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Back in the mid-1960s, one animal shelter sufficed for all three Southern Maryland counties, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s.
    What was good enough then might not work anymore for a growth region that’s gone from rural to suburban. This month, commissioners from all three counties joined a public hearing about needed renovations at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville and future options.
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Bay Stewards Wanted

Send your hope into the future. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center at Grasonville seeks “passionate individuals” to come together on a mission to create a legacy of protecting the environment for future generations. Through nine weeks of “fascinating” educational sessions, the Class of 2016 will gain knowledge on restoration and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay.
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News roundup for the week of January 14-20, 2016

On the Roads

At Annapolis City Dock, three construction projects combine with annual General Assembly congestion to make walking easier than driving. Updates: annapolis.gov.
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Your Primer to the Maryland General Assembly

It’s worth your while to follow the action

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“We are building our future labor force here”

Senior year means dreams of the future. College, jobs, a chance to explore the world.
    Seniors in the STEM program at South River High School in Edgewater along with students at Center for Applied Technology South have taken their final year and turned it into a project of, well, tiny proportions.
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How an Angel Tree saved our first Christmas

Editor’s Note: Traditions return at holiday time to knit our pasts and present into a ­garment we wear comfortably into the future. At Bay Weekly we’ve made it a ­holiday tradition to tell you a story of how the season’s memories are ­celebrated in our extended family. This year, as Melissa Driscoll Krol takes her turn, you’ll feel your reward for any gift you’ve made under an Angel Tree.

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Lego competition inspires future architects

In one, a Christmas tree of green bricks rises above tiny packages crafted from plastic blocks. In another, a Darth Vader minifigure helms Santa’s sleigh, with Stormtroopers playing reindeer.
    Kids from three to 16 let their imaginations soar for Speight Studio Architects’ annual Severna Park Lego Open.
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Will our Bay Bridge ever fall?

“The Bay Bridge is safe until 2065.” That’s the best news Milt Chaffee, executive director of Maryland Transportation Authority, found in a brand-new study of how long we can count on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge to connect Maryland’s Western and Eastern shores.
    There are, of course, conditions.
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Plunge into the Water

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Lothian home shines into space

Sometime in November, Carmella Hangsleben’s family starts thinking about lights. By Thanksgiving weekend, their Lothian home is probably bright enough to see from space.
    Carmella, husband Alan and their son Eddy spend nearly a month stringing up 1,500 strands of Christmas lights. That’s 75,000 bulbs of glowing cheer.
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