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Montreal joins Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra for joint concert

World travel is nothing new to the young musicians of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
    These talented kids and teens have visited and played in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Russia and Italy, France and Spain, and they have their eye on Lithuania.
    Now, for the first time, they get to host their own international guests. The Montreal Youth Symphony comes to town for a joint concert March 1 in an event to be remembered.
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For support and comfort, there’s nothing like a dog

So your dog is a secret too good to be kept?
    That’s the kind of dog Caring Canines wants to share with people who need some extra love, support and comfort. Breed doesn’t matter. Even my beagle-terrier-you-name-it mix, Louie, a Hurricane Katrina rescue, made the grade.
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We’re paying for it, and it’s not a bad deal

It takes a village of vessels to build an oyster reef.
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Winter boating on board the Coast Guard Cutter Chock

I can’t relate to the three things the chief of the boat is telling me.
    “Try to be holding onto something all the time.”
    “We’ll arrive in Chesapeake City at 1 or 2pm or maybe much later.”
    “We have ear protection if you want it.”
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Walk into black history at Back Creek Books

Find the right place in historic Annapolis, and you can walk right into history.
    Back Creek Books, between State and Church circles on Main Street, is such a place.
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Friends don’t let friends date poorly

Debbie (Joy Bryant: Parenthood) and Danny (Michael Ealy: Almost Human) aren’t much for relationships. When they are brought to a bar by their friends Joan (Regina Hall: The Best Man Holiday) and Bernie (Kevin Hart: Ride Along), who have had a one-night stand, both believe they are along for moral support. In fact, Bernie and Joan are playing matchmaker to set up their best friends.
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Artists K-12 sought to translate nature’s inspiration to early fame, prizes

The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.
          –Ansel Adams

Step into a forest or sit by the side of a local river and close your eyes. When you open your eyes again, what do you see and feel?
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Frostbite sailors stay home

Not cold, wind nor snow deters Frostbite sailors. But ice does.
    Most years, the Annapolis Yacht Cub’s Frostbite Sailboat Racing series would be in full swing.
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1. You’d ride an icebreaker rather than stay ashore one day longer. (See Bob Melamud’s feature story, The Coolest Ride up the Bay.)

2. The visiting swans and snowy owls had boots and sweaters shipped in from the tundra.

3. Need a loan to pay your bird (and squirrel) food bill.
 
4. Holiday decorations have been up for so long a neighbor asks if you’re early this year.
 
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It’s never too cold to eat

I had been pushing through the brush, briars and a foot of snow for about an hour, short of breath and dumb from the cold. I couldn’t feel my face or most of my fingers in spite of the hand warmers clutched in each of my gloves. Then the baying hounds turned in my direction. Fingering my 20 gauge, I turned to face the dogs and froze. I mean that in every sense of the word.
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