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December 10th

A Farewell or My Swan Song

Spotted on the Hill

All things must pass.  Back in March 0f 2006, I wrote a modest article for the Hill Rag. It consisted of a photograph of a Northern Mockingbird I had taken on Capitol Hill and a long paragraph about it.  In that paragraph I included a bit of its natural history, i.e. a description,  distribution range but also the fact that it was the official state bird for Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas and gained cultural prominence from  the 1960 Southern Gothic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Planning for Transit on M Street

South by West

Ray Bowers

Eastern Market’s “Cheese Man” Departs

Ray Bowers, owner of the Bowers Fancy Dairy Products, a five-decade mainstay at the historic Eastern Market, died in his sleep on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the age of 78. Bowers, known to many at the Eastern Market as “the Cheese Man,” owned and operated the business he inherited from his father, Harris Rockford Bowers, who bought the shop in 1964. Bowers successfully marketed his business by offering to one and all samples of a wide variety of cheeses,virtually ensuring a purchase.

Helen Wade Carey

A Real Estate Doyenne

Helen Wade Carey, long time real estate pioneer on Capitol Hill, died on November 14, 2012 at her home in Alexandria after a long illness. Carey, a doyenne to a generation of young real estate professionals, was a real estate broker, property manager, and landlord as well as among the first to begin to renovate houses in the mid-sixties on the Hill, opening the door to the area as a must live-in community.

Red Palace to Close January 2013

H Street Life

The mercury has dropped recently, and that means we might all need a little added incentive to get out of the house.  That incentive comes to you in the imminent closing of an H Street NE corridor staple, and in new offerings at Union Market.

Red Palace to Close January 2013

Santa, Smart Phones, Radio Legends, and Shopping

Holidays on Barracks Row

A snowy winter is forecast for 2012-13, but the weatherman advises us not to count on the magical white stuff appearing by Saturday, December 15 when Santa makes his annual appearance on Barracks Row. This year’s lack of snow will force Santa to leave his reindeer and sleigh at the North Pole. However, Barracks Row firemen from Engine Company 18, 414 8th Street, SE, have volunteered to transport Santa by fire truck to the corner of 8th and G Street, SE, so he won’t miss his visit.

December 6th

ANC 6A Report

Something’s Happening at the R.L. Christian Library

Sometimes the action is not at the ANC meeting. Occasionally, the important stuff takes place at hearing or a committee meeting and it ends up being ratified, rather than discussed by the ANC. That’s the case with a new project taking shape at the site of the small yellow former R.L. Christian Library on H Street, where plans are afoot for a mixed-use retail/residential project being actively promoted by the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).