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Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 
     Chesapeake Beach and North Beach have more going for them than great views. Calvert County’s Twin Beach towns are certifiably sustainable, meaning they live up to standards set by the University of Maryland. As well as the Twin Beaches, 11 other Maryland towns joined the Sustainable Maryland community this year.
     Each town has its own advances up the 150-point ladder of certification.
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SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
     Lights on the Bay, the annual holiday display at Sandy Point State Park, has a new producer.
     For 22 years, Anne Arundel Medical Center created the two-mile drive-through light show. Now Anne Arundel County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals takes the reins.
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Bay Weekly’s Guide to the Boatshows

     The United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows are the biggest in the country, and probably the world. 
     This year’s shows are bigger than ever, show president Paul Jacobs says, with “the largest sailboat show we’ve ever had and the biggest powerboat since the 2008 recession.”
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Honoring history’s witnesses

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.
–Kahlil Gibran
 
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Orb-weavers put on early fall displays

     The chill in the air has sent nature’s insect and arachnid world scurrying to get in those last meals. Suddenly we start seeing long-legged and acrobatic guests in our gardens and window frames.
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Screenwriter Rodney Barnes hits the comic shelves with Falcon #1

     When Rodney Barnes hung out at the Eastport corner drugstore reading comic books, he could dream of becoming the mind behind a comics superhero.
     He was a hard-working kid. “I think I washed dishes in every restaurant in town,” he says. “I also shucked oysters, crabbed and worked the concessions at Navy stadium.”
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My homes are united by festivals, but oh for an oyster!

     I could use a fried oyster right about now. Or one freshly shucked by Shady Side’s Gross watermen.
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Toadstools

One big, happy fungi family

     As summer ends, toadstools seem to appear from nowhere.
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Maryland in Miniature tucked behind Annapolis DNR building

     This Himalayan cedar, Deodora cedarosa, is the fifth largest tree of its kind in the state. It is so tall, to take a picture of the top you have to lean back, almost to a backbend. Even so, the top of the tree won’t be in the frame.
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Seven additions in AACo makes 56 properties in permanent preservation
     You can’t protect the water if you can’t protect the land.
     Light bulb or lightening bolt, that realization led Dick Lahn, of Crofton, to the capstone achievement of a lifetime of environmental campaigns. 
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