More Marylanders will be celebrating July Fourth away from home this year, according to AAA, which predicts the highest increase in travel in over a decade. The organization estimates that 846,000 Maryland residents will travel at least 50 miles to their destinations, with driving accounting for 86 percent of that number.
If my calculations are correct, taking into consideration holidays and summer vacation, they work about 70 percent of the calendar year and have what I would consider adequate compensation and excellent retirement benefits.
This column is the final one under my name for the year 2011 as by the time you're reading this, I will be enjoying some year-ending and holiday vacation time. I think we all know though, vacation is sometimes more busy or difficult than work.
During the first week of collection, Suzy Hill counted more than 90 toys and games. By the time representatives from the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation came for a second pick up at Curves in Glenelg, the amount of playthings had doubled. If you would like to pitch in with an unwrapped gift for a child, then bring your donation to the Curves in Glenelg by Friday, Dec. 2.
To pay tribute for the wonderful help her family received at the Ronald McDonald House after a snow tubing accident, 10-year-old Gracie Virden and her friends organized a walk/run/bike ride & bake sale and raised more than $1,600 for a local location in Baltimore.
Hoteliers and merchants at Maryland and Delaware resorts are eager to show Labor Day travelers that there is life after Hurricane Irene — but they may have their work cut out for them, according to travel industry analysts.
"Staycations" will rule this Fourth of July, according to AAA Mid Atlantic. Marylanders traveling during the holiday weekend are projected to decrease to 760,000, down 2.9 percent compared to the 2010 season.