Author brings history to life with tours

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Normally at this time of year, author and historian Garrett Peck of Arlington, Virginia, would be leading his popular walking tours throughout the greater Washington area, and having a drink with the participants afterward. Now, due to the pandemic, he’s had to go virtual. Peck, 52, established his walking tour business in 2006, exploring Prohibition-related sites in Washington, D.C. A ... READ MORE

An antidote to pandemic’s stress

By: Tony Glaros
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Be it a world steeped in pandemic drama or a frayed social order, the show must go on for devotees of the Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant in Woodstock. Nestled on a gentle, 232-acre rise, the land was originally owned by a family who farmed it for three centuries. They set aside the property for students and adults in order to enrich their environmental consciousness, said Meg... READ MORE

Let’s put on a concert in the barn!

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Imagine being able to listen to your favorite classical musicians, while sipping wine and enjoying light fare, all without having to dress up, fight for parking, or maneuver around hundreds of other people. In a barn located in the spacious farm country of Phoenix, Maryland, 22 miles from Baltimore, Steinway Series at Silo Hill has room for around 100 guests. Since 2016, it has hosted... READ MORE

Are you itching to get rid of mosquitoes?

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Has your tomato plant produced blossoms but no fruit? If so, that may be because a neighbor engaged a mosquito control service. The principal active ingredient in the insecticides used by these services — pyrethrum, permethrin, resmethrin, or d-phenothrin — does not differentiate between mosquitoes and beneficial insects, such as the bumblebees needed to pollinate your tomato... READ MORE

Recommended reads from local authors

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: July 14, 2020

For many of us, the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have afforded more time to enjoy quieter pastimes like reading. Social distancing has provided extra hours and space to discover new authors, reread old favorites and escape to another time and place. Local author Kathleen Reid, who wrote A Page Out of Life, Paris Match and, more recently, Sunrise in Florence, has... READ MORE

When your best doctor friends retire

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: July 10, 2020

In the wider world, it has been a month of protests, disease and turmoil.  In my world, it has been a month of retirements. In the space of one week, for a variety of reasons, three men born in the 1940s, who have been taking care of me and my family in one way or another for ages, announced that they no longer would. First, one of my (too many) doctors folded his practice, so he... READ MORE