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For the third year the Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla has come together to help those less fortunate by sponsoring a food drive within their unit for Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry.     Members of the unit donated 67.2 pounds of non-perishable food items that would supplement a turkey for Thanksgiving. They also donated $140, which according to Patty Fiegel from the pantry, will supply another 700 pounds of food, which equates to five pounds of food for every dollar donated.

I couldn’t agree more with Jeffrey H. Horstman’s Oct. 1 letter, Save the Ugly Oyster. Science tells us that this creature is a real champion in cleaning the Bay’s water. At a time when great effort and expense is being undertaken to clean up the Bay, it makes no sense to remove any oysters from its waters. Instead, we should be doing all we can to increase the oyster population.

Fourteen new charter captains earned their certificates in the 12-week Charter Captain Course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge.         The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E.L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because of its quality instruction and thorough coverage. The school is Coast Guard-approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six-pack) license and up to 100-gross-ton Master’s Near Coastal license.

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has proposed new regulations to open more of the Chesapeake Bay to oyster harvesting this fall. These areas were intentionally set aside to protect and increase the Chesapeake’s precious oyster populations. Imagine if it was tree frogs, clown fish or baby seals being overharvested: Public protest would be loud, proud and effective. Just like with those animals, removing existing protections for oysters should evoke an outcry.

    The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is a Chesapeake Bay treasure that belongs to all of us. It has a wonderful history and still stands where it always has on Thomas Point on the South River’s northern shore at the entrance to the Bay. It is listed on the National Historic Register as the last remaining screw-pile-style lighthouse in its original location and still an active aid to navigation.

Examples are all around us

    A friend’s statement that animals do not have intelligence gnawed at me. Finally I concluded that the problem was how we interpret the meaning of intelligence. Since I am not a researcher of animal traits, the best I can do to exemplify my belief that animals do have a level of intelligence is to resort to anecdotes of animal behavior.

On May 26, I caught a massive 30-inch, 12-pound snakehead right here in Lusby. I took it home and filleted it. I fish for snakehead every chance I get because not only do they taste excellent but also are, in my opinion, the best fight in freshwater around my area. –Robert Oyaski, Lusby
I have told my children many stories about the way life in Annapolis was back in the 1960s and ’70s. I grew up in a neighborhood where there was water access at the head of a creek: Romar Drive on Aberdeen Creek. I remember catching crabs off the community pier pilings the first week we lived here. When I caught my first doubler, I was shown the difference between a male and a female. “You can’t keep the female.

On February 28, 1994, my granddaughter was born six weeks premature in Anne Arundel Medical Center. Katie weighed less than five pounds and had a mild case of jaundice. Because she was such a preemie, for four weeks they kept her in the hospital, where she was initially connected to several devices. I credit the nurses and staff at the hospital for their excellent skills and care in ensuring that she survived those early weeks.
Andrew Irwin Leventhal and I plunged into the 37-degree Potomac River while the air temperature was 38 degrees. We dressed in matching black Washington Capitals hockey jerseys as Andrew enjoys following the team.     Because of high tide, strong winds and recent rains, there was no beach to plunge from. The 200 or so plungers had a narrow entryway over boulders and muddy water.     I screamed the entire time.