Live long advice: belly up to the (grab) bar

By: Bob Levey

How I See ItBy Bob LeveyAmong my many guilty pleasures (bad novels, oldies rock, Greek wine), I rank one higher than all others: Newspaper stories about people who have just turned 100.Usually the lucky duck is female (sorry, fellas). And very often, she has a saucy answer to explain her longevity.Drink a shot of bourbon every day.Smoke unfiltered Camels whenever you like.And, quite often,... READ MORE

Appraisals added to annual 50+ Expos

By: Sandrzej

Who will be the lucky winner of a 10-day vacation for two to China? Two lucky registrants at the 2017 Beacon 50+Expos, that’s who! For the 18th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers expects to attract thousands of attendees to its two expos — free, annual events featuring health screenings, informative resources, an expert speaker, flu shots and entertainment for older adults and... READ MORE

Libraries branch out with ukulele lessons

By: Robert Friedman

The Howard County Library is offering its card-carrying members a chance to pluck along with what appears to be a comeback for the ukulele.Since July 1, the county’s four full-time operating libraries have made learn-it-yourself ukulele kits available for three-week loans. The libraries now taking part in the program include Miller in Ellicott City, Central in Columbia, Savage in... READ MORE

Launching a bartering network for artists

By: Carol Sorgen

Bruce McKaig first became interested in cashless, or barter, economies when he was living in a small village in Guatemala. He noticed that the residents there fared better by trading with each other to meet their needs.Not only that, but he observed that the community thrived because, as he put it, “Bartering fosters personal interaction and strives to find a common ground where all... READ MORE

Electric and eclectic Joseph now at Toby’s

By: Rebekah Alcalde

From Elvis-inspired rock and roll, to Calypso music, to the Charleston dance of the 1920s, there is something for just about everyone in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now playing at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md. The classic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice has been entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years.Joseph began as a short... READ MORE

Country music is his passion

By: Carol Sorgen

Mark Brine found his professional calling early on. Today, the 68-year-old writer and singer continues his long career in country music, saying simply (as country singers are apt to), “It’s my life.”Though Brine may not be a household name among casual listeners, country music aficionados know his longstanding reputation in the industry.For example, Pete Smith of Country ... READ MORE