8 Reasons a Cop Might Pull You Over, Burger Recipe To Bite Into, Enchanted Forest Resurrected: Top Local Voices for 2013

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The castle from Ellicott City's Enchanted Forest in 2012. Credit: Veronica Salisbury
The castle from Ellicott City's Enchanted Forest in 2012. Credit: Veronica Salisbury

We’ve rounded up the best from our community writers in 2013 on our Patch sites in Maryland:

8 Reasons Police Might Pull You Over for Suspected DUI in Maryland

Annapolis-based attorney Drew Cochran wrote about being pulled over for a suspected DUI and it was the blog post that people clicked on most in 2013. Cochran wrote about issues that impacted Marylanders this year in his blog ranging from synthetic drugs to things you shouldn’t do in court (like pat your attorney on the bum). Another popular post addressed How to Legally Talk and Text on Your Cell Phone While Driving. Catch up on what you missed: The Annapolis DUI and Criminal Defense Blog.

Pub Burger Recipe

If you like burgers, get ready to drool when you read this blog post from John - Grilling24x7. “It's the type of burger that I want to eat when I'm sitting in a cozy pub with a craft beer,” he writes. “A pub burger needs cheddar cheese, bacon, onions and a nice sauce on it.” John’s Easy Pit Beef Recipe from 2011 still gets clicks and is the most popular recipe blog posted on Maryland Patch sites. For grilling tips, recipes and more, see all his posts: John - Grilling24x7.

Best of Change Maryland - 2013

As the year draws to a close, many people are hoping for change in 2014. Change Maryland describes itself as a non-partisan grassroots citizen-activist organization and is made up of more than 70,000 “fed-up Democrats, Independents, and Republicans from every corner of the state,” according to their blog. The organization details its progress—including adding 40,000 members—this past year in the blog post: Best of Change Maryland - 2013.

Childhood Memories: The Enchanted Forest

Do you remember the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City? It was a theme park that entertained Maryland youngsters for 40 years. Ellicott City Patch blogger Veronica Salisbury shares her memories of the park in her photo blog, Photos of Ellicott City/Patapsco Valley. Take a stroll down memory lane with her three-post series focused on the theme park here, here and here; then discover more of her memories of Maryland on her blog.

Pets of the Week

Get your weekly dose of cute puppies and cats from the Baltimore County Humane Society blog on the Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch. Blogger Wendy Goldband shares two pets of the week plus other happenings and news from the Humane Society. Be careful, though. You might fall in love with your next furbaby.

Why We Can’t Spell Anymore

Westminster blogger Nicholas M. muses on a variety of topics on his Patch blog, Thian Sandcraft. From a post about the problem with text messaging to a post inspired by Frosty the Snowman, topics range from technology to sports to world politics. Looking for a thought-provoking blog? Read Thian Sandcraft.

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