A voice for Virginia’s Native Americans

By: Glenda C. Booth

The cement path in Capitol Square spirals like a nautilus, leading to a fountain and meditation circle inscribed with the names of Virginia Indian tribes and the rivers that ran near their homes. Called “Mantle,” the abstract monument to local Native Americans was dedicated in April. Its name is symbolic on several levels — referring to the mantle of the earth, the mantle of... READ MORE

From CIA to pageant circuit

By: Barbara Ruben

Karen Moore won her first competition at age 4. To reach the microphone in a talent contest at her nursery school teacher’s church, she had to stand on a chair. She crooned a song called “God Bless Us All,” popular in the early 1950s. Now 69 and a resident of Hyattsville, Md., Moore has continued to wow pageant audiences over the years. She was once a finalist for Cherry Blossom... READ MORE

Making moving less stressful

By: The Beacon

When Joanne and Martin Neff moved from their large, multi-level home in New York to their new three-bedroom apartment in Pikesville’s North Oaks Senior Living Community, the move could have been daunting, to say the least. “Nobody likes chaos,” said Joanne. But after a friend suggested that a move manager could ease the transition, the Neffs turned to Charna Kinneberg, owner of... READ MORE

Entrepreneurs find niche at farmers markets

By: Catherine Brown

Farmers markets benefit our communities on so many levels. They provide the opportunity to support local businesses, which keeps our money in our own communities. They enable us to cut down on the carbon footprint of our meals because the fruits and vegetables we buy do not travel as far to our tables. Farmers markets also strengthen our communities by offering the chance to socialize ... READ MORE

20 years on a field of dreams

By: Barbara Ruben

On summer nights in the mid-1990s, Bruce Adams would travel to bucolic Virginia towns nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, take a seat in the bleachers of small ballparks, and revel in the thwack a baseball made against a wooden bat. Seemingly half the town would show up for the games to eat $1 hotdogs and watch the amateur college ball players who made up the summer teams and were housed... READ MORE

A scammer reveals his secrets

By: Robert Friedman

You pick up the phone and are told “This is Sgt. Johnson of the Howard County police. We’re holding your grandson on charges of drunken driving.” You are given your grandson’s full name, age and home address, and the name of his girlfriend who was in the car with him. You’re told that your grandson gave police your name because he didn’t want to have his parents informed. He... READ MORE