Holiday light displays are going up in neighborhoods all around the Baltimore County area. Some are simpler, some are more elaborate and some — like Phil Hoesch’s display at his parents’ Cockeysville home — are coordinated to music played over a low-frequency radio signal. Watch the video below to see Hoesch’s display in action.
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With most high school fall sports playoffs nearing the finish, there are lots of emotions on the field – both from winners and losers – as they see their seasons come to a close. Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers saw action from many playoff games in Howard, Harford and Baltimore, Carroll and other counties last week, including soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball and football. The latest edition of the best of high school sports.
From Howard County to Baltimore County to Harford County, photographers for the Baltimore Sun’s community papers cover many high school sporting events each week. Here is a roundup of some of the best sports action shots from the week of Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1.
Nine Baltimore County public high school marching bands got to show off their stuff at the Marching Band Showcase held at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium Sunday night. Photos by staff photographer Jen Rynda / Video (below) by multimedia intern Cara LaMaina.
Baltimore Sun community papers video intern Cara LaMaina, who is a broadcast journalism student at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently spent some time doing a ride-along with a Prince George’s County police officer to see how they are enforcing the new state laws on using cell phones while driving. Here is her report and some background on how she reported it.
Sirens are blaring and lights are flashing all over the roads in Prince George’s County. Police officers have begun fighting the spreading addiction to texting and driving. As of October 1, a new law went into effect making it illegal to use a handheld device while driving in Maryland. After talking to Officer Shawn Brome it became clear that police departments are not taking it lightly.
At the Maryland State Fair — past the midway rides and games, past the 4-H building and past the penned-up goats — a man stands under a tent, netted on all four sides, with a chainsaw.
With that chainsaw, Marty Long slowly slices off pieces of a wooden stump. A few dozen people watch in awe from bleachers surrounding the tent as the stump becomes a statue of two birds, darkened by blow torches and wood stain.
Long will be at the fair making chainsaw sculptures all week that will be auctioned off.
For the past three years, the Howard County girls golf scene has been dominated by the talented duo of Bryana Nguyen (Atholton) and Rachel Lee (Marriotts Ridge).
Nguyen, a three-time county Player of the Year, added a state championship to her resume last fall at the University of Maryland golf course. She also owns the county’s girls golf record for scoring average over the course of an entire season.
Lee, meanwhile, is a three-time first team all-county selection in her own right. She has finished in the top three in the county in scoring average every season since arriving as a freshman and has finished fourth at the state championship tournament for two straight years.
Nguyen has verbally committed to play collegiately at the University of North Carolina, while Lee committed this spring to the University of Delaware.
After 16 years, attendees of the Howard County Fair finally got to see some bucking bulls.
With a new event called “Bull Blast” held Monday night, the fair launched itself back into the ring with professional riders putting on a show for about 2,000 cheering fans.
“We’re going to see some spills, some falls, maybe a couple cowboys getting bucked off real good,” said Justin Howard, of Rockin “R” Western Productions, which produced the show. “We’re going to have some fun.” (Story continues below video)
The Oakland Mills boys soccer team put together its highest overall win total (13) of the past decade last fall, finishing third in the county standings and making the 2A North regional championship along the way.
The team’s mix of senior leadership and young talent was the backbone of that breakthrough campaign. John Caldwell, who will be a junior this year, is one of those underclassmen that are now hoping to help the Scorpions take that next step toward competing for a county championship.
Caldwell finished his sophomore year season with five goals and five assists. That point total (15) put him among the county’s top 20 scorers.
Korean War veterans Albert Medeiros and Lyle McCullough reflect on their time serving in advance of the 60th anniversary of the war’s end on July 27, 1953. Both men, who are residents at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, described times of tragedy and how the experience shaped their lives.