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Bay Neighbors (Quietly) Achieve Great Things

Mall Library Branch Expands by Popular Demand

    Editor’s Note: The following story comes to us from Calvert High School student Angel Gingras, who had the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands this fall, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Gingras spent months researching one U.S. soldier from Annapolis, then flew overseas to visit his grave and deliver a eulogy.
“The overall mission of Silent Heroes is to tell the stories of those in the military that we often forget,” says Lynne O’Hara, program director. “We don’t always know the names of all those who served and lost their lives. For every grave, there is a story, not just of the individuals, but their family and the people they left behind.” 

Bay Neighbors (Quietly) Achieve Great Things

     A teenage girl stands in a World War II cemetery in Europe, delivering a eulogy at the grave of a soldier she has never met.     A creative whiz in a boatshed works feverishly to design a rowboat of the future.     A cardiologist rips across the Chesapeake Bay on a kiteboard in mid-winter, looking for an adrenaline fix.     The three actions described above are vastly different from each other, but a common thread runs through them. The people...
     If you’ve been waiting to get on the E-ZPass train, it’s time to get with the program before you are stuck paying more at the Bay Bridge.     With all-electronic tolling coming to the bridge this summer, cash will no longer be accepted and traveling over the bridge without a pass could result in pricier video tolls or even fines.      At a series of local events hosted by the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) E-ZPass...

Mall Library Branch Expands by Popular Demand

     Twenty years ago, who had ever heard of a public library inside a shopping mall? Certainly not me. At 14 years old, I did a lot of socializing at the Westfield Annapolis Mall—shopping the teen fashions, hanging out in the food court with girlfriends and going to the movies to see romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant.      My 14-year-old self would be surprised to learn that in 2020 the spaces formerly occupied by American Eagle and Charlotte Russe are...

Q&A with Cam Bowdren, owner of Forward Brewing

    The Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis is about to get its own neighborhood brewery. Forward Brewing will open soon at 418 Fourth Street.   Owned by Cam and Claire Bowdren, the restaurant and taproom will seat 28 and will offer food along with its locally brewed beer.   The Eastport property has been in Bowdren’s family for over 30 years. CBM BW: Why start a brewery? CAM BOWDREN: I like beer and I like variation in beer. Somewhere in college I...
    Editor’s Note: The following story comes to us from Calvert High School student Angel Gingras, who had the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands this fall, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Gingras spent months researching one U.S. soldier from Annapolis, then flew overseas to visit his grave and deliver a eulogy.
“The overall mission of Silent Heroes is to tell the stories of those in the military that we often forget,” says Lynne O’Hara, program director. “We don’t always know the names of all those who served and lost their lives. For every grave, there is a story, not just of the individuals, but their family and the people they left behind.” 
     World War II was one of the largest conflicts in military history, marked by a large number of casualties worldwide. The United States sent 16 million men and women into battle after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. By 1945, there were an estimated 400,000 American deaths and many more wounded. Many of those who sacrificed their lives have received very little individual recognition because of the sheer number of casualties.     National History Day, an organization...
      Editor’s Note: Sporting Life columnist Dennis Doyle is on vacation. So this week we bring you this special outdoor report from Annapolitan Steve Adams.          I consider myself a Bay lover who doesn’t let the cold keep him from the great outdoors. In January I took part in both a First Day Hike and a day living like it was 1771. I’ve done plenty of polar plunging and snowshoeing.      While walking my dog recently...

Snails and Slugs

     Have you ever walked outside barefoot  on a damp summer’s evening and felt slime in between your toes—only to realize with disgust that you stepped on a slug?       Or, have you waited for a strawberry to ripen on the vine and as you lift up that perfect fruit you find a gaping hole in its underside with a slime trail leading to it? I have done both.     Mollusks are soft-bodied animals that can live only in water or very moist...
     Dreaming of the bounty of summer fruit? Growing fruit trees can be a rewarding challenge.      Sour cherries, sweet cherries, plums, peaches and apples can all be grown in our area. Once you know what you’d like to grow, evaluate the space you will need. Smaller trees need at least 10 feet between them. You’ll most likely need a minimum of two trees of each type of fruit to get good pollination—even if it is a self-pollinating tree. You need...
Two women find beauty among the ashes in this gorgeous drama
     In 18th-century France, women’s options are limited. Marianne (Noémie Merlant: Curiosa) is lucky enough to have a vocation thanks to her father and has become a painter of some small renown. When she’s commissioned to create a wedding portrait for bride-to-be Héloïse (Adèle Haenel: Heroes Don’t Die), she assumes it will be just another society job. She’s taken by boat to an isolated cliffside estate, but not shown her subject. It turns out, there...
       What do Joan of Arc, cheese and tornadoes have to do with murder in a small Midwestern town? These seemingly unrelated topics mix with greed, lust and secrecy to create the plot of The Colonial Players’ newest production, Book of Days by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson.          Set in fictional Dublin, Missouri, the two-act play tells the story of one woman’s quest to uncover the...