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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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For the 32nd straight year, Fowler will lead friends and family into the Patuxent to make a point. For the first time, Betty Fowler won’t be with him.

 

      When 95-year-old Bernie Fowler leads people into the Patuxent River on Sunday, the river in his heart will be one neither you nor I can imagine.

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Animal mystery in the English countryside

      A CNN headline last week roped us in: Raccoon Dogs on the Loose in an English Village. People were told to be on the lookout for these dangerous creatures.

     A Daily Mail story warned that the raccoon dogs “terrorize locals and attack animals in Nottinghamshire.”

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Patuxent River Park 150 trash bags cleaner

A lot of tires, a large fuel tank, baseballs and footballs plus plenty of bottles and plastic and Styrofoam containers. That kind of junk made up much of the 150 bags of trash found and removed from Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro by 50 volunteers and 10 staffers.

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SOFO mobilizes community to rejuvenate ­Forest Drive eyesore

 

     The 504-foot fence lining Annapolis Middle School is looking better all the time.

     The once-faded, rusty-brown, chain-link fence spiked with barbed wire is now glowing night-black. 

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Overall health still improving

 

     We’re getting our homework done despite Mother Nature’s agenda. So says the recently released 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

     The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent.

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New Crooked Fest is an old school good time

A Bay Weekly conversation with Crooked Crab Brewery founder Daniel Messeca

 

Bay Weekly Crooked Fest June 1 is a whole new entry in Chesapeake Country’s calendar of festivals. Tell us its story.

Daniel Messeca My partners in Crooked Crab Brewery and I wanted to create a really fun event to celebrate our other two great loves besides beer: music and community.

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Experience the culture’s diversity at this annual festival 

 

      At the Annapolis Greek Festival, something magical happens. You become Greek for a day.

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It’s all counted in Chesapeake Bay Coastal Inventory

 

      “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering,” conservationist Aldo Leopold’s advised.

     In applying that precaution to Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences has inventoried 60 million linear feet of tidal shoreline. Bay waters meet almost 7,500 miles of land in Virginia and 4,000 in Maryland.

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See photo contest winners

     Alan Wilder’s photo of a cormorant trying to snatch another bird’s fish won first place in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2019 Save the Bay photo contest. The win earns him a coveted spot in the organization’s 2020 calendar.

         The annual contest promotes awareness of conservation issues related to the Bay, so all photos include a body of water within the watershed.

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