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At 99 years, he’s made more history than he can remember

Putting names and faces to the concept we honor

Bay Weekly among nine Four Rivers winners

See the place and its portraits this weekend

In Virginia Beach, the challenge of a dead whale

At 99 years, he’s made more history than he can remember

      It’s another gathering of the family to whom Emil Saroch has devoted his life since the death of his wife Patricia on Christmas Day 2004.       They seem to get larger every year. It started with him and his wife. Then the four kids came, then their spouses, then eight grandkids and two great-grandkids over the years. Many midshipmen, as well, have found the Sarochs’ home a welcome port and respite during breaks from the rigorous regimen at school...
Putting names and faces to the concept we honor
     The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 101 years ago ended the War to End All Wars — which ironically became known as World War I. Over the century, Armistice Day evolved into Veterans Day, a day to honor all who have served, the survivors as well as the dead and the wounded.      That’s a lot of people.      Leading those armies to whom we give thanks are individuals special to each of us, people with names and faces. Many...
Already Missing Bay Weekly       Over the years, you’ve given us countless bits of news. However, the news of discontinuing the truly beloved newspaper that you bless us with each Thursday is inconceivable. From small towns to even the biggest cities, printed newspapers have been lost. The world of online information is a wonderful thing, but it simply does not fit everywhere.       While many of us aren’t far from the Andy Griffith show’s...

Bay Weekly among nine Four Rivers winners

       Critical mass is that amazing moment when what wasn’t suddenly is. In physics, it’s the moment matter turns into the energy of a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Critical mass happens all the time in life, too, from falling in love to …          To creating a community of “places to experience — to see, hear and even taste –— the authentic heritage of Maryland in ways that you...

See the place and its portraits this weekend

      Painter Suzanne Shelden likes her subjects — and canvases — big. So big that she’s making a reputation as a regional portraitist for Calvert County and its distinctive places. She’s made both a Rt. 4 series and the county in winter, painting huge canvases of her favorite sites plus places now vanished except in memory and photos.          “I do a lot of my observing and composing with my camera,”...

One pet earns five free Annapolis parking validations

      Adopt a shelter animal at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County pop-up adoption on Main Street Annapolis this weekend, and you’ll gain more than a loving addition.          You’ll also receive five validations for free garage parking in Annapolis, which can be used at any time.           “It is known far and wide that Annapolis is a pet-friendly community, and we are very...

In Virginia Beach, the challenge of a dead whale

       A 26-foot-long, decomposing creature washes up on your beach. What are you going to do?          Virginia Beach had that challenge last week with a dead juvenile humpback whale that had been seen floating at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.          Humpbacks migrate south in the Atlantic this time of year in preparation for winter mating. They aren’t often spotted in the Bay. But...
Whooo is the ghost owl?
       The barn owl has developed a very interesting relationship with humans. They so commonly borrow human constructions that the habit is reflected in their name. As well as barns, they are frequently found in other buildings, including church steeples. The appearance of the pale bird near cemeteries gives them the nickname Ghost Owl.       The big owls are almost worldwide. Among the five sub-species, there is very little difference. All have wingspans of...

Splashing down after two years’ Peace Corps service in Armenia

    I had not been back in Shady Side for even an hour before I was using a tumble dryer, an appliance I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. In Armenia, where I spent 27 months serving with Peace Corps, a washing machine is a luxury. Clothes are always dried outside on a line. In winter, laundry freezes hard.       It had been very dry here in Chesapeake Country, but rain threatened the day I arrived at Peggy’s house with a giant suitcase, much of it...

The local hunter’s choice for a half century

      Celebrating 50 years of business, Rowell’s Butcher Shop in Prince Frederick is still a family-run business. Started by Ernest Rowell, now 90, it was handed over to his son-in-law, Ron Weimert who sold the business to his son, Darrin Weimert, 50, Rowell’s step-grandson. Weimert now runs the business full-time under the watchful eye of Pop Pop.      While working as a meat cutter for A&P grocery store in the late 1950s, Rowell helped a few of...