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August 22, 2011
Republicans complain that President Obama is taking a vacation, yet they seem unconcerned by the fact that Congress is scheduled to be in session only 137 days this year Republican candidates andSarah Palin are concerned about the fact that President Obama is taking a vacation. Yet they demonstrate very little concern about the fact that Congress is scheduled to be in session only 137 days this year. Where is their sense of urgency? Miriam Zadek, Rehoboth, Del.
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By Donna Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a new eco-friendly vacation village nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, they'll find the best of both worlds. Following a soft opening in fall 2013, the retreat officially opened to guests June 27. Tucked away on 15 wooded acres replete with towering oak, hickory and hemlock trees, various flora, fauna and a quiet stream, the property boasts 14 environmentally conscious, compact and energy-efficient cabins (ranging from 300 to 450 square feet)
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BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | May 16, 2011
You might look forward to a vacation as a chance to unplug, but Consumer Reports recommends you take that advice literally. There are money-saving errands you might complete before leaving your home for a trip, such as eating up perishable groceries and putting vacation stops on your newspapers and mail. But don't neglect to unplug your idle appliances and turn down your water heater. You might remember this from previous discussions of 'vampire power', but electric-powered DVD players and battery chargers will all draw a constant amount of power even when you're not home.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
J. Robert Clark's letter ( "Waivers are for lazy teachers," March 30) is particularly disturbing since I spent 42 years in Baltimore classrooms. He attacks teachers as being lazy because they want waivers to excuse snow days. Then he throws in that he is a Baltimore County bus driver who doesn't get paid much and then moves to attack U.S. educational performance, followed by a tirade against the Common Core curriculum. If he had any focus to his rant, it seems to be that teachers are lazy.
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Susan Reimer | October 24, 2012
For a while there, we vacationed with Lance Armstrong every summer. And Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer and Floyd Landis. All the boys. They'd be in France, of course, while we were at the shore in Delaware. But the nasal British drone of Phil Liggett calling the Tour de France was as much the soundtrack of those vacations as the muffled rumble of the waves. The mountain vistas and the lovely little towns of France as recognizable as our ocean sunrises and our favorite shops and restaurants.
HEALTH
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The director of Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid ongoing technical problems and questions about a Caribbean vacation she took while the online marketplace faltered. Rebecca Pearce, hired two years ago to build a $107 million exchange, leaves her post as officials struggle to repair the system that launched Oct. 1. The exchange's rocky start and low enrollment have become ammunition for political attacks on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was tasked by the governor with overseeing the state's implementation of the federal health care reform law. The board of the Maryland Heath Benefit Exchange accepted Pearce's resignation during an emergency session Friday night.
HEALTH
By Shanti Lewis, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center will provide a post on nutrition topics for The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). This week, Shanti Lewis weighs in on vacation dining. How do you eat healthfully and maintain your weight when you have long flights ahead and eat out almost every night while on vacation? Because of the limited fare on flights, many travelers indulge in fast food and choose beverages that can be dehydrating before boarding their planes.
TRAVEL
By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
West Virginia's New River Gorge area was already a destination for adrenaline junkies, but now the thrill factor has reached new heights. Two hundred feet, to be precise. That's the height at the highest point of Gravity, the mile-long zip line that is the latest attraction at the growing Adventures on the Gorge vacation complex. Participants jump from platforms high in the trees, reaching speeds of 40 mph to 60 mph as they glide along zip lines that take them whizzing through the West Virginia forest.
SPORTS
December 19, 1994
Milton Kent is on vacation. His "On the Air" TV/radio column will be resumed Jan. 2.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The story is a familiar one for many Maryland homeowners living along eastern Baltimore County's shoreline: The appeal, initially, is in having a summer vacation cottage. That is, until the inhabitants realize that with a bit of remodeling and updating, they can live in their dream home on the water all year long. This was the case for Bill and Jo Ann Loeliger and their three children, Erin, Kelsey and Burk. Their contemporary three-story home sits high on a bank off the south shore of the Middle River near Turkey Point - a setting quite different from that of their previous home in northern Baltimore County.
TRAVEL
By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library . When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the experience. "One of my favorite hotels is The Library Hotel in New York City," said Hayden, president emeritus of the American Library Association. "It's definitely more than a hotel stay; it's a literary experience. " Housed in a 1912 Neo¿Gothic style "sliver building" - just 25 feet wide and 100 feet long - the luxury hotel is located steps from the New York Public Library.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
A one-of-a-kind oboe belonging to a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was reportedly stolen outside a Montreal hotel Tuesday morning. With the BSO season starting in less than a month, she's anxious to get it back. “We all are very wedded to these instruments,” said Katherine Needleman, principal oboist for the BSO. “It's very special to me. It's the only one like it.” Needleman said the oboe was a prototype, made by Yamaha while she was working with the company in developing a new model.
NEWS
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 Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Wayne and Wende Allen found a second home, their vacation escape, in a convenient location - 24 miles from their Harford County home. "Most of our friends who have second homes have them at the beach, in the mountains down south," said Wende Allen, a 46-year-old physician's assistant at a fertility clinic in Bel Air. "That's where you typically think your vacation home should be, hours away. But we have found our paradise retreat in our same county, our same comfortable community; yet it feels like we've escaped.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
The Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it's a safe bet that a lot of Marylanders will hit the roads to Ocean City and beyond. As often happens when mid-summer vacations beckon, gas prices are up and motorists may be tempted to fume about the state's fuel taxes, which increased on July 1. They shouldn't. If anyone wants to find a culprit for rising gasoline prices, they should look to Iraq and other suppliers and not Annapolis.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | August 29, 2012
Here's a modest proposal I offer free of charge to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney: Every American should get a mandatory minimum of three week's paid vacation a year. Most Americans only get two weeks off right now. But many don't even take the full two weeks out of fear of losing their jobs. One in four gets no paid vacation at all, not even holidays. About 40 percent of U.S. workers, or more than 55 million Americans, don't get paid when they take vacation or sick days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
We're back home after a longer-than-usual vacation, and it was simply fantastic. All the time together came with a realization: My boys, especially the preschooler, are growing up. I feel like, with Aaron, who's 7 months old, I've been making an effort to revel in the little moments and savor his babyhood. Thanks to his big brother, I know exactly how fleeting this time can be. And since we've decided we're a two-and-through family, I know I won't be doing this again. One of my favorite times of day is during daycare drop-off, when I'm walking Aaron in his car seat from the side of the building where Isaac's class is to the other side.
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.
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster | June 10, 2014
As mentioned in yesterday's column , Daniel Bryan's rehab wasn't going as well as hoped.  On Monday's RAW, that was made official when the Authority vacated the title and announced it would be put on the line in a seven-man ladder match. They announced the first two participants of the match quickly, saying Alberto Del Rio earned his shot last week, and also put Randy Orton into the match.  Later in the night, Sheamus and Cesaro also earned their shots in qualifying matches.  You can read about my early thoughts on who should win the match in yesterday's column, but there are two questions that remain after RAW. The first is who will the three remaining competitors be?
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