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By JACQUES KELLY | April 22, 2009
Dorothy R. Mohler, a Catonsville matriarch who left 73 descendants and was a World War II plane spotter, died of kidney failure Sunday at her home. She was 104. Dorothy Rigg was born in Reading, Pa., and was educated on the campus of the old St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg from the time she was 9. As a 13 year-old, she met her future husband, Donald I. Mohler, a builder, who was then 23, while on a Thanksgiving visit to Catonsville with a school chum....
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
The National Weather Service's local forecast office is training more people to join its network of severe weather spotters, who help meteorologists observe and predict hazardous weather. Baltimore County government is hosting meteorologists from the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va., on Sept. 16. The meteorologists will teach the weather services introductory "basics" class, which gives an overview about the meteorology behind severe thunderstorms.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1996
Look who's spotting the spotters now.In an undercover attempt to halt what they say is improper towing during Ravens football games, two Baltimore County police officers staked out a Catonsville shopping center Sunday -- and hooked a truck just as it was about to take away a fan's car.The incident could result in a $70 fine and charges for the Baltimore company, All American Towing, under a state traffic law that prohibits the use of a "spotter," someone who...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
Certified weather spotters across the country helped provide much of the data proving the strength of Hurricane Sandy and the effects of this week's nor'easter. Baltimore is hosting an opportunity for those who want to join in the weather watching in future storms. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the National Weather Service for a Skywarn training class Jan. 9. The weather service's Skywarn basics class prepares weather watchers to report possible tornadoes, severe storms, heavy winds and flooding.
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January 24, 2012
While the BWI snowfall was 0.4 inches, the National Weather Service spotters around the region found up to 2.6 inches. The 2.6 inches was measured by a spotter in Parkton. Other totals include 1.2 in Pimlico, 1.8 in Perry Hall and 1.4 in Savage. See more spotter totals here.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1996
The manager of a Cherry Hill towing company has denied using a "spotter" to help locate illegally parked cars at a Catonsville shopping center during Ravens games, a practice prohibited by state law.William Frank Walls Sr. of Taneytown said yesterday the company he manages, All American Towing, did not use a spotter, or lookout, to identify cars at 40 West Shopping Center on Sept. 29 or Oct. 27."We don't spot parking lots," said Walls, who said his company towed 10 cars Sept. 29 from the lot across from a filled Mass Transit Administration park-and-ride lot at Route 40 West and Geipe Road used by fans taking a shuttle to Memorial Stadium.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
Johnny Holliday, longtime radio voice of the Maryland Terps and current Washington Nationals broadcaster, recalls with fondness his very first conversation with Art Modell.  In 1962, Holliday was a disc jockey spinning records from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cleveland radio station WHK. One day he learned that the Browns' public address announcer had passed away. Thinking he might audition for the job, Holliday called the Browns' main switchboard and asked to speak to Modell, the team's owner.
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By Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the Howard County Historical Society library | June 26, 1994
25 Years Ago (Week of June 15-21, 1969):* Two grants were provided by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation of the Department of the Interior for the development of neighborhood parks in the county: $3,862.50, which would be matched by the county, was designated for developing a softball field and installing playground equipment at Elkridge Elementary School, and $3,347.50, also to be matched by the county, would provide playground equipment at the Savage Park site.* Dr. Alfred J. Smith, president of Howard County Community College, spoke at ground-breaking ceremonies for the college's first building.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 27, 2000
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - If the frowny face that firefighter Alli Cushman has drawn under one day's entry in her personal planner isn't clear enough, the two words that accompany it certainly are: "LOST FIRE." "That one got away," she grimaces, remembering the recent out-of-control blaze in western Wyoming. Cushman is a smokejumper, one of the elite paratroopers of the firefighting ranks. They parachute into remote wildlands to put out small fires before they become big ones - something they manage to do about 95 percent of the time.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | October 2, 1992
The trend-trackers say we're heading toward war within the former Soviet Union. They say we're in for a decade of unparalleled affluence. They say, "Two words: crunchy raisins."You keep reading about the trend toward healthier lifestyles, the trend toward outlet shopping, the trend toward ethnic foods, the trend toward microwave dryers, the trend toward eco-consciousness, the trend toward family values.Where do they come up with this stuff?We talked to a variety of trend-trackers, from Ph.Ds to Kmart dilettantes, to discover how they do it.It turns out most forecasters are trackers and hackers -- surfing the data bases looking for that big trend wave, dissecting the hearts and minds of Ma and Pa Consumer, and occasionally letting their own imaginations run wild to ride that vision thing.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
Johnny Holliday, longtime radio voice of the Maryland Terps and current Washington Nationals broadcaster, recalls with fondness his very first conversation with Art Modell.  In 1962, Holliday was a disc jockey spinning records from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cleveland radio station WHK. One day he learned that the Browns' public address announcer had passed away. Thinking he might audition for the job, Holliday called the Browns' main switchboard and asked to speak to Modell, the team's owner.
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January 24, 2012
While the BWI snowfall was 0.4 inches, the National Weather Service spotters around the region found up to 2.6 inches. The 2.6 inches was measured by a spotter in Parkton. Other totals include 1.2 in Pimlico, 1.8 in Perry Hall and 1.4 in Savage. See more spotter totals here.
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By JACQUES KELLY | April 22, 2009
Dorothy R. Mohler, a Catonsville matriarch who left 73 descendants and was a World War II plane spotter, died of kidney failure Sunday at her home. She was 104. Dorothy Rigg was born in Reading, Pa., and was educated on the campus of the old St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg from the time she was 9. As a 13 year-old, she met her future husband, Donald I. Mohler, a builder, who was then 23, while on a Thanksgiving visit to Catonsville with a school chum....
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By Jacques Kelly | February 7, 2008
Robert R. "Robby" Robertson Sr., who coined the phrase "Ain't the beer cold" while working alongside veteran sportscaster Chuck Thompson, died of heart disease Sunday at the Maryland Masonic Home. The former Timonium resident was 88. Born in Phillippi, W.Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1946. With his wife, the former Helen Horstsneider, he owned Robert's Cafe on McElderry Street in East Baltimore. He later owned two Sinclair service stations, one on Sherwood Road and a second on York Road near Anneslie.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER | November 18, 2007
Henry "Ed" Phipps, a retired production manager of an oil burner business who was a civilian submarine chaser off the beaches of Ocean City, Delaware and New Jersey during World War II, died of an aneurysm Nov. 9 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Cockeysville resident was 93. Born Henry Edmond Phipps in Baltimore and raised on Melville Avenue in Waverly, he was a 1931 Polytechnic Institute graduate and received his air pilot's license in the 1930s after training at the old Logan Field in Dundalk.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2004
When weather forecasters warn of an approaching storm, Christine Iacarino stays glued to the television and the Internet. A prediction of snowfall overnight? She says it's all she can do to get to sleep. "I think it's the drama," says Iacarino, a social worker from the Fullerton area of Baltimore County. "And I like to be informed about what's coming my way." Iacarino says she endured plenty of teasing from her husband about being such a "weather nerd" that she would spend a Wednesday evening in a government building's cafeteria, watching slides of cloud formations and video clips of tornadoes.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
Certified weather spotters across the country helped provide much of the data proving the strength of Hurricane Sandy and the effects of this week's nor'easter. Baltimore is hosting an opportunity for those who want to join in the weather watching in future storms. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the National Weather Service for a Skywarn training class Jan. 9. The weather service's Skywarn basics class prepares weather watchers to report possible tornadoes, severe storms, heavy winds and flooding.
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By Jacques Kelly | February 7, 2008
Robert R. "Robby" Robertson Sr., who coined the phrase "Ain't the beer cold" while working alongside veteran sportscaster Chuck Thompson, died of heart disease Sunday at the Maryland Masonic Home. The former Timonium resident was 88. Born in Phillippi, W.Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1946. With his wife, the former Helen Horstsneider, he owned Robert's Cafe on McElderry Street in East Baltimore. He later owned two Sinclair service stations, one on Sherwood Road and a second on York Road near Anneslie.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2002
They're perched high above the front stretch at every Winston Cup race - wearing radio headsets and leaning on a railing, standing straight or sitting on the edge of the roof, their legs dangling over the side, more than 100 feet in the air. No matter their posture, however, they will be focused on the racetrack. These are spotters, and it is each one's job to be the eyes of a Winston Cup driver, watching for trouble and helping him avoid it. There are no NASCAR guidelines for the job of spotter - until last week, there was not even a rule requiring the use of one. Still, there are no written rules, no test to pass for this demanding position.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 27, 2000
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - If the frowny face that firefighter Alli Cushman has drawn under one day's entry in her personal planner isn't clear enough, the two words that accompany it certainly are: "LOST FIRE." "That one got away," she grimaces, remembering the recent out-of-control blaze in western Wyoming. Cushman is a smokejumper, one of the elite paratroopers of the firefighting ranks. They parachute into remote wildlands to put out small fires before they become big ones - something they manage to do about 95 percent of the time.
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