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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Migrant waterfowl arriving in force

Species by species, flocks are arriving from their summer nesting and breeding homes in the north. Some fly our way from as far west as Alaska; others come from the Maritime Provinces of eastern Canada.
    Month by month since August, we’ve been visited by diving ducks: blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, shovelers, pintails and wood ducks, says Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Larry Hindman.
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How to beat Bay Weekly cruciverbalist Ben Tausig

I’m no Bill Clinton.    
    The 42nd president of the United States gets no competition on crosswords from my family. Even working together, husband Bill Lambrecht and I can’t approach Clinton’s unofficial record for finishing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle in less than an hour.
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Early returns say yes

Mike Pantelides — whose campaign slogan is Sweep Annapolis Clean — is sweeping Josh Cohen out of office, according to early election returns. With all but absentee ballots and one precinct counted in the Annapolis mayoral race, challenger Pantelides leads incumbent Cohen by 84 votes, 3,728 to 3,644.
    At one point in counting, Pantelides’ lead was only 20 votes.
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Squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, deer and bear are making the most of fleeting time

It’s a wild world out there. The wildlife who live among us, often just at the verge of perception, may be their most active this time of year, mating and feeding up for winter, whether in woods or burrows.
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The season is all about change and the ways we make ourselves love it

I didn’t mean to do it.
    Writing this week’s Creature Feature about burrowers, hibernators and fall feeders in the wild was a spontaneous decision, evolved from the spectacle of squirrels falling from the sky.
    Yet in retrospect, Ah! I recognize that choice as proof of the unaccountable power of the unconscious mind. For I’ve been all about burrowing.
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Annapolis mayor Josh Cohen and challenger Mike Pantelides pause in their pre-election schedules to talk with Bay Weekly

How are you managing this last week before Election Day November 5?

Josh Cohen    A campaign is kind of like a pregnancy. You forget how difficult it is, so you do it again. We’ve been through this several times, and we’ll get through this one. But — and I just had this conversation with my wife — I’ll be a little more stressed than usual this week.
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This week: installment one of three on ­striking out hunger

Reading Learning to Care and Give, Bob Melamud’s story for this week’s paper, kindles a spark of envy in me.
    Six-year-old Katie Asher is just beginning to understand the meaning of caring and giving, Melamud writes. Every morning she drops a can of food into the collection boxes at Davidsonville Elementary, where she is a first-grader.
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Body snatcher targets mud crabs

When it comes to horror, Mother Nature stands at the top of the class.
    Our Halloween Creature Feature comes from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, where scientists have a horribly resourceful parasite under their microscopes. With devilish ingenuity, it takes over its host’s reproductive system for its own replication.
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How to tell a spooky story

We like to be scared. Maybe not too much, but enough to feel the chill of possibility in our bones.
    As chilling night temperatures tell us the frost is near, time has come to tell spooky stories.
    This week, Bay Weekly guides you to the haunts of Chesapeake Country in a special section of Halloween Tricks and Treats.
    We have a spooky story, too, imagined and written for you by Richard Johnson of Deale.
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Man-made reef alive with seed spat

A new oyster reef lies alongside the Bill Burton Fishing Pier in the Choptank River. Sportsman and Maryland outdoors writer for nearly half a century, Burton retired from the Baltimore Evening Sun and came to Bay Weekly. Over 16 years with us, Burton became increasingly adamant and outspoken about restoring the Chesapeake.
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