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Life didn't get past Frank Gouin

Deep Creek to Annapolis to Ocean City for kids with cancer

"Drink Boh, save crabs! Oh boy, what a cause!"

- Mr. Boh

City art new and old collected in a book

Stroll the streets for art's sake

How a beaver leads to a bird 

Life didn't get past Frank Gouin

I’ve told you many things about our illustrious and beloved Bay Gardener, Dr. Francis Gouin, in this week’s Valedictory story. Still, a single story barely scratches the surface of a life so rich.  For one, I didn’t tell you about his good works. He and wife Clara shared a commitment to use their talents to make the world a better place. Frank made many of his contributions through the Lothian Ruritan, a service club with local branches in small towns and rural areas...

A dam shame

The devastating effects from Conowingo Dam debris and Exelon Corp.’s profits seem out of whack.  In case you missed it, Chicago-based Exelon, one of the nation’s biggest and richest energy companies, has seemed less than sympathetic to the plight of Bay boaters and businesses suffering from what is flowing out of the Susquehanna River after the recent rains.  This week, Maryland officials requested help from Exelon at “a critical moment” in Chesapeake Bay...

Disabled veterans' license plates redesigned

Disabled veterans now have license plates to be proud of.   The redesigned Disabled Veterans license plate adds color and prominently features red, white and blue stripes with stars to symbolize service to country. It continues to feature the letters DV, to designate the driver as a disabled veteran. Disabled Veteran is now spelled out in red along the bottom of the plate.   After seeing a variety of veteran plates with patriotic designs at Walter Reed National Military...

Deep Creek to Annapolis to Ocean City for kids with cancer

329 miles, 7 days, 100 kids.   Those are the numbers meteorologist Justin Berk and his Maryland Trek 5 team count as they pedal and hike from the summit of Wisp Ski Resort to Ocean City.   Getting to the finish on Saturday, August 11 isn’t the only goal.   Berk’s nonprofit, Just In Power Kids, provides free therapies, supportive care and workshops for local children in post-cancer treatment. The nonprofit is close to...

Deposit cash and checks August 9-12

To kick debilitating diseases like muscular dystrophy to the curb, firefighters are giving it the boot: the fireman’s boot.  The Annapolis Professional Fire Fighters, Local 1926, is supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Maryland with firefighters taking up positions at busy intersections throughout Annapolis waving their boots for donations. In the 60th year of the tradition, 120 dedicated firefighters ask pedestrians, motorists, business customers and passersby...

"Drink Boh, save crabs! Oh boy, what a cause!"

- Mr. Boh

A cold beer is a summer staple. Now when you sip your shandy in the sunshine, it’ll be for the good of the Bay.    After a successful launch of Crab Shack Shandy — Natty Boh’s first new release in 30 years — the Baltimore brewery kicked off a program to benefit the Chesapeake Bay.   Throughout the summer, Natty Boh 12- and 16-ounce cans come with red, crab-etched tabs. For every tab returned, 10 cents...

Giving kids the tools they need to learn

Help area students start the school year off right with donated school supplies.   The program, Backpacks for Back to School, is supported by five Anne Arundel County public libraries. Requested supplies include backpacks, binders, erasers, folders, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, markers, notebooks, pencils, rulers and scissors.  All donated supplies go to the Sharing Foundation, a local nonprofit whose mission is to support working families who may not qualify for government...

City art new and old collected in a book

The art community in Annapolis is about to get published.  The Art in Public Places Commission of the City of Annapolis plans to publish an updated edition of its heritage area award-winning publication, Art in the City of Annapolis.   “We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase the art of Annapolis from colonial times to the present,” says Cynthia Krewson, Art in Public Places Commission’s current Chair. “I think everyone will be...

Stroll the streets for art's sake

Annapolis becomes an open-air art gallery every year during ArtWalk, sponsored by the Annapolis Gallery Association.  Can you hit all nine of our must-see stops along the Annapolis Artwalk? Grab your map (see ad on the back page) or at any gallery, and plan your route to enjoy all the art your walking shoes can handle.  Starting from West Annapolis, drop in at West Annapolis Artworks & Fine Framing, filled with summer-inspired art as well as works from June’s...

How a beaver leads to a bird 

Beaver ponds add diversity to a woods. The flooded trees give way to meadows. Red-headed woodpeckers come to make nesting holes in the timber standing in water. Plant-based food — fruit, berries and nuts — make up two-thirds of these birds’ diet. But they also are active hunters and strong fliers. They can catch dragonflies in the air and chase down grasshoppers. Unusually, these woodpeckers will store live food like grasshoppers to eat later. They’ve even been seen...