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April 2011

Dear Bay Weekly:     I enjoyed reading Peggy Traband’s story about Mr. Owl [Creature Feature, April 14:], who was rescued from Sudwell-Nutley Rd. I was sorry to learn he did not survive, despite the work of the Davidsonville Wildlife Rehabilitation Center [Correspondence, April 21:]. I sent the story to my daughter, a senior at Cornell University, who is studying to be a rehabilitator. –Weems Duvall, Churchton

We stand with our feet in the water and our hands dirty from digging in the earth.

If you’re a mechanic, you open a garage. If you’re a cook, you open a restaurant. If you’re a horsewoman, you open a stable. If you’re newspaper people, you open a newspaper.     You do what you know. That’s why we — husband Bill Lambrecht, son J. Alex Knoll and I — opened New Bay Times, on 1993’s chill, rainy Earth Day.

From their yards to yours, Master Gardeners protect Mother Earth’s stability and sustainability

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. –Karel âapek, 1931

Locally grown and ethically treated livestock brings meat you can trust to your table

Growing your own veggies is one thing; raising your own livestock is entirely another.          That’s the lesson of my friends’ rabbits.

Recent storm spares freshwater marsh

Just over a month ago, a new sand barrier was topped off with 60,000 plants of native grass to protect the fragile Cove Point freshwater marsh in Calvert County from the open Bay. Mother Nature had breached the barrier in 2004 and 2006, and once again this month, she has proved that she is in charge.

Leaving our homes, they're heading for our gardens

The much-discussed invasion of the stink bugs — known to entomologists as the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) — is expected to cause quite a stink in our gardens.     With spring’s warmer weather, the heat-seeking insect is leaving its comfy winter lodgings — our homes and other heated structures — for the great outdoors. Gathering on sunny windows and doors, they’re begging, let me out.

Riparian rights have wronged a number of Bay critters

Turning a big ship around takes time, a lot of time.     

Surely the fishing will get better in May

Cold, rain, wind and otherwise miserable weather. That’s the standard spring day in 2011. I can’t remember another year when I have gotten so few days on the water by this time.

Clump is good; common is bad

Bamboo comes in two basic forms, clump and common. Unless you are prepared to build barriers to restrict the spread of common bamboo, use only clump bamboo for landscaping.

Bay Theatre Company’s one-man show will put you in Hound Heaven

Had it with political wrangling? Fed up with wasteful government spending? Yearning for a simpler, more primal existence? Then you’re set to enjoy The Bay Theatre Company production of Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake.