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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Griffin was never supposed to be a star. Given up to a kill shelter in Ohio during what his current owner, Gregg Boersma, believes was a foreclosure dispute, the Siberian husky mix seemed destined for euthanasia. Then Boersma saw his photo online and thought the little dog might help heal his broken heart.  “Our previous dog had escaped from the house during a rainstorm and was hit by a car and killed,” says Boersma. “I vowed that the next dog would be very well trained so something like that wouldn't happen again -- I took personal responsibility for the fact that I couldn't call him in once he was loose.” Boersma and his wife, Teresa, drove to Cleveland to meet Griffin, and three and a half years later, their little rescue is about to be a star, appearing in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's “A Midsummer NIght's Dream: A Concert,” this summer, in collaboration with the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.  The show will run May 29 to June 1, premiering at the Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, and then offering three performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Griffin was never supposed to be a star. Given up to a kill shelter in Ohio during what his current owner, Gregg Boersma, believes was a foreclosure dispute, the Siberian husky mix seemed destined for euthanasia. Then Boersma saw his photo online and thought the little dog might help heal his broken heart.  “Our previous dog had escaped from the house during a rainstorm and was hit by a car and killed,” says Boersma. “I vowed that the next dog would be very well trained so something like that wouldn't happen again -- I took personal responsibility for the fact that I couldn't call him in once he was loose.” Boersma and his wife, Teresa, drove to Cleveland to meet Griffin, and three and a half years later, their little rescue is about to be a star, appearing in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's “A Midsummer NIght's Dream: A Concert,” this summer, in collaboration with the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.  The show will run May 29 to June 1, premiering at the Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, and then offering three performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
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By Liz F. Kay and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
Officer Americus J. Rambeau wasn't diving for a penny in the Inner Harbor on Wednesday night, but he did swim to save one. Rambeau and other officers from the city police's marine unit rescued a black Labrador mix named Penny from a pier at Harborview Marina after she left her Federal Hill home, crossed Key Highway and leaped into the cold water. "It was the right thing to do. [Penny] was struggling. Exhausted," said Rambeau, who donned a cold-water rescue suit and had to swim under two piers to capture the dog. Penny's owner, Rachel Naumann, who asked to meet the officers from the unit Thursday and hugged them, said she was at work when her roommate opened the front door to sign for a package and Penny got out. She said she spent hours searching the streets.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Two two-alarm fires that damaged homes in the Brooklyn and Shady Side areas of Anne Arundel County were under investigation on Tuesday, according to county fire officials. The first blaze, reported around 5:15 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Woods Wharf Road, displaced two residents and a dog - all escaping unharmed, officials said. Officials said it took firefighters about three hours to bring the fire under control. Damage was estimated at about $100,000. The home had no working smoke detectors, according to fire officials.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1997
Barney -- a Baltimore County Fire Department search and rescue dog credited with finding dozens of victims -- died Tuesday despite months of cancer treatment paid for by children and other animal lovers moved by the 7 1/2 -year-old golden retriever's plight."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1999
Call it Barney's legacy.Barney, a rescue dog owned by a Baltimore County firefighter, was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, and a campaign to raise money for his treatment netted $48,900 over seven months.Barney's treatment cost $16,700 before he died in 1997, and the balance of the money has been sitting in county coffers since. But the County Council is expected to award that money tonight to a fledgling canine search and rescue group operated by another Baltimore County firefighter from his Mount Washington home.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
Two two-alarm fires that damaged homes in the Brooklyn and Shady Side areas of Anne Arundel County were under investigation on Tuesday, according to county fire officials. The first blaze, reported around 5:15 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Woods Wharf Road, displaced two residents and a dog - all escaping unharmed, officials said. Officials said it took firefighters about three hours to bring the fire under control. Damage was estimated at about $100,000. The home had no working smoke detectors, according to fire officials.
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March 20, 1997
GIVEN THE ENTHUSIASM with which the public embraced Barney, the Baltimore County rescue dog who died of cancer last year, county fire officials could have made a surefire public relations coup by trotting out Barney's replacement. It would have made a heart-warming story -- funds donated for Barney's cancer treatments buy a dog to carry on his heroic mission.Instead, Baltimore County Fire Chief Paul Reincke decided not to replace Barney. The firefighter who handled Barney spent $1,000 of his own money on a new dog, making the department -- which has $38,000 left over from Barney's care -- look cheap.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1997
After the death of one search and rescue dog and the retirement of another, Baltimore County Fire Chief Paul H. Reincke has tentatively decided to scale back the county's dog rescue unit from three animals to one.Meanwhile, the officer who handled Barney -- the dog whose fatal bout with cancer drew a flood of donations, of which pTC $38,000 remains -- has spent his own money for a puppy he is training privately for search and rescue work."
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By From staff reports | January 28, 1997
A female teacher at Hazelwood Elementary and Middle School in Northeast Baltimore is under investigation for allegedly making a racial slur last week against a group of black sixth-graders.Catherine M. Foster, a spokeswoman for the school system, said last night that at least two students said the comments were made by the unidentified teacher near the cafeteria. Parents complained to Principal Edith Harrison, who will make a report to schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey."We're going to trace it down and take the strongest measures possible if it's true," Amprey said last night.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Terri Stafford used to take Lulu, her border collie mix, to medical facilities as part of a Baltimore-based volunteer program that enabled her to share her beloved pet's affection with others in need of it. "We did that for several years until Lulu got too sick" with cancer, said Stafford, a retired registered nurse who lives in Baltimore County. "Toward the end, when Lulu wasn't feeling well, she spent a lot of time hiding in the closet. But I'd say, 'Lulu, let's go visiting.' And she'd come running out and jump in the car. She loved it. "I also used to enjoy the way people would light up when I would bring Lulu to visit them," Stafford said.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Meeko, a Shih Tzu, trembles as she focuses her huge brown eyes on Angela Webb. But the dog's not barking or trying to get away, and that's encouraging. Webb is spending an hour as the pet's mobile-spa stylist and has seen the dog steadily improve over the past six years, better tolerating the regular grooming sessions that the breed's long, silky hair requires. And as a rescue dog, Meeko is a special case. Meeko's owner, Lisa McKnew, who has followed Webb through job changes over the years, now brings her pet to Webb's months-old mobile grooming salon in the driveway of the groomer's Columbia home, instead of the other way around.
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By Catherine Mallette | May 15, 2012
Dog-lovers, get out your calendars and save the date for the annual Lab Rescue Dog Walk in Annapolis.  The 2.25-mile walk raises money for the nonprofit Lab Rescue organization, which last year rescued 904 dogs. The goal this year is to raise $50,000 so the group can continue to have a big impact in helping vet and find foster and permanent homes for homeless labs.   Carol Lagundo, VP of Lab Rescue, says they are expecting more than 250 owners and more than 150 dogs at this year's walk.
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By Sloane Brown | April 5, 2012
Wedding Day: June 9, 2012 Her story: Carly Mistovich, 28, grew up Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. Her father, Ken Mistovich, is vice president at L&L Supply Corp., a brick company. Her mother, Lisa Mistovich, is a server and bartender for several catering companies in the area. Carly moved to Federal Hill six years ago for her job. She's the director of sales for Aramark food services at M&T Bank Stadium. His story: Greg Patronik, 29, grew up in Reisterstown. His father, Nick Patronik, owns Patron Services, Inc., a logistics company that's involved with importing and exporting cargo.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2012
At the Super Bowl party I attended yesterday, the host greeted us by saying: "No, I'm not over it. Yes, I'm still bitter. Beer and wings are over there. " Ravens fans -- you gotta love 'em. Sure, it was Giants-Patriots on TV for all the marbles, our biggest national sporting extravaganza. But like so many who bleed purple and black, the host was still re-living a cold and breezy day in Foxborough two weeks ago, still working through his post-traumatic stress over the Ravens' horrifying loss to New England in the AFC championship game.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2011
Jesse quivered and refused to budge. A creature defined by her keen senses, the yellow Labrador retriever was overwhelmed in an atmosphere stained by the stench of jet fuel and saturated with the growl of heavy machinery and thumping of military helicopters. But instead of giving up on that hot day in September a decade ago, Jesse and her handler stepped to the side of the Pentagon's north parking lot for a reality check. After a few minutes, the dog got up, approached something in a pile of rubble and gave a distinctive, "Woo, woo, woo. " "I looked," recalled Lisa Nyland, a sergeant with Maryland Natural Resources Police based in Queen Anne's County.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Terri Stafford used to take Lulu, her border collie mix, to medical facilities as part of a Baltimore-based volunteer program that enabled her to share her beloved pet's affection with others in need of it. "We did that for several years until Lulu got too sick" with cancer, said Stafford, a retired registered nurse who lives in Baltimore County. "Toward the end, when Lulu wasn't feeling well, she spent a lot of time hiding in the closet. But I'd say, 'Lulu, let's go visiting.' And she'd come running out and jump in the car. She loved it. "I also used to enjoy the way people would light up when I would bring Lulu to visit them," Stafford said.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2012
At the Super Bowl party I attended yesterday, the host greeted us by saying: "No, I'm not over it. Yes, I'm still bitter. Beer and wings are over there. " Ravens fans -- you gotta love 'em. Sure, it was Giants-Patriots on TV for all the marbles, our biggest national sporting extravaganza. But like so many who bleed purple and black, the host was still re-living a cold and breezy day in Foxborough two weeks ago, still working through his post-traumatic stress over the Ravens' horrifying loss to New England in the AFC championship game.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Ever-prepared, executive assistant Marian Smith stocks her desk with all the trappings of a modern office: Paper clips. Sticky notes. Pup-Peroni. That last one? It's the only thing Smith's officemates at the Maryland Institute College of Art actually beg for. Coscimo, for instance, a white bichon, regularly wanders from one vice provost's office to join Smith for snacks - his little coffee break. And there's the rescue dog that's a regular in the alumni relations department.
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By Liz F. Kay and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
Officer Americus J. Rambeau wasn't diving for a penny in the Inner Harbor on Wednesday night, but he did swim to save one. Rambeau and other officers from the city police's marine unit rescued a black Labrador mix named Penny from a pier at Harborview Marina after she left her Federal Hill home, crossed Key Highway and leaped into the cold water. "It was the right thing to do. [Penny] was struggling. Exhausted," said Rambeau, who donned a cold-water rescue suit and had to swim under two piers to capture the dog. Penny's owner, Rachel Naumann, who asked to meet the officers from the unit Thursday and hugged them, said she was at work when her roommate opened the front door to sign for a package and Penny got out. She said she spent hours searching the streets.
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