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Enter the World Food Day Poetry Competition 

         Art is a powerful force for change. Art can raise awareness, inspire thought and even drive action. So maybe, just maybe, a poem can fight hunger.

         “I think it can be a real effective tool in raising the public’s awareness to the cause,” says local poet Hiram Larew.

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Fun and frolic fund SPCA’s humane works

         Ten-year-old dog fortune-teller ­Elizabeth Nolan held her client’s furry paw and looked deep into his eyes. “You are a small dog with a big heart. You make people happy. I see kibble in your future,” she told him before being rewarded with excited puppy kisses and a $5 donation for the SPCA.

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Show your love for the Patuxent

         Your creative mind can earn you some cash this fall. Design the best float for the Patuxent River Appreciation Days parade, and your group or organization can win $300. Second and third places net a nice hunk of change as well.

         Held annually on Columbus Day weekend, PRAD celebrates all the river means to Southern Maryland. The parade wraps up the festivities Sunday afternoon. 

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Historic Sotterley Plantation harvests potatoes to feed the hungry 

The historic Sotterley Plantation is sitting on 200,000 square feet of potatoes — ready for harvest. 

         On St. Patrick’s Day, Hollywood, Marylanders stepped up to plant more than five acres of red and Yukon gold potatoes, reserved for donation. 

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In Tangier Island, journalists and authors can’t seem to resist the tale of a vanishing people

         The latest is a new book, Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift, who spent 14 months documenting the tiny, storied island in the Bay that may be America’s first casualty of climate change.

         The 1.3-square-mile island off of Virginia, inhabited since the 1600s, loses swaths of shoreline each year to rising waters.

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Nine-and-a half-incher sets an unofficial record

         The minimum keepable size for Atlantic blue crabs is five to five and one-quarter inches, depending on the season. Crabs that size are ranked as smalls. Mediums range up to six inches, large six and a half and jumbo up to seven. Crabs seven inches and up are ranked as behemoths, also called heavyweights or whales. 

         So what do you call a blue crab measuring nine and one half inches tip to tip?

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Calvert Marine Museum becomes home of Maryland’s State ­Paleontology Collections

What kind of dinosaur could jump higher than a house?

          All kinds. Houses can’t jump.

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Management by Walking Around

The concept of Minimalism invites you to understand your outdoor spaces through interacting with them. You can do a lot or just a little, or nothing at all beyond looking at the plants and animals with fascination. The rewards are there for the taking.

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She’s ringing the dinner bell

If ever you’re going to eat local, now’s the time.

            The miracle of the resurrection of vegetable from seed is on full display. Apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, garlic, green beans, herbs, okra, onions, peaches, peppers, raspberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini are popping from stalk, tree and vine in Mother Nature’s midsummer magic show.

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On July 20, the town of North Beach gained a new beach access wheelchair. The wheelchair has a PVC pipe frame, making it lightweight and easy to maneuver on sand.

            You can’t miss its bulging, balloon tires. The chair even has an umbrella attachment for sunnier days.

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