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By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
On a low-humidity puffy-cloud summer day, 8-year-old Zach Green of Gaithersburg rode a bicycle along the 5-mile Wildlife Drive in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge with his mother, Becky Green, and his grandmother, Andrea Adler, who lives in Bethesda. The three stopped at the first observation site along the drive, propped their bikes on kickstands and began walking up a short boardwalk to the spot where two sets of binoculars were available for searching the marshy grasses and slow-moving Blackwater River.
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By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
On a low-humidity puffy-cloud summer day, 8-year-old Zach Green of Gaithersburg rode a bicycle along the 5-mile Wildlife Drive in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge with his mother, Becky Green, and his grandmother, Andrea Adler, who lives in Bethesda. The three stopped at the first observation site along the drive, propped their bikes on kickstands and began walking up a short boardwalk to the spot where two sets of binoculars were available for searching the marshy grasses and slow-moving Blackwater River.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2010
This bombardment was led by one man — a crane operator who ripped into the brick building at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at dawn's early light. "He's doing what the British couldn't do," park ranger Scott Sheads said jokingly about the contractor hired to demolish the structure at the fort, which defended Baltimore's harbor against the invaders during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that would become the national anthem.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
Join a naturalist on a Tree Walk, Sunday, Aug. 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, located off Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. All ages can discover how to identify local trees by leaf, bark and flower in this informative half-mile hike. Registration is required. Call 301-497-5887 for reservation. Donations to the Friends of Patuxent are appreciated.
NEWS
January 11, 2009
Brad Knudsen, manager of the Patuxent Research Refuge, has announced that the National Wildlife Visitor Center will open to the public Jan. 21 after being renovated. Its new heating and ventilation systems are designed to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective. The annual National Wildlife Refuge System birthday celebration will be held March 14 at the visitor center, and the Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale will be held at the newly renovated facility March 28 and 29. The visitor center will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays.
NEWS
October 14, 1993
The Naval Academy will break ground for a two-story visitor center at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.The facility will be located on the south side of Halsey Field House and will replace the academy's 30-year-old visitors booth in a first-floor corner of Ricketts Hall.The $4.5 million building will include a gift shop and an 80-seat auditorium that will show a film about the life of the midshipmen and the history of the academy. The second floor will contain naval exhibits and an observation deck overlooking the City Dock and the school.
NEWS
May 10, 1995
The Naval Academy will dedicate the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center at 4 p.m. Friday.The $5 million, two-story center, next to Halsey Field House, will contain an exhibit area, a theater, a gift shop and a guide service for tours.Center hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from March to November and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from December to February.Information: 268-3355.POLICE LOG* Annapolis : Someone broke into the Riva Trace Baptist Church in the 2900 block of Riva Trace Parkway early Monday and stole checks and $869.
NEWS
August 20, 2006
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center will offer bird walks for youths ages 16 and older and adults from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 6; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 14; and 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Participants will have an opportunity to search for birds in several refuge habitats on the guided hikes. Field guide and binoculars are recommended. A bird walk for all ages is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 24. "The Basics of Birding" will be taught from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept.
NEWS
December 27, 1996
The county Office of Tourism has printed 75,000 copies of its annual "Calendar of Events." The 1997 edition lists exhibits, farmers' markets, church suppers, holiday events, theatrical productions, tournaments and annual traditions.The front of the booklet features a picture of Union Mills Homestead, which is celebrating its bicentennial next year with a series of events.Demand for the publication has increased so much that the office printed 25,000 more copies this year and began the listings with a Jan. 1 sculpture exhibit by Bart Walter, a local artist.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1999
Hampstead will sell its interest in the town's historic depot to the nonprofit Hampstead Train Station Committee, which has agreed to restore the building and maintain it as a museum and visitor center.The price is $9,200, which the committee would pay in quarterly installments over 10 years at 5 percent interest. No closing date has been set, but the town and committee have come to an agreement, and are waiting for lawyers to draw up a formal contract, said Kenneth Decker, town manager.Both parties have agreed to conditions set by the town to ensure the integrity of the project.
NEWS
By Ron Browning | May 22, 2013
A pleasant Memorial Day weekend, dear readers! Memorial Day observances will be conducted May 27 at 9 a.m. at Angel Hill Cemetery and then proceed to Tydings Memorial Park by 11 a.m. Contact the American Legion Post 47, 410-939-0234. Memorial Day honors deceased veterans of all wars, though it was begun as a tribute to Civil War dead. Falling as it does with our country involved in a major military conflict in Afghanistan, let this be a patriotic inspiration to us all. As we honor our fallen heroes, some very recent, may we remember and cherish the freedoms and liberties for which they fought to defend.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Hello dear readers, Saturday is the 10th Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale (April 27 – raindate April 28). Spaces are available by phoning 410-939-6562, to benefit the Havre de Grace Historic Preservations Commission. A final comprehensive list is available at the visitor center, 450 Pennington Ave. or 226 N. Union Ave. Otherwise, this will get you started: 414 Azra Court; 305 Bounding Home Court; 324, 325 and 330 Cigar Loop; 504, 532 and 534 Counterpoint Circle; 114 Deputed Testamony Place; 100 and 119 Flying Ebony Place; 409 Granville Court; 403, 450 and 507 Majestic Prince Circle; 305 and 306 Master Derby Drive; 313 and 314 Native Dancer Circle; 315 Seattle Slew Place; 214 Smarty Jones Terrace; 146 Snow Chief Drive; 540 Temperance Hill Way; 126 and 136 Touch of Gold Drive; 318 and 319 Victory Gallop Court; 207 War Admiral Way; 234 Whirlaway Lane.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Edgar Allan Poe was possibly the most original literary talent ever to reside in Baltimore, and his death here, in 1849, at the age of 40 left an indelible mark on the city. Today, the house on North Amity Street, west of downtown, where the writer lived and worked for a time during the 1830s is a local landmark that draws visitors from across the country and around the world. But last week the Poe House Museum was forced to close temporarily, after the city ended its decades-long financial support for the institution.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
MGM Resorts International will open a visitor center at National Harbor next week as part of its campaign to win approval to build a "destination" casino at the site on the Potomac River. The international casino and entertainment company said it will open a storefront center along the mixed-use development's main drag to offer visitors information about its plans, which will likely be decided in a referendum on gambling in November. The company has spent an estimated $5.4 million on television ads and other efforts in its battle to win approval of Question 7, which will ask voters whether Maryland should allow a new casino in Prince George's County and table games at all sites.
SPORTS
April 22, 2012
MSSA meeting April 23 . The monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association will be 7:30 p.m. at Surf City Bar and Grill, 9654 Belair Road, Perry Hall. Visitors welcome. For details call Lee Haile at 410-828-0575. Nature storytime April 26 , May 3, May 31, 11 a.m. Eden Mills Nature Center invites all who enjoy children's literature to listen to a story and participate in a nature-themed craft. Pre-registration is required.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2012
Ever since Tina Cappetta Orcutt and her family moved to Maryland last summer, she says, her 9-year-old son Adam has been paying close attention to Maryland license plates, especially the commemorative tags that tout the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. "He'll go, there's another Fort McHenry fan!" whenever he spots one of the red-white-and-blue plates featuring the Star-spangled Banner and the fort, Cappetta Orcutt says. "I don't correct him. " Cappetta Orcutt recently became superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, one of Baltimore's best-known attractions and the scene of the battle in 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer | September 12, 1994
Observing the bicentennial of the origins of Fort McHenry, and the Defender's Day anniversary of its famous bombardment, a citizens group launched a nationwide campaign to help keep Baltimore's star-shaped monument a tourist attraction for another 200 years.As part of the annual ceremonies commemorating the 1814 Battle of Baltimore -- in which the city's defenders repulsed an invading British fleet and Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" -- the Patriots of Fort McHenry announced its drive to raise $5.5 million to build a new visitor and education center for the fort.
EXPLORE
November 3, 2011
Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel hosts Film Festival The National Wildlife Conservation Film Festival runs Nov. 4-6 in the Aldo Leopold Auditorium at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. The festival offers more than 20 short and feature natural history and wildlife documentary films representing nations across the globe. Films are screened in a two-hour series, with each series showing from two to five films. Friday's films shown between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday showings begin at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost for each series is $8 per adult and $6 for students and seniors.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
Where do bats live? What do spiders eat? How old is the forest? The answers to those and many other questions can be found at the James and Anne Robinson Nature Center, a $17.6 million educational facility that opened this month in Columbia. With two levels of interactive exhibits set amid 18.3 wooded acres, the center is Howard County's new front door to nature, a year-round attraction that invites visitors to learn about the surrounding landscape and then go and explore it. Owned by Howard County and operated by its Department of Recreation and Parks, the nature center is named after a couple who lived on the land for many years and wanted to share it with the community.
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