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Articles by Kathy knotts

     Area students—and organizations that serve them—will be busy applying to college this spring. CBM Bay Weekly presents the following opportunities for lowering the hefty price tag of higher education.

Nature preserve takes lessons outside the classroom
     Help wanted: Must love kids, nature and the outdoors. Experience not required. Patience a plus. 
      Do you have what it takes to tackle the job? If so, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary wants your help.
Water/Ways Explores Resource that Surrounds Us
     Calvert County is the latest stop for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s Water/Ways exhibit. The show, which has already made stops in Cambridge and Crisfield, explores the centrality of water in our lives: its effect on the environment and climate, its role in agriculture and economic planning and its impact on culture.


12-year-old may get to name Mars Rover

      Seventh-grader Amelia Ashley of Owings loves comets, even though she’s never seen one. This space-obsessed Northern Middle School student may soon be a part of a mission to another celestial object she’s never actually seen. 
Autonomous vessels may soon sail the seas
      We have watched with wonder as self-driving cars begin to navigate our roadways—with mixed results. Could similar technology be used to navigate the oceans?
     Dr. Glenn Wright certainly thinks it’s where the industry is headed. In fact, he wrote the book on the topic. Unmanned and Autonomous Ships is planned for release in early 2020. 
Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants
      It’s been 20 years since Maryland acquired its first property to become a conservation easement as part of Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program. 
      Last week that program was approved for over $18.8 million in grant money for more easements in 18 counties thanks to the Board of Public Works.


Alliance festival invites you to be inspired by movies

      Instead of kicking back and watching Netflix on a cold January evening, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hopes to entice you out to Maryland Hall for an evening of movies at their second annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Anne Arundel Libraries erase more than $754,000 in old fines and fees

      Got a stack of overdue young adult novels or children’s picture books that didn’t quite make it back on time over the holidays? There’s nothing to fear if they were checked out from an Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)– your fines have been erased.


Even small patches do heavy lifting

        A little green can go a long way.      

         Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that even small patches of urban forest are effective for managing and infiltrating stormwater.


Annapolis goes greener — with your help

      Add the City of Annapolis to the list of localities working to reduce their plastic footprint. Mayor Gavin Buckley signed a pledge encouraging all Annapolitans to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastics.