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September 2013

Bay Gardener Frank Gouin honored for community good deeds

For the difference he makes in “the fabric of life for South County residents,” Bay Gardener Frank Gouin was honored this week with the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gene Hall Community Service Award.     “He’s done so much for the community in so many levels,” says Chamber board member John Hiser, last year’s Hall award winner.

It’s what’s underneath that counts

You wouldn’t think it to look at him, but Spiggy is this year’s Calvert You Are Beautiful Volunteer. Yes, Richard ‘Dave’ Spigler, the guy who added frump to female impersonation by donning a hog nose, big-hair wig and old grandma dress. The very Spiggy whom with a cadre of friends, formed the Washingon Redskins’s Hogettes cheering section for 19 years.     The beauty beneath that surface is a big heart dedicated to raising big bucks for good causes.
Annapolis is a wild place to live.             That’s the conclusion of the National Wildlife Federation, which has certified our capital city as a Community Wildlife Habitat. In such a place, the human population of roughly 38,000 is dwarfed by legions of creatures that crawl, hop, slither, fly, dart and lope as they did when the world was young, before humans took over.     Getting back to nature took work, not neglect.

Let’s raise the stakes on voting

Annapolis voters — all 4,277 of them — have decided who gets to run for mayor of our capital city.     Democrat Josh Cohen, the current mayor, will run against Republican Mike Pantelides in November.     Cohen won the right to run again by beating Democratic challenger Bevin Buchheister 1,774 to 1,332.     Pantelides won the right to move on to November by beating two competitors. Republican voters gave him 765 votes to Bob O’Shea’s 365 and Frank Bradley’s 41.

While the Harvest Moon lingers, the sun begins a fast getaway

If you’ve been outside after dark the past few days, you’ve likely noticed the full-appearing moon. While Thursday the 19th marks the true full phase, September’s Harvest Moon fills the sky for several days at a time. The full moon closest to Autumnal Equinox, the Harvest Moon gets its name from the role it played historically in providing light for farmers to bring in the last of the season’s crops.

Bulbs planted deep now will give you a big show come spring

Recommendations for planting bulbs using bulb augers or planters bother me. Most instructions advise planting large bulbs six inches deep and small bulbs and corms three inches deep.     If you want your bulbs, especially tulip bulbs, to flourish year after year, ignore those recommendations and take the shovel to the garden — as well as a bag or two of compost and some agricultural-grade limestone.

USNA Masqueraders present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Event Date:  November 15, 2013 - 8:00pm - November 23, 2013 - 8:00pm USNA's theatre company, The Masqueraders, presents Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People in Mahan Theatre November 15-16, 22-23 at 8:00 PM. Join Victorian London's posh society for a laughter-filled evening of romance, self-discovery, and Bunburying. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 410-293-TIXS (8497). Location Mahan Hall, under the clock tower, end of Maryland Avenue Maryland Avenue, USNA yard Public may enter by walking in Gate 3 on Maryland Avenue. Please bring a valid photo ID. United States See map: Google Maps

The Key School Fall Open House

Event Date:  November 10, 2013 - 1:00am - 3:30am The Key School will hold its annual fall Open House on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Families interested in learning more about what Key’s program offers children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to attend. The Open House takes place from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and begins in the School’s Activity Building, 534 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, Md., 21403. For more information about admission to Key, please visit, call 410-263-9231, ext. 1227 or email Jessie Dunleavy, Location The Key School 534 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis, MD 21403 United States See map: Google Maps

Kids Time at the Libraries

Annapolis Library: 9:30am & 10:30am: Babies to 18-months enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-1750. Crofton Library: 9:30am: 18-months to 3-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays. 10:30am: Three- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-7915. South County Library, Deale: 6:30pm: Two- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-1925. Edgewater Library: 6:30pm: Tweens and teens learn everything you need to win your school’s Science Fair: 410-555-1538.

Just for Kids

Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 11am: Two- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-1770. Edgewater Library: 9:30am: Babies to 2-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays • 11am: Two- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-555-1538. Mountain Road Library, Pasadena: 9:30am: Two- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-6699. South County Library, Deale: 10am: Two- to 5-year-olds enjoy stories, songs and finger plays: 410-222-1925.