By Nat Williams | July 26, 2010
The future of America's great outdoors is in the hands of Congress this week. On Wednesday, it is likely both the House and the Senate will have a historic opportunity to support and reinvigorate the nation's key program for protecting our lands and waters. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been instrumental in preserving iconic national landmarks, wildlife refuges, working farms and ranches, and state and local parks. With America now losing 3 million acres every year to development, ensuring full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is more critical than ever.
Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
In the 2.3 acres surrounding Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, a subtle link to local history lies in a cemetery that dates back nearly 200 years. At least 1,800 graves - few with headstones, many belonging to former slaves - are on the grounds, each bearing a story and a key to the past. For the past 15 months, a dedicated team from the church has worked to identify each person buried there and perhaps even discover their stories. "It's important that we know who helped pave the way for us, because if this generation does not do it, I don't know what the next generation will do," said Elinor Thompson, who has led the effort.
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
A new restaurant named Preserve will open later this spring on Main Street in Annapolis. The location is the old Aqua Terra space, which closed in April 2012. The owners of Preserve are a married couple, Michelle and Jeremy Hoffman, who have recently relocated to Annapolis from Alexandria, Va. This is the first restaurant for the couple, who met as students at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Jeremy Hoffman left his chef de cuisine job at Alexandria's highly regarded Restaurant Eve, where he worked for the seven-time James Beard Foundation award-nominee Cathal Armstrong.
By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The historic Rodgers Forge neighborhood in Towson has adopted guidelines for residents who want to install solar panels, an effort community leaders hope can strike a balance between preserving the community's architecture and embracing alternative energy. A committee of the Rodgers Forge Community Association worked for about a year to come up with the recommendations, which the full board approved in September, according to immediate past president Stu Sirota. "I think this shows that Rodgers Forge is a progressive neighborhood that cares about its history and maintaining the architectural integrity of its homes, while still being able to allow a modern and innovative green technology," Sirota said.
June 30, 1993
"Buy land, they're not making any more of it!" is the hoary investment advice cited by real estate pitchmen and barbershop sages.Increasingly, however, it's become the urgent slogan of those who would preserve the verdant swaths of agricultural land from development.Maryland's 12-year-old program of buying agricultural development rights -- the land stays in the working farmer's hands -- recently topped the 100,000-acre mark, setting a standard for the rest of the U.S. Buying these rights means the land's rural character is protected by easements.
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 19, 2005
Most people have collections of some kind, which might include grandma's quilt, grandpa's gold pocket watch, great-grandma's fine china, mom's wedding dress, old photographs or other antiques. But if not well-preserved, one man's treasure can become another man's junk, and Melissa Heaver knows it. As collections manager of the Historical Society of Baltimore County, Heaver offers workshops to teach people how to properly care for their family heirlooms. The workshops cover the care of wooden objects, decorative arts, textiles and paper products.
By TOM HORTON | July 29, 1995
What would you say are the odds of this pair volunteering to work closely as leaders of a highly effective new environmental group?One is president of Pepsi-Cola of Salisbury, a prominent Eastern Shore business leader whose passion is hunting deer. Using only a bow and arrow, he has killed 65 to date.The other, a math professor at Salisbury State University until he retired recently, is a self-described radical environmentalist, with passion for animal rights. With real satisfaction, he clips articles about hunters who accidentally shoot themselves.
By Newsday | January 31, 1994
Memories were served up as gifts to the thirtysomething sons of Jean Oxer this Christmas. Two videotapes awaited Bruce, Bobby and Brian, who watched everything from their little sister Barbara, now 29, riding a motorcycle as a child to Bruce holding parrots during a family vacation in Florida when he was 3. The videotape concludes with a close-up of a portrait of Jean holding her granddaughter, 2-year-old Alexa.It was Barbara's idea to go through the footage of 8 millimeter and Super 8 film shot by her mother decades ago. Some of the color had started to fade, so Barbara had the film -- more than 3,000 feet -- transferred and edited onto videotape.
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2001
Baltimore County will receive nearly $660,000 from the state to preserve sections of north Baltimore County from development. Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend announced that $298,025 has been approved by the state Board of Public Works to pay two property owners near Piney Run not to develop their land. The board approved $254,448 to preserve an 82-acre former horse farm known as the Wendell property at Black Rock and Millender Mill roads. The move will protect farmland and forest while placing a buffer along 3,000 feet of streams that feed into Loch Raven Reservoir, Townsend said.
By Bill Burton | December 13, 1991
DENTON -- Not only is a bird in hand worth two in the bush, a bird in the woods is worth two in the field. Especially if the bird is a ringneck pheasant, chukar, or Hungarian partridge.With regulated shooting preserves, the foremost drawback is that birds are usually released in cornfields. One can eye the terrain and quickly predict where much of the shooting will occur.You might say pay-as-you-shoot areas are predictable; I might add that not infrequently they are too predictable. Much of the element of surprise is missing, and to this writer that is an important part of a shoot.
Jacques Kelly | October 3, 2014
At age 100, the commercial building at 120 W. North Ave. has enjoyed prosperity and suffered humiliation. It's now soon to become an arts center in the Station North neighborhood, whose transformation I've been watching for the past few years. Perhaps its worst hour happened in 2012, when the Fire Department ordered it closed. Inspectors took one look at the outdated 1914 wiring and said, "Shut it down. " Its main tenant, the Single Carrot Theatre , promptly moved out. "The electrical box was like something out of a Dr. Frankenstein movie," said Laurens "Mac" MacLure, director of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp., who gave a tour of the roomy structure this week, as his group has been completing plans for a $6 million upgrade.
By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Philip Filner, a retired molecular biologist and community activist who helped preserve a wooded and wetland tract in Owings Mills, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6 at his Lutherville home. He was 75. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Samuel Filner, an artist and illustrator, and Lily Cohen Filner, a homemaker. He was raised in Queens, N.Y., and was a 1956 graduate of Stuyvesant High School. As a young man, he delivered meats for a kosher butcher and worked as a city parks recreation worker and a darkroom assistant for a photographer.
September 11, 2014
While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle from the War of 1812, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F. Williams, in the Battle of North Point. The Williams family developed what we know today as the Savage Mill, a cotton mill that allowed our ship industry to continue when the English ransomed our fledgling country's critical resource.
By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Baltimore has a new historical and architectural preservation leader. The city Department of Planning announced Friday that Eric Holcomb has been appointed to serve as the new director of the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation. Holcomb, who worked for the commission as a preservation planner since 1994, replaces the longtime director Kathleen Kotarba. She retired in March. In his new role, Holcomb also will serve as division chief for the planning department's historical and architectural preservation.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Now that signs of the history of Hampstead Hill have been unearthed, historians hope to keep its 200-year-old stories from being forgotten again soon. Advocates for Patterson Park and Baltimore's legacy of the War of 1812 plan new signs and displays for artifacts uncovered in an archaeological dig completed this month, including a musket ball and gunflint dating to 1814 and a belt buckle from the Civil War. They also plan to seek inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Annapolis officials know that local homeowners who restore and preserve their historic properties play a vital role in the city's architectural legacy. Bill and Judi Kardash, owners of the circa 1770 Colonial mansion Acton Hall, are some of these top players. They consider themselves the current stewards of the home, which sits on an acre of land on Spa Creek. Acton Hall is a perfect example of Georgian period architecture. The brick home features white trim, multipaned windows and a symmetric front elevation with a recessed center bay, along with well-proportioned wings that are adorned with pediments.
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
Classic ballparks would become national parks if they are ever abandoned by their owners, under legislation introduced yesterday by U.S. Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.)Citing the need to keep the dwindling number of "great historic baseball parks" from dwindling even further, Bonior introduced a bill in Congress that would allow the government to acquire them to prevent demolition.His bill mentions four pre-World War II parks -- Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
By Nancy Gallant and Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 2002
A HOUSE becomes a home when a family moves in and fills it with life. A housing development becomes a community when people move in and fill it with life. The Piney Orchard neighborhood in Odenton has taken another significant step toward becoming a strong community through the efforts of the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Committee. With more than four miles of walking paths and a two-mile bike path, the nature preserve has drawn thousands of nature lovers to the beauty of Maryland's countryside.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Calvin K. Kobsa, a semiretired Baltimore architect who was the founder of Calvin Kern Kobsa & Associates, died May 10 of complications after brain surgery at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 86. "Calvin will be remembered as a kind soul and a good architect," said Walter G. Schamu, founder and president of the Baltimore architectural firm of Schamu Machowski + Patterson. "He was always interested in the other person's career and was always a very friendly and affable fellow.
Editorial from The Aegis | April 24, 2014
On a visit to the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, it is possible to see on display carved ducks valued at hundreds and even thousands of dollars each alongside artifacts - rusted carving tools, spent shotgun cartridges, old wooden boxes and the like - dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s that are of substantially lesser value on the open market. There's certainly an argument to be made, however, that such artifacts are of comparable cultural value, especially when displayed together in such a way as to tell the story of how people lived on the shores of the Susquehanna Flats in a long faded time.
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