Baltimore adoptee now college president

By: Timothy Cox
Posted on: March 23, 2020

For Marian Elizabeth Wilson Davis, being the mother of a college president is more than she envisioned when she adopted a 3-year-old boy in 1972. In the early 1970s, Davis and her husband, Belford, were in the midst of contemplating parenthood after learning that Marian could not conceive. The Davises eventually adopted young Roger Wilson Davis, who grew up in Baltimore. Last... READ MORE

New alarms warn park-goers of lightning

By: Amanda Cash
Posted on: March 20, 2020

If you’re in a park in Howard County this summer and thunder rumbles, you may hear a low, baritone siren and see a strobe light flashing. Such lightning sirens with strobe lights will be placed in regional parks throughout Howard County by early summer, according to John Marshall, the county’s park bureau chief. The eight regional parks with new lightning alarm systems are... READ MORE

Reaching and passing 100, a day at a time

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: March 20, 2020

A cross-country plane ride is usually an excuse to secede from the world. Naps. Crossword puzzles. Novels that are so bad that you find the nearest trash can once you land. But on a recent flight from California, I chanced upon a newspaper story that enthralled me. It was about a woman who had just celebrated her 110th birthday. She thus belongs to a very exclusive club called... READ MORE

March into the battle against crabgrass

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: March 19, 2020

As the weather warms, outdoor warriors prepare for battle: us vs. weeds. Spring lawn care for cool-season fescue lawns does not typically include seeding or fertilizing. However, spring is the right time to prevent and control the gardener’s arch nemesis: stealthy crabgrass. It’s important to understand your adversary. Crabgrass is a warm-season summer annual grass that germinates ... READ MORE

Families need to show love, acceptance

By: Alexis Bentz
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Alexis Bentz is a senior at Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland. She has been writing this intergenerational column for the Beacon since middle school. The structure of the typical family has changed drastically in the last 100 years. In the early and mid-1900s, the traditional family consisted of a mother, father and children. Divorce, homosexuality, single parents and... READ MORE

Enjoy belly laughs at Hitchcock parody

By: Julinda D. Lewis
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Try this recipe: Take 3 parts Alfred Hitchcock thriller, stir in 1 part Monty Python and mix well. Half-bake at a high temperature for 1 hour 45 minutes. Yields: Patrick Barlow’s theatrical spoof, The 39 Steps, now onstage at Hanover Tavern. Serves: 150 hysterically laughing theater patrons. The play is a parody of the 1935 Hitchcock movie of that name, a murder mystery, which in turn... READ MORE