Friday, July 18, 2008

More Very Sad News

Doug just phoned to say that he had stopped by Sea Hut for a sandwich. The restaurant was closing early because owner, Mr. Jim, had just passed away. Jim and his wife, Sue, have worked hard in their restaurant nearly every day since opening Sea Hut over 25 years ago. They never had a vacation together and Jim never took a sick day to my knowledge. Jim suffered a stroke and heart attack last week with no previous symptoms. He was only 55 years old. I can't imagine going to Sea Hut and not seeing Jim behind the bar, sitting at the family table reading the news, chatting with us, or eating a traditional Korean meal. Prayers go out to Sue, Jean, Irving, Kevin, Jennifer, Eddie, and all of their family and friends. Jim will truly be missed.

You may remember that wonderful photos of Jean's wedding were posted here. Click below on "older posts" and continue back to March 9, 2008 to see photos of Jim and his family on that special occasion.

Catonsville Voted One of the Best places to Live

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Homemade Playdough Recipe

This morning I made a new batch of playdough for the toddlers I would see in class. My favorite home recipe requires cooking the dough over medium heat. For best results, it needs to be well-kneaded while still warm. My good friends at Sam's helped me knead, despite the fact that other customers thought we were some sort of rehab group (the warm dough IS very soothing and relaxing). Their creativity was evident. Thanks again for your help! Here is my recipe, which can be easily halved.
Place the following in a large sauce pan:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water (add food coloring as desired)
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar

Add all ingredients and stir over medium heat until the dough forms a large glob, usually less than 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let dough cool a bit. Divide dough into several large balls and knead warm dough until a smooth consistency is obtained. Little children like to feel the temperature change from warm to cool.

Store in a plastic sealed container. Dough will easily last for 1 month. Let your inner child's creativity out!

Jean gets creative ....... but any suggestions as to what she created? Even she doesn't know.

Bill, how did you get inspired to make a........bagel?

Toucan Glenn

Kneading the dough.......ahhh, warm playdough

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Save Arden

From Catonsville historian, Marsha Wight Wise, via email:

Hi! I read your Sam’s Bagels blog often. Keep up the good work. I love reading about my friends the Titsworths!

I would like to ask you to post something on your blog. As you may be aware there are a group of people trying to save the old Bloede property in Catonsville at the dead end of Forest Avenue, Arden, from the wrecking ball. We are in no way opposed to the PUD but would like to see the developer incorporate Arden in his plans. We have been successful in getting the preliminary Historic Landmark status in January by the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The Baltimore County Council held a public hearing on July 7th.

The Council will vote on Arden’s final Landmark status on July 29th. We need Catonsville to write Councilman Sam Moxley, and the rest of the Council members, to voice their opinion on the necessity of preserving Arden. We need to urge Councilman Moxley to draft a bill placing Arden into permanent History Landmark status.

To read all about Arden and to see the photos go to our blog at:

Obituary for Clyde Lanham

Below are the viewing and funeral arrangements for Clyde, Patty's father-in-law.

Hope that many of the Bagel Bunch will show their support tomorrow. I plan to be there at 4 pm.

LANHAM , Clyde F. On Friday, July 11, 2008 MR. CLYDE FRANKLIN LANHAM beloved husband of the late Minnie (nee D'Annunzio) Lanham; beloved father of Edward Franklin Lanham, Sr. and Margaret Marie Long and the late Charles Joseph Lanham; beloved father-in-law of Patricia Lanham; seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, loyal and cherished friends.

Friends may call at the LOUDON PARK FUNERAL HOME, 3620 Wilkens Avenue on Wednesday, July 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, July 17 at the funeral home. Entombment Loudon Park Cemetery. Published in the Baltimore Sun on 7/15/2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Old Frederick Road Scenes

I found these photos on the Baltimore Public Library's website. Volunteers scan in photos for the Legacy Website . You can see more photos of Baltimore County by scrolling down on the blog, looking on the right for "Favorite Sites" and clicking on Baltimore County Legacy Web. These pictures seem older than 20 years to me!
Frederick Rd 1990....the original Sam's replaced Hardee's restaurant

Frederick Road 1988 Traffic Jam

Monday Morning

  • I am tired of writing this, but prayers are again needed. Patty's father-in-law, Clyde Lanham, passed away on Friday night. Patty, you haven't had a break in so long, you are in our prayers.
  • Don reported that he has been on playground duty at the swim meets with 2-year old Cheney. He is soon joined by many other little people. Laura, you need to look for him at the playground when you want to go to the pool.
  • Bill T. has offered to host a party for the Bagel Bunch at his home. Warning - he has a pool so swimwear may be involved.
  • Alicia was sailing in a race this weekend at the harbor. Jean and Paul went down to Ft. McHenry around 6 pm to see her sail in, but didn't see her. Hope you finished the race!
  • Dimitri verified that each bagel weighs the same.....some may appear smaller due to different textures and ingredients. He said that the price of flour has gradually increased from $25 per bag to $75 per bag. Yikes! All bagels are baked fresh daily (except for Don's).
  • Gladys reports that she hasn't been rocking on her front porch due to dust from ongoing work on her street.
  • I saw a broken lawn chair with a trash bag in the middle of Edmondson Avenue yesterday. Seemed to be saying that 4th of July celebrations are over.
  • Allison was completing the last 4 hours on Saturday to become an official state park bike volunteer. She will donate 100 hours of her time to the park system over the next year. Congratulations!

There was much discussion about this photo (click on it to enlarge). Don clearly appears to be looking down Laura's blouse instead of at the camera. And Jack appears to be contemplating about getting a tattoo of his own.

Is Doug Andrea's replacement?

The world's oldest bagel on view now at Sam's

The three Bills of Sam's

Paul's 6 foot tall tomato plant......Doug, can you top this?