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Celebrated Chesapeake writer and advocate Tom Horton on the state of our beloved estuary

Excerpted from a talk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s 50th anniversary lecture series (Editor’s note: Horton’s words have been rearranged in the shape of this story)

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Lighthouse keeper John White returns to his one-time home after four decades

In John White’s boyhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, schools and water fountains were separated for whites and colored. Rising from the final years of segregation, he could not imagine his future self, as the first black man in command of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, ushering in its 100th year of service in 1975.
    He got a glimpse of his future when his two older brothers were drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War.
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Three-man crew includes fishing expert and Deale marina manager

When you’ve used up your week’s worth of Dennis Doyle’s fishing tips, tune into WNAV Boat Show Wednesday afternoons at 2 on 1430fm (99.9am in Annapolis). With Captain Dave Hanson retiring after 14 years and more than 700 shows, the radio Boat Show has a new crew. Host is Hanson’s decade-long co-captain, Rick Franke, a familiar name in the Annapolis maritime community as former general manager of the Annapolis Sailing School....

Franklin Point State Park opens after 17-year wait

Keeping South County rural seems to be a motto with might behind it.
    A former ground of contention is opening as Franklin Point State Park. After stalwart citizens and former Gov. Parris Glendening blocked development, the former Deep Creek airport sat untouched for over a decade thanks to shrinking budgets and a critical wetland habitat the county seemed to not know how to best use.
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Greenstreet Growers uses land wisely

For using land wisely so as to preserve it for future generations, Greenstreet Growers is Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year. Greenstreet Growers has been at the forefront of agriculture in South County since 2000, growing bedding annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for both retail and wholesale customers....

The loudness of their voices filled the darkness of the sleeping house — A memoir circa 1951

The house breathed noisily around the sleeping girl and dog.
    This house was too new for ghosts to have gathered, but floors creaked and walls settled in stealthy metabolism. Blown by the whirring fan, summer-light white eyelet curtains sucked the screens. Outside in the big dark beyond the open windows, cicadas shrilled. When a breeze stirred, enclosing junipers ran their green fingers down the screens’ outer skin.
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Tapping into the Ouija board like a phone line to ghosts

One month before college graduation with a blank future looming, I accepted a coworker’s invitation to a séance. She made it sound like such a good idea.
    “A ghost saved my cousin’s life,” Barb insisted. “She warned him against a cross-country bike trip where his friend was hit by a semi-truck two days into the journey.”
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22, alone and 4,500 miles from home

Imagine her: 22, attractive, alone, more than 4,500 miles from home. In a country whose native language is not hers. In a city of five million. On a Metro nearing midnight.
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It was a school night when I awoke from a deep sleep to my sister’s piercing cry

Mother was away for schooling and Daddy was in charge. He was doing pretty well until the night of the attack.
    It was a school night when I awoke from a deep sleep to my older sister Heather’s piercing cry. Our rooms were adjacent and I heard everything: the banging, the fighting, the blood-curdling screams. My sister and I weren’t the best of friends, but I had never wanted anything bad to happen to her.
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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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