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The view was breathtaking — until the sun set, leaving us alone with a guide we didn’t know

It was late afternoon when I caught up with Sharon in the hotel bar. She was the roommate assigned to me by the travel company that ran my 1974 trip to Spain and Portugal. A teacher from New Jersey, she was older than me by 15 years, and, I thought, more worldly wise.
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Will you be his next Toaster?

Who was the Poe Toaster?    
    No one is fessing up to being the mysterious stranger who visited Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place at Westminster Hall every year on his January 19 birthday, beginning sometime in the 1940s. The hatted stranger, dressed in black but for his white scarf, would lay down three red roses, raise a glass of cognac to Poe’s memory and disappear, leaving the open bottle and the flowers on the memorial.
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USS Calvert carried thousands into three warsVeterans Visit Their Ship’s Namesake

Veterans of the USS Calvert (APA-32) and families visited Calvert County, their ship’s namesake, for the first time, on a day that coincided with a blustery nor’easter.
    The veterans meet annually, this time in Baltimore, where they toured Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard, where the amphibious assault ship was built. They also visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
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Maritime historian Richard Dodds tells us how the era of recreational boating rose and flourished

From lighthouses to skipjacks, amphibious landings to speedboats, all that and more is in Richard Dodds’ portfolio as Calvert Marine Museum’s Curator of Maritime History. Inside the Solomons museum, runabouts, cruisers and speedboats that look both modern and classic illustrate how that chapter of maritime history rose and flourished in Southern Maryland. Visit the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis this weekend, and you’ll see the vast diversification of their descendants....

Fourteen new charter captains earned their certificates in the 12-week Charter Captain Course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge.    
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I couldn’t agree more with Jeffrey H. Horstman’s Oct. 1 letter, Save the Ugly Oyster. Science tells us that this creature is a real champion in cleaning the Bay’s water. At a time when great effort and expense is being undertaken to clean up the Bay, it makes no sense to remove any oysters from its waters. Instead, we should be doing all we can to increase the oyster population.
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Annapolis-AACo partnership provides free drive-through flu shots

We’re already seeing the reminders at the pharmacy, the doctor’s office, on TV. It’s time to get a flu shot.
    On Wednesday, Oct. 21, if you live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County, you can get your shot without leaving your vehicle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
    From 11am to 6pm or until the 1,000 doses are used up, free shots are given on a first-come-first-served basis to all over six months old....

30,000-horsepower Healy makes the nation’s first solo visit

Satellites snatch glimpses of the North Pole effortlessly, but human visits remain a rare achievement — and a dream. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy reached the pole on September 5. Healy’s was the fourth ever visit by a U.S. surface vessel and the first to reach the pole unaccompanied.
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Timothy Hyman’s 66 years on the job

If you’re under the age of 50, can you imagine life without the Chesapeake Bay Bridge? Or I-95 connecting us to the rest of the East Coast? Timothy Hyman remembers. He was there as the bridge — originally only one span, now carrying traffic eastward — was built. And as seven decades worth of interstates opened to motorists....

Sometimes you have to sail across the ocean and to faraway lands to get back to where you started

Until you don’t have a home, you don’t think about exactly what it is. At least I didn’t. Is it a house you know well in a familiar neighborhood? Someplace close to your friends and family? Maybe it’s no specific place. Maybe it can be anywhere as long as you’re with the one dearest to you.
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