| Dec 12, 2011
| 1:53 PM
R. George Hopkins, a retired Anne Arundel County funeral director who filled his lawn each year at Christmas with handmade decorations he created and his basement with admirers of his model railroad empire, died Dec. 6 of cancer at Baltimore Washington...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 11:22 AM
The winners of Aberdeen's Christmas Street Parade and the first year's home decorating contest held by the Heritage Trust were announced by the Aberdeen City Council at its meeting Monday night.
Mayor Mike Bennett helped hand out certificates to the many...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 9:06 AM
John Waters doesn't love all holidays. "I think Santa Claus should team up with the tooth fairy and kill the Easter bunny," he says. But Christmas? Christmas he loves unconditionally, without irony.
For the past decade, he's been touring every December...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 10:04 AM
It was 1967. My sixth-grade classmates and I were in our final year of elementary school. Junior high loomed on the horizon. Margaret Weagley and Ruth Johnson, both longtime educators at Laurel Elementary, were no doubt looking forward to the holiday...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 5:04 PM
As a child, Rick Brostrom would write a letter to Santa Claus and leave it next to the milk and cookies he left out on Christmas Eve.
Despite having only a few minutes notice, Santa would give Brostrom most of what he wanted — if not everything....
| Dec 19, 2011
Deck the halls with boughs of holly. That's the resounding chorus which will be heard throughout West Friendship when the students and staff of West Friendship Elementary top off the holiday season with an all school sing-a-long Friday, Dec. 23 at 2:45 p....
| Dec 15, 2011
| 12:30 PM
An idea that originated on a blazing hot day in July at the Jacksonville Senior Center has turned into one of the coolest projects the seniors have ever attempted.
A core group of a dozen men and women have created a Christmas train garden. But not an...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 6:10 AM
It's the last full weekend before Christmas. Take a break from the shopping, trimming and preparations with, what else, some good pig meat.
Midtown BBQ and Brew is scheduled to open on Friday. Tony Harrison, the co-owner and chef, was thinking about...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 9:15 AM
An article in the Nov. 13, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian noted an unsafe situation for young pedestrians at a local school.
Consideration of the traffic hazard at the Catonsville High School occupied the attention of the...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 3:20 PM
That small, elegantly-wrapped silver package doesn't look like it belongs in the frozen peas section of a grocery store.
But that's what happens in December, when Nelson Coleman Jewelers plays Secret Santa for the third year in a row.
| Dec 18, 2011
| 7:22 PM
Santa Claus isn't the only person who works the whole year to get ready for the holiday season.
For the past four years, Phil Hoesch, of Cockeysville, has spent nearly as much time — and for a task almost as daunting as Santa's — to...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 9:43 AM
In the past couple of weeks, I've heard debates about how soon we should start to prepare and celebrate Christmas and now I'm throwing my hat into the ring.
I guess the fact that I'm writing a column about Christmas before we've even hit Thanksgiving...