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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 19, 2009
Charles Leroy Widerman, who owned and operated a Baltimore County recreational vehicle business for more than 40 years, died Wednesday in his sleep at his Rockdale home. He was 81. Mr. Widerman was born and raised in Rockdale and was a graduate of Randallstown High School. He served as a sergeant in the Army from 1950 to 1953. After being discharged from the service, Mr. Widerman worked as an auto parts salesman for Mid-Atlantic Automotive in Baltimore before establishing his own company, Charlie's Camping Center, in 1964 on Liberty Road in Randallstown.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
J.J. Reidy boarded a garish yellow RV parked in Harbor East and shared a vision: vast greenhouses in Baltimore raising produce to feed thousands, the plants feeding on nutrients from the waste of fish swimming in nearby tanks. In two minutes and 35 seconds of video time, the graduate business student and would-be entrepreneur delivered the pitch he fashioned with his business partner, Julie Buisson, wrapping it up with a punchy closing line: "We believe we can feed our city in our city.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
Howard County and Anne Arundel County firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze Sunday in an RV camper near a home in Jessup, fire officials said. The Howard County Fire Marshal's Office said it was investigating the blaze, which occurred at about 6:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Wye Avenue in Jessup. Officials said that it took 15 minutes to get the fire under control, and that six people from the nearby home had evacuated before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
If you gotta go, you gotta go. To Super Bowl XLVII, that is. And Ravens fans have got to go to New Orleans, getting there any which way they can. Direct flights from Baltimore to the Big Easy have long since sold out, leaving fans to come up with creative travel plans. Some are going for fly-and-drive combinations, like flying into Panama City Beach, Fla., - and making the roughly four-hour drive to New Orleans. Others are taking flights to Jackson, Miss., a relatively short drive of less than three hours.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 10, 2007
You see them on the road all summer, but what's really going on inside that RV? Here are some common mistakes RV drivers make -- by their own admission: pulling away with the steps extended (14 percent), backing into something (8 percent), misjudging overhead or side clearance space (7 percent), improperly connecting taillights (5 percent) and running out of gas (3 percent). That's what 1,000 RV drivers told an informal online survey conducted by Progressive Group of Insurance Cos. of Mayfield Village, Ohio.
NEWS
By RON DICKER and RON DICKER,HARTFORD COURANT | April 23, 2006
New York -- Play a clown-like healer in Patch Adams, and they rip you for being schmaltzy. Play a homicidal children's TV star in Death to Smoochy, and they rip you for being mean. Why can't Robin Williams win? "Sometimes you just catch a bad wave," he says. The ocean metaphor is an apt one for this interview, which finds the manic comedian in a laid-back California mood. Williams, 54, returns to broad big-studio yuks in RV, opening Friday. He liked the match with director Barry Sonnenfeld but insists the film is not image repair.
NEWS
By David Michael Ettlin | September 13, 1991
An elderly West Baltimore couple escaped injury yesterday when their camper blew a tire, overturned on the Beltway and was rocked by a propane explosion moments after witnesses helped them to safety.The roadside Samaritans included a tractor-trailer driver and twcity police officers who were heading to work when they saw the recreational vehicle hit the concrete median barrier and overturn."It hit the ground and literally came apart," said Sgt. John McCullom Jr., who was driving to work at the Northwest District with his New Windsor neighbor, Officer Douglas Kerr.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | February 13, 2006
A woman died early yesterday after being found burned and suffering from apparent smoke inhalation outside her recreational vehicle home that had caught fire on a lot in Southeast Baltimore, a city Fire Department spokesman said. The victim - whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives - had been living in the RV on the lot at Chesapeake Maintenance Co., with permission from officials of the business, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters responding shortly before 6 a.m. to the blaze in the 6300 block of Cleveland Ave., near the Baltimore County line, found the woman lying outside the vehicle.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker 8 and Peter Baker 8,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
According to a University of Michigan study published last year, one in 10 American families owns a recreational vehicle -- from a pop-up camper to a luxury lodge on wheels.On the next two three-day weekends, the Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show will have on display a Notebookwide range of motor homes, travel trailers, pop-up campers, truck campers and van conversions.The show will be at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28. Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.
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By Bill Burton | September 12, 1991
So you like primitive camping; how about primitive RV'ing. Here's your chance -- and for $9,000. That's the asking price for the most unusual exhibit among 250 units at the Maryland Fall RV Show at Timonium Fairgrounds.You can't go much more primitive than the 1923 Model A Ford RV, one of the first ever concocted. It's on the chassis of a tin lizzy pickup, canvas covered, is in mint condition, and has had only three owners since it first hit the RV trail 68 years ago.Elsewhere at the show, an outside affair near the fairground's administration building, there are 75 brands of modern RVs. Show-goers get a chance to see the 1992 models -- or if they prefer to take advantage of '91 closeout prices.
NEWS
By Bob Allen, For the Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
When Scott and Jackie Dunkel left Millersville last weekend and headed south to New Orleans, two Super Bowl tickets in hand, they took all the comforts of home with them, including satellite TV, Internet hookups, a king-size bed and the kitchen sink. Actually, these veteran recreational-vehicle road warriors didn't leave "home" at all - at least not their vacation home. They made the 1,000-mile jaunt in their 45-foot, 45,000-pound, seven-miles-per-gallon Holiday Rambler Navigator.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home. Sales of RVs, which include travel trailers and motor homes, have been rising since 2010, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Today, RV owners number nearly 9 million in the United States — a record. The increase comes thanks to more available credit, growing interest in RV travel, and a push by RV makers to load up the vacation homes on wheels with high-tech extras, the Reston, Va.-based association said.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
Howard County and Anne Arundel County firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze Sunday in an RV camper near a home in Jessup, fire officials said. The Howard County Fire Marshal's Office said it was investigating the blaze, which occurred at about 6:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of Wye Avenue in Jessup. Officials said that it took 15 minutes to get the fire under control, and that six people from the nearby home had evacuated before firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
This Charlotte rock quintet (formerly Harvard, before they changed their name earlier this month to the wonky H RV RD) almost didn't make the cut because of this eye-rolling mission statement (edited down here but in-tact enough to preserve its pomposity): "And their craft is not relegated to the passive listening experience of a travel soundtrack or the background drone found at any social function. It transcends these and culminates in a live spectacle fueled as much by passion and human sweat as it is the desire and ache to share it; because it is what they love.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 19, 2009
Charles Leroy Widerman, who owned and operated a Baltimore County recreational vehicle business for more than 40 years, died Wednesday in his sleep at his Rockdale home. He was 81. Mr. Widerman was born and raised in Rockdale and was a graduate of Randallstown High School. He served as a sergeant in the Army from 1950 to 1953. After being discharged from the service, Mr. Widerman worked as an auto parts salesman for Mid-Atlantic Automotive in Baltimore before establishing his own company, Charlie's Camping Center, in 1964 on Liberty Road in Randallstown.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | April 8, 2009
A professional drag racer was sentenced Tuesday by a Howard County judge to nine years in jail for assault in a road rage incident that culminated with him pointing a gun at a woman in the parking lot of a Columbia restaurant last summer. John Palmer Higgins of Fayetteville, N.C., pleaded guilty to first-degree assault after the Aug. 17 incident that began when the recreational vehicle he was driving - with a rig attached to his drag racer - sideswiped a car. Prosecutors said the other driver, Cynthia Eskridge, followed the RV to an Applebee's parking lot on Benson Drive, not far from Interstate 95 and Route 175. Higgins pointed a gun into her car and uttered racial epithets to Eskridge, who is African-American.
FEATURES
By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 28, 2006
The best thing about RV, Barry Sonnenfeld's remake (in spirit, if not in name) of National Lampoon's Vacation, is that it's a comedy in which Robin Williams gets to play someone other than Robin Williams. Yes, Williams in short bursts can be one of the funniest men on the planet, but spread over an entire film - not to mention an entire film canon - his manic, rapid-fire schtick can prove wearying. RV gives him the chance to ratchet down his persona and gives the film's other actors a chance to shine as well.
FEATURES
By ALBANY TIMES UNION | October 11, 1998
And you thought owning an RV was all about collecting bumper stickers and driving slowly uphill.Not according to Dorothy and David Counts, two retired professors of anthropology who applied their science to the world of motor homes and travel trailers and found a subculture that is more complex than might appear at first blush.Rather than being a conservative group of old loners, the ranks of full-time recreational vehicle owners are full of a modern, highly social breed of beatniks or hippies, albeit with plusher wheels.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | August 15, 2007
Gita Ladd, principal cellist for the Baltimore Opera Company, got her first rave review at the age of 4, then went on to win Grammys with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and perform with Yo-Yo Ma. Now she really has arrived, having been crowned rowdiest fan at the Tioga County Fair Demolition Derby. Ladd bagged the award Friday up near Wellsboro, Pa., where she was appearing in the Endless Mountain Music Festival. Ladd had a day off, so she and a group of about a dozen fellow musicians decided to take in their first derby.
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