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By Gary Dorsey and Gary Dorsey,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2000
After a mild winter, a wet spring and a steady increase in reported cases of Lyme disease in Maryland, state health officials are alerting the public to take particular care guarding against ticks this summer. "Ticks do well in a mild winter, and they like a moist environment," said Karon Damewood, chief of zoonotic diseases for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "They've had a good opportunity to populate." The incidence of Lyme disease has climbed consistently in the past several years, spurred in part by thriving deer populations, which support the disease-carrying ticks.
By Luciana Lopez and Luciana Lopez,SUN STAFF | June 29, 2003
Jim Swank stopped his white Jeep on a bridge on Miller Road and pointed to a section off the side where the concrete had eroded. "The concrete got weak, and poof, away it went," said the supervisor of the Whiteford district for Harford County Highway Maintenance. The heavy rains of the past few weeks had worn away the concrete, Swank explained. "It could possibly structurally ruin the bridge," he said, adding that a work crew would be out to the spot soon. Among the woes brought by the constant spring rains this year, the county's roads, from the asphalt to the earthen, have taken a beating, with the waters wearing down concrete, shifting stone and causing headaches galore for the crews that work to keep the roads open.
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Stafff Writer | August 2, 1992
After last summer's devastating drought, county farmers are reveling in recent rains. A few even say this year's crop could be their best ever."At this point, we're guaranteed of a good crop, and if we get timely showers, maybe a record crop," Westminster grain farmer Donald C. Essich said.He cautioned, however, that nature still could strike a blow in the form of hail or an early frost that could damage crops.Last year, Mr. Essich, a farmer for 30 years, lost two-thirds of his corn crop to the drought and had to go into debt for the first time in 10 years.
By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2003
Despite a partial collapse in one garage in the spring and record snowfall and rain, the Longwell and Westminster Square parking garages will wrap up about a year's worth of construction within the next few weeks, with an expected opening Sept. 1, Westminster city officials said. The garages, with about 500 new spaces between them, will bring the city's total downtown public parking spaces to more than 2,300 - enough to accommodate the business development that city officials hope to see. "It was a vote of confidence in downtown," said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1998
Maryland farmers, who begged for rain all last summer -- the driest in three decades -- now pray for it to end so they can plant corn, soybeans and other crops.The steady rain in early May, usually an ideal time for sowing corn, has played havoc with planting schedules and prevented hay harvests across the state."Normally, we should be in full swing now," said Lawrence E. Meeks, who farms 3,100 acres in Silver Run, Carroll County. "We usually have 75 percent of our corn planted by now, but we have barely 20 percent in the ground.
By Kevin Rector and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
4:30 p.m. update: The flood watch for the Baltimore region has been canceled, though the coastal flood advisory remained in effect. Forecasters are calling for up to an inch of rainfall. Original post, as of 3 p.m.:  A high chance of rain throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening has caused the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for much of the Baltimore region, starting at 3 p.m. Streams and low-lying areas could flood, and minor tidal flooding is also possible, the weather service said.
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
A Halloween without pumpkins? Good grief! But before you race to the grocery store for canned pumpkin to mold into fall's favorite orange orb, consider this: While the soggy residents of Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont are facing a shortage of jack-o-lanterns, Maryland's trick-or-treaters will be spared the trauma. "We definitely lost some, but pumpkins will be around," said Dwight Baugher, who has started harvesting more than 70 acres of oversized squash at Baugher's Orchard and Farm inWestminster.
By Lisa Dillman and Tribune olympic bureau | February 12, 2010
Nothing quite like the stunning vision of Vancouver from an airplane. The arriving U.S. Olympic snowboarders spotted the usual breathtaking vistas this week: picture-perfect mountains, pristine valleys and water everywhere. And golfers. In February. "We were joking about maybe getting a tee time," said Nick Baumgartner of Iron River, Mich., who will be competing in men's snowboard cross. This is, quite clearly, not your father's Winter Olympics. Already, there have been jokes about the Winter/Summer Olympics in temperate Vancouver, and the Lithuanian team was cracking jokes about the Spring Olympics.
By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2005
The gray skies yesterday were no match for the abundantly colorful Greek costumes, and the frigid wind and spotty drizzle failed to dampen the enthusiasm of participants and spectators at the 10th annual Greek Independence Day parade, held yesterday in Greektown. "Two years ago it rained, but I still marched," said 17-year-old Despina Cornias, a junior at Polytechnic Institute who has participated in the parade since it began. The crowds weren't as large as some in the past, she said, wearing a red-skirted costume from Crete as part of the St. Nicholas Hellenic Golden Coins dance group.
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1996
In Ocean City, where they pray for sunshine, don't count Jim Whittemore among those cursing the rain.The cooler, wetter summer has dampened business for many who rely on seasonal tourists. But cloudy skies and rain have helped others who offer beach alternatives -- movies, indoor pools, malls."When you can get them off the beach, they do go shopping," said Whittemore, manager of Gold Coast Mall on Coastal Highway and 115th Street. "It's been a benefit to us this year. With as many different places to shop, we've needed that kind of rain influence."
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