Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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The Broad Approach: Howard’s Master Plan for Seniors »

The updating of its master plan began as a simple attempt by the Howard County Department of Citizens Services to address the needs of its seniors as more baby boomers segue into retirement age, mainly to bolster the offerings at the county’s senior centers.

3D Manufacturing: Transforming the World, and Maryland, Too? »

It was not too many years ago that the mention of the word “cyber” brought a quizzical look to people’s faces.

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BizWeekly 7/22/2014

Howard County Requests Edits for Inner Arbor Plan

A 19-page markup requesting a series of edits from the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning has been presented to the Inner Arbor Trust, creator of the plan for an arts park in Columbia’s Symphony Woods, adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The plan proposes building an interactive arts park in the woods with five notable attractions: the Chrysalis, an outdoor, shell-like amphitheater built into a hill; the Butterfly, a mirrored, glass guest services building; the Merriground, a children’s playground; the Caterpillar, a large, tube-like fence that would contain vegetation and divide the pavilion and the park; and the Picnic Table, a sizable, turf-covered seating amenity.

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Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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