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We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

The 3,100-mile charity challenge ends in Annapolis this week

Then help your neighbors keep our forests healthy

Unity Gardens grants grow leaders, plants, flowers

We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

  Phyllis and William Conrad Married September 25, 1954 I, William, take thee Phyllis … I, Phyllis, take thee William …          Sixty-four years ago, these vows were spoken at the Ager Road Methodist Church in West Hyattsville. I was on a weekend pass from the Army Security Agency School at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and Phyllis worked at the Pentagon.           After the...

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

Bishop Bus Service Prompt reliable drivers — and buses — get you to the church on time Provide comfort and convenience for your wedding by choosing a professional to handle all your transportation needs on your big day. Even better, do it in a memorable fashion: on board repurposed school buses.          Bishop Bus Service offers air-conditioned buses to locales all across Southern Maryland, traveling to airports, restaurants and...

The 3,100-mile charity challenge ends in Annapolis this week

    Feet pedaling and hearts racing, some 1,300 cyclists from all over the world and all walks of life challenge themselves in the Race Across America from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis City Dock.     Race Across America is a test of speed, endurance and strength from the beginning to the end. Its intensive combination of distance, terrain and weather tests racers throughout their 3,100-mile journey. Across 12 states, cyclists climb more than 170,000...

    An update comes from the Eastern Shore on the immigration woes of crab houses.     We reported recently on complaints from family-owned seafood houses about the lack of crab-pickers as a result of a shortage of H-2B visas.     They contend that they can’t find Americans to do the painstaking, seasonal work so they rely heavily on temporary workers from Mexico. (Some folks reject that reasoning, as you may notice in this week’s Your...

Then help your neighbors keep our forests healthy

    Mythology gave each of nature’s kingdoms its guardian. Forests and trees had Dryads, with oak trees having their own special nymphs, the Hamadryades.     Act quickly and you can step up as a modern guardian, training in a class of 25 as a Maryland Woodland Steward in a three-and-a-half day seminar October 4 to 7 at Shepherd’s Spring Center near Sharpsburg,     University of Maryland Eastern Shore partners with the Ruffled Grouse...

Unity Gardens grants grow leaders, plants, flowers

    Plants and flowers aren’t the only things that grow in a garden. Leadership and civic involvement can also bloom. That’s a motivating idea behind Unity Gardens, a nonprofit that backs its philosophy with dollars.     “We want projects that build community partnerships, bringing in volunteers and creating opportunities for leaders to emerge and take on new projects,” says Unity executive director Barbara Dowling.    ...

Cheer your team over crushes

    Who has what it takes to be crowned the fastest server on the Bay?     Six-person server teams registered by local restaurants compete in an obstacle-course competition, dodging obstructions while demonstrating their skill. Teams vie for the chance to win bragging rights and a cash prize.     The challenge is free for the watching, but bring your pocketbook for food and drinks sponsored by Blue Dog BBQ Company and Jailbreak Brewing Company....

Roseate spoonbill visits North Beach

    This month, North Beach hosted an unexpected guest. Roseate spoonbills are usually residents of Florida and other warm, wet places in North and South America. This usually ­doesn’t include North Beach, where reader Jan Smith Bennett photographed one.     Many different kinds of spoonbills — whose name describes their most distinctive feature — live throughout the world, but roseate spoonbills are the only ones native to the United States...

Your whole identity in a word

Naming a baby is an act of ­poetry, for many people the only ­creative moment of their lives. –Richard Eyre     So a wedding’s in your future … and maybe a baby.     Creativity and anxiety collide in the baby-naming process. Picking the right name has parents asking what really is in a name?     With competing influences such as originality, family tradition and nicknames, names can be a point of pressure as couples...

As the reasons for marrying change, we just keep doing it

“You had to back then.” That’s how Bill Burton — the esteemed outdoor writer who retired from Bay Weekly 16 years after retiring from a 30-plus-year career at the Baltimore Evening Sun — answered my inquiry about his many marriages. He allowed the legend of five — culminated by his long and happy marriage to Lois Burton — to stand. In fact it was only three, a truth outed by longtime friend Alan Doelph, appreciating Burton’s life after his death...