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Chesapeake Beach matriarch ­celebrates with five generations

     This weekend, Chesapeake Beach’s Mother Christmas celebrates a holiday of a different sort.
     Jo Finch, aka Mother Christmas, turns 90 on September 4. Finch, a former town councilwoman, is a mother and grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother. 
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Bob Evans Seafood’s story continues — with a surprise turn

If you were Eliza or Lori Evans, daughters of renowned Maryland waterman and single father Bob Evans, waking in the pitch of night to go crabbing was par for the course. From the age of three or four, the sisters, two years apart, were all but destined to work in the seafood industry.
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We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

 

Stacie ‘Jaya’ and Ivan Balaguer

Married April 9, 2011, in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

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Why does the groom always stand on the bride’s right?

It’s usually because that’s where the nearest exit is.
    No, just kidding. The groom’s position is a tradition dating back to medieval times. It is also why many European countries drive on, according to us, the wrong side of the road.
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Capturing customers with a little of this, a little of that

The name Vintage Stew, colorfully scripted on the brick wall above an empty storefront in Deale, opened four years ago to numerous conversations about whom and what was moving in. Was it a new eatery serving stew?
    “Like a big ol’ pot of stew …” says owner Shelley Daniels. But not the kind you eat.
    “A mix of ingredients,” adds partner Barry Morrissey.
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Don Risher decorates the office at Belair ­Engineering like a July 4th float

You’d think it was Christmas and Don Risher of Belair Engineering in Upper Marlboro was Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
    From Memorial Day through summer, he fills his office with red, white and blue. “It’s very patriotic, with lots of Americana,” says Risher, who puts his heart into this decorative commemoration because of his time in the service and camaraderie with service men and women.
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For Annapolis town crier Squire ­Frederick, ­Independence Day is a joyous occasion

Folks who live and work in Annapolis, used to seeing guys in breeches and plumed tricorn hats, scarcely bat an eye when Town Crier Fred Taylor strolls by.
    Tourists and school children are another story. They squeal in delight when meeting “Squire Frederick,” as Taylor’s known hereabouts.
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Today’s organic methods were the only options for gardeners in the early 19th century

We had a storm and terrible rain this week … my garden almost washed away; a dozen tulips were washed out of the ground and carried outside the garden fence. No one has seen such a flood in 10 years.
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Mary Davis earns two trophies, a crown and a summer reprieve from a bodybuilder’s diet

In the April Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Catonsville Conquer, Mary Davis won two first-place trophies and a crown.
    “I felt like I did the best that I could. With two firsts, I walked away feeling awesome.”
    Still hungry for more prizes and more challenges, Davis competed in May 16’s NPC Capital Classic.
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In a dramatic turn, playwright’s dreams come true

A million may or may not be an exaggeration. Strictly speaking, Andrea Fleck Clardy was chosen Colonial Players’ Promising Playwright from a talent pool of 230 applicants in the theater company’s biennial competition.
    But when you consider all the twists and turns of chance that led to this singular moment, the odds rise.
    Clardy, a writer in life’s eighth decade, took up playwriting only after three or four careers....