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Take a book, leave a book

The Little Free Library at 9100 Greenwood Ave. in North Beach joins some 36,000 front-yard book-lenders in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Australia.
    Library stewards Gary Stevens and Meredith Allen have stocked their Little Free Library with a variety of used books for readers of all ages to take a book and leave a book.
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Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Energy swirls in the parish office of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons. With only five days before the inaugural Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival, staff is ready to see the paddles fly.
    Bonnie Elward leads the chaos into a state of calm. Executive director of Southern Maryland Community Resources and festival steer person, Elwood acts with the fervor of a missionary for the hundreds of developmentally different individuals.
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Solving problems, finding solutions

If Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Claro and Ray ‘Ray Ray’ Werwie Jr. had not stepped up to help, Enzo Tannozzini would have been in long-term rehab.
    Instead, through a series of happenstances, Tannozzini’s happily back home.
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That’s Charles Baker, streetside entertainer

On the corner of Ego Alley and City Dock at weekends when the weather is at its best, The Balloon Man pumps and twists latex into masterpieces to tickle kids and tease the stiffness out of adults.
    On an average sunny Saturday, Charles Baker makes up to 100 balloons from Elmos to penguins, flowers to swords.
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Professional insights into caring for your animal companions

Convenient Care Mobile ­Veterinary Service

Don’t fight to get your pet to the vet
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Readers shared their stories — and pictures — of animal companionship. The stories are wonderful; they'll bring tears to your eyes and laughter to your heart and lips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You can bring your dog to any of the public parks in Anne Arundel or Calvert counties, but most require that you keep them on a leash.
    For off-leash play, six dog parks in Anne Arundel and two in Calvert offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Aggressive dogs are banned from dog parks.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Treats

No-bake dog treats are an easy, quick way to make great healthy snacks for your favorite pooch. These treats come together quickly and are a tasty boost of fiber and protein that any dog will enjoy. The treats are a great way to indulge your dog with snacks with ingredients you trust.

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Where to turn for help and to help

Anne Arundel County Animal ­Control Shelter

The central Anne Arundel county location for lost pets, reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually adopts out about 1,500 pets. As part of the county Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville: 410-222-8900; aacounty.org/animalcontrol.

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No-kill shelter construction planned for 2018 in Prince Frederick

About animal well-being, Calvert County is a passionate place. Devoted animal lovers have made it so, pouring time, effort and fundraising into the creation of a half-dozen welfare organizations for animals in need, including shelters, clinics, a resale shop raising funds for neutering and spaying and a feral cat sanctuary.
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