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Why I don a plush, pink pig-suit at Pirates Cove’s Pigs & Pearls fundraiser

      Pink’s generally not my color of choice. But on a spring day at Pirates Cove Dock Bar, a girl’s gotta say, why not put on a pig suit?
       I am the Pigs & Pearls mascot: a five-foot-five-inch bipedal pig — pink of course — with a white belly. It’s not a sight you’ll see for long, kind of like a shooting star. 
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The hunt is on for these furry-clawed invaders in the Chesapeake
      An army of invading crabs has disappeared. But scientists are skeptical about whether they’re gone for good or simply hiding. Now the search is back on: As warmer temperatures lure people onto the water, Smithsonian scientists are asking watermen and other boaters to report any sightings of the elusive Chinese mitten crab.
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For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

      Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to the pastoral setting of Lothian was a shock for Bill ­Ticknor. Assigned there after ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, he had trouble sleeping in the rectory because of the quiet. 
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The least you need to know about solar power

      The sun’s energy is free, natural, infinitely renewable and completely clean. Getting our energy from the sun seems like a no-brainer.
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Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants
      In my other life, I’m a server in an Annapolis restaurant. Like most American eateries, my restaurant serves straws with each drink, sometimes paired with a cocktail stirrer or two.
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Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

      The monarch butterfly is an amazing creature. Its annual lifecycle stretches from Mexico to Canada and back and spans four generations.
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­Put your hand where Nodosaurus tred

      Go to just about any dinosaur exhibit and you are sure to see the fossilized remains of the fierce Tyrannosaurus rex. But what if you are more interested in the lesser-known Deinonychus, Tenontosaurus or Astrodon johnstoni, the official Maryland state dinosaur? Then, you will want to visit Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons.
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Edgewater teen raises big bucks with 5K fundraiser to fight angioma

      Seventeen-year-old fundraising phenomenon Zachary Brown has walked his way to $100,000 over the past five years.
       The South River High School junior earned recognition as one of Maryland’s two top youth volunteers of 2018. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards presented Brown with an engraved medal on April 5.
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Each bird’s return to Chesapeake Country is an odyssey

       The osprey is a unique bird, no exaggeration. The fish hawk has a unique taxonomy, a genus of its own.
       Part of what makes them unique is their fishing style. Osprey can hover in place without a wind, go into a dive headfirst and — right before impact — put their talons down to lock them into a fish.
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How those federal millions help the Bay

      When the federal budget request for 2018 proposed to eliminate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Bay-lovers were alarmed. The EPA’s Bay program is “the glue that holds the state/federal partnership together,” in the analysis of Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker....