Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) ***** Call me old-fashioned, romantic or out-of-date, I don’t care. I LOVED this movie for all the right reasons. Yes, the plot is incredibly corny. It’s actually two storylines. The first story is…

The Constant Reader

Armchair Traveler: Latest Entries in Crime Series Offer Summer Intrigue I’m a lifelong voracious reader, particularly of contemporary fiction. Typically, I read with my morning coffee, before sleep—and when involved in a particularly wonderful book, any time I can steal…

Historical Perspective

The Impassable Road During the Great Depression, Frederick County had no money to maintain what infrastructure they had. Bridges were in danger of falling down and rutted roads caused many motorists to get stuck, especially when it rained or snowed.…

Eye on Art

Artist Matt Baker Enjoys Working the SwingShift The artwork of southern California native Matt Baker, on exhibit this summer at the Delaplaine Art Center’s satellite gallery on the lower level of the Urbana Regional Library, showcases both the local area…

Around Town

Rotary Recognizes Members Members of the Southern Frederick County Rotary Club were recognized at the Southern Frederick Charter Dinner Celebration for their efforts to give back to local and worldwide communities. The event was held on June 3 at the…

Assignment Education

Urbana Area Redistricting Study Underway To better serve students in the growing Urbana area, Frederick County Public Schools has initiated a year-long redistricting study. The study will determine an attendance area for Sugarloaf Elementary. It will also examine feeder patterns…

Plein Air With Audrey Farnsworth

Plein air, a French expression made into an art form by the Impressionists, refers to creating art in the open air—to leave the four walls of inside and experience painting landscapes outside. It has recently grown in popularity, notably in…

Mike at the Movies

Adrift (PG-13) ***** Shailene Woodley (Tami Oldham) has been a personal favorite of mine since I saw her in “The Descendant” as a teenager. In this film, which she also produced, she is riveting as the rootless adventurer Tami. She…

Out & About

Sol Yoga: Good Cause Class June 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Urbana Regional Library This free yoga class is offered by Sol Yoga’s Good Cause Division. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. Donations…