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May 9, 2012
At my son's parent/tot pre-school class earlier this week, we created lists of things we want to do this summer. The thinking is that if you write them down, putting pen (or pencil) to paper and put them somewhere for everyone to see, you're more apt to do them and less likely to ignore them. (I'm also somewhat copying colleague Marissa Gallo, who wrote a similar etc. column for today's Aegis .) So here's what I want to do this summer, some of these involve the kids, others they may not be so interested in. Take Henry fishing.
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By David Hanlin | October 2, 2014
Comptroller Peter Franchot, by starting a petition drive, has embarked on a policy initiative to require all Maryland public schools start the school calendar after Labor Day. His policy proposal is given political cover through a commission report from the "Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. " That commission report is flawed, and I believe misguided. It will have deleterious consequences that have not been fully considered. The tagline for his campaign, "Let Summer Be Summer," speaks volumes.
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June 1, 2011
Reading the area newspapers the last few weeks has been very confusing. On the front page of one it talks about funding the educations of illegal aliens while on the very same page it talks about defunding our Distinguished Scholars (that would be the legal students who worked very hard). If you turned to the next page you could read all about Maryland's great schools yet still find a chart showing the student groups who are being left behind and forced to take remedial classes in college just to compete (after graduating from these "great schools")
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Frances M. "Peg" Spath, a homemaker who enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City , died July 22 of a stroke at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was 98. The daughter of Dr. John Milton King, a dentist, and Francesca Heinekamp King, a homemaker, Frances Margaret King was born in Norwich, Conn., and when she was 9, moved with her family to Baltimore. After graduating in 1933 from the old Seton High School, where she played varsity basketball, she went to work as a comptometer operator — using an early adding machine — at the old Esso Oil Co. refinery in Canton.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
If the falling leaves, shorter days and the return of traffic jams on the JFX have you pining for those lost, carefree days of summer, we commiserate — especially after we tried to drown our end-of-summer blues in a sunny strawberries-and-creme Frappuccino only to discover it had been replaced with a dead leaf-colored, pumpkin-spiced concoction. But rather than get your Halloween witch-face on prematurely, perhaps it's better to take the make-lemonade approach and begin planning your travels for next summer.
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May 30, 2012
By Bailey Shiffler Special to The Baltimore Sun A summer vacation implies relaxation, but it doesn't guarantee it. In the age of 24-hour connectivity, it's nearly impossible to clear the mind and give in to leisure. Even when lying on the sands of a tropical beach or on the deck of a cruise ship, it's tough not to think of emails piling up, the impending family reunion or the bills left to pay. Use these tips from relaxation experts — from an aesthetician to doctors and a yoga teacher — to make the most of your time away from work this summer.
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By David Hanlin | October 2, 2014
Comptroller Peter Franchot, by starting a petition drive, has embarked on a policy initiative to require all Maryland public schools start the school calendar after Labor Day. His policy proposal is given political cover through a commission report from the "Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. " That commission report is flawed, and I believe misguided. It will have deleterious consequences that have not been fully considered. The tagline for his campaign, "Let Summer Be Summer," speaks volumes.
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August 3, 2011
100 Years Ago An article in the Aug. 5, 1911, edition of The Argus reported on some hardy residents' ambitious plans for a summer vacation adventure in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York . Messrs . Benjamin Whitely and Harold Phillips of Catonsville, and Mr. Frederick R. Huber , of Baltimore, left last Friday for a month's canoeing in the lakes of Northern New York, and from accounts of their previous experiences...
TRAVEL
By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | June 14, 2009
With most schools closed or closing this week, the summer vacation season moves into full swing for many families. This year, job uncertainty and economic woes seem to have put a lot of travel plans in flux. Some destinations report that visitors are waiting until the last minute to make reservations and when they do, they're bargaining for - and often receiving - lower prices. Good for them. It may be too far a stretch to say the annual rite of summer travel is in danger, but HomeAway.
TRAVEL
By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Special to the Sun | May 25, 2008
With the weak dollar, record gas prices and fears of a recession, it's not surprising that many Americans are rethinking one of life's great pleasures: summer vacation. But once you travel, it's not something you give up easily. As Christine Delise, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, puts it: "Maybe it means giving up Starbucks or eating on the cheap for a week. People are going to make sacrifices -- but what they are not going to sacrifice is their summer vacation." In celebration of the summer vacation season that officially starts this weekend, here are 20 tips to help you recession-proof your holiday.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
Monday was the last day of school for public school students in Baltimore and Baltimore County, and the rest of the area school systems will wrap up by week's end. For most students, parents and educators, this will be remembered as a challenging (and extended) year with stronger-than-usual storms stemming from both a brutal winter and a debate about education reform. Call it the year of the common snow. The temptation after such a trying nine months might be to regard the next several purely as vacation time - at least once matters of child care, summer camp or family getaways are factored in. And while there ought to be a certain amount of fun and family time in the life of every school-age child, the mistake would be to regard education purely as something that takes place only in the context of the 185-day school calendar.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
"Ping Pong Summer" envisions a time when a kid's biggest worry was showing off at the local arcade, when a beach-side cookout with your weird relatives could become the stuff of family legend, when friends were all that really mattered and appearing cool was the toughest challenge a guy could face. Sounds like life in Ocean City , Md., doesn't it? And that's exactly what it is… Suffused with all the warmth '80s nostalgia could possibly engender, director Michael Tully's ode to ocean-side living in the era of Ronald Reagan, "Space Invaders" and "Miami Vice" is perhaps overly affectionate and could use a little more zing in its step.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
If the falling leaves, shorter days and the return of traffic jams on the JFX have you pining for those lost, carefree days of summer, we commiserate — especially after we tried to drown our end-of-summer blues in a sunny strawberries-and-creme Frappuccino only to discover it had been replaced with a dead leaf-colored, pumpkin-spiced concoction. But rather than get your Halloween witch-face on prematurely, perhaps it's better to take the make-lemonade approach and begin planning your travels for next summer.
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By Elizabeth Heubeck | August 27, 2013
The office of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recently released a report suggesting that Maryland students start school after Labor Day so that families can take one last summer-fling vacation, thereby giving the state a nearly $75 million economic boost. I haven't crunched any numbers on the topic but, as a parent with school-age children, I believe the report's glowing financial projections fail to take into account several factors that work against this predicted surge in tourism-related dollars.
NEWS
August 21, 2013
As an educational consultant and adjunct faculty member at Towson University, I read with dismay state Comptroller Peter Franchot's suggestion that all Maryland public schools should begin after Labor Day (" Post-Labor Day school start pushed as economic benefit, Aug. 15). He suggested two reasons for this, the first being that a later school opening would encourage more Maryland families to take another vacation at the ocean or in one of the resorts in Western Maryland, which would increase the revenues for businesses in those areas.
SPORTS
By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
There's a good chance you would have run into Devon Saddler this summer if you wandered into the Bob Carpenter Center most days at 6 a.m. If you came back at 11 a.m., the Aberdeen grad would likely still have been on the court at Delaware's basketball facility. If you strolled back into the Blue Hens' arena between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., it's probable that you would have encountered Saddler again. What better way to end a summer day - which also included weight lifting and class - than four more hours in the gym?
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2012
Baltimore County Public Library's summer reading club had the most participants ever this year, with more than 48,400 taking part. That was an increase of more than 2,400 participants over last year's program, library officials said. The program began 35 years ago and is designed to help students keep up their reading over summer vacation. People of all ages could join the reading club, which ended in August. The program had about 3,500 participants in 1984, when officials began keeping statistics.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
It's the final week of summer vacation for many kids, including my boys. I've been trying to get them on schedule that at least resembles the East Coast time zone, but it's been hard. I'd like for the tween to be in bed by 10 and the teen in bed by 11, but both are still staying up until midnight or later. Even worse, I fear, is that they have grown accustomed to sleeping until noon. A friend with boys almost the same age as mine has a different philosophy. She's been letting the boys sleep late as a final indulgence of the summer vacation.
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