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Thanks to Helena Scher for helping Bay Weekly readers propogate butterfly-loving plants

       It takes just one person to plant a seed of change.

         This spring, Helena Scher of Millersville has taken on that Johnny Appleseed role for the planting of milkweed.

         “We had a nice crop last summer,” Scher says of her backyard common milkweed. “Many butterflies visited.”

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Feed yourself to feed hungry kids

     Spring is with us, and thus a very busy weekend awaits. We know where we will be spending Saturday afternoon.
     Find us gobbling locally harvested oysters, freshly shucked or roasted, and pulled pork barbecue with baked beans, mac and cheese and homemade cornbread. It’s the annual Pigs & Pearls event that draws us back to the scenic West River for good times.
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How to shoot the fluid element

     The ever-increasing daylight, songbirds singing, flowers blooming and, of course, warmer weather all signal the return to the water for many citizens of Chesapeake Country. It is also the perfect time to take that camera you received for the holidays (or the one that’s been collecting dust in your closet for far too long) and create photographs of our regions waterscapes.  
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You won’t want to miss the ­Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

     Like the village that rises out of the mists in Scotland every hundred years in the 1954 movie Brigadoon, a park in St. Leonard comes alive with the sounds, smells and sights of the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. 
      But for just one day.
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This is the place sailors meet their dreamboats

      The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, April 26 to 28 at City Dock, features more than 70 boats in the water and on land. Most are ready to go for your sailing adventures this season. You can buy on the spot and probably get a good deal. Or you can shop, compare, dream and learn about charter and boat-sharing options.
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These sailors don’t need a boat, or a partner, to get out on the water

     Lora Dania was divorced and sailing mostly with couples when she checked out a group called Singles on Sailboats. “I wasn’t looking for a dating club,” she says. “I just wanted to get out on the water.” 
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Rhode Island crew is on it

      How do you get rid of a boat that has outlived its time?

         They’re not likely on the list of items that can be recycled at a local convenience center.

         Some boats are abandoned; left derelict by owners or lost to storms — creating navigation hazards and causing environmental harm to waterways.

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Your visit is on him thru Easter Sunday

      Here’s an extra incentive to visit a county park this week and enjoy the newly arrived spring weather: You won’t pay the usual entrance fee.

         Speaker of the House Michael Busch, who died April 7, was also an administrator in the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. In his honor, entrance fees at Anne Arundel County parks have been waived through Sunday.

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$215,000-worth of beauty in the works

      Project Spudnik will put more taters into the ground this year thanks to a grant from Keep Maryland Beautiful.

         Inspired by the improbable garden Matt Damon grows in the movie The Martian, Project Spudnik teaches teens to live sustainably through gardening. This year, what started as a container garden grows $1,000 richer.

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a Bay Weekly Conversation with Poets Laureate Grace Cavalieri and Temple Cone
     Does poetry still have something to say to our 21st-century selves?
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