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Maryland Declines $1M

Our loss is Virginia’s gain

Halting the planned next step of oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River has meant losing a pretty penny. One million dollars allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers goes instead to Virginia. Oysters and the whole Bay environment will still benefit, but Maryland’s change of direction may have implications for future federal funding — if and when work resumes.
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Annapolis Shakespeare Company delivers a deep play for thoughtful viewers

Director Donald Hicken, a Helen Hayes winner and Tony nominee, has adapted Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters to convey with elegant simplicity and exquisite bleakness the provinciality of a place so depressing it is identified only as “not Moscow.” This show is the company’s strongest production to date. But it is not for playgoers with seasonal depression.
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The stories behind the restaurants — and the people who make them

Bay Weekly’s annual Dining Guide will make you hungry. This Guide will also fascinate you. Behind every restaurant is a human story with family history, sometimes going back generations. Others are success ­stories of a single generation. Many are the realized dreams of people who always wanted to own a restaurant.
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Is there a smarter way to package our takeout?

Let’s talk lunch.     
    As a child, each day I carried to school a packed lunch in a metal Holly Hobbie lunch box, later replaced by Wonder Woman.
    As an adult, I sometimes remember to pack a lunch from home. But more often than not, lunch is carryout.
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Should we give up plastic bags?

A convenience that has gotten out of hand, plastic bags remind me of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The Disney cartoon from Fantasia is one of my favorite feats of imagination. In search of ease, Mickey Mouse, the apprentice, puts a spell on his mop and bucket. But he hasn’t learned enough sorcery to limit the spell, and his labor-saving devices multiply beyond his power to control them.
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Kudos to everyone for feeding the birds during and now after Snowzilla.
    Studies have found that when deep snow covers many birds’ natural food, our handouts increase their survival.
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When the snow starts falling, the cavalry mount their plows to reclaim our roads

When snow falls, George Sharps goes to battle.
    As you read weather reports, he is revving his plow to be ready to fight his nemesis.
    Sharps is one of 350 Maryland State Highway Administration operators who brave conditions that should keep the rest of us home. His mission: to clear 17,000 miles of state roads. He has one request of the citizens of Maryland as we send him into battle: “Stay home and let us do our jobs.”

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Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland’s ambassador under sail, has found a pot of gold nearer than the end of the rainbow.
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Back in the mid-1960s, one animal shelter sufficed for all three Southern Maryland counties, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s.
    What was good enough then might not work anymore for a growth region that’s gone from rural to suburban. This month, commissioners from all three counties joined a public hearing about needed renovations at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville and future options.
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