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January 2013

February 2 is too important a day to sleep through

February 2 is halfway through winter, so what better time to gather with friends and neighbors to eat good food, drink heartily and look ahead to the coming spring?     The Pennsylvania Dutch descendants of German immigrants did just that. Among the first celebrants of Groundhog Day, they partied hardy in Punxsutawney, Penn., as far back as 1887.

Looking back by the hundreds that lead to Bay Weekly’s big K

In the culture of Polar Bear Plungers — about whom we write this week — our 1,000th issue puts us in the league of Super Plungers like Michelina Scotto, who return to the Bay’s chilling waters (about 41 degrees this time of year) every hour on the hour 24 times.

Use the off-season to get your gear ready for the fish

If you’re like me, you tried to fish all the way to the end of the season. So your tackle was never put up properly.     Now that there’s little angling left, outside of possibly a little pickerel action, it’s time to care for your tackle. The chore is necessary if you expect to hit the ground running in the spring.

Let this bright moon lead you through the sky

Saturday marks the year’s first full moon, called the Wolf Moon by Native Americans and Europeans alike, as with January’s frigid cold and deep snows, the hungry animals came their closest to human settlements.

Here’s how to tell

If you want to be sure your seeds will sprout, buy fresh ones this season. Fresh seeds have a higher percentage of germination and germinate faster than old seeds.      

The former governor of California gets serious about border control

Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Expendables 2) left a life of action as a Los Angeles cop to police a small border town in Arizona.     Small town life gets a lot more exciting when Mexican cartel kingpin Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega: Una Pistola en Cada Mano) escapes from FBI custody. He jumps in a souped-up Corvette, takes a hostage and speeds toward freedom. The only thing standing in his way are the local yokels of Sommerton.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Annapolis Library: 410-222-1750 • 9:30am & 10:30am: Babies to 2-years hear stories and songs. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 9:30-9:50am: Ages up to 2 hear stories, songs;rsvp. • 10-10:30am: 2- to 3-year-olds practice listening skills and make crafts;rsvp. • 10:45-11:30am: Stories, songs and crafts for families;rsvp. • 2-3pm: K-3rd grade hear stories and make crafts;rsvp.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Edgewater Library: 410-222-1538 • 11am: Ages 2 to 4 hear stories. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 10-10:30am: 2- to 3-year-olds practice listening skills and make crafts;rsvp. • 10:45-11:30am & 1-1:45pm: Stories, songs and crafts for families;rsvp. Southern Library, Lusby: 410-326-5289 • 10-10:20am: Ages up to 24 months hear short stories, songs;rsvp.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Annapolis Library: 410-222-1750 • 9:30am & 10:30am: Otto the Auto returns for a story. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770 • 7pm: Legopalooza: Kids build with Legos. Fairview Library, Owings: 410-257-2101 • 9:30-9:50am: Babies to 2-year-olds hear stories and songs;rsvp. • 10-10:30am: 2- to 3-year-olds practice listening skills and make crafts;rsvp.

KIDS Times at the Library

  Crofton Library:410-222-7915 • 2pm: Elementary schoolers read about the Arctic and make crafts. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 10-11am: Little ones watch a movie and hear stories. • 6:30-7:30pm: Grades K thru 3 read stories;rsvp. Southern Library, Lusby: 410-326-5289 • 10-11am: Book club for parents; play time for kids.