| Sep 23, 2011
Whether to development or disaster, Howard County has lost many of its impressive early farmhouses and manors.
But at least one remnant of the landed gentry has not only survived but found new life by changing from a private home to public use.
| Sep 15, 2011
| 4:26 PM
Where do bats live? What do spiders eat? How old is the forest?
The answers to those and many other questions can be found at the James and Anne Robinson Nature Center, a $17.6 million educational facility that opened this month in Columbia.
| Sep 9, 2011
| 5:05 PM
Former farmland near the heart of Columbia would become a children's garden and "early childhood education nature center" if a citizens group is successful in persuading Howard County officials to carry out the project.
The land is part of a 300-acre...
| Aug 27, 2011
| 10:32 AM
In a shady clearing in Stevens Forest, not far from a paved pathway off Thunder Hill Road, a cluster of granite headstones marks the graves of six members of the family of George Cooke, a wealthy antebellum farmer.
The two largest markers, which are...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 2:23 PM
The walls are freshly painted.
New carpet was just installed.
The glass shelves have been filled with intricate sculptures and carvings.
After spending the past 22 years in Columbia, the African Art Museum of Maryland is settling into its new home in...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 5:49 AM
Somewhere along the way, Warren G. Sargent decided to stop giving away his watercolor paintings.
"As more and more of the old folks were gone and there were fewer new acquaintances to be had, it seemed like a good idea to keep them," the 93-year-old...
| Nov 30, 2011
Frank Taliaferro, a founder and former chairman of the RTKL architects recalled as the "soul" of that firm, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Santa Monica, Calif., home. The former resident of Harwood in Anne Arundel County was 89.
Remembered as a...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 11:41 AM
When Dylan Goldberg was 10, a well-known politician gave him some advice that still guides him today: "Stand tall, help others and seek justice for all."
The advice came from former U.S. Attorney Janet Reno in a note she wrote to Goldberg at a fundraiser...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 3:11 PM
There is no "no" in improvisational acting. There is no "can't," "don't," isn't," or "won't," either.
It's a lesson learned quickly by high school students in the All-County Improv Troupe, said Bruce Nelson, the students' instructor.
"What propels you...
| Jan 14, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Columbia will develop by June a vision for a network of interconnected pathways that will allow residents to ditch their vehicles and use nearly 100 miles of trails to walk, bike or run to their destinations.
Some 130 community members turned out this...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 11:48 AM
The grand dame of Howard County plantation homes turns 200 this year, and her caretaker, the Columbia Association, is throwing a party in her honor. Oakland, the stately white house on the highest hill in Columbia’s Town Center, was a showpiece when...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 9:45 AM
General Growth Properties Inc. announced Monday, Aug. 1, the transfer of 30 of its mall properties across the country into a new real estate investment trust named Rouse Properties Inc. after Columbia's founder, James Rouse.
The trust and its portfolio...