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Galesville’s Hot Sox field

Stand at home plate, close your eyes, tilt your head just right and you can hear the whoosh of a fast ball, the sharp crack of a wooden bat connecting for a line drive down centerfield and the echoes of cheering fans.
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Born in the shadow of the Civil War, this African American community has grown and thrived

How did Parole get that odd name?
    Today’s sprawling malls at Festival Plaza and the Annapolis Towne Center at Parole are built where once sprawled a Civil War prisoner of war camp, called Camp Parole because the prisoners had given their promise, their parole, not to escape.
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December 27, 1937, is the day that equality came to Calvert County, thanks to school teacher Harriet ­Elizabeth Brown

Harriet Elizabeth Brown was a young woman of 30 when she challenged separate salary scales for black teachers. The year was 1937.
    The Calvert County teacher’s attorney, Thurgood Marshall, was 29 when he represented her in the first Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit. Together they laid the foundation for the Maryland Teachers Pay Equalization Law.
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$1,000 can buy a lot of books

The Lothian Ruritan Club is offering nine $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in southern Anne Arundel County and northern Calvert County to study at two- and four-year colleges or trade schools. Funds are raised in annual sales of citrus, Burger Burns and spaghetti dinners, as well as contributions and endowments from Ruritan members. Deadline is Feb. 23: lothianruritans.org.

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Chris Young in Solomons

Calvert Marine Museum hosts country star June 4

Love Chris Young? You’ll be counting the days till June 4. That’s when you get to join the sexiest man in country music under the stars at Calvert Marine Museum’s first concert of the 2016 season.
    Museum members get first shot at tickets on April 5, with public sales following.

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Help Build a Tiny House

But skip GoFundMe

Like many construction projects, the Tiny House Capstone project at South River High School has hit a snag. The project’s GoFundMe donation campaign has been ended, and GoFundMe donors are receiving refunds.
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Free Lunch Earns $3,000

Light House Center benefits

Three thousand dollars toward ending homelessness in Annapolis. That’s the takeaway from Heritage Baptist Church’s 10th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center. Thus, the free lunch prepared by Blackwall Hitch Chef Zachary Pope cost each of its 300-plus eaters about $10. Not a bad price for high-end chili, chicken noodle or baked potato soups along with salad, bread and dessert. Plus, of course, a good cause.
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Maryland Declines $1M

Our loss is Virginia’s gain

Halting the planned next step of oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River has meant losing a pretty penny. One million dollars allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers goes instead to Virginia. Oysters and the whole Bay environment will still benefit, but Maryland’s change of direction may have implications for future federal funding — if and when work resumes.
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Is there a smarter way to package our takeout?

Let’s talk lunch.     
    As a child, each day I carried to school a packed lunch in a metal Holly Hobbie lunch box, later replaced by Wonder Woman.
    As an adult, I sometimes remember to pack a lunch from home. But more often than not, lunch is carryout.
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Should we give up plastic bags?

A convenience that has gotten out of hand, plastic bags remind me of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The Disney cartoon from Fantasia is one of my favorite feats of imagination. In search of ease, Mickey Mouse, the apprentice, puts a spell on his mop and bucket. But he hasn’t learned enough sorcery to limit the spell, and his labor-saving devices multiply beyond his power to control them.
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