Author: CM

Dedicated To…

Throughout February, I tend to pull out one of my favorite collections: book dedications. To me, they represent a powerful expression of love, gratitude, humor and humility. Authors become poets as they carefully select the words, the phrase, the fonts and, sometimes, even the spacing to convey emotional volumes in a thimble. (One of my favorite length exceptions is the dedication page for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket). Covers are often magical, but book dedications have captured my attention for as long as I could read independently. This story is dedicated to my sons, Bryan and Eric, And to children of all ages who love turtles And rocks and rivers and other living things – Old Turtle by Douglas Wood for Tracey and Beck because they listened first Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo In elementary school, when I fancied myself a writer I declared to my first (and probably the second, third and fourth) crush, “I’ll dedicate my first book to you.” Book dedications can be the penultimate declaration of love. For NICOLE, my idea of beautiful Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on. The Shining by Stephen King To my guys, Sam, Jax, Stevo, John And Tyler Lamott, and Mason Reid. Doomed without you. Small Victories by Anne Lamott Dedications are sometimes...

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National Pie Day: January 23

by Kym Byrnes Pies are as much an American food tradition as turkey on Thanksgiving and grilling on the fourth of July. Many people can attach specific family memories to eating a certain type of pie. Maybe it was grandma’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, or pecan pie for dads birthday, lemon meringue pie at the Memorial Day picnic, or maybe it was learning how to make a strawberry rhubarb pie with your mom and aunts one summer weekend. According to the American Pie Council, pie is a preferred dessert not only during the holiday season, but also on other...

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Habitat for Humanity Rebuilds Dutterer’s Park

On Friday, Oct. 9, more than 200 volunteers from Baltimore Gas & Electric, the City of Westminster, Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Habitat for Humanity and KaBOOM! gathered at Dutterer’s Park in Westminster to rebuild the aging playground. Volunteers installed new equipment, placed new park benches, upgraded the landscaping and painted walkways with interactive activities.   – by Kym Byrnes, photography by Kelly Heck Evan Mynatt, Ade Popoola Delano Dunmore, Craig Hunter, Conor Ruff, Sean Bradshaw, Daivon Belt, Bill Sipes Stacy Sumedi, Dan Kurtz Bennett Wolf Diana Jeffcoat, Ranee Dacuycuy, Nikki Runkles, Rebecca Scott Kathy Roberts, Tom...

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Beards, Beers & Brats Festival

It was chilly and clouds threatened rain but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from descending on downtown Mount Airy Oct. 17 for the Beards, Beers & Brats Festival featuring a cornhole competition. Vendors sold goods ranging from handmade beard oils and trimming kits to cigars to food and of course, beer.  –  by Kym Byrnes Shanta Deal, Dustin Taylor Shannon Holliday, Sally Kimmel LuAnn and Tim Reed, Cadey Collier, Diane Frankenberger Caleb Scully, Kristen Lewis, Ben Lewis, John...

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Maryland Microbrewery Festival

An Afternoon of Brews, Music and Art Hundreds of thirsty folks showed up at Union Mills Homestead in Westminster on Sept. 26 to sample beers from 19 breweries for the 10th annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival. In addition to breweries there were food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Proceeds of the Festival support the Union Mills Homestead Foundation.  –  by Kym Byrnes Anthony Fink, Austin Lacoste Jim Breuer, Rick Elyar, Mike Wissel Kali & Kathy Edmondson Duane Anderson, Kim Anderson, John Hoover, Carole Hoover, Amy Boerner, Luke Hoover Eric Grayton, Selena Brown Henry Ruhlman, John Trainor, Greg...

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