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Your July 13 issue of Bay Weekly weddings reminded me of my wedding, June 4, 1944, during the war years. My husband to be was stationed at the Air Force base in Massachusetts. The wedding was to take place in our hometown church in our small village in New York State. My sister was my maid of honor and my two cousins were bridesmaids. My husband’s sister was to sing; she had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir for years. The wedding rehearsal took place without my husband-to-be.
Why should we save Chesapeake Bay?     This was the question posed to Shady Side Elementary School fifth-graders invited to participate in the annual flag-raising ceremony at the West River Sailing Club on Saturday, April 22. Coinciding with this year’s Earth Day/Day of Science, the ceremony took on a heightened appreciation of the need to preserve our Bay.     Our future generation of caretakers responded around a common theme.
Southern High School students representing the Interact Club of the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County created care packages for the children in the Backpack Food program at Shady Side Elementary School. Recognized for their work with the Rotary-sponsored high school service club are (from left) students Courtney Harris, Chardonnay Lee, Carly Wood, Katie Burgee and Melinda Blansett. Presenting the recognition awards to the students was Rotary Governor Anna-Mae Kobbe, Rotary District 7620 (center, in red).
Twenty-one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.   

For too many families in Calvert County, winter weather brings a slew of concerns, including how are they going to heat their home?     For the 10th year, Chesapeake Church’s Summit Men Ministry stepped up to meet this need.

    As they have for 80 years, the members of the Calvert Garden Club meet on Monday, December 5 to cut evergreen boughs and materials with which to construct holiday decorations for the County Courthouse Square in Prince Frederick. Members gather again at 9am on Tuesday December 6 to construct and decorate wreaths, swags and roping. With the assistance of county public works employees, the finished decorations will be transported to and hung in the courthouse, where they will remain until just after the first of the new year.
It’s time to celebrate a huge success in oyster reef restoration efforts. Five years after targeting Harris Creek as the first of three oyster sanctuaries, a new reef is thriving thanks to $27.5 million in funding from federal and state agencies and other partners to pay for reef substrate, oyster spat and the planting of the oysters.

Would you survive being stranded on Mars? Sixteen middle and high school students would. In a joint program at All Saints Episcopal and Broadview Baptist churches, both in Sunderland, these teens learned how.     Master Gardener Sherrill Munn, who is youth leader at both churches, took the example of Matt Damon in The Martian to teach high schoolers gardening from the soil up. He played Survival Technical Advisor, Mars Mission Control in the program designed with Mary Burke of All Saints.

Re: This Library’s Always Open: Take a book, leave a book; August 25, 2016; www.bayweekly.com/node/34506

We appreciate the coverage of the First Little Free Library in North Beach, our Little Yellow Barn! Our Little Library has had quite a few customers, especially children!     I got a chuckle that my daughter Tiffany was credited in the photo as being me. Told her she looks more like me every day! –Gary Stevens, North Beach

Re: The Secret Treasure: How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis; August 18, 2016; www.bayweekly.com/node/34432

I read about the Calvert Mansion at Riversdale in last week’s Bay Weekly and their exhibition of copies of old masters formerly in the possession of the Stier Family at Riversdale. I hadn’t been to Riversdale in ages, so I went and was very much gratified to see the great restorations — and the old masters. Received a comprehensive tour too. Well worth the $5. Recommended! –Frank Allen, via email