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Winter boating on board the Coast Guard Cutter Chock

I can’t relate to the three things the chief of the boat is telling me.
    “Try to be holding onto something all the time.”
    “We’ll arrive in Chesapeake City at 1 or 2pm or maybe much later.”
    “We have ear protection if you want it.”
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Walk into black history at Back Creek Books

Find the right place in historic Annapolis, and you can walk right into history.
    Back Creek Books, between State and Church circles on Main Street, is such a place.
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Artists K-12 sought to translate nature’s inspiration to early fame, prizes

The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.
          –Ansel Adams

Step into a forest or sit by the side of a local river and close your eyes. When you open your eyes again, what do you see and feel?
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Frostbite sailors stay home

Not cold, wind nor snow deters Frostbite sailors. But ice does.
    Most years, the Annapolis Yacht Cub’s Frostbite Sailboat Racing series would be in full swing.
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Nace Butler’s mother was enslaved by love

I ran away in February 1785 …    
    Thus begins the story of Nace Butler, a young man born to a bold Irish indentured servant and an African male slave.
    Nace’s mother Eleanor Butler, known as Irish Nell, arrived on one of the ships of Charles Calvert, the fourth Lord Baltimore.
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Chef John Moeller introduced Chesapeake flavors to the White House

The president of the United States represents people across our 50 states and leads the free world, but while in office, he lives in our neighborhood. So when a White House chef like John Moeller introduced the “fresh and local” concept, our local bounty found its way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Help scientists track these invasive fish

What’s big, blue and whiskered and doesn’t belong in the Chesapeake?
    If you guessed blue catfish, you’re right.
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Four weeks in the world of online dating

Imagine walking into a bar where all the people wear T-shirts listing their age, salary range, likes and dislikes. Some walk up, look at you and walk away. Or maybe wink at you but say not a word. Welcome to the world of online dating.
    I entered that world via a $5 Groupon for Match.com. What single woman in search of could resist a discount of 80 percent? Not this separated 30-something with two kids and now her very own Match account.
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Love is great medicine when you’re fighting for your life

“Love is about when things look like they cannot get any worse and you still manage,” says Debbie Gurley of Edgewater. For 17 years, Gurley and Mike Kinnahan have managed bad and worse with love leavened by hope and laughter.
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Grab your binoculars and start spotting

Cardinals devouring holly berries; nuthatches scooting down sweet gums; tundra swans hooting on the Bay. Get ready to count them all during the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, February 14 through 17.
    Citizen scientists all over the world count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in conjunction with the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. Developed over the four-day period is an annual snapshot of bird population trends.
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