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In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

A missive 20 years delayed sent me into my future

Michael Bell’s new book explores life as teacher, artist and parent

Seven additions in AACo makes 56 properties in permanent preservation

One big, happy fungi family

Maryland in Miniature tucked behind Annapolis DNR building

In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

     My latest project is building a steam engine for a model railroad.       For project-hounds like me, each new ambition means new tools, which are fun but pricey. That’s a big commitment for a beginner. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to try a project, get some guidance and use some tools and supplies before having to buy your own?       Now there is.   Makerspaces? Places to Make       ...
     I have become a pariah in my neighborhood because I asked Calvert Mosquito Control to put my property on their Do-Not-Spray list. However, after attending a bee talk given by the 17- and 18-year-old members of the Northern High School Bee Club, I began to question the whole pesticide problem.      So far, the facts are disturbing. It seems that studies done by scientists — which the government uses for safety guidelines — are done by chemical...
I want to thank you for the extraordinary edition of Bay Weekly — August 10 Pet Guide. I’m holding onto it like it’s my textbook. What a great public service to so many people, giving them concrete, incredibly useful information. I get questions about that stuff all the time and more and oftentimes do not have the information either. –Joseph Lamp, Arnold Animal rights supporter Joseph Lamp is active in Maryland Votes for Animals

We humans can’t stop ourselves from making things

     Whether you’re taking tools to hand, sketching in a notebook, shooting with a camera, setting up an easel or playing at cabaret, you’re demonstrating that homo sapiens is also homo faber. We humans can’t stop ourselves from making things.       In Bay Weekly, we’ve found ourselves drawn to stories about making and makers.   Art en Plein Air      From Annapolis to Solomons, art is in the air, on the streets,...

A missive 20 years delayed sent me into my future

     What is a miracle? Some may say it is the touch of a loved one, reaching deep into one’s heart to caress the soul. Others may say it is the vast mystery of the world, laying softly on the hills and whispering through grass and leaves.      To me, a miracle is a postcard.      The day was November 23, 2014. I had just come home for Thanksgiving break. My mother went to check the mail and came back in with a postcard. The card, slightly...

Michael Bell’s new book explores life as teacher, artist and parent

     Michael Bell is no stranger to success. The Southern High School arts department chair and celebrity artist has catapulted the school’s art program into the national spotlight over the last 22 years, winning major awards annually and transforming the lives of his students.      “My art department at Southern is almost like the Lakers of the old days,” Bell told me. “We keep winning, and people keep waiting for us to not win anymore. It...
Seven additions in AACo makes 56 properties in permanent preservation
     You can’t protect the water if you can’t protect the land.      Light bulb or lightening bolt, that realization led Dick Lahn, of Crofton, to the capstone achievement of a lifetime of environmental campaigns.       Lahn’s personal success is a still bigger deal for environmental protection. He has linked 56 environmentally significant Maryland land parcels on both shores in a network of permanent preservation.  ...

One big, happy fungi family

     As summer ends, toadstools seem to appear from nowhere.      Technically speaking, a toadstool is a mushroom is a fungus — the same. They are all the fleshy, fruiting bodies growing above ground with a stem, a cap and pores or gills. While it may seem they pop up overnight after a rain, they have been growing for days or weeks. Beneath ground, their inner-connecting root systems can tangle over great distances. (In Oregon, a giant mushroom infiltrates 2,...

Maryland in Miniature tucked behind Annapolis DNR building

     This Himalayan cedar, Deodora cedarosa, is the fifth largest tree of its kind in the state. It is so tall, to take a picture of the top you have to lean back, almost to a backbend. Even so, the top of the tree won’t be in the frame.      Normally, to get this close to a tree of this size you would have to drive into the woods. Once there, you have to hike out, maybe even go camping. Don’t forget water, bug spray and checking for ticks on the way...

As daylight and temperatures drop, fish alter their feeding habits

     Fishing, especially for rockfish, is about to get better. Decreasing temperatures mean that baitfish of all types —peanut bunker, silversides, anchovies, spot, yearling white perch and baby croaker — are moving toward deeper water.      The days are also getting shorter, with the sun rising about a minute later every morning and setting about a minute earlier each evening. While not particularly noticeable to us over the short term, it definitely...