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Meteors and planets dance across our skies

The annual Eta Aquarid meteors will likely be at their best before dawn Friday with encores possible early Saturday and Sunday. Unless you’re pulling an all-nighter, you’ll have to wake early, as the closer to dawn the greater their intensity.
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Splendid though our stories are of Mother’s influence, I bet you can top them

Margaret Tearman’s bright idea for Bay Weekly’s annual Mother’s Day story has kept me chuckling since its light popped on in her brain months ago. In the instant of illumination, she wrote her Mother Made Me essay, and that was all it took to sell me on the idea.
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A fractured fairytale gets more splintered with poor storytelling

If a terrible movie bombs at the box office, does anyone care what a reviewer writes about it?
    We’re about to find out.
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Before Maryland had its Master Gardener program, there was the Bay Gardener

Back in the mid-1970s, I was the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service’s specialist in ornamental horticulture, providing technical assistance to nursery, greenhouse, Christmas tree and landscape contracting industries.
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It should be too early for croakers, but who’s complaining?

It was our first drift. My two youngest sons, both still in their teens, were holding medium-weight spin rods poised over the side, awaiting action....

Dear Bay Weekly:
    I enjoyed reading Peggy Traband’s story about Mr. Owl [Creature Feature, April 14: http://bit.ly/gZhs2Z], who was rescued from Sudwell-Nutley Rd. I was sorry to learn he did not survive, despite the work of the Davidsonville Wildlife Rehabilitation Center [Correspondence, April 21: http://bit.ly/he2k8q]. I sent the story to my daughter, a senior at Cornell University, who is studying to be a rehabilitator.

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In two hours, I’ll show you 350 years — with stops for ice cream.

Downtown Annapolis is a time capsule. Follow me on this mile-and-a-half jaunt, and you’ll pass through 350 years.

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Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage invites you to Scientists’ Cliffs for a day.

Quirky. Eccentric. Eclectic. That’s how people describe Scientists’ Cliffs, the private community on Calvert’s famous cliffs. The twisting dead-end lanes and the collection of cabins lining them have been quietly hidden from public view for the last 74 years....

Dear Bay Weekly:
    Thank you for Heather Boughey’s great article about the Maryland Park Service’s Park Quest program in Bay Weekly’s April 14 edition [http://bit.ly/hecAhd].
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Follow the Big Dipper

The sun sets a little before 8:00 this week, with full darkness coming almost an hour later. By that time, the great bear Ursa Major is almost directly overhead. The third-largest constellation, Ursa Major has been seen as a great she-bear by ancient peoples from Greece to India, Babylon to North America....