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By LAURA VOZZELLA | December 11, 2005
His kids were young. The yard kinda bare. So Joseph Simon shelled out for a little Colorado blue spruce, planted it smack in front of his Hamilton Cape Cod and dolled it up with lights at Christmas. The kids grew. The tree grew. The kids had kids. The tree grew some more, so much that Simon started using a long stick to hang the lights, then a ladder. It soared to 25 feet. And then, the other day, the city hacked it down. No, this is not a tale of municipal tree trimming gone awry. Simon invited the city to take down his spruce so it could serve as Baltimore's official Christmas tree.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
The Boathouse Canton is a real beauty. The restaurant and bar, located in the Tindeco Wharf apartment complex, makes excellent use of its waterfront location. From what we saw, people are responding. The restaurant was busy each time we visited, on a late Saturday afternoon, an early weeknight evening and a weekday lunch. The waterfront dining patio, just off the main dining room, looks to be a popular perch, as does the expansive bar area, which appears to be attracting a fairly broad range of age groups But patrons are filling up the dining areas, too, which is a change from when this former power station housed Bay Cafe, a long-running Canton institution that was known for its real palm trees and beach parties.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 9, 2003
We would like to plant a tall evergreen screen to block the sight and sound of road traffic. Would you recommend spruce, pine or hemlock trees? If you want a thick evergreen screen, spruce would be the best choice for our area. The Canadian hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a beautiful plant; however, it is being attacked throughout the Northeast by a small insect called the hemlock wooly adelgid. The infestation is severe, and these trees are no longer recommended for planting in our area.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
A sprawling paint factory in industrial South Baltimore might be the last place you'd expect to attract hummingbirds. But Sherwin-Williams might now start drawing nectar-loving birds and more with native wildflowers, American beautyberry and pine trees it's planting at its manufacturing complex on Hollins Ferry Road. The effort is aimed at creating a more pleasant workplace, enhancing the neighborhood and helping clean up the harbor. Sherwin-Williams is one of a handful of companies - some with checkered environmental records - that have signed on to spruce up their properties, part of a new initiative to enlist businesses, nonprofits and government agencies there in helping to boost the city's anemic tree canopy, attract more wildlife and restore its degraded urban waters.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 13, 1995
MENDHAM, N.J. -- Every few years since 1984, the suitors from Rockefeller Center came calling, and every time, the nuns demurred.They were flattered. But they were not going to part with the towering, perfectly sculptured evergreen that had stood by the front door to their convent for more than half a century, blessing them with shade in summer and solace in winter.Then they grew worried. The tree was getting older, taller, which rendered it more vulnerable to elements and ailments. The nuns wanted an end for it more glorious than lightning or rot.So, gardeners from Rockefeller Center plan to cut it down tomorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
If your DVD copy of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has you in a tree-cutting mood, then gather up the fam and head out to one of these local cut-and-haul farms. Just make sure that you know how high your ceilings are before you decide on that perfect specimen. For guidance, check out our annual guide to the area's choose-your-own tree farms. As in years past, we suggest you call ahead to ensure that the type of tree you're looking for is still available. ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY Friendship Trees 6950 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship.
NEWS
By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | November 20, 2005
Harry Mancha readily admits that he is regifting this holiday and that the recipient knows. But both parties in this gift exchange are grateful. The Norway spruce that Mancha gave to his wife, Suzanne, 14 years ago became the couple's present to all of Carroll County last week. "Now, it is our Christmas present to the county," said Mancha, one of more than a dozen residents to offer the county a free pine tree. The 30-foot, lush green pine, pruned and nurtured at their Manchester home for the past 1 1/2 decades, is gracing the entrance to the County Office Building in Westminster.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 17, 1997
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton went last week on a domestic trip with a small contingent of press at the back of her plane. For the first time, she sat down recently with a group of reporters to talk about her pet issues.The only thing unusual about these firsts is that it took the first lady a second term in the White House to agree to them.Trying to deflect the layers of controversy that have been as much a part of her persona as rotating hairstyles and a three-prong name, Mrs. Clinton, 49, has embarked on a new, long-term strategy to spruce up her image, put out some of the sparks that crackle around her and help the public get to know her better.
SPORTS
November 28, 1991
NEW YORK -- Acero, the lesser half of a Richard Schosberg-trained entry, led at every call and captured the $31,000 Irish Dude at Aqueduct yesterday.Acero and highly regarded stablemate Three Chopt Road went off the odds-on favorite and returned $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Acero, ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., and carrying 115 pounds, finished two lengths ahead of Spruce Baby, 107, with Hugh McMahon up. Spruce Baby was another 10 lengths ahead of Three Chopt Road, 117, ridden by Herb McCauley, in the field of seven 3-year-olds and up.The win was the third in 10 career starts for Acero, who covered 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 51 3/5 seconds for the $18,600 winner's purse.
NEWS
June 1, 2004
On May 29, 2004 GLORIA E. SCUTT (nee Kauffman) of Pikesville, formerly of Philadephia, PA. Loving mother of Janet Pressler, Jeffery Scutt, and James Scutt; beloved grandmother of Amy, Daniel, Julia, Andrew, Lauren, Anna and Kate. A Memorial service will be held in her memory on Saturday, June 5 at 11 A.M. at the Trinity Memorial Church, 2207 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flower contributions may be made in Ms. Scutt's name to the Community Outreach Partnership, 2212 Spruce Street, Philadephia, PA 19103.
EXPLORE
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 23, 2013
The Hampden Family Center is already benefiting from A Taste of Hampden, the annual fundraiser that takes place Thursday, Oct. 24. In recent days, the family center, 1104 West 36th St., received an exterior face lift in anticipation of the event, with the community raising money for a new awning and volunteers painting the inside of the building. "How nice is that?" marveled Lisa Ghinger, executive director of the center. The center is benefiting in other ways too. Daniel Wylie, owner of the clothing store Sixteen Tons, is donating his services as a deejay at the event.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Water gushes over Domino Sugar's packaging building, washing off grit, fly ash and other gunk - so much of it that the cleaned-up facade is a noticeably lighter shade of brown. The building had plenty of time to collect whatever the weather and long-gone industry threw its way. It's the first time Domino cleaned it in the 25 years refinery manager Stu FitzGibbon has been there, and it's possibly a first since the plant opened in 1922. Domino spent decades focusing its spending on the inner workings of its 25-building Baltimore complex - the parts with a direct impact on refining and transporting sugar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Company's coming to Pimlico Race Course . For the throngs expected at Saturday's Preakness, the hospitality team at Pimlico Race Course is bringing in 7,000 pounds of crab meat and 3,000 pounds of aged tenderloin. Did someone remember to get ice? Yes: 30,000 bags of frozen water are already in place. Those were just a few of the items on the Preakness list of Tommy Inzer, director of hospitality for the Maryland Jockey Club, which has been hosting the Preakness since 1873.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Restaurants in Baltimore are sprucing up for spring. Homeslyce Pizza Bar , with locations downtown and in Riverside, has just added an extensive list of vegan options to its menu, including pizza, calzones, sandwiches and nachos. Homeslyce wants vegans to know they're taking vegan cuisine seriously. They're using Daiya brand mozzarella-style shreds and they've brought in a full line of vegan pepperoni, sausage, steak and chicken, all in addition to the vegan-friendly toppings they've always had, like Kalamata olives, mushrooms and grilled vegetables.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
I'm losing one blue spruce after another. Branches die at the base near the trunk, though tips stay green at first. Then it works its way up until the entire tree dies. It takes a few years. I don't see any signs of insects. They're planted on a hill in clay soil. Cytospora canker disease is extremely common on blue spruce. This fungus targets blue spruce stressed by drought or poor site conditions. Spores invade through openings such as mower wounds. Older (lower) branches are more susceptible than younger ones.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2012
A vision for the "greening" of downtown Baltimore is taking shape after city leaders proposed ambitious steps to keep and attract businesses and residents by making public areas more inviting. An open-space plan unveiled last February by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore calls for a network of spaces that link neighborhoods to the downtown by offering "visual cues," pleasant streetscapes and activities to propel pedestrians from one block to the next. The plan, the first of its kind for the downtown, envisions new or enhanced parks and plazas, as well as livelier streetscapes and public spaces that feature regular activities.
ENTERTAINMENT
By CANDUS THOMPSON | June 8, 2000
You easily can make a weekend of "peak bagging" by adding the highpoints in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Before you groan, remember that both mountains have driveable roads to the top. And back at work on Monday, you get bragging rights at the coffee pot. Start the weekend with 3,213-foot Mount Davis, just outside Salisbury, Pa. From Interstate 68, take Route 219 north. In Salisbury, pick up Route 669 east. Go just over 7 miles and turn right onto Christner Road (it's gravel). It's just 2.3 miles to the parking area at the base of the observation tower.
NEWS
February 24, 1991
Harford County residents turned in 3,346 Christmas trees in January for recycling. That's a 334 percent increase over the number of treesbrought in for recycling last year.Kim Ayres, a spokeswoman for the county Bureau of Environmental Affairs, said the Bel Air collection site received 1,600 trees, more than any one of the four other collection sites.However, most of those dropping off trees for mulching turned down coupons to receive free a 3-year-old Norway spruce seedling."They said they were just happy that Harford County had the program," Ayres said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
South Baltimore's had a prolific year in nightlife. Barfly's, Barracudas and the Park Bench are just a few of the bars that have popped up. The latest is the Feisty Goat, a sports bar on Key Highway that is as low-key as those other new bars. Open since last month, Feisty Goat is an agreeable sports bar, adequate for sports fans looking for a no-frills atmosphere to watch a game. But, it could use some improvements in service, atmosphere and variety. Located on the first floor of a rowhouse on Key Highway, the bar has the feeling of someone's basement rec room.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2011
The Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system has undergone a $201,000 makeover. The work included installation of pendant light fixtures and new shelving in the fiction, magazine, juvenile and teens areas. The fiction area also boasts new carpeting. The project, which was completed at more than $20,000 under its estimated $222,000 cost, also created space for two small study rooms. A grant from the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Library Development and Services paid about half the renovations cost.Officials will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the 320 York Road location.
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