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In Their Own Words

Maddie Breed, 18, ­Annapolis

I’ve been singing opera since I was eight. Yeah, people look at me crazy when they hear that because I don’t really seem like I would. Like opera singers aren’t supposed to wear hats like this. I definitely don’t fit the stereotype of an opera singer, so it’s cool to be someone who does things people don’t expect.

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Is your neighbor the next New York Times bestseller?

The death of reading — like the death of Mark Twain — may be greatly exaggerated.
    For the Digital Age has given us high-quality, nearly instant do-it-yourself publishing. Thus the book each of us has within can find a publisher — if it finds an author.
    Then it must find readers.
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June 3 is the last day to ensure your vote for June 24’s Primary election

Memorial Day reminds us of one way to serve our country.
    Election Day offers each of us another way.
    To vote, you don’t have to don a uniform, swear an oath or go in harm’s way.
    You do have to register, and for that time is short.
    June 3 is the last day to register — or change your registration — to vote in June 24’s Primary Election.
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Beat me while you can

By July 2014, the weekly crossword feature I’ve been writing for just under 10 years will be disassembled.
    I start a full-time job as a professor of music in the fall, plus caring for my son.
    Yet pressing send for each so-long letter felt like tearing down a beautiful and still very livable home. Bay Weekly the eaves, Cincinnati City Beat the moldings, Chicago Reader the foundation. As each part fell, I remembered crafting it....

When the Bay Bridge looms, Kent Island Shuttle Service will do the driving

Reaching heights that exceed 200 feet; spanning a gap of over four miles; accommodating more than 1,500 vehicles — per five lanes; and carrying over 27 million vehicles each year — the Chesapeake Bay Bridge may be a wonder of modern (or, not-so-modern) conveyance. But a select few view it as a crossing more insurmountable, a ­barrier of fear.
    These select few suffer from gephyrophobia, or fear of bridges.
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Barb Robbins, Sara Russell and Donna Kurrle

We were all best friends in high school, so we came here to a neutral location for a little reunion.
    My dad served in World War II. He joined at 18, straight out of high school, and served until it was over. Every time I drive by this memorial, I think of him and my three uncles who served. My dad’s still alive, just turned 88.
    My father served in the Battle of The Bulge.
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20 minutes to better boating

I take my boating safety seriously. For the past 20 years, I have signed up for Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection. My spring ritual assures I will be safe, legal and prepared should the Coast Guard or Natural Resources Police choose to stop me for a random on-water inspection.
    Every year I pass the formal inspection, but the inspector always makes multiple recommendations for improving my safety. This year I wanted to pass with no recommendations.
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Farewell, Dignity Players

Less is more.    
    For nine years, Dignity Players proved it. The focus of this unique volunteer theater company was not on complex sets, colorful costumes, tricky lighting and sound effects. It couldn’t be, because for Dignity those things didn’t exist. All that existed was the small, bare stage at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.
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Handicapping Maryland’s leg of the Triple Crown

The Crowd
    On Saturday, May 17, 120,000 people will pour into Pimlico Race Course for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland’s leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.
    Next to that crowd, Maryland’s other sporting crowds are dwarfs.
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There’s still time to get the kids signed up for fun this summer … but don’t wait

Planet Hope Land & Sea Camp

Ages 5 to 17 learn how to sail on 14-foot dinghies. Camps cover water safety, capsize recovery, rigging, terminology and basic sailing skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Five-day sessions from June 9-Aug.11 at Herington Harbour South, Rose Haven: 410-867-7177; www.sailingcamp.org.

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