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May 2016

They’re out to trap cast-off ­monofilament line

Girl Scouts Noel Pockey and Ashley Whicher are working to save the Bay from used fishing line.     When anglers toss line torn from their reel, the unbreakable and almost invisible plastic monofilament a death warrant to critters. The line ensnares animals, birds and fish, trapping the life out of them. The entangled fishing line continues its havoc, putting swimmers and boat propellers at risk — until it finally degrades 500 years later.

But not so great for forests

Robins and sparrows sing the praises of our unending rain. Their beaks and bellies are filled with wriggling worms.     Earthworms surface as wet conditions make easy work of relocating. No, worms don’t come up to escape drowning. They are capable of surviving several days submerged.     The vibration of raindrops sounds like the predatory rumble of moles looking for a snack, causing the worms to head for the surface, where fishermen and hungry birds find them. Some birds have shifted to eating an earthworm-only diet.

Chesapeake Curiosities

What are the dilapidated buildings in the woods near Beverly-Triton Beach at the end of the Mayo Peninsula?     Most likely, they are the remains of picnic pavilions at the popular beach complex and tourist attraction.

How a classic continues to charm

Nathan Detroit, Harry the Horse, Dave the Dude, The Seldom Seen Kid and Benny Southstreet sprang from the imagination of Broadway-bedazzled newspaperman Damon Runyon, who died in 1946. His stories made it to Broadway as Guys and Dolls in 1950.     That’s 66 years ago. Yet it keeps turning up.     2nd Star Productions is about to do it again.     Why? Is it the names? The story? Or what?     I put my questions to 2nd Star’s director and producer Nathan Bowen.

Test your soil to put them to work

Horticulture is a science, not a guessing game.     I can remember my pipe-smoking, tobacco-chewing grandfather putting garden soil in his mouth to taste if it was sweet or sour. I was impressed at the time, but looking back on his method of testing soil, I know it would have been impossible for him to make any determinations of the pH or of nutrients by taste.

If you want to amuse the fish gods, announce your plans

It was the simplest and most delicious of meals. A thick rockfish fillet anointed with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse-grain salt, fresh-ground pepper and dill and broiled long enough to brown both sides. Served with the fish were the first ears of Florida Silver Queen corn, boiled for only four minutes, plus thick slices of fresh tomatoes also treated with olive oil, salt and pepper and sprinkled with chopped basil.

Mutants rise up to face an ancient foe in this meandering superhero tale

In ancient Egypt, godlike pharaoh En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac: Star Wars The Force Awakens) enters his elaborate pyramid not for death but for resurrection in a new, eternal body. Lest his tyranny prove eternal, conspirators knock down the pyramid. En Sabah Nur is entombed.     In the 1980s, his tomb is opened, and En Sabah Nur rises, taking the name Apocalypse, which should give you a hint as to his plans. To cleanse Earth of the vile humans who make society weak, he recruits four strong mutants.

Little Sisters of the Poor 3rd Annual Nun Run

Event Date:  September 10, 2016 - 8:00am - 10:30am Join the Little Sisters of the Poor for their third annual Nun Run on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street! Start time for the 5K and 1 mile run/walk is 8:00 am. Registration fee is $35 by July 25. Awards include: Top three runners and top runners in age brackets (male and female); “Flying Nun” trophy for the school with the most runners/walkers registered; “Parish Pride” trophy for the parish with the most runners/walkers registered; and “Blisters for Sisters” award for the team with the overall best time Location Cathedral of Mary Our Queen 5200 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210 United States See map: Google Maps

Indoor Yard Sale

Event Date:  June 4, 2016 - 8:00am - 12:00pm Come on out and find some new treasures! We are now accepting usable and "in good" condition donations. You can drop off your donations during office hours. The office is open Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 2:00pm. All proceeds go toward Mayo UMC general fund, all unsold items will be donated to local charities. We can be reached at 410.798.6110 or Location Mayo United Methodist Church 1005 Old Turkey Point Rd. Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

Annapolis Greek Festival