a photograph. "Taking photographs of an animal is like trying to catch a dancer who is moving in the perfect position," Pons said. "Knowing the horse's body language helps me to expect the unexpected."
NEWS
October 17, 2005
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, JOSEPH PHILIP PONS, SR., husband of May Jo Pons (nee Ryan), father of Honore Adrian Pons, Andrew Mac Namara Pons, Joseph Philip Pons, Jr., Michael Pons, and Alice Pons, and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Country Life, 319 Old Joppa Road, Bel Air, Md., from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Monday, Oct. 17. Following his wishes, Mr. Pons' body has been given to the Maryland Anatomy Board. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Radio Reading Network of Maryland, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21215.
SPORTS
By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | October 16, 2005
It would have been difficult to fit one more person in the winner's circle at Laurel Park yesterday after the 16-to-1 long shot Surf Light upset the field and brought pure joy to the family of Joe Pons, who passed away this week at age 83. "Surf Light is a nice filly," said Mike Pons, president of the Maryland Million and one of Joe's sons. "But she's been kind of unlucky. She hits tigers every time she goes on the racetrack. To see her win like that, it's like a 70-yard Hail Mary pass.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | October 16, 2005
It would have been difficult to fit one more person in the winner's circle at Laurel Park yesterday after the 16-to-1 long shot Surf Light upset the field and brought pure joy to the family of Joe Pons, who passed away this week at age 83. "Surf Light is a nice filly," said Mike Pons, president of the Maryland Million and one of Joe's sons. "But she's been kind of unlucky. She hits tigers every time she goes on the racetrack. To see her win like that, it's like a 70-yard Hail Mary pass.
NEWS
By Philip Hosmer and Philip Hosmer,Special to The Sun | September 3, 1995
As an airborne traffic reporter for WQSR radio, Joy Pons is accustomed to being in a plane -- but she's not accustomed to being on a plane. Naked. With 40 men watching her. Ms. Pons found herself in that unusual situation when she agreed to pose for a Playboy magazine and video feature called "Girls of the Radio."How Ms. Pons, who describes herself as self-conscious and stable, ended up posing for Playboy is somewhat of a mystery, even to her.It all started last fall, when WQSR morning show host Steve Rouse heard that Playboy was looking for female radio personalities to pose for a video and magazine shoot.
SPORTS
By BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF | October 15, 2005
Play Bingo, a 4-year-old colt with bad feet, lagged so far behind the field for most of the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic on Saturday that he appeared to have no chance to win the centerpiece of Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park. When the six runners in the race turned for home, however, Play Bingo, under jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, closed with a tremendous rush, racing by leaders Aggadan and Five Steps to score the biggest victory of his career. The powerful performance was a fitting climax to the 12-race Maryland Million Day, the second most important day of racing in the state after Preakness Day and a showcase for the Maryland breeding industry.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | October 13, 2005
Joseph P. Pons Sr., patriarch of the family that owns Maryland's oldest extant commercial thoroughbred breeding farm, died of a heart attack yesterday morning at his Bel Air home. He was 83. Mr. Pons resided at Country Life Farm with his wife and four of their five children. Racing's all-time money winner, Cigar, was born at the farm, and 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Carry Back was bred there. "It just won't be the same, walking out in the paddock and not seeing Joe," said William "Billy" Boniface of Bonita Farm.
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