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A record in words and pictures

 

I forget what life was like pre-Liliana, even though I had 35 years of it 

 

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

Carl Harris Jr. and Elle Harris When I gave birth to Elle three years ago, the first thing I said when the doctor gave her to me was “OMG! She looks just like him.” These two are inseparable. They are twins who share priceless, unconditional love for each other. –Leslie Parker                       Mark Kahler, Bowie, and  Ashley Kahler, Brooklyn As the family story goes, Dad would have loved a son, but instead he...

A record in words and pictures

 

     What, besides 50 percent of our DNA, do our fathers give us?      That’s the question we explore in words and pictures in this week’s Father’s Day edition of Bay Weekly.       In words, we balanced two stories, one looking at an old son’s sustained devotion to his father, the other exploring a new father’s devotion to his daughter.      Perhaps not surprisingly, both value the same quality:...

I forget what life was like pre-Liliana, even though I had 35 years of it 

 

      I took my daughter strawberry picking. This season the strawberries were as luscious as they were plump. Their tart sweetness is not to be underrated; they are that good. Boy, did Liliana agree.      She took well to the juicy pulp. No sooner than I would drop the fruit onto the cardboard picking tray than she would grab one and take a bite with her two and a quarter teeth. Her cute, sunshine-yellow shorts that my wife had picked out for her had become imbued...

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

     “It was a wonderful day,” said 95-year-old Bernie Fowler of the most challenging Wade-In of his 32 years testing the water clarity of the Patuxent River. A nor’easter had set in with light rain, fog, 90 percent humidity and wind up to 20mph.      “It was pouring down rain when we left the house. Still raining when we got down to Jefferson Patterson Park. Then all of a sudden it lightened up, and we had no more rain until after the wade-...

Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

     Volunteers with Spa Creek Conservancy and Back Creek Conservancy followed in Bernie Fowler’s footsteps on June’s second Sunday, wading into Annapolis area creeks to check clarity in four locations.      “We definitely were inspired by Bernie’s wade-in,” said Kevin Haigis of CapitalSUP and a former board member with the Spa Creek Conservancy. “We want to get people onto the water, and this is a good way to engage the public....

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

     Thinking only of a promise he made to his late father, Joseph, a determined Brian Earley stripped his black Towson University jacket from his shoulders and barreled through the rain and wind to the beachy shore.       Brian was a lifelong swimmer, starting at the family home on the Severn River, then at Anne Arundel Community College and later Towson University, where he became an All-American competitor. As his father’s health failed, he couldn...

In Chincoteague, Treatment of Ponies Completed

 

  You don’t have to have Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague on the bookshelf to wonder about the storied ponies of the Virginia island town. That’s why we’ve kept you abreast since seven of the wild creatures died of a fungus-like disease they’re calling swamp cancer. The news is that last week, the herd received the third and last of an expensive vaccine to protect against the disease and the fatal lesions it can cause. We know this because of...

Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.       At its peak, the population of African American farmers was at 1 million, whom in total owned 16 million acres. Today, there are 18,000 black farmers left in America, who own not even one percent of the farmland in the U.S.       Maryland has seen a steady decline. Only 223 black farmers...

Birds set the highest standard

 

      Fatherhood in nature varies from the seahorse and pipefish, which carry eggs and then offspring in a special pouch, to the praying mantis father that gets eaten by the female after the reproductive act. In many herbivore mammals, like deer, the father does very little parenting. They are not around for the birth or care of the offspring. Herding mammals like bison collectively parent, with the fathers working as protectors. Fox fathers will feed the kits, but...

Good luck on the Bay is not a sure thing, but the adventure is always exhilarating

 

      I felt the light tap-tap on the line of my baitcaster and brought my arm up smartly. The rod jerked down, bending hard, and the line peeled off the reel, howling against a firmly set drag. Then the fish angled the line across a nearby barnacled pier and cut me off. I slumped down in defeat yet again.     This was our second lesson of the day and our fourth lost fish, but it wouldn’t be nearly the last. Tom Schneider, my pheasant-hunting partner, and I had...