Nothing says Maryland like a big ole bowl of crab soup. And nothing says king of crab like winning the crab soup cook-off in a state known worldwide for its Chesapeake Bay blue crabs. [caption id="attachment_6720" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Riderwood s winning crab soup teams.

Wind Crest

Carpenters are limited only by their imaginations in the Wind Crest wood shop. The members, who number close to 40, churn out dozens of projects each year and have hundreds more on their to-do lists. We ll give anything a try, says Len Hilgartner, who lives at Wind Crest and manages its wood shop. We ll try and make anything for anyone, he adds enthusiastically.

Oak Crest

Five months after Joan and Brooks Hubbert traded in their Towson home and moved to Oak Crest in Parkville, it was clear as a bell something was missing. [caption id="attachment_6800" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Oak Crest Handbell Choir, which includes both experienced bell-ringers and thos


 Jimmy Mullis and nine of his neighbors are helping to make this a holiday to remember for local youth. For the last four months, the Charlestown volunteers have been hard at work sawing, sanding, assembling, and painting wooden toys they will donate to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S.


This Christmas, while the rest of us are lacing up our snow boots, Sheila Eberhardt, a 77-year-old grandmother of 13, will be slipping on her sandals and enjoying shrimp on the barbie. Eberhardt is spending the holidays down under in Brisbane, Australia. The trip, a gift from Eberhardt s oldest daughter who teaches at the University of Queensland in Toowoomba, came as a surprise.

Cedar Crest

[caption id="attachment_6823" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Paula Longo s dog, Sunny, is close to her heart. (Photos by Erica Koizim)"][/caption] There wasn t a shortage of strutting, smiling, and wagging at Cedar Crest s recent pet parade.

Cedar Crest
Before he packs his sleigh with gifts for good boys and girls later this month, Santa and Mrs.
Linden Ponds

Sitting around a large table at Linden Ponds Acorn Pub, the ladies talk and laugh like any group of friends with similar interests.

Ann's Choice

Some call it Operation Stocking; others think it s a spin on stocking stuffing ; Fannie Kessler says it s all about reaching outside of the self and doing something good for someone else. [caption id="attachment_6791" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Top: Soldiers, usually referred to by last name only, appreciate seeing their first names on stockings.