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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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