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Thunderstorms on the Bay

 

      Our Chesapeake Bay is not among the world’s most dangerous places to sail. It is not the Somali coast or Cape Horn. But in an instant, a peaceful outing can confirm the old saying that sailing is often hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.

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Selling magic for the Fourth

 

    For up to 12 hours, even on the hottest and rainiest days, Mary Larichiuta drifts around TNT Fireworks’ shady tent off Mayo Road in Edgewater. Customers trickle in, leaving her with lots of free time to manage the fireworks under the tent.

     She doesn’t get paid commission, just an hourly wage, but the “low-stress” job fills in time between summer and teaching at her middle school.

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Dam Snakeheads Nabbed in Migration

 

     If there’s slight consolation in Chesapeake Country’s invasion by snakeheads, it could be that more of them are hightailing it north up the Susquehanna.

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They’ll create school monarch gardens 

    Deep in the woods of Millersville, 10 volunteers surrounded a sprawling, lush-green monarch garden. Insect life teemed among towering milkweed plants. A black swallowtail butterfly fluttered down, landing atop a green milkweed to spread its wings.

    The disparate 10 had gathered to learn how to grow monarch gardens at local elementary schools.

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Carmen says hello!

 

      Bay Weekly was among the animal lovers Sunday at the annual Anne Arundel SPCA of Walk for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park. We said hello and snapped photos of canines and their humans to include in this year’s Pet Tales edition, hitting the streets August 1. 

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Sanctuary for the largest collection of ­shipwrecks in the western hemisphere

      The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay is now moving full steam ahead toward becoming the nation’s newest national marine sanctuary.

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Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.

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In Chincoteague, Treatment of Ponies Completed

 

 

You don’t have to have Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague on the bookshelf to wonder about the storied ponies of the Virginia island town.

That’s why we’ve kept you abreast since seven of the wild creatures died of a fungus-like disease they’re calling swamp cancer.

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Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

     Volunteers with Spa Creek Conservancy and Back Creek Conservancy followed in Bernie Fowler’s footsteps on June’s second Sunday, wading into Annapolis area creeks to check clarity in four locations.

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47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

     “It was a wonderful day,” said 95-year-old Bernie Fowler of the most challenging Wade-In of his 32 years testing the water clarity of the Patuxent River. A nor’easter had set in with light rain, fog, 90 percent humidity and wind up to 20mph.

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