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  • Columbia turns 50

    Columbia turns 50

    Columbia celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The milestone comes at a pivotal time for the planned community, which is old enough that some of its earliest neighborhoods are fraying and need uplift, but young enough that it is only now undertaking the task of creating a true downtown. Follow...

  • Columbia's 50th Anniversary Closing Ceremony

    Columbia's 50th Anniversary Closing Ceremony

    The closing event of the six-months-long Columbia 50th celebration included a dedication of Gail Holliday's poster tree sculpture in Kennedy Gardens on the east side of Lake Kittamaqundi and was followed by a Columbia Orchestra concert and entertainment at lakefront.

  • Columbia winds down its golden anniversary by dedicating 22 iconic posters

    Columbia winds down its golden anniversary by dedicating 22 iconic posters

    Columbia capped its six-month long golden anniversary celebration on Sunday by dedicating 22 iconic posters that evoke the city’s visionary beginnings while also looking toward tomorrow. The posters were dedicated as part of the festival’s closing ceremony, which also included an evening theatrical...

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  • James Openshaw, owner of Cherry Hill construction, dies

    James Openshaw, owner of Cherry Hill construction, dies

    James Arnold Openshaw Jr., who owned and operated a heavy construction firm and built Columbia’s Lake Kittamaquandi, died of a respiratory condition July 28 at his home in Edinburgh, Ind. The former Ellicott City resident was 84. Born in Newport, R.I., he was the son the son of Dorothy Harvest...

  • At the county fair, goats get a chance to strut their stuff

    At the county fair, goats get a chance to strut their stuff

    In an metal-gated arena with green wood chips covering the ground, people of all ages gathered — leaning on fences, sitting on bleachers, watching intently — to see who would win the top position in the Howard County Fair’s goat showmanship contest Monday. The show was among dozens of events at...

  • Memories from the launch of Soccer Association of Columbia [Commentary]

    Memories from the launch of Soccer Association of Columbia [Commentary]

    This summer a voice from somewhere behind me said, “Thank you for SAC.” Then I felt a tap on my shoulder, and in turning I slowly began to recognize a friend I hadn’t seen in five years since he had moved to Columbia and I had moved to Harwich, Mass., on Cape Cod. It took me a few seconds to grasp...

  • Ballerina project lifts spirits as Ellicott City rebuilds

    Ballerina project lifts spirits as Ellicott City rebuilds

    One Ellicott City business owner is showcasing beauty amid the tragedy of May’s flood. Donna Pidel, executive director of Ballet Conservatoire XIV, a ballet studio, was looking out onto Main Street one day at the devastation after the May 27 flood. Pidel called one of her students, Brooke Sessler,...

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