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     Harry Potter in a museum? Hard to believe, but we’re about to hit the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Yes, those Hogwarts pupils are grown-up wizards now. The yearning for simpler magical times might be enough to draw one to the New York Historical Society, where the British Library exhibition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic is entering its final weeks.

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Port of Leonardtown Winery takes Governor’s Cup

       Awards season in Hollywood rewards performance of one kind. Here in Chesapeake Country, we’re rolling out the red carpet for performance of another kind: wine making.

         Last August, 80-some state wineries put their best wine forward in hopes of earning the esteemed Governor’s Cup. The Cup is the highest honor in the annual wine competition hosted by the Maryland Wineries Association.

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Maryland’s behind the curve

      Maryland earns a less-than-satisfactory grade of C– for progress in adopting clean energy and putting the brakes on global climate change. At the head of the domestic class are California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Internationally, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden are setting the pace.

         Top among the things we could do better is developing a clean energy economy.

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People, commerce suffer

      It’s Groundhog Day early for the many federal workers in Chesapeake Country. Unless they had booked time where warm ocean breeze blows, no good news continues about ending the government shutdown.

      A report this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot gets beneath the rhetoric to show the impact not just on people but also on Maryland taxpayers and businesses.

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‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

     Indian Creek High School senior Chinyere Ukeje (or Chi Chi, as she prefers) has a title to defend. 
     Last year, fellow Indian Creek student Cayla Turner represented Maryland at the Poetry Out Loud national finals.
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Only 2 of 13 indicators improve for a high D 
      Record rainfall increased pollution and reduced water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay, decreasing the score in the State of the Bay report, put out by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The score dropped one point to 33, equivalent to a D+.
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More libraries and more to do at them
      Three revamped libraries are underway to enrich Chesapeake Country. Today’s libraries look very different than those of yesterday.
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Calvert Food Pantry reaches out

       Does the government shutdown have you feeling pinched at the grocery store? In partnership with End Hunger in Calvert County, the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry is opening its larders to ease families trying to manage without paychecks. In January the pantry has added Tuesdays 1-3pm and Saturday the 19th, 10am-noon.

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Mobile Dental Van visits Deale
      Can a bright smile determine a bright future? Yes, say organizers of a free dental health fair Saturday in Deale.
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Young builders hone their skills with bricks and blocks

      If you need help building something new, ask a kid.
      LEGOs provide endless stimulation to kids’ creation. That’s why Wayne Speight of Speight Studio Architects created GALO — the Greater Annapolis LEGO Open.
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