Roughly Speaking podcast: Punching up cocktails with brandy; making soup; gifting books (episode 185)

Howard County

Ellicott City

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  • Winners: Best of Howard County 2016

    Winners: Best of Howard County 2016

    The Howard County community is nothing if not engaged. When it came time to cast their ballots in the 2016 Best of Howard readers’ poll, more than 15,000 voters chimed in. Voting opened just days after a historic flood wiped out many of the businesses on Ellicott City’s Main Street, but that didn’t...

  • No-bid contracts by Howard schools under scrutiny

    No-bid contracts by Howard schools under scrutiny

    Propelled by recent concerns of waste and inefficiency, state Del. Warren Miller is seeking to halt non-competitive contracts awarded by Howard County Public Schools. The proposed change to state law comes in the wake of a state audit of Howard schools that found senior school staff awarded nearly...

  • New Howard sheriff pledges to restore lost trust in office

    New Howard sheriff pledges to restore lost trust in office

    Bill McMahon, a former Howard County police chief, vowed to restore public trust in the sheriff's office and build strong relationships between staff as he was sworn in as the county's sheriff Wednesday afternoon. McMahon, who retired after leading the county's police force from 2006 to 2014, replaces...

  • Concerns of racism, intolerance prompt launch of #OneHoward initiative

    Concerns of racism, intolerance prompt launch of #OneHoward initiative

    Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is launching a series of community conversations to push community dialogue and reinforce the county's commitment to inclusiveness. Coming in the wake of the presidential election and reports of racially charged incidents at county schools, Kittleman, a Republican...

Laurel

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  • Friends of Montpelier mark 40th anniversary

    Friends of Montpelier mark 40th anniversary

    Decking the halls at historic Montpelier Mansion summons nearly a half-century of memories for Helen Haas, president of the Friends of Montpelier, a volunteer organization that began helping to restore and preserve the National Historic Landmark 40 years ago. Montpelier was built in the mid 1780s...

  • Light-as-a-snowflake farce soothes during hectic season

    Light-as-a-snowflake farce soothes during hectic season

    Light as snowflakes, the Laurel Mill Playhouse's fresh production of emerging playwright Tim Koenig's "Happy Hollandaise" passes on traditional holiday sentiment and heads straight for your funny bone. Currently the director of drama at Bethel Church in Lodi, Calif., the American playwright is...

  • Laurel business owner honors mother through USO holiday donations

    Laurel business owner honors mother through USO holiday donations

    This holiday season, Laurel Main Street business owner Cindy Senter says she will remember her mother with a collection box for donations to the United Service Organizations, or USO. Following the death of her mother, Marian Klein, in October, Senter said she and her daughter, Kari, wanted to keep...

  • New Laurel Library wows hundreds on opening day

    New Laurel Library wows hundreds on opening day

    Laurel readers returned to Seventh Street for Monday's opening of the reinvigorated Laurel Branch Library, three years after the original branch's closure. The original brick building, part of the county's Memorial Library System, was built in 1965 on land deeded to the county by the family of...

Western Howard County

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  • Holiday music that unites with its familiarity

    Holiday music that unites with its familiarity

    The sounds of the season include two annual musical programs by Columbia Pro Cantare: Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Jim Rouse Theatre; and its Chamber Singers doing "A Christmas Noel" on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in Christ Episcopal Church. When Columbia Pro Cantare music...

  • Embracing fresh thinking on the school board [Editorial]

    Embracing fresh thinking on the school board [Editorial]

    Three new members joining the county school board next week set a high bar during their campaigns, promising to take steps for improving communications and openness in a school system that been under fire for months over a perceived lack of transparency. The three — Kirsten Coombs, Mavis Ellis...

  • Howard residents warned of utility calling scams

    Howard residents warned of utility calling scams

    Howard County's Office of Consumer Protection asks residents to stay alert this winter for calling scams made by individuals posing as local utility company representatives. During the call, officials said that the "representatives" claiming to work for the consumer's local gas or electric utility...

  • Glenelg man pleads guilty in large-scale marijuana bust

    Glenelg man pleads guilty in large-scale marijuana bust

    A Glenelg man is facing multiple drug charges after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing large amounts of marijuana inside his home. Daniel Earl Sims, 49, was found running a large marijuana operation from his home on Triadelphia Road, said Wayne Kirwan, spokesman of the Howard County State's...

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