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What to do with your household’s excess baggage
      The first few weeks of spring have many of us reenacting the role of the mole in The Wind in the Willows — dusting, sweeping, whitewashing and in the mood for a major home turnover. 
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That sunscreen seeps into your body

     Given the prevalence of skin cancer in Maryland, we’ve been paying more attention to protecting ourselves from the sun. We reported in February on a troubling study concluding that just two of 16 active ingredients in sunscreen — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — are regarded by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective. [https://bit.ly/2PTIJbl]

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Cross-state bike riders hope to give guv a push

      Climate activists Vinny and Jamie DeMarco are hoping pedal power will prompt Gov. Larry Hogan into signing the Clean Energy Job Act. The bill passed the General Assembly in April and now awaits the governor’s pen to put it in action. He has until late May to make a decision.

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Annapolis Special Elections June 4, July 2

      Voters in the capital city’s Ward 6 anticipated a four-year break after electing Democrat Shaneka Henson to the Annapolis City Council last November. Now, after only six months, they have to go back to work.

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Population highest since 2012

      Callinectes sapidus, our beautiful swimmers, seem to be thriving on moderate winters in a healthier Bay. The Chesapeake is full of more crabs than in any year since 2012, according to winter’s annual whole-Bay census, taken by the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Virginia Institute of Marine Biology.

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Did two years with the Peace Corps  in a far-off land with foreign ­customs break me … or make me?

      It’ll make or break you, said the people of Shady Side when I announced I was moving to Armenia to spend two years volunteering with the Peace Corps.
     I’ve been here exactly 24 months, and, as of this month, I am broken.
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Ocean City presses search for lifeguards

       If you’re not a super swimmer, don’t bother. But Ocean City is ready to train you and pay you if you’re fish-like and fit, not tied down this summer and up for a responsible job.

         On April 22, the Ocean City Beach Patrol used Twitter to advertise lifeguard openings along with a photo of empty lifeguard chairs.

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Find more fun on updated water trail maps

      Finding a place to put your boat in the water is a little easier this spring, thanks to the passionate paddlers who have mapped it out for you.

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Leash up your pet for annual SPCA Walk for the Animals

      Spring has finally broken through with warmer days urging us all to get outside. Know who else would like to get out more? Your dog.

         So grab the leashes and head to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis Sunday May 5 for the annual Walk for the Animals.

         Last year, more than 2,200 guests showed their support for the Anne Arundel County SPCA at the walk.

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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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