Lance Garms and daughters Sofia, 15, Julia, 12
Lance, 46, of Annapolis, is an IT security consultant, sailor and single Dad.
Sort through hundreds of sunscreens rated from best to worst
As a fair-skinned mutt of European descent, I depend on sunscreen as my summer best friend. However, sunscreen has been found to contain harmful chemicals that make it inefficient and much more of a foe than the friend I need.
This year, I plan on winning the battle for sun protection. My weapon of choice is the Environmental Working Group’s extensively researched list of the most effective sunscreens.
Shady Side fifth-graders saving the Bay one handful of spat at a time
Some Southern Anne Arundel County students are taking the adage bloom where you’re planted more than a few steps further. Fifth-graders at Shady Side Elementary are planting oysters to help restore the Bay’s oyster population.
“We need oysters to clean the Bay,” said Lacey Wilde, 11, the daughter and granddaughter of working watermen.
National Aquarium answers marine life SOS
Stepping inside the National Aquarium in Baltimore is like diving into the ocean depths: amazing creatures swim by your face inches away.
In the Blacktip Reef exhibit, you meet Calypso, perhaps the aquarium’s most famous resident, a 500-pound green turtle with only three flippers.
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.
Trains live on in more than our memories and our hearts
Trains are just another form of transportation to some folks, no more interesting or glamorous than the bus that takes you from long-term parking to the airport terminal.
But if you’re one of the countless train lovers, like me, read on to discover three local ways to bring to life your train fantasies.
And keep it open all winter long
It’s a great time of year to take up or enhance the hobby of bird feeding, especially since we can watch outdoor birds from the cozy warmth of the great indoors with hot drinks, field guides and binoculars. It’s good for the birds, too. When ice and snow cover everything in sight, providing food, water and grit (bits of sand, stone, or shell that birds need for digestion), may mean survival for our backyard birds.
For Rod ‘N’ Reel’s Chef Rudy, Thanksgiving is a piece of cake
From the first-time turkey roaster to the kitchen master, who among us can anticipate cooking the Thanksgiving dinner without a bit of a flutter?
Chef Rudy Volpe can.
The 54-year-old chef looks forward to serving 1,000 to 1,200 hungry eaters at Rod ‘N’ Reel’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet.
Final year for Festival of Trees
In the Festival of Trees, Calvert Hospice forged a link between their end-of-life mission and joy in the world.
For 27 years, on the day after Thanksgiving, Hospice volunteers have created a magical forest of Christmas trees adorned in whimsy and wonder.
“It’s a wonderful event that really kicks off the season and gets everyone in the spirit of the holidays,” says Hospice board president Gail Gibson.