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Winter Salt Watch monitors where the sodium goes

     The first snow has come. That means snow days, hot cocoa and hunkering down. It also means road salt — and lots of it. 

     Before the storms, the State Highway Administration preps the roads with salt brine.

     “As for how much salt we’ll use this year, we have no idea,” Charlie Gischlar said. “That’s up to Mother Nature.”

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Free parking Nov. 23-Jan. 1

     Visiting Annapolis is easier over the winter holidays, when reasons abound to go downtown. Through January 1, the city puts bags on the downtown parking meters. Thus you can park free for three hours while you enjoy, just for starters, Colonial Player’s Christmas Carol … Midnight Madness … the Statehouse by Candlelight … The Talent Machine’s Holiday Cheer … and Santa’s Speedo Run and Toy Drive. 

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People and groups making a better world

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
–Robin Williams
 
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Donors join a raffle for a basket of goodies 
       AFC Urgent Care’s doors remain open for food donations until the end of November. 
       “This is the first year we’ve done something like this,” said Ginni Morani, owner of AFC Urgent Care. “Everyone wanted to get involved with a local pantry for the holiday.”
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Building skills to open new worlds
       There is much to be thankful for on my second Thanksgiving in Armenia.     Emilia is studying at Cambridge University, sent on her way with support from Chesapeake Country. One of Armenia’s brightest and best, she is one of only 12 students from all over the world offered the chance to study veterinary medicine at the world’s oldest university this year.
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This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

     It’s a rare week at Bay Weekly when we don’t get a press release proclaiming the opening of a regional or national chain restaurant. The release is a metaphor for the restaurant it touts. Produced at a corporate headquarters far away, with minor changes to make it appear local, it touts a menu and food you could just as easily find in Columbus, Ohio.
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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather
Searching for My Grandfather
     One year after I graduated from college, I moved to Ecuador to reconstruct my memory of my grandfather. I think I was afraid what might happen if I allowed his memory to be lost.
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Can you find this Star of David?

    Here’s a trivia question for you. What is the only United States government building with a Star of David on the front? Clue: it’s in Annapolis on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy.
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Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

     Native peoples have lived in symbiotic harmony for many generations with the North American continent. Learning its treasures and confronting its challenges they have lived on this land. They are hunters, gatherers, farmers, warriors, artisans, and they live in loving families based on organized tribal groups. These are honorable, sharing friends. Let us recognize these indigenous peoples and their diversity.
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Follow the Oregon Trail to track this noble fir

     For 49 years, the Christmas tree that glitters from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol has been cut from a different state. 
     This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is, for the first time, a noble fir. The enormous 80-foot fir was cut on November 2 from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The 35-year-old tree stood at an elevation of 3,500 feet. 
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