The gatehouse at Charlestown

Do you feel safe coming home to an empty house after dark? Do you worry about the security of your house while you're away on vacation? What would you do if you had a medical emergency and couldn't get to the phone?

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If there s no ice on the pond, it s a good day to fish that s Clyde King s creed. A lifelong fisherman, King has been casting his line out on small ponds and rivers across Maryland for the last 75 years.

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When native New Yorker Rebekah Kennedy moved to Baltimore a little more than 20 years ago, she was immediately attracted to the beauty, convenience, and culture Charm City afforded her. [caption id="attachment_13173" align="alignright" width="280" caption="When she's not visiting friends or the theater in Baltimore, Rebekah Kennedy takes in her Charlestown view.

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The oil paintings lighting up the walls of Irene Hebert s apartment home are proof that an artist can be born at any age. Hebert hadn t picked up a paintbrush before moving to Charlestown in 1990, where she enrolled in her first art class. Now, 20 years later, she can t put one down.

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When was the last time you invited your neighbors over to dinner? If you re Sally Pound and Mary Ann Ressler, the answer is all the time.

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Growing up in west Baltimore, Mary Leech always felt a connection to Catonsville. We lived about three or four miles away, but I was very familiar with the area because I had friends that lived in Catonsville, says Leech. Every year, I would go to their house for the Fourth of July celebration.

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Like many Marylanders, for retired kindergarten teacher Margaret Cutchins, nothing says summer like juicy home-grown tomatoes.

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Carolyn Denton doesn t claim to be a gardener. In fact, she refers to herself as having a brown thumb. But that hasn t lessened her love of the outdoors.

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The adage ask and you shall receive never rang more true for Vinson Bankoski than when he asked Judith Jones legendary Julia Child editor and author of The Pleasures [caption id="attachment_8946" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Judith Jones and Charlestown s Director of Dining Services Vinson Bankoski trade stories as they whip up a cheese souffl from The Pleasures of Cooking