December 10, 2012
Wally Vait has a good eye for such things, so I'm not surprised that during a hike Saturday on the North Central Railroad Trail in Freeland, he spotted an Eastern garter snake on a sun-splashed rock. The question: What was it doing there, after one of the coldest Novembers on record, and with the winter solstice two weeks away? Did a snake aboveground portend doom for us all, as in the purported Mayan prophecy for Dec. 21, 2012? Was this a sign of the Almighty's unhappiness with Maryland's same-sex marriage law?
September 6, 2012
I am thinking about refreshing the paint colors in my house this fall, especially in the kitchen and in the bedroom. What kind of new color palette are you seeing right now, particularly for those rooms? While there are always new color trends emerging in interior design, when refreshing the color palette in your home, the focus should be on the way you combine colors so you can get a fresh new look without abandoning the hues that appeal to your own taste. In the kitchen, where there is generally minimal wall space and appliances are white, black or stainless-steel, adding bursts of color to the walls can make a statement without overpowering the room.
July 29, 2012
The Hill Family Center Y, 1719 Sykesville Road (Route 32), Westminster, will host a Kid's Sprint Triathlon and Splash and Dash on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. Children will have the opportunity to participate in either the Kid's Sprint Triathlon, which includes swimming, biking and running; or the Splash and Dash, which includes swimming and running. Both events are broken down into age groups, 5- to 8-year-olds and 8- to 12-year-olds. The Spring Triathlon will begin at 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 8 and 1:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. The Splash and Dash starts at 11:15 a.m. for ages 5 to 8, and 11:30 for ages 8 to 12. Cost for the Kid's Sprint Triathlon is $25 for members; $35 for non-members; and for the Splash and Dash, it's $15 members, $25 non-members.
July 18, 2012
Blaine Young isn't exactly a household name in Maryland, but the prospective contender for the Republican GOP nomination has to be a bit better known in political circles after the splash he made at the annual political rite of passage known as the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Wednesday. Young, president of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners, brought a busload of supporters to the Eastern Shore fishing port to promote his increasingly credible candidacy.
June 2, 2012
The first time Kevin Kelly saw Steve Lombardozzi, he wondered whether the boy could make the throw from shortstop to first base. Lombardozzi was a freshman trying to make the Atholton varsity team. Kelly, the coach, had heard that Lombardozzi, the son of a major leaguer, could play, but he stood 5 feet 2, 110 pounds. "He was a little guy," Kelly said. Lombardozzi made the team, but Kelly played him at double-play depth at all times, just so he could make the throw. In the coming years, Lombardozzi played such flawless defense that scouts came to Atholton to watch him. They would tell Kelly that Lombardozzi did not possess the size or the arm strength to play professionally.
September 30, 2011
Got a call today from Rob Goldman, the Columbia Association vice president, chief operating officer and longtime poobah when it comes to CA athletic facilities. Referencing my column this week about the Splashdown water slide, he pointed out that there are more places for active indoor birthday parties in these parts than I let on. He's right, of course. There's the Shadowland laser tag place, which I've been to myself on more than one occasion (I'm just a kid; don't make me grow up)