Thursday, November 22, 2012
Take a moment to be thankful today.
It's a day for thanks and I for one am thankful for my family, my job and all of you dear readers on Patch. It's been a little over a year since I started with Bel Air Patch and it's been one wild ride so far. I couldn't do what I do without the help and support of the community. You let me tell your stories, and for that I am grateful. So let me take a moment to thank you and yours for all you do for me and for our community. From my family to yours, be safe and have a happy Thanksgiving, Kirsten Dize
Nearly 2,000 people participated in this year's 5K walk/run to benefit the Y of Central Maryland.
What better way to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner than to run a 5K in the morning? Nearly 2,000 participants in this year's Turkey Trot in Bel Air did just that Thanksgiving morning. Event organizer Suzanne Green said about 1,720 runners and 250 walkers participated in this year's event. The Turkey Trot benefits the Y of Central Maryland. "All of the fundraising this year goes to our families who can't afford to put their children in childcare or camp," Green said. You can find results for the Turkey Trot on Charm City Run's website. Have your own pictures from the day? Share them! All you have to do is click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
When does recycling get picked up? Find out.
For many Harford County residents, Thanksgiving means a good meal and maybe even a day off. Patch has put together the following list to help you keep track of who is sharing that day off so you know what to expect. Harford County government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving. County offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 26. Municipal offices in Bel Air will also be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday. Harford Transit will not be running on these days and the county's waste disposal center will be closed. Harford County Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Harford County District and Circuit courts will also be …
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made …
The 5K benefits the Y of Central Maryland.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kirsten Dize
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
If you're passing through Bel Air on Thanksgiving morning, don't be alarmed by hundreds of runners whose paths you may cross. The 17th Annual Turkey Trot is slated to kick off at 8:30 a.m. in Bel Air on Thursday. The 5K walk/run benefits the Y of Central Maryland. Last year, more than 1,700 people participated in the Bel Air race. Online registration for the race has closed, but those interested can still register in person at the nearest Y or at the race on race day. The race will run through the streets of Bel Air and end at the Williams Street MA & PA trail entrance where it begins. The race and registration location is McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway. Will you participate in this year's Turkey Trot? Leave a comment.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
While you may have just put the Halloween decorations away and are eagerly awaiting a Thanksgiving dinner, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to …
A turkey can't just sit alone on the table. Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
What would a turkey be on Thanksgiving without its faithful side companions? Often more popular than the turkey itself, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorites are staples of the food coma-inducing meal. My family is a big fan of sweet potatoes, with the exception of my mom. I'm sure we all have those traditional favorites that make the holiday meal familiar. Try one of the recipes below to bring a new taste to your Thanksgiving feast. Roasted Winter Squash Gauge the amount of squash you’ll need by allowing 1 small squash (acorn and butternut are good choices) for every four people. Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Brush sides and inner cavity with olive oil and place flesh-side down on a lightly-…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Wednesday is generally regarded as one of the busiest travel days of the year.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Sean Welsh
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Before you close the laptop and head out on your holiday travels Wednesday, you might want to take a peek at the local traffic reports. Thanks to Mapquest, Patch is able to bring you a traffic widget that provides live updates for commuters. We've fixed the opening screen to Harford County, but you can easily zoom in and out, and scroll around to whatever patch of pavement has you concerned. Have a major roadway catastrophe you want to share with your fellow commuters? Leave a comment below. Or, hit one of our Facebook pages—Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace—to notify the other turkeys trying to avoid traffic. Safe travels. Happy Thanksgiving from your Harford County Patches.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is sponsoring "Holidays on Main" to support local business.
The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is trying to give the community a big gift this year: your business. "When you spend in your local community, nearly 70% of the money stays in the local community compared to less than 40% when you spend at a national retailer or 0% when you buy online," writes the group's executive director, Scott Walker, in a press release. The booster organization's Holidays On Main provides "a variety of activities that will help" residents to spend locally, an effort that is also being promoted by a national campaign called Keep The Cheer Here. Here is this week's event: Thursday. Girls Night Out. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shops and boutiques will be open late. Several shops are donating 10 percent of sales to the Chesapeake …
I'm in charge of the turkey this year. Help!
My mother-in-law is Italian. She's a great cook. This year, however, I volunteered to cook the turkey at Thanksgiving at her house in Latrobe, PA. I've never cooked a turkey, let alone taken over Lydia's kitchen during a holiday to cook the main dish. I have, however, purchased sliced turkey for sandwiches at the supermarket deli counter. But I don't think that's going to cut it. You probably don't know me, so why would you help? I'm Doug Donovan, the Patch regional editor that has overseen Bel Air Patch and the other Harford County Patch sites since they launched more than a year ago. I'm helping out in Bel Air while Kirsten finishes her company training this week. You can enter your tips and/or recipes into the comment section. For …