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Give, and good comes back to you

It’s the season of giving, when our grateful hearts yearn to reach out to help one another. Yet the number of Americans volunteering annually is declining, leaving non-profit organizations scrambling to meet the needs of their communities.
    How can you turn your gratitude into action? Join the ranks of the 6,000 Anne Arundel Countians registered as potential volunteers with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center.
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I couldn’t cure anyone, but I hoped my hair would give hope

I have a lot of hair. Never as long Rapunzel’s, but my hair has grown to my bellybutton. As a newborn baby, I had a head full of thick hair. This fact is recorded in family photos. Growing up, I loved having long flowing hair. It was pretty, easy to make into a fake beard to stroke as I pondered life’s difficult questions (Why wasn’t I given Gushers in my lunch? Could I get Shaffer to share his Gushers?...

Muddy Creek Artists Guild shows more than meets the eye

For shoppers, Muddy Creek Artists Guild’s annual holiday show and sale is about finding gifts from the arts to fill their shopping lists and — very likely — indulge themselves.
    With 55 artists showing and selling hundreds of creations in the Guild’s biggest show of the year, there’s lots to see, admire and desire.
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In creating her business, Krista ­Sermon broke more than one ­tradition

Krista Sermon’s desire to cook simmered all through law school and beyond. She wanted to further her culinary skills, but she felt pressured to practice law. So for three years she kept at it, working one year in debt collection, a second in family law and a third in social services in Baltimore.
    During her first pregnancy, she decided to listen to her heart.
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The Patuxents used to live here; some still do

How hard is it to prove a hunch?
    It took 75 holes a foot deep by a foot wide followed by five three-by-five-foot excavation pits dug with exacting symmetry in the unyielding earth to document the late naturalist Mitzi Poole’s suspicion. Her girlhood swimming hole on Battle Creek might, she believed, be a Native American site.
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For Annapolis Maritime Museum, a giant step across the creek

With the flourish of a pen, Annapolis Maritime Museum took a giant step into the future. From two-thirds of an acre — its Eastport campus on Back Creek — the 26-year-old environmental education center grew to almost 13 acres.
    Like a small snake swallowing an elephant, the Museum made the ambitious expansion in a single bite. That bite is the Ellen Moyer Nature Park.
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Deputy director Sherrod Sturrock steps up to lead

Calvert Marine Museum keeps track of the ages. You learn about the prehistoric Chesapeake there by encountering creatures that lived in that shallow, warm ocean and on its shores. About the humans who followed ages later, and how the water enriched their lives. About the creatures that evolved, died and live in Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River.
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The cookie moms and girls of Central Maryland have got you covered

Are you hungry for Girl Scout cookies?    
    If you haven’t stashed boxes in your freezer, you’ll be glad to know that now through December 7 is cookie season for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Anne Arundel County is part of that Council, as are Baltimore City and County and Howard County.
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Spirits of the ­Rising Sun Inn

Had I never lived in Crownsville’s historic Rising Sun Inn, I’d have scoffed at folks who believed in the supernatural. But once my brother and I rented the Inn and moved in, peculiar things started that we couldn’t quite explain away.
    Take the day our buddy’s girlfriend fled our housewarming party, screaming in terror.
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Maryland ghost-chasers shed light on hauntings

The modern ghost hunter, also called a paranormal investigator, has many tools to help detect a spirit. These include infrared cameras, electromagnetic field detectors, thermometers, recorders and spirit boxes.
    However, common sense and your senses remain your greatest tool.
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