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Articles by Kathy Knotts

Expanded calendar means more play time

      Squeezing the last remains from summer? Head to a county park, where you can launch a kayak, run trails, play fetch with your pooch or enjoy a picnic.

      Beginning this week, four Anne Arundel County parks are open seven days a week, from 7:30am to dusk. That’s more time for you to get outside and enjoy all the Bay has to offer.


South County joins AACo’s short list of public ramps

       Anne Arundel County doubled its number of public boat ramps this month, opening a new one on Parrish Creek at Discovery Village in Shady Side. The county has 533 miles of coastline but only one other public trailered-boat launch. That’s at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena.


Fourth-graders free at state parks and more

      Autumn’s moderate days invite us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free. 

      For the fourth year, fourth-grade children and their families enjoy free admission to national public lands and state parks thanks to a partnership of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Kids and school buses are on the move

      More than 83,000 students — the most ever — are now traveling to schools across Anne Arundel County every week. Calvert County’s schoolkids number 16,000. That’s a lot of children and teens walking to bus stops, car pools or directly to school in the early morning and afternoon hours.

       It was a long hot summer. With (hopefully) many days packed with fun in the sun and on the water, we look forward to those days when ­summer’s humidity has finally been wrung out and a cool breeze greets us every morning.
       Autumn is on the horizon. The air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. It’s one of Chesapeake Country’s most splendid seasons.
       This issue of Bay Weekly shows you how to sweetly kiss summer goodbye and welcome the wonders of fall. Here are 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer, a chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from early September through Thanksgiving.

1 Eat Local, Eat Well 

Guitar hero lives up to his billing
       Nine-year-old Jeffrey Allen of St. Mary’s County has had a passion for music since birth, says his mom Kimberly Allen. Specifically the music of country music star Brad Paisley. 

Disabled veterans' license plates redesigned


In need of dental attention but putting it off due to expense, lack of insurance or time to find a practice? Head to Waldorf this weekend for free dental care thanks to the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy.

            Line up early as the queue of patients often begins the night before. Doors open at 6am July 27 and are often closed a few hours later as capacity — some 1,200 adult patients — is reached.


Fishing poles have joined the check-out collection of a second Anne Arundel County Library, Eastport-Annapolis Neck, this year after the Mountain Road branch proved last year that library users want to fish.


The itchiest time of year

A few weeks ago, my youngest son went into our Shady Side backyard to help his father with outdoor chores. Within minutes, he was back inside, legs covered from ankles to knees with bites.

            Clearly it’s summer time in Chesapeake Country, and the mosquitoes have arrived.