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Recipes for humans and other fanciers

Jack-o-lanterns have withered, but pumpkins are not old news yet. November is the biggest month of the year for pumpkin consumption. Pie, ice cream, cheesecake, soup, muffins, bread and lattes all feature pumpkins this time of year. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, canned pumpkin sales soar. Ninety percent of canned pumpkin sales are made in the fourth quarter.
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Oysters Do It All

Can policy and perseverance put oysters back in the Bay?

a Bay Weekly special report

Oysters are Maryland’s delicacy of the season. Oystermen and women are tonging, dredging and power-tonging Bay and river waters as you read, in a season that runs from October 1 through March 31.
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Frostbite sailors find best sailing of the year

Just as most sailors have hauled out their boats for the winter, the racing season is heating up for the most intrepid.
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After 22 years, the Chesapeake Bay Monster is spotted anew

The following is an account of my strange sighting. For what it’s worth, I swear on my life it is without exaggeration.
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Bid to play Santa for SPCA

Christmas comes in November for the home-seeking animals of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.    
    Or will, if you’ll play Santa. It’s a job you won’t regret. Accept it, and you’ll do your holiday shopping early and easy.
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$29k helps Spay Spa and Neuter Nook keep cat — and dog — numbers down

Multiply 400 cats — as they’ll do without any assistance — and in a year you’ll get 4,000 kittens, more or less.
    “It can cascade,” says Kathy Evans of Rude Ranch’s Spay Spa and Neuter Nook.
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Big rig T880 is bringing Christmas to our nation’s capitol

In a 50-year tradition, the Christmas tree that shines throughout December on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol is cut in one of the nation’s states.
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Bring Your Play to Life

End-of-year deadline for ­Colonial Players Promising Playwright Competition

God created the heavens and earth, planets, stars and creatures, in seven days.
    Playwrights, naturally, take longer.
    So you’d better get busy if you aspire to create a play for The Colonial Players of Annapolis’ biennial Promising Playwright Contest. Entries are due by Dec. 31.
    Prizes are big and requirements few — beyond the act of creation.
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If there be spirits, now’s the time to find them

Storm clouds shot lightning in the distance across the water that cool, damp evening. The flash of the camera was the only other light that pierced the night. Nothing could be seen in the screen except two small balls of light. But when the picture was enlarged, a man appeared: a bearded man in a long coat with — perhaps — a lantern in his outstretched arm. Later, this same face appeared in the photo of a window pane.
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Good Ol’ Boat Needed

A second life for a worthy craft

Have you outgrown — or out-aged — your boat? It may have a second life helping the Severn River
    The Severn River Association needs a small boat to monitor the Severn watershed. The ideal boat is small enough to get into nooks and crannies so volunteers can inspect and photograph shorelines to monitor compliance with Critical Area regulations.
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