People of all ages and great talent bring the Bible to life

Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants

The least you need to know about solar power

For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

1,271 is this week’s magic number

People of all ages and great talent bring the Bible to life

       A Broadway-style show with choreography, live music, costumes and professional-grade theatrical lighting may seem a bit ambitious for a church production. Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severn pulls it off beautifully in Children of Eden.          The two-act musical with lyrics and music written by composer Stephen Schwartz of Godspell and Wicked fame is loosely based on the first nine books of Genesis. Both acts tell...
Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants
      In my other life, I’m a server in an Annapolis restaurant. Like most American eateries, my restaurant serves straws with each drink, sometimes paired with a cocktail stirrer or two.       As well as a server and a Bay ­Weekly staff writer, I’m an environmentalist. The waste bothered me. Ever since my very first serving shift in 2014, I’ve been asking customers if they want straws with their drinks. I can cut a lot of waste this way. But...

The least you need to know about solar power

      The sun’s energy is free, natural, infinitely renewable and completely clean. Getting our energy from the sun seems like a no-brainer.       The Maryland General Assembly thinks so, too. Two years ago, lawmakers passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act increasing renewable sources, including wind and sun. But good as the switch to sun and wind seems, the devil is in the details — details that have bedeviled wind proposals for Maryland’s mountains...

For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

      Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to the pastoral setting of Lothian was a shock for Bill ­Ticknor. Assigned there after ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, he had trouble sleeping in the rectory because of the quiet.        How did that 26-year-old urbanite fare in a three-century-old rural parish known for old ways and church suppers? Well enough to stay on for the next 45 years, until reaching mandatory retirement age.  ...

Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

      The monarch butterfly is an amazing creature. Its annual lifecycle stretches from Mexico to Canada and back and spans four generations.       Early in the spring, monarchs that have wintered in forests of Mexico fly north to the southern U.S., where they lay eggs and start the first generation of fast-growing caterpillars. The resultant butterflies travel farther north to lay another generation — and so on. After four generations, the monarchs have...
Mayor, Where Are You?        I read with interest your interview with Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, who I voted for in the last election. While likely too late for your publication, the mayor’s proposed 20 percent increase in property taxes was a surprise since he had said he was opposed to such an increase during his campaign. I was also amused by his closing that we could all reach him via email. In the course of 2 to 3 weeks, I emailed him a number of times. Still...

1,271 is this week’s magic number

       We’ve done this 1,271 times.        That’s the clearest measure I can give of what we’ve achieved in the 25 years since our first paper, then called New Bay Times, hit the streets on Thursday, April 22, 1993, the 23rd Earth Day.       Husband and cofounder Bill Lambrecht and I had driven a rented cargo van through relentless rain to Dundalk to pick up our first load of wire newspaper racks. Son and cofounder Alex...

­Put your hand where Nodosaurus tred

      Go to just about any dinosaur exhibit and you are sure to see the fossilized remains of the fierce Tyrannosaurus rex. But what if you are more interested in the lesser-known Deinonychus, Tenontosaurus or Astrodon johnstoni, the official Maryland state dinosaur? Then, you will want to visit Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons.        From now until December 31, Calvert Marine Museum invites you to imagine modern-day Maryland as a tropical swampland...
Group painting session focus of Muddy Creek Artists Guild’s latest spring show
      A single photo inspired a special feature of the latest show of the Muddy Creek Artists Guild a self-described “roving band of intrepid artists.”         Guild photographer Jennifer Fletcher of Harwood had her camera in the right place at the right time.         The lonesome locally named Hillbilly Shack perches on pilings in the marsh plains of the Eastern Shore. After a day of clamming, Fletcher saw a storm in...

Human acts affect the health of the planet 

      Lichen, the gray-green growths on tree trunks and rocks, are a symbiotic organism of algae and fungi. The algae produces the food through photosynthesis, and the fungi provides the nutrients, water and foundation for growth. Their presence on the shady side of tree trunks and rocks is a sure sign the air is clean.        From the late 1960s to the mid ’70s, I was involved in studies and lawsuits concerning air-pollution damage to Christmas trees in...