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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1991
This year, instead of buying wrapping paper for holiday gifts -- which uses trees and creates a lot of unnecessary waste -- try some alternatives.Buy some inexpensive holiday-patterned material and stitch up gift sacks, leaving holes in the hem of the bag's open end for colorful drawstrings. This can also make a great fund-raising project for scouts or church groups.Those who don't want to stitch up their own bags can check natural foods stores, eco-catalogs and shops that sell ecological gifts or mail order Eco-Gift Bags from a Boulder, Colo.
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By Lauren Eisenberg Davis | December 31, 2011
Some people count down the days to a major holiday, or a vacation. I'm counting down the days to my next recycling pickup. I've lived in Baltimore County a long time - long enough to remember the recycling center at the Owings Mills Metro on the weekends. But as recycling, and the greening of America, became more important, we saw many improvements: first to curbside pickup, which ultimately reduced our trash collection to weekly; and eventually to single-stream, where we could mix all our recycling together, no longer having to bin the paper, glass, metal and plastic separately.
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By Susan McGrath and Susan McGrath,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 19, 1990
It's the holidays. The post office gets very busy. We all spend too much money and eat too much. Some of us have a great time. Some of us have a lousy time. And then we throw away hundreds of millions of tons of trash.It's the decorations. It's the packaging the decorations come in. It's the packaging the presents you buy come in. The packaging you buy to send presents in. The wrapping paper. The season's greetings cards. The tree. The gimmicky presents you buy that get tossed within the first two weeks.
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By LIZ ATWOOD | November 11, 2007
In this era of e-mails and instant messaging, it's nice to know that there's still a place for a note written on fine stationery. Paper in the Park, run by sisters Susan Hill and Katharine Sodergreen, offers a wide selection of paper products to meet that need. The store, which opened in August, specializes in custom-designed stationery, including invitations, announcements and note cards. Hill, who has a background in marketing, and Sodergreen, a graphics artist, help customers create the look they are seeking.
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By Dolly Merritt | December 17, 1994
Around the house* Personalize a gift. Use cookie cutters in the shapes of gingerbread men and ladies and cut out dough. Leftover dough can be shaped into various career hats (for nurses, firemen, police, doctors, etc.) that can be pressed onto the heads before baking. Bake, cool and decorate with various colors of frosting.* Cardboard cylinders from wrapping paper, paper towels and ** toilet tissue make good mailing tubes. Cut them to the desired length and seal the ends with strapping tape.
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By Donna Erickson and Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate | June 20, 1992
Barefoot kids is what summer is about. There's nothing quite like the sensation of squishing and stomping feet in mud or wiggling toes in cold damp sand at the beach.Here's another memorable sensation that will bring giggles and laughter when your child steps through paint to create a zany Father's Day card, gift and wrapping paper.L With adult supervision, here's how to do this paint project:Outdoors, spread several sheets of newspaper on the ground. Pour liquid non-toxic and washable tempera-style paint in a pie plate.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 9, 2001
This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men - Gaspar, Balthasar and Herb - went to see the baby Jesus, and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh." These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often-overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper. If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so: "And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2001
The procrastinators stayed home. After all, they have a whole year until Christmas. But the super-efficient and bargain-hungry lost no time yesterday trekking to the shopping centers to get the earliest jump possible on holiday season 2002. Some started as early as 6 a.m., loading up on wrapping paper, greeting cards, Christmas lights, ornaments, holiday plates and, yes, gifts. Robin Bruck, a middle school teacher from Towson, was among those planning ahead - way ahead. "I'm doing this for next year - and the year after," she said as she bought two reindeer candelabra at Target in Towson.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | August 24, 2003
It may seem odd that two sisters created a Web business called Five Sisters. But it's really not. Maryland-based siblings Lori Mellendick, the artist, and Stephanie McClure, sales and marketing manager, are two of five sisters. Simple as that. Five Sisters: Fine Art and Painted Tiles offers hand-painted ceramic tiles featuring an array of themes, including new-baby, wedding, family-name, seasons, food, hobby and sports. All tiles are personalized with names or images of the customer's choosing.
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December 14, 1993
Student organizations and staff members at Archbishop Spalding High School will create a winter wonderland for 100 needy children in their cafeteria on Sunday.The event will feature holiday treats, games, gifts, entertainment and a visit from Santa and his elves.The school's Student Government Association donated $100, Students Against Drunk Driving donated $200, and the Key Club added school supplies valued at $250.Linda and Joe Mrockowski, supervisors of the maintenance department, pitched in $100, the band supplied hats and gloves for the children, Spalding senior Leo Zerhusen donated 24 sets of baseball cards, and the cheerleaders and wrestling team have provided treats and will help serve at the party.
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By Thomas J. McFeeley | December 21, 2006
I have a theory about conspiracy theories. I think they were invented by people born in December. Today - four days before Christmas - is my birthday, and it's made me a bit paranoid. When I turned 9, my grandparents forgot my birthday. No card, no gift, no cash. Nothing. My parents made me rewrite my Christmas thank-you note, which originally read, "Thank you for the sweater. It was so nice, I almost forgot that you forgot my birthday, which is December 21." The night I turned 21, I went out with only one friend.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun Reporter | November 22, 2006
Patricia Desiderio Corporate gift specialist Patty's Gifts and Baskets LLC, Forest Hill Age --53 Years on the job --Four Salary --$40,000 to $50,000, depending on number of clients. How she got started --About eight years ago, Desiderio bought a basket as a gift for a sick friend and thought to herself, "I bet I can start a basket business." At the time, she was making wreaths and other crafts for local country stores. Although Desiderio's first two attempts at the basket business failed, she did a year and a half of research, which included taking community college courses to learn how to write a business plan.
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By Peter Jensen | September 9, 2006
The language of diplomacy has nothing on the language of back-to-school night, that annual mid-September ritual that calls on parents to show (or in some cases, feign) interest in their children's education. While it's generally understood that when the Chinese, for instance, say a U.N. proposal is a "good idea" what they really mean is that the Security Council can take a flying leap, the average parent may find the shaded meanings of school-based English are far less easily discerned.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | August 24, 2003
It may seem odd that two sisters created a Web business called Five Sisters. But it's really not. Maryland-based siblings Lori Mellendick, the artist, and Stephanie McClure, sales and marketing manager, are two of five sisters. Simple as that. Five Sisters: Fine Art and Painted Tiles offers hand-painted ceramic tiles featuring an array of themes, including new-baby, wedding, family-name, seasons, food, hobby and sports. All tiles are personalized with names or images of the customer's choosing.
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By JACQUES KELLY | December 21, 2002
THE LIGHTS were about to flash on the Washington Monument the other night when I ran into an old friend standing in Mount Vernon Place. She lives around the corner, on Park Avenue, in an old house packed from cellar to roof with the collections of a lifetime. We chatted and talked about the potent emotions that strike this time of the year. She spoke of opening the old, ever-reused boxes where we all store our Christmas decorations and trinkets. These are not fancy containers, but plain pasteboard cartons that seem to have the right fit for all that seasonal stuff.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2001
The procrastinators stayed home. After all, they have a whole year until Christmas. But the super-efficient and bargain-hungry lost no time yesterday trekking to the shopping centers to get the earliest jump possible on holiday season 2002. Some started as early as 6 a.m., loading up on wrapping paper, greeting cards, Christmas lights, ornaments, holiday plates and, yes, gifts. Robin Bruck, a middle school teacher from Towson, was among those planning ahead - way ahead. "I'm doing this for next year - and the year after," she said as she bought two reindeer candelabra at Target in Towson.
NEWS
By LIZ ATWOOD | November 11, 2007
In this era of e-mails and instant messaging, it's nice to know that there's still a place for a note written on fine stationery. Paper in the Park, run by sisters Susan Hill and Katharine Sodergreen, offers a wide selection of paper products to meet that need. The store, which opened in August, specializes in custom-designed stationery, including invitations, announcements and note cards. Hill, who has a background in marketing, and Sodergreen, a graphics artist, help customers create the look they are seeking.
FEATURES
December 8, 1990
Conserving and recycling don't have to be onerous tasks; holiday chores are plentiful enough. Here are five easy ways to make this Christmas a "green" one in any household.*Recycle your holiday tree. Check with nurseries, stores and municipal recycling programs: After the holidays, Baltimore County's sanitation bureau and IKEA in White Marsh, for example, will turn the tree into mulch or wood chips.*Special ornaments aren't needed for a "green" Christmas. Just make a point of decorating with items that won't be thrown away; instead of using disposables, start a collection.
NEWS
By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 9, 2001
This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men - Gaspar, Balthasar and Herb - went to see the baby Jesus, and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh." These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often-overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper. If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so: "And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper.
NEWS
September 10, 2000
Advice and strategies to help your children read Editor's Note: Jerdine Nolen today discusses how to make a book. Her column runs bi-weekly. Books are not only fun to read, they are fun to make. Making books is a good way to record an event or hold onto a memory. Fill pages with poetry, photographs or a made up story with pictures. Cover Materials and Supplies Choose from: Construction paper, poster board, cardboard, file folders Cardboard cut into the shapes of animals or objects Cardboard covered with contact paper (or laminated)
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