Baltimore braces for documentary on nun death

Baltimore braces for documentary on nun death

Von Den Bosch was watching the trailer of the upcoming Netflix documentary “The Keepers.” The seven part series focuses on sexual abuse in the 1960s and ’70s at Archbishop Keough High School and the unsolved 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, an English teacher at the Catholic school in Southwest Baltimore.

Von Den Bosch, who has received a settlement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for abuse she suffered at Keough, is featured in the series. She is among the many across the region who are bracing for its release Friday.

While many of the details have been aired before, the publicity generated by a Netflix series in the age of social media will bring a new level of interest from the public and scrutiny to local institutions. The series is drawing comparisons to “Making a Murderer,” the hit true crime series released by Netflix in 2015.

Some hope all the attention will turn up new information. Gemma Hoskins, 64, is one of a group of Keough alumni who have tried to investigate their teacher’s death.

“I really believe that once this film airs, we will get the answers that we’re looking for,” she says.

Police revealed this month that in February they exhumed the body of the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, a Catholic priest accused of abusing students at Keough and suspected in the nun’s killing.

“I’ve been talking to reporters pretty much nonstop ever since,” police spokeswoman Elise Armacost says.

A central figure in the series is Jean Wehner, the woman who told police in 1994 that Maskell had shown her the nun’s body. Maskell, who was Keough’s chaplain and counselor, died in 2001.

Since 2011, the archdiocese has paid a total of $472,000 in settlements to 16 people who accused Maskell of sexual abuse. But he was never criminally charged. And no one has been arrested in Cesnik’s killing.

Ryan White, whose aunt attended Keough when Cesnik taught there, directed the series.

“I think ultimately ‘The Keepers’ is a story about justice and, unfortunately, a lot of injustice, and the fact that virtually nobody’s held accountable for any of these crimes,” he says. “I hope the visibility of Netflix will anger people in some way to say, ‘Why did this happen under our watch?'”

‘The reason I became a teacher’

Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik belonged to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an order devoted to education. At Keough, she taught English and coached the drama club.

The young nun taught girls dance moves for their performances, lifting her black habit to show them her footwork, Hoskins remembers. When she read aloud from books, she took on the voice of the characters.

“She’s really the reason I became a teacher,” Hoskins says. “And when I became a teacher, I used everything that I saw her do, and it worked.”

The president of Seton Keough High School in southwest Baltimore wrote to parents this week about the upcoming Netflix series “The Keepers,” which focuses on sexual abuse and the unsolved killing of a nun who taught there decades ago. She left her home in the Carriage House apartments on the evening of Nov. 7 to go to the bank and Edmondson Village Shopping Center, and was never seen again. She was 26.

Baltimore police led the search. Her unlocked car, a green Ford Maverick, was soon found parked illegally near her apartment. Inside was a box of bakery buns, twigs and leaves.

Her body would not be found until Jan. 3, 1970, covered in snow in an area off Monumental Avenue. They could not determine whether she had been sexually assaulted.

Baltimore police Detective Nick Giangrasso was assigned to handle the missing persons case with his partner. He does not believes her killing was a random attack.

“I believe that she was a confidante of girls at Keough,” says Giangrasso, now 74 and retired. “I think they came to her telling her about the things that Maskell was doing.”

That’s a central theme in “The Keepers,” and a theory Baltimore County detectives have pursued. The county took the case when Cesnik’s body was found there.

County police cooperated with the documentary’s producers, but did not make detectives available to talk to The Baltimore Sun about the case for this article.

Maskell had deep ties to police, and some of his victims say they were also sexually abused by officers he associated with. Maskell served as chaplain for the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore County police, The Sun reported in the past. (Officials with those agencies today say they don’t have records of his service). His brother was a city police lieutenant. Victims say he carried a gun.

“He was extremely connected, and everyone knew that,” says Joanne Suder, an attorney who has represented victims who received settlements from the archdiocese.
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baking plans for day

baking plans for day

Aunt Millie’s is rising to the occasion.

For decades, Wonder/Hostess had bakery outlet stores in Champaign Urbana, but that came to an end in 2012 after Hostess filed for bankruptcy.

The Wonder/Hostess store in Champaign’s Pioneer Plaza closed that year, but now Aunt Millie’s Bakeries is planning to fill the void by opening an outlet store at 805 Bloomington Road, C the same space Wonder/Hostess was in.

The Fort Wayne, Ind. based company is best known for Aunt Millie’s bread and also makes buns, rolls, English muffins and bagels.

Aunt Millie’s spokeswoman Melissa Dunning said the store is expected to open about April 6 and will sell bread, buns, rolls and sweet bakery items. Saturdays. The shop is expected to have four employees at the start.

Aunt Millie’s opened a branch distribution depot on Country Fair Drive in Champaign in 2013, in hopes of expanding its presence here.

The family owned company got its start in 1901 as the Fort Wayne Biscuit Co. It made cookies and crackers in the early decades, but later concentrated on bread, becoming a Sunbeam bread distributor.

The company changed its name to Perfection Bakeries in 1990 and adopted the Aunt Millie’s Bakeries name in 2005.

Crossroads Corner Consignment, which has been leasing more and more space within the Whiteline building at 723 S. Neil St., C, is taking another 2,500 square feet.

The new space will be used for “warehouse furniture sales” on certain weekends between now and August, said Crossroads co owner William Fleming.

In the new space, next door to El Toro restaurant, customers will find desks, dressers, lamps, wall art, sofas, chairs and dining room sets.

“We’ll have warehouse style, finished, ready to go pieces, but it’s also a place for people who are doing up cycling and ‘shabby chic’ decorating to buy project pieces,” Fleming said.

The space is about 90 percent full with gently used furniture “contemporary, antique, mid century, all styles for every person,” he said. that Sunday.

Other upcoming sale weekends include April 10 12, April 17 19 and May 15 17. Additional dates for sales will be posted on the shop’s Facebook page.

Unlike other parts of Crossroads Corner Consignment, the new space is intended to have a warehouse feel, rather than a showroom feel.

“We’re not staging anything. Everything is in rows, giving it an industrial feel, not like a furniture gallery,” Fleming said.

Those with questions about the sales can call the store at 954 1100.

Bon Ton Stores is once again sponsoring its spring Goodwill Sale at stores including Bergner’s and Carson’s.

Donors can bring clothing and household textiles to the store and donate them to Goodwill during the sale, which runs through March 28.

For each item donated, customers receive a coupon for up to 25 percent off new spring merchandise and fashions at Bergner’s and Carson’s.

Donations will be sold in local Goodwill stores, and revenue generated will go toward job placement, job training programs and community based support services for people seeking employment.

Apparel, outerwear, shoes, handbags, blankets and comforters are among the items that can be donated. Last year, donations from Bon Ton customers provided 693,000 hours of job training in their local communities.

Speaking of spring, Prairie Gardens in Champaign is offering five free seminars and one hands on class on two upcoming Saturdays as part of its spring open house.
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Bags to Riches

Bags to Riches

This is the good life. The great life. Toni Ray vivid green lawn unfurls to 150 feet of waterfront on the Chesapeake Bay. Her gardens bounce with hundreds of tulips, pansies and bluebells. In the side yard grow five beds of vegetables, another glorious excess of tulips and an arbor topped by grapevines.

She has a baby grand piano overlooking her 80 year old Japanese maple and the glittering nighttime lights across the bay. And throughout her thoroughly renovated beach cottage in Annapolis, Md., are a sumptuous collection of Chinese antiques and bold, eccentric finds from flea markets in Bogota, Colombia. Ray first success came with Georgetown Leather Design. Her latest is Hobo International handbags, whose clutches have been carried on the red carpet by Eva Longoria and Hilary Duff, and whose bag just appeared on Sarah Jessica Parker shoulder in to Launch. while this 65 year old grandmother has always had a great eye, the real secret behind Ray business success has been fear stomach churning, knee bending fear.

Her husband had left her. Taking off on his motorcycle the one that reminded her of their discovering Bob Dylan together he took up with a folk singer with long red hair.

Forty years later, Ray still visibly recoils from the memories. It hard to say what makes that time so especially raw, whether it the heartbreak of his leaving or the facts of what he left behind:

She was pregnant.

She had no one to lean on. Her parents had died, and she had grown up an only child in a California home where, she says, were really, really poor. Her father was an opera singer turned B movie actor. Ray graduated from the University of Maryland but couldn find a well paying job. It was a time of fear, she recalls. when I knew I was in trouble having an English degree. she could work. And work more. And work harder. So she did.

had to make it, she says.

In 1968 she arrived at Georgetown Leather Design, a sandal shop where owner Mary Vinton was looking for a new partner. Ray took over the merchandising and buying, bringing in Frye boots and making garment leather handbags and coats in the store basement. But Georgetown Leather, that was worthy. The city hippie artists would, Appel says, money, or sell some dope, or do something to get enough money to go. eventually employed 10 full time seamstresses and four sandalmakers and expanded to 10 regional stores. By 1984, when it was sold to William McCormick Jr., the stores had achieved annual sales of $7 million, and McCormick knew he was getting something special.

go to cocktail parties, he says, people say, I still have my handbag from Georgetown Leather. It was the Coach before there was Coach, if you think of that fashion position. They really had a niche. grew the business into the Midwest, expanding to 30 stores. Ray signed a four year contract. She stayed for five. McCormick sent her around the world to find leather, factories and labor. He sent her to seminars at Harvard Business School. She was often miserable philosophy, she says but taught me everything I know about numbers. She calls her time with him camp. then, at the end of summer 1990, he decided to let Ray go.

she recalls. do you get fired from the only job you ever done, and you spent your life building the chain? was and 50. fear was back.

In 1990, corporate America was telling her this woman who reached that certain age that often renders women invisible that her 20 year loyalty was as outmoded as she.

So although friends such as Barbara Gehring have always described her as really, really hard worker, Ray found herself, at the end of that summer, lying on her Annapolis porch the shadows go by. studied for a real estate license, every old woman does when she gets fired, she says. But real estate market was in total collapse. She accepted a job at a deli, only to immediately reconsider.

devastating, she calls the experience. Finally, depressed and on Prozac, she decided, better do something I know a lot about, and the only thing I know a lot about is leather. she called her daughter, Koren, the baby girl who by then had just graduated from Northwestern University: have to come home, and bring that thing I bought you for school. She was referring to the computer.

Ray had sketched some handbag designs for a freelance job in Bogota, but at the last minute the company decided to do only briefcases. Already at the factory in South America, Ray hated to see her handbag designs thrown away. Cashing out her $60,000 IRA, she got the designs made, too, and when she flew back with her first batch of bags, she and Koren sat at the gate in the Miami, our samples admiring and admiring, and so in love that we missed the airplane. was founded in 1991, and in the early years the company was so deep in debt that its only asset was a 1976 van one they rescued from the woods behind a friend house. Koren future husband, David Brewer, put new tires on it and welded a padlock for the back doors. For back seats, they used folding lawn chairs. In that van they ferried their bags to the New York trade shows.

Hobo bags developed a reputation built on pockets: secret pockets, and pockets within pockets, plus extra nooks and hooks that offer women the same delicious promises that an old house with second staircases and hidden rooms offers to imaginative children.

It took five years for Ray to pay off the loans secured by her house. A year later, she hired designer Martha Radford, who had worked for her at GLD. Radford helped push the bags beyond their well organized roots and into something with more capital F Fashion.

Today, Hobo line of 180 bags and wallets comes in shades such as sky, verde, espresso, cognac, lemon, coral, aqua, sage and sea glass.

Lucky magazine and Real Simple have featured Hobo, and Women Wear Daily called it one of the country and funky accessories firms. In March, the company expanded beyond its Los Angeles and Atlanta showrooms to include a penthouse on New York West 33rd Street, complete with views of the Empire State Building. It been 15 years since Hobo was created. That first year, in 1991, Hobo sales were $400,000.

Last year: $21 million.

Ray says. a driving force. March, Ray sold the business to her daughter and son in law, and she has officially, sort of, retired. Finally, the house whose porch floor drops two inches where the boxes were stacked for years and years has become again her own.

And on her first day of retirement, she crowed merrily about what comes next:

have books to read, a garden to grow, grandchildren to raise lots to do. thinks maybe she write a book, a guide for men she will call, a Man Can Judge a Woman by the Handbag She Carries. It will include tips like, she carrying a big sack bag, she artistic. If she carrying Gucci or Coach, she very into status, and how much is that going to cost you in life? plans to start a foundation to help women go into business. time. It time to pay back for how lucky I been. not afraid anymore.
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Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that cancelled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers from their luggage.

Eleven days later, the couple on Thursday was still waiting for one of their bags, or even a clear answer on where it was. Last they heard, a local luggage delivery company had it. Or it might be in a Delta Air Lines warehouse in Atlanta.

there was a very bad weather situation, but that does not excuse anyone, said Dallal, a comparative literature doctoral student at New York University. is totally unacceptable to me and to my wife and to every passenger, I believe. Friday when a deliveryman suddenly showed up with one of their bags, Dallal said. The two cancelled dinner plans Saturday after being told the second bag was coming, but it didn among a hundred or more bags still missing after a long weekend of dysfunction at JFK, where a Jan. 4 snowstorm and subsequent cold snap spiraled into frozen equipment, planes waiting hours for backed up arrival gates, a burst water pipe that flooded one terminal and days of delays.

The luggage in limbo is a fraction of the thousands of unclaimed bags that accumulated during the chaos. But it illuminates the magnitude of the breakdown and airlines limitations in handling baggage backups.

The industry generally has a good record on luggage: Thanks to improvements in bag tracking technology and processes, the rate of mishandled baggage has fallen 70 per cent since 2007, hitting a record low in 2016, according to airline technology firm SITA. But airlines aren prepared for an unexpected backlog that happens fast, said Robert Mann, an industry consultant and former airline executive.

an event like this happens, there suddenly no physical manpower to address it, Mann said. are forced back into manual procedures and not equipped to handle it. kidding, says Inderjit Singh Kaul. He still was waiting Thursday in Mumbai, India,
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for word of the bag he last saw at JFK after a Jan. 6 flight from London.

He said the suitcase cleared customs at JFK, and then was re checked when he went on to Las Vegas for a digital marketing conference.

The bag didn get to Vegas where Kaul missed part of the conference buying new clothes until after he left for Mumbai Jan. 10, he said. The suitcase was apparently loaded the next day on a Paris bound plane, supposedly to continue to Mumbai, but that where the trail goes cold, he said.

should have tracked it. I don know what happening, said Kaul, who went the Mumbai airport Thursday to inquire again about what became of his bag. has any idea. Delta said its JFK baggage operation had cleared the backlog and sent bags out to be delivered by Jan. 10, adding that it needs accurate contact and delivery information to return luggage.

It unclear how many bags remain unaccounted for. A message left with the Beijing based airline JFK office was not immediately returned.

But the official tally apparently doesn include bags that may have been given to delivery agencies or flown elsewhere. regulations and international agreements, an international passenger whose luggage was lost may be able to recoup up to $1,536. A domestic passenger might claim up to $3,500. For baggage delays, airlines may have to pay expenses. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, spotlighted the JFK luggage lag Monday while pressing federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the airport government and private operators.

David Elizandro, meanwhile, is finally unpacked after getting back from London early on Jan. 8.

After days of calling, waiting and wondering, the banking executive said he got the first of his bags Friday. The second arrived Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment, and Delta offered him a three figure gift card, said Elizandro, who logged many miles with the airline.

wasn that the bag was on the other side of the world and had to be sent back, he marveled Wednesday. literally took, in one case, eight days to get from JFK to the Upper West Side.
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Bags of room in semi tucked away in popular suburb

Bags of room in semi tucked away in popular suburb

This well presented semi is on a private road in a popular city suburb, within walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants and other amenities and close to transport links.

It’s also in the catchment area for excellent local schools and is certain to be of interest to a wide range of people, from families, local workers or professionals needing to commute.

The house, which is in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle, is approached by way of a block paved driveway which provides ample parking space in addition to the attached single garage which has an up and over door, power and lighting.

A door leads from the garage into a side passage with further doors into a useful storeroom and utility with toilet behind the garage,
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and into the dining kitchen.

The property’s front entrance has a glazed door opening to a hallway with understairs cupboard and doors to the two reception rooms. The sitting room at the back of the house has a feature fireplace and patio doors to the garden.

The open plan dining kitchen has a range of modern units in wood with complementary work surfaces and a gas cooker with hob. There is a wall mounted gas combination boiler. The dining area at the end of the room has ample space for a table and chairs with diners able to enjoy views over the back garden.

The first floor is reached by way of a staircase with wooden banisters where doors open to the three bedrooms two doubles and a single. They share the three piece bathroom which has a shower cubicle, laminate flooring and tiled walls.

At the front of the house is a door to the side passage and the smart paved driveway which is separated from the garden by a low wall.

The garden is laid to lawn with borders, plants and shrubs. The back garden has a patio area with ample room for outdoor furniture, making it the perfect spot for entertaining. The garden also has a lawn with mature plants, shrubs and hedges and it is enclosed by boundary fencing.

The house has gas central heating, double glazing and is offered for sale with the benefit of no forward chain.

Denton Holme has long been a popular place to live. It is within comfortable walking distance of a whole range of amenities including shops, a chemist, pubs, restaurants,
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hairdressers and a bank. Recreational playing fields are nearby.

A wider range of facilities can be found in Carlisle city centre which is easily reached.

Families living in Denton Holme are in the catchment area for Robert Ferguson Primary School and secondary schools including Trinity. Both these establishments were judged good at their last Ofsted inspections.

Bags of evidence seized in search warrants at Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Dept

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Baggage provides a timely theme for a traveling group show at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Baggage provides a timely theme for a traveling group show at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

A quick glance into the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s McDowell Gallery might put visitors in mind of a large airport’s lost luggage department. Suitcases, briefcases, footlockers and other types of carrying bags are stacked, hung and otherwise stationed at various points throughout the 5,000 square foot space.

But of course this is an art gallery, and the luggage is integral to an exhibition “Baggage Claims,” a traveling show that opened in late January for a three month run. Like most of the works in it, its title carries multiple references, all relevant to the increasingly mobile societies that make up our world.

Incongruities abound in an exhibition that highlights the dilemmas faced by refugees and other immigrant populations. Yoan Capote’s “Nostalgia,” for example, is a sculpture composed of a rolling suitcase zipped open to reveal a segment of a red brick wall. It invites several possible meanings, including the suggestion that notions of home as a concrete place are quaint relics of a bygone time.

Capote’s piece like all the others in the show is thematically illuminated in a printed gallery guide, copies of which viewers can consult on site. It notes the artist’s status as a Cuban refugee living in New York, where many apartment windows yield close up views of brick walls like this one. Also mentioned speaking of nostalgia is the fact that Capote used the same suitcase to transport his belongings from Havana.

Along the same conceptual lines are works by Taysir Batniji and Kathleen Vance. Information on the label accompanying Batniji’s untitled piece an opened suitcase filled with sand references his Palestinian birth and current residence in Paris. He is, according to the gallery guide, “a Palestinian, living a life shaped by political deadlock,” and in that respect his piece resonates as a metaphor for an exile’s relationship with his occupied homeland. In a broader sense it alludes to the ever shifting “sands of time,” suggesting that domestic instability is an inevitable fact of contemporary life.

As its title implies, Vance’s “Traveling Landscape (long, black case)” is an elongated suitcase that contains a lifelike, terrarium landscape with a miniature stream of clear water flowing through it from one end to the other. This electronically powered, continuously circulating portable fountain ironically references the intimate connection to nature that most of us have lost due to our fast paced, mobile lifestyles.

Despite the disruptive mobility that’s a theme of the exhibition, many individuals continue to define themselves through their connections to particular places. This seems to be the idea underlying Yin Xiuzhen’s “Suitcase Biography: JLT,” a suitcase whose open interior consists of a tent like structure evidently sewn from a dark trench coat. Scale models of London Bridge and the Empire State Building sprout from the top of this compact, portable structure, as does a replica of New York’s Chelsea Hotel. (The latter structure is less obvious because the building itself is much smaller and its distinguishing features lesser known.) As it turns out, the initials in the title refer to John L. Tanock, a British art historian who emigrated to New York.

In his “Audiomobile,” Abel Carranza celebrates Mexican cultural identity and a light traveling lifestyle’s advantages for young people living on the social margins. The piece consists of an off the shelf backpack equipped with a festively illuminated, mobile audio system that plays Mexican popular music. Carranza makes his living as an unlicensed vendor of CDs on the Mexico City subway, says the gallery guide.

The suitcase Andr Leon Gray employs as a canvas in his “Carry On” is conspicuously small, ideal for a light traveler with few material possessions, either by choice or due to financial limitations. It’s suspended from the wall on an iron planter hanger so that the facing side displays Gray’s text dominated, white on black painting, reminiscent of notes on a chalkboard. Its neatly inscribed words and symbols, both personally significant and culturally charged, include familiar slogans, cosmographic symbols, historical references, and cryptic phrases alluding to Voodoo, racial prejudice and psychology. The gallery guide indicates that Gray conceived the piece as a statement about mental travel.

Refugees and other impoverished immigrants often transport their belongings in bundles wrapped in bedding or other cloth and tightly bound with rope. This common practice is almost reverentially referenced in Subodh Gupta’s untitled sculpture, for which he cast such a bundle in shiny, silver hued aluminum.

Individuals uprooted from their troubled homelands also often carry smaller possessions in woven plastic handbags imprinted with decorative patterns. Attentive to this universal trend, Zimbabwe born Dan Halter scavenged a number of such bags imprinted with red or blue plaid patterns. Like a quilter, he sewed them together to create a single large, patchwork composition that roughly replicates a map of the world, as indicated by its title, “Rifugiato Mappa del Mondo” (Refugee Map of the World).

New Orleans whose environmentally imperiled status was highlighted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is the setting for Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence’s cleverly amusing performance video “Arranging Suitcases.” It documents Lawrence’s progress in carrying an unwieldy stack of variously sized suitcases through different parts of the city without the aid of motorized transportation. His efforts recall the plight of Sisyphus the figure in Greek mythology condemned to spend eternity rolling a boulder uphill and yet they’re also emblematic of contemporary life, with its endless rounds of often tedious tasks. Augmenting the video are two realistic drawings in which Lawrence depicts himself with all of the suitcases are strapped to his back, as well as the suitcases themselves, whose matching shade of blue would stand out on any baggage claim conveyor.

Joel Ross also documents a performance of sorts in his installation titled “Room 28,” albeit one for which there was no live audience. According to his typed narrative displayed as part of this piece, he dismantled the contents of a Texas motel room, which he smuggled out in pieces crammed into 45 suitcases. As compensation, he anonymously mailed the motel’s owners $5,375 the amount he calculated as a fair replacement value. According to the gallery guide, Ross selected this particular motel room because it had previously been the site of his break up with a romantic partner. The installation also includes a photo of the room’s exterior and most prominently a tightly configured display of all the suitcases containing the room’s deconstructed furnishings and other contents.

“Baggage Claims” is a timely, provocative exhibition that also includes works by Richard Artschwager, Walead Beshty, the duo Mieke Bal and Shahram Entekhabi, Hussein Chalayan, Mohamad Hafez, Clarissa Tossin and Andrea Zittel. Organized by the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida, it was co curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox.
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Baffin has a New Year

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Mona Katsaq eight pound boy drew his first breath oblivious to the whirling havoc that the winter worst blizzard was wreaking outside. Towels to wrap the baby were warmed up in the dryer and the baby was weighed on the bathroom scale.

Dr. before coming to Iqaluit in September says he never done anything quite like that before.

definitely not, Wheeler said. actually fell off the snowmobile coming back. proud 21 year old mother says she was getting worried because the raging blizzard kept her from going to the hospital. She was relieved when Dr. Wheeler arrived.

thought he was brave, she says.

Wheeler had praise for the emergency measures workers who got him to the home and back to the hospital safely.

were incredible, he says. couldn see anything. woman was transported by snowmobile to hospital where she is now delivering her child.

The storm, which began to gather force late Monday afternoon, had reached blizzard proportions by New Year eve day, closing most businesses and government offices in Iqaluit, including the post office, daycares and the airport. Yougayougaosie,
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an Iqaluit resident for 40 years, who spent the day repeatedly shoveling snow away from the front entrance of The Snack restaurant in Iqaluit.

very rare. Especially at holidays. morning on New Year Day, drifting snow and gale force winds had sealed all roads in a frozen web of three foot high snowdrifts, making transportation impossible by any means save snowmobiles.

guess we getting snow from Hall Beach, joked meteorologist Louis Allard, who noted that the New Year blizzard was compounded by an unusually high quantity of fallen snow.

say you don see 100 km/h winds every year. So in that sense it abnormal. held at an average 26C, but the strong winds meant wind chill factors of up to 64C.

should never have let them stay open that late, a tired looking Nunavut Taxi driver Keith Baines said Wednesday morning, after spending most of the night sipping coffee and trying to sleep in a booth at The Snack,
Baffin has a New Year
Iqaluit only 24 hour restaurant.

back area opens itself to luxury

back area opens itself to luxury

Westward and down from the hills of Twin Peaks, just before the Avenues begin their stretch to the Pacific, sits San Francisco West Portal, a neighborhood in the midst of change. been here a little over 18 months, the demographic change that I seen is just remarkable, says San Marco Fine Leather co owner Tammy Scott Wigens. As couples and young families move into the area in search of homes with easy access to downtown and Interstate 280, more trendy and upscale businesses with family friendly appeal are cropping up on a corridor long dominated by casual restaurants, dry cleaners and a movie theater. New this year are two blow dry bars, a Pure Barre fitness studio, organic hamburger joint Calibur and indoor kids playground Peekaboo Factory. One thing that not changing? A laid back, small town vibe many other city locales can claim. a nice feel to it. Like I tell everybody, ‘Leave your attitude on the other side of the tunnel, says West Portal Optical Mark Norrel.

On the other side of a front window doubling as a resting spot for shop dog Monty, Mark Norrell specializes in the kind of eyewear he likes: handmade, vintage inspired and from independent makers such as Parisian designer Caroline Abram, London Oliver Goldsmith or Bay Area brand Kala Eyewear. I have has a story and a rich history, and I like that, says Norrell, whose enthusiasm for the frames is rivaled only by his focus on fit. 201A W. (415) 661 4200.

After watching friends and neighbors routinely trek across town to blow dry bars, Dawn Hahn decided to open her own in September. Underneath sparkling chandeliers, iPads await clientele on lacquered counters, while vintage hair dryers lend a hint of retro glamour. After a wash at comfy stations built to eliminate neck strain, clients choose from a menu of styles ranging from straight and sleek to voluminous waves. Additional offerings include online booking and services tailored to men and youth, as well as updos and bridal parties. 819 Ulloa St. (415) 702 9916.

Casual browsers and collectors alike will find diversions aplenty at this year old destination for new, vintage and antique accessories and home decor from sisters Karrie Finkel and Tina Mulligan. Finkel expertise in antiques and Mulligan in fashion jewelry cross pollinate to create a space where you can just as easily nab an inexpensive designer replica cocktail ring as you can a vintage Gucci wallet or pair of fine silver Japanese candlesticks. 207 W. Portal Ave. (415) 566 8771.
back area opens itself to luxury