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Forensic artist puts images to 200-year-old descriptions

Researchers track down slave descendants’ legacies

Career expo sets sights on teenagers

This theater tells its stories in dance, music and fashion

Dr. Joan Gaither’s quilts document lives and history

Lincoln was the first to use photos to shape public perception

Forensic artist puts images to 200-year-old descriptions
       Lot Bell, who became a free woman in 1816, survived through two centuries of history in a few words written by the man who had claimed her ownership. Granting Lot her freedom in his last will and testament, ­Silbey Bell described her of “pretty dark complexion, long face and high cheek bones … a very remarkable scar on her head on the left side thereof which resembles a mulberry very much.” On the 30-year-old woman’s Certificate of Freedom...

Researchers track down slave descendants’ legacies

Legacy (n) 1. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn. 2. Something immaterial that is passed from one generation to another.          Imagine gazing down at the open page of your family tree. Do you see branches laden with the names of relatives dating back to the turn of the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries?       If your roots are in Calvert ­County there is that distinct possibility. Maryland Research Archivist Ryan Cox of the Study of the Legacy...

Career expo sets sights on teenagers

       Do you know a teen who loves boats or spending time on the water? Who loves technology, science or math?        Local employers are looking to hook such teens with a career in the marine and maritime trades.       The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation introduces students to industry professionals at the Marine and Maritime Career Expo at Annapolis High School this Saturday, February 24.        More than 50...

No longer pegged as feral, these wild cats serve a purpose

       Don’t disrespect community cats. “Many of these community cats are just out there surviving, and in a lot of cases, they are fulfilling an unseen need,” says Kathy Evans of Rude Ranch Animal Rescue.         You’re not seeing the need, she says, because the cats are keeping pest populations of mice, rats and voles under control, thereby decreasing the spread of diseases.       “Just like a barn cat...
This theater tells its stories in dance, music and fashion
      It’s a Friday afternoon and opening night for Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Aladdin is just a week away. Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto is working the company, Maryland’s sole professional ballet, on Act II and tweaking little things — the kinds of gestures, head positions and facial expressions — that will make the performance sing.       Adjusting ballerina Emily Brennan’s left hand as it rests lightly in Diego Sosa...
SOUPer Bowl Scores for Light House       Over 200 people braved the cold rain February 4 for the 12th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch at Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, raising $1,900 for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center in Annapolis.       Students from the Light House BEST Culinary Job Training Program and volunteers from the church and community ladled soups prepared by Chef Zachary Pope during the 90-minute event. Guests enjoyed a...

Mild weather, good stories, holidays and commemorations 

       A few weeks back, I spoke disrespectfully of February as my least favorite month (www.bayweekly.com/node/41847). I take it back.        How can I speak ill of a 63-degree February morning, especially when the reversal of those numbers would have seemed a blessing of warmth on many a morning in January?       All month long, February reminds us to go hunting for the too-often forgotten stories of black Americans. We can put faces to a...

Change species

       I had arrived on this narrow section of the river just after dawn, my breath clearly visible in the still chill morning air. With fingers trembling from the cold, I lip-hooked a small minnow on the shad dart positioned about 18 inches below a small, weighted, orange casting bobber. Yellow perch were on my mind.       Having fished this site before, I knew my challenge was casting the rig precisely to the center of the narrow current that twisted among...

The hero of Wakanda makes a fantastic ­addition to the Marvel pantheon

      Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman: Marshall) returns to his native Wakanda after the death of his father in a terrorist attack. Wakanda’s image as a charming but reclusive third-world nation is an illusion. In reality, a mountain of the powerful metal vibranium has given the nation technological prowess. The Wakandans have kept their secret to avoid the exploitation endured by other resource-rich African nations.       Now younger Wakandans...

We have 1,800 volunteer gardeners helping gardeners

      Serving Maryland’s home gardeners are 1,800 volunteer Master Gardeners.       A program of the Maryland Cooperative Service of the University of Maryland, Master Gardeners have branches in all but Caroline County. The director is Jon Traunfeld, and under his leadership the program has gained nationwide recognition.        Each Master Gardener trains for 40 hours, attending lectures and demonstrations, studying plant identification...