Howard Magazine - Page 6 - Deja vu

Howard Magazine
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Deja vu
When I settled in at my desk the Sunday before Memorial Day, it was shaping up to be a slow news day.

It was my first time working a weekend shift at The Baltimore Sun, and I was almost certain I would be mind-numbingly bored for the next eight hours.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

As fl ash fl ood watches turned to warnings, the police scanners buzzed with reports of high water and stranded cars. Then came the terrifying videos from an off-duty reporter: historic Ellicott City was underwater – again.

The rest of the night was a blur, fueled by panic-laced déjà vu and stunned disbelief. It wasn’t until the next morning that the gravity of the disaster sank in: The merchants and residents who’d only just rebuilt their charming Main Street would once again face weeks, months or even years of recovery. Would they take on the monstrous task of rebuilding again? If they didn’t what would happen to this beloved place?

The answers to those questions are still in debate, but there are glimmers of hope. Immediately following the fl ood, the community rallied to help those who were displaced.

An event planner stepped in to help couples left without a wedding venue; local businesses made space for those whose stores were covered in feet of mud; and fundraisers raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read more about those acts of kindness on page 36.

There are other uplifting stories in this issue, too. On page 10, the cyclist known as “Columbia Bike Guy” explains how his daily rides help him cope with mental illness. On page 16, read about the Columbia gym that operates solely on donations. And, of course, on page 28 our cover story explores the rise in small-animal adoptions – more people are rehoming little critters instead of buying them.

They’re the kind of stories that feel good to read in tough times.

Rachel Cieri Mull