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Tom Crockett’s trains at Tan’s Cycles

     “He created a destination with his trains,” Marygrace Baergen says as she gestures across the kitchen table to her brother Tom Crockett.
      A pile of thank-you notes and old pictures are scattered on the table. Cardboard boxes wait to be unpacked in Crockett’s new house in Rose Haven, where he moved from the apartment at his former business, Tan’s Cycles in North Beach.
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Creative Shopping

Give yourself a gift by savoring the Seasons Bounty as you shop

     If you’re one of those people who love to shop, you can stop reading now and go wrap some presents.    
      But if it takes eight crazed reindeer to drag you to the store during the holidays, this story is for you.
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Annapolis student’s song proves Nothing Is Impossible

      What’s a bored second-grader to do early in the morning before heading off to school? Write a story that becomes a podcast and then a track on an album, of course.
       At least that’s how the story goes behind the song What the World Was Called Before Us, the creation of Windsor Farm Elementary student Liam Heist.
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Art Things’ new owner promises to continue the tradition local artists have come to rely on

      Talk about customer satisfaction. Shopper Skye Vasquez liked Art Things so much she bought the store.
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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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