baltimoresun With one quick phone call from her home in Running Brook, the 96-year-old community activist recently arranged to check off an entry that's been on her to-do list for a long time: take a ride in a motorcycle sidecar.

Bob Henig, owner of Bob's BMW in Jessup, was not only willing, he also owns the perfect sidecar rig for the journey — a bright-yellow GG Duetto manufactured in 1997 in Switzerland, one of only two on the continent.

More: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard. (photo: Kenneth K. Lam/#baltimoresun)
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baltimoresun The headstone of one of #Towson's original residents, Catherine Schmuck (1767-1834) still stands, now alone in the shadow of the cinema complex Thursday, Jul 24, 2014. (Karl Merton Ferron/#BaltimoreSun Staff) 12h
  •   jennsjackpot Great representation! // 11h
  •   grl_from_bmore Glad to see they left her stone standing. Catherine Schmuck wasn't just a resident, she owned a lot of the property of what is now Towson before women were allowed to own property. 11h
  •   loveatfirstsight2 @grl_from_bmore where can I read a bio on her.And the time women weren't allow yo buy property. I'm in Real Estate and from Towson, md 11h
  •   grl_from_bmore @loveatfirstsight2 not sure. That comes from genealogy research members of my family have done. 9h

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baltimoresun Huddle 'round the Harbaugh? #Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh speaks to the media after practice. #Baltimore Ravens held their first public practice of the season at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday. (Lloyd Fox/#BaltimoreSun) 12h

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baltimoresun Running back #RayRice (27) leads the #Baltimore #Ravens offense in drills during the first open training camp at the Ravens' stadium Monday, Jul 28, 2014. (Karl Merton Ferron / #BaltimoreSun Staff) 12h

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baltimoresun Annnnnnd they're back: The Ravens opened full-team training camp Thursday in shells at 8:30 a.m. under cloudy skies that persisted throughout the cool morning. The practice was the first of the summer attended by the entire team, after days of practices with only the rookies, quarterbacks, and injured veterans. Here, wide receiver Marlon Brown (14) runs with the ball after making a catch during practice at Under Armour Performance Center. (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) 4d
  •   justbeachy823 I hope they plan to do some work educating or supporting people about or victims of domestic violence. 4d
  •   wifeymoments @justbeachy823 that's not their responsibility. Teach it in your OWN home. They can't control everything. 4d

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baltimoresun Mike Hachey, of Baltimore, waves a Palestinian flag above the crowd on the corner of 33rd st. and St. Paul st. during a protest to free Palestine Thursday evening. (Rachel Woolf/Baltimore Sun) 4d
  •   bmorehousehoney @itsamiller3 Islam is not my favorite thing, believe me. No organized religion is... it brainwashes people and turns them toward arrogance and ugliness, hence this war. Each thinks they are more deserving of the same land and fighting over it, the only problem is that Palestine is their land, and a bunch of Europeans coming in to take it over and push them into the margins that continually get smaller and then form blockades so that they have to tunnel for basic necessities like food... well of course they're going to resent Israel, and be resistant. Israel is adding injury to insult by using excessive military force. And as I said before, it's just mind-blowing that the bullying is coming from those who should be more sensitive to human-suffering after all they've been through during WW2. It's time to stop the cycle. 4d
  •   itsamiller3 @bmorehousehoney big government kills way more people than religion. I think your hatred towards Israel is nothing but being misinformed. To compare Gaza to the holocaust is disgusting and far from the truth. Israel supports the people in Gaza in many ways, and so does the world. The issue is when the disgusting leadership takes the money for themselves and to create terror, rather than using it to build up infrastructure in Gaza. 4d
  •   bmorehousehoney @itsamiller3 I don't hate Israel, I just don't think taking over someone else's country was the right thing to do. I understand why post WW2 Jews wanted their own society. I get that, but that was probably not the place to do it. I'm not sure where "big government" is relevant to this conversation as a killer, because people all over the world since the beginning of time have been fighting and killing over religion. I also didn't compare Gaza to the holocaust, I said I'm surprised that people who have endured so much suffering are willing to inflict any type of suffering on another specific population. There's a difference. I would think they would be more peace-loving, but they're not judging by the size of their military. (Just like the US... we're bullies, too, just not over religion, but money/oil and power.) I just think that this current offensive by Israel is more than excessive force. You sound like an intelligent man, but my guess is you're Jewish, and I think you're being blinded by your religion and not able to be objective about this from a humanitarian standpoint. 4d
  •   itsamiller3 @bmorehousehoney Israeli's retreated & gave up Gaza 9 years ago. They provided the resources for Gaza to become a successful and prosperous region. Instead, Gaza elected Hamas, destroyed these resources, used all foreign aid to build tunnels, build rockets, and house these rockets in schools and hospitals. Hamas plays the PR game, they fire rockets (from these schools and hospitals) unconditionally at Israel, in hopes that Israel will fire back to defend their people and country (as ANY NATION would). When Israel strikes these targets, to disarm Hamas, they are criticized by other nations. Despite warning Gaza citizens of these upcoming attacks, Hamas encourages citizens to stay put and defend these rockets and the leadership. Shame on Hamas, and shame on you if you stand behind and support this destruction. If Hamas were to stop firing on Israel, Israel would end their firing on Gaza and Hamas. If Hamas continues to fire, Israel will defend itself as it should. I understand you don’t like religion, but I don’t see any other religion in the world being destructive besides Islam. All I ask of you is to research the issue from a fair standpoint, and delve into it full force, not just what you may get from your self proposed liberal-minded sources. This is not an issue of right vs left, it is an issue of moral vs immoral. 4d
  •   bmorehousehoney @itsamiller3 I don't think it's right vs. left... I oppose all war. That's not from a liberal source. I'm a pacifist. I think both sides should stop, but I still see excessive force on the part of Israel. This go 'round what is happening is not "defending themselves." I agree with you and do find Islam to be the most destructive religion, but it's not the only destructive religion. For whatever reason unbeknownst to probably both of us, Hamas are the most insanely determined people on the face of this earth, and they've successfully managed to manipulate the citizens of Gaza into electing them even though it's in their worst interest. Regardless of how evil the leadership, it's still immoral from my standpoint for Israel to use its obviously superior arsenal to pulverize Gaza. Does Israel not have special forces that can go in and deal with Hamas's minimal weapons capability neatly without the collateral damage? I'm asking, I don't know. There has got to be a better way. Right now it just looks like overkill. 4d
  •   itsamiller3 @bmorehousehoney of course war is a terrible thing, and I don't think people from both Gaza and Israel wanted it besides the leaders of Hamas. Unfortunately, while Israel does have a technologically advanced army, there is collateral damage when Hamas uses schools, hospitals, and homes as launch sites for their rockets, all while telling innocent citizens to stay put. If only war was actually like video games and movies, where you can pinpoint the target and call it a day. Israel uses many means to warn Gaza citizens of attacks whether it is flyers, texts, or phone calls, but sometimes they just don't listen. It is sad that a ground offensive has become the safest way to handle this. Israel is not only helping save their civilians from constant rocket fire, but also to free innocent Gazans from the terrible, destructive leadership of Hamas. 4d
  •   revolutionarynupe @itsamiller3 what is ur views on the fact that Israel had no right to be an established country in the first place. Do u feel it was right for Palestinians to br displaced and land taken and given to others and then taken over? 3d
  •   itsamiller3 @revolutionarynupe what factbook are you reading? In 1948, Israel was granted the right to exist, and in 1949 became part of the UN. No need to get into Biblical texts or anything. That is the bottom line. I don’t see you protesting to give Native Americans back the USA, or even more recently give Serbian’s back parts of Croatia. The real fact is, before the Jewish people settled back in Israel, it was nothing but desert, they were able to plant trees, drain malarial swamps, etc. to make it much more livable, and provide infrastructure to not only house more Jews, but a lot more Arabs as well. 3d

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baltimoresun Members of the Official Party, including retiring Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller and the new Superintendent Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Jr. stand before the crowd during the Change of Command ceremony at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Wednesday morning. (Rachel Woolf/Baltimore Sun) 6d

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baltimoresun This week's @bthesite cover: Think barre, Pilates, yoga, boot camps, cross training and group cycling. Personalized instruction is emphasized. Boutique gyms offer fewer members and a more intimate setting than so-called big-box health clubs. They're typically run independently rather than being corporate-owned and provide specialized targeted exercise programs.

Pictured, Lily Dwyer Begg, 32 is a yoga instructor at Sanctuary Bodyworks, a "boutique" gym in an old church on St. Ann St. -- Photo: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun
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baltimoresun Bob Creager opened his tiny pit beef stand in the parking lot of a Southeast Baltimore nightclub in 1987. The stand had no electricity. Creager had never run a business.
And the former steelworker had no idea how to cook pit beef. Now, Chaps is the main operation left on Pulaski Highway, East Baltimore's Pit Beef Row. Chaps, operated by owner Robert Creager and his wife, has became a Baltimore tourist attraction after appearances in several Food Network cable television shows. Chaps Pit Beef's Richwich Sub is filled with beef, corned beef, turkey and sausage, all pit grilled. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
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baltimoresun John H. Rehmert is this week's runner up for "Innocence Reflected," a photo of his daughter Madison "Maddy" Rehmert at 1 year of age. The photo was taken with a Sony DSLR-A350. Rehmert writes, "We had just received nearly 2 feet of snow and we suspect Maddy was trying to feel the cold of the snow on her tongue. This was her first experience with a significant snowfall. I was standing over her and snapped the photo at just the right time." Jackson comments, "This is a wonderful documentation of a child's curiosity. I love the unique angle and the subtle reflection fading to gray. This week's theme: Glass. Submit through Saturday using the hashtag #sunshots2014. 1w

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baltimoresun Bill Bitman is the winner of this week's #readerSunshots theme "Reflections" with his photo of a great egret fishing in the Shark Valley region of the #Everglades last January. He captured this big bird with a Nikon D300 with a 400mm f/2.8 lens on a tripod. "There were many herons and egrets wading the water hoping to catch fish," Bitman writes. "This great egret was situated far enough away for me to get the entire bird in the frame, yet close enough to capture the texture of its plumage. After many minutes of waiting patiently, the egret suddenly raised its wing in order to create more contrast for spotting fish." Photo editor Jerry Jackson comments, "The overcast sky and dark water really makes the reflection pop in this beautiful shot. I like that photographer is showing us the shadowing behavior that the egret uses to fish." This weeks category: Glass. Submit through Saturday by using #sunshots2014. 1w

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baltimoresun Jesse Delaplaine, a dancer from the Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial company, performs the act "Brothers Avienne," directed by Elle Brande, at the Aerial Arts Arena on Charles Street at #artscape. (Al Drago/Baltimore Sun) 1w

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baltimoresun Zach Pekor, from Baltimore, smiles as he has his picture taken in a mini art car in the Art Car area at #Artscape. (Al Drago/Baltimore Sun) 1w

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baltimoresun Out at #artscape2014? Let us see your shots. Tag us at @baltimoresun and with the hashtag #onlyinbaltimore (we'll feature some of our favorites). This'n was snagged by @justin_fenton. 1w

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baltimoresun At #Artscape2014, #Baltimore roller skates. — photo: @justin_fenton. 1w

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baltimoresun Now that's our kind of Twister: Caleb Arisman, from Baltimore, reaches around as he puts his left foot on pepperoni as he plays Pizza Party Twister with his friend Caleb Smith at #ArtScape2014. Arisman's friends Emily Middleton and Tyler Hands spun the wheel as they directed the Caleb's where to move. (Al Drago/#BaltimoreSun) 2w

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baltimoresun Regram from reporter @juliemore19 —Trees growing in buildings. Know of any? Talk with me: Tweet @juliemore, or comment below. 2w

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baltimoresun The cutest of tiny cute #bluecrabs: This li'l crab was hanging onto NOAA Chief Scientist David Bruce's glove after being measured and released from a trap that was set the day before to measure how they are impacting #oyster reef habitats on the Tred Avon River near Oxford. (Al Drago/#BaltimoreSun) 2w

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baltimoresun Today's cover of @bthesite: #Artscape, #Orioles and Nelson Cruz. 2w

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baltimoresun RETRO: A main north-south corridor through #Baltimore, Light Street has seen a few changes since its pre-Promenade days and fire destruction, topped off with a recent surge in redevelopment and newly-lit business signs throughout downtown and the harbor harbor. Here’s a look at what Light Street used to be, straight from The #BaltimoreSun archives. -- More: darkroom.baltimoresun.com 2w

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