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Old Ellicott City, Md., rebounding with a fury
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After watching videos of how badly Old Ellicott City, Md., was battered 11 months ago, it’s shocking how quickly it rebounded from the deadly flash flood. On July 30, rains turned the usually quiet waterways that feed the Patapsco River into killers. Rain was expected, but as much as 10 inches fell within six hours, washing vehicles down the hill, turning roadways into ditches...

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Night Herons, Great Egrets putting on a show
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The temporary residents of York’s Kiwanis Lake are crowding their nests, and it won’t be long before they’ll be heading south again. Great Egrets, the tall, elegant electric-white birds with a wingspan of just under six feet are the stars of the show here, and even from across the lake, they’re hard to miss against the evergreen’s dark green. The babies hatch from a...

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Maryland Lavender Farm is a place to relax, wander
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In the richly green rural countryside near Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain, the Soleado Lavender Farm is buzzing on this sunny morning with honey bees– and people studying lavender plants for that ‘perfect’ stem or blossom. The farm’s location is far enough away from Baltimore and Washington D.C. neighborhoods that city sounds of traffic and millions of people are muted by hills and thick forests. The area surrounding the farm is...

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York County baker winning blue ribbons across the country
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Rhubarb is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. It produces large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy edible stalks and small flowers. In culinary use, fresh raw leaf stalks are crisp (similar to celery) with a strong, tart taste. Although rhubarb is not a true fruit, in the kitchen it is usually prepared as if it were. From Wikipedia   Belinda Myers...

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Nearly 600 in Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy
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Lancaster’s Make-A-Wish 595-truck convoy blared Sunday’s message of hope. Its audience parked on the shoulders of U.S. Route 222 and on overpasses, waving to drivers who responded with long belches from their truck horns. “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” Make-A-Wish mission statement. Although the Lancaster event is in a different Make-A-Wish...

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“Come From Away” seeking good in a disaster
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  There’s a cred that goes with being a native Newfoundlander — so much so that its a half-serious joke that you’re a “CFA” come-from-away unless your grandparents were born here. From Wordnik. “Come From Away” is a heartwarming original musical written by Canadians about how a small Canadian town instantly welcomed 6,800 stranded international travelers during the 911 attacks. Now showing at the Schoenfeld Theatre in...

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All-American duo– kids and trucks
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  Take a youngster to see a Big Truck, and they’ll be as happy as if they were at an amusement park. Aldersgate United Methodist Church hosted  Touch-A-Truck for the first time, and hopes to make it an annual event. On the first attempt, more than 100 families attended the rain-soaked show. There were semi-tractor trailers, complete with a ‘stretch’ trailer to 90 feet,...

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Peanut butter worth searching for
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Jeanean Shettel makes peanut butter that can stand alone on a piece of toast in the morning and make your taste buds salute you. A peanut butter that makes connoisseurs everywhere change their list of favorites. This PB doesn’t need the J.  This PB tastes so good it’s just this side of dessert. Shettel makes peanut butter at Blind Spot Nutbutters in Spring Garden Township, just...

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These rabbits aren’t for any Easter basket
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The dark chocolate-colored bunny named Chocolate Chip lays quietly in owner Macie Rogers’ arms. About the same size as a extra large chocolate bunny in next week’s Easter basket, Chocolate Chip’s life is good. The scene is a kind of cuteness overload. His soft fur is slowly smoothed by Macie, a 6-year old rabbit whisperer of sorts. She has been showing her dozen or so rabbits...

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Father-Daughter Dance at York’s Aldersgate UMC
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It is unlikely anyone expected anything other than it was, and that’s OK.  The annual  Father-Daughter Dance at York’s Aldersgate United Methodist Church became  a young ladies’ dance-athon with most Dads standing along side the dance floor, possibly talking parenting strategy? Others were content to sit and peck away at their phones. Some ventured onto the floor to join their daughters for line dancing, but...

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Getting away might include living in history. And a ghost.
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It’s not quite time to put the snow shovel into summer storage yet, but the warming temperatures have world travel sites trumpeting The Best of… Now, vacation spots are varied to the point of confusion. Pinterest has dozens of ‘can’t miss’ places, ‘must-see’ spots and the ‘top ten’ whatever. All these sites point out the obvious– what is a heavenly, five-star vacation to your neighbor...

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Philly Flower Show highlights “Holland: Flowering the World”
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This week’s Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest indoor show, and the vibrant colors and creativity will capture every gardener’s attention, even with a foot of snow on the ground. We can dream, can’t we? This year’s theme, Holland: Flowering the World, is appropriate and somewhat surprising. This tiny country shines in its week of floral glory, and it stresses that Holland isn’t all tulips,...

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