August 18, 1996
Back to school: Parents expect to spend more this year on clothing and supplies for the new school year, finds American Express, which surveyed 1,000 people. The average budget is $363 per child, up 12 percent from last year. Clothing accounts for 58 percent of the budget, with jeans topping the list.Glug: Bottled water consumption in the United States has more than doubled in a decade from 1.1 billion gallons in 1985 to 2.7 billion last year, reports Beverage Marketing Corp. Concern about the safety of drinking water is one reason for the increase, but consumers also are switching to bottled water as an alternative to beverages with caffeine, sugar or alcohol.
June 22, 2002
Virginia Novak stood outside her Roland Park home one recent afternoon and noticed something odd. No sprinklers. The mother of three usually sees at least a few sprinklers on her neighbors' lawns, but lately they have been a rare sight. She also has seen fewer people washing their cars. Novak suspects that her neighbors are heeding the city's recent request to save water. In response to continuing drought conditions, the city asked this month for voluntary water conservation measures, and many residents and businesses have obliged.
March 26, 2002
DESPITE THE recent rain, it appears that Maryland and much of the East Coast is becoming, if not a desert, a lot drier than normal. The statistics are already terrifying since winter is traditionally our wettest season, and most days in recent months have been sunny and warm with cold, dry nights. Gov. Parris N. Glendening has said that Maryland is headed toward one of its severest droughts ever, having experienced its fourth-driest winter since records were first kept in 1871. I've lost track of how many times we've been asked to cut back on our water consumption over the years.
May 16, 2012
I want to thank Ms. Nina Platt of Homeland for providing me with a copy of her outrageous water bill - and her neighbor's - because, until this happened, I was feeling left out of the Great Baltimore Water Bill Commiseration. It seems like everybody in the city but me has a goofy and outrageous water bill to brag and gripe about. My bill looks normal, boring and puny compared to what I see here: $813.75 due by May 29 for Ms. Platt, who lives alone, and $1,219.06 for the family of four next door.
June 22, 1994
With daytime temperatures remaining in the 90s and little prospect for extended rainfall, Carroll's fields and lawns will probably be even more dried out at the end of this week than they are now. While farmers may pray for rain to save their crops, homeowners typically just turn on their faucets to maintain the deep green of their lawns. If current conditions persist, they may not be able to continue that habit.Hampstead Mayor Clinton Becker has issued an emergency decree banning all outdoor uses of water in the town.
September 14, 1995
Parts of Maryland haven't had rain in nearly 40 days and 40 nights, since Aug. 6, and the lack of moisture is taking its toll. Soybeans and corn are burning up in the fields. Even the most carefully maintained lawns have taken on a brown tinge. Many trees -- usually covered with a late summer growth of deep green leaves -- prematurely have taken on fall colors of yellow, red and brown.The record dry spell has hit hardest on the Eastern Shore, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists consider that part of the state to be in extreme drought.