A career reading five presidents’ letters

By: Tony Glaros
Posted on: August 18, 2020

There aren’t many retirees who can boast of having the president of the United States stop by her desk to offer a helping hand. But Mary Lou Maddox can. Maddox, 90, of Clarksville, the former director of the office of mail analysis at the White House, recalled the day President George H. W. Bush visited her office for a tour. “He stopped at my desk, pulled up a chair and said,... READ MORE

Autobiographical poems lead to first book

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: August 18, 2020

“My poems are my autobiography in rhyme,” said Baltimore County resident Neil Noble, 73, whose first book of poetry was published recently. Each of his poems “conveys its own story, as well as a slice of my life,” Noble said in a recent interview. As he puts it in the book’s introduction, “My relief valve has been my writing. I win a battle when I can imprison ‘the... READ MORE

Repairing and restoring together

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: August 17, 2020

An Ellicott City house, badly damaged by the 2016 and 2018 floods, was in such rough shape that it was barely habitable. However, the Greene family, who had lived there for 30 years, didn’t want to abandon the house where their children grew up and didn’t have the means to bring the house up to code. A local group, Rebuilding Together Howard County (RTHC), which had repaired eight... READ MORE

Prepare now for “cole-d” weather crops

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: August 13, 2020

You may be in the midst of harvesting your zucchini, tomatoes and basil. However, August is also the ideal time to prepare your garden for its transition to cool-season plants like cole crops. Brassicas, or cole crops, are members of the cabbage family. “Cole” derives from the Latin meaning stem. Cole crops are part of the large genus Brassica, which come from herbs of the Old... READ MORE

Appreciating the Garden Club of Virginia

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Virginia’s diverse natural geography ranges from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Piedmont in between. One group has worked for a century to preserve those natural resources: The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV). The club was the first conservation organization in Virginia, advocating for the state parks system, monitoring state roadways cluttered by signage, and... READ MORE

Taking steps to revive a historic district

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Strolling the streets of Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward with a bounce in his step and a snazzy bowtie, Gary Flowers greets almost everyone, waving at drivers and (pre-pandemic) giving bear hugs to bank employees leaving work for the day. Flowers, who hosts a Richmond radio show, loves meeting people, which is partly why he leads “Walking the Ward” tours. “My purpose in life is... READ MORE