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As a former resident of Maryland, I am writing to express my concerns about pollution devastating the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrogen and phosphorus, common in fertilizers, fuel excessive algae growth that leads to hypoxia, which is bad news for fish in the Bay.

This time of year, even Congress takes a worldwide view

With Capitol Hill intractably divided, juggling the fallout of the midterm elections, the CIA Torture Report and local law enforcement controversy across the country, it seems an unlikely time to turn our attention abroad toward foreign aid.     Yet that’s what Congress did.     On December 15, the Senate joined the House in unanimously passing the Water for the World Act. According to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, 750 million people lack access to clean water.

Once before, I had a run-in with these dragons. I was visiting my son when we were attacked by mosquitoes. Suddenly a swarm of about 20 dragonflies arrived, and the mosquitoes were quickly devoured.     Just this week I had a similar experience. My wife noticed a great many dragonflies that she mistook for small birds.

Fourteen students graduated from Charter Captain Courses after earning their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.         The course, started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved captain school in the area. 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.

However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

     The biggest development proposed in Southern Maryland history looks much like a high-stakes game, with scenic Cove Point at the center of the board. At stake are millions of dollars in tax revenue, thousands of new jobs — and a quiet way of life Calvert County residents hope to preserve.

In 1937, 30-year-old school teacher Harriet Elizabeth Brown successfully sued Calvert County Schools for paying her about half as much as an equally qualified white teacher: $1,100 a year for white teachers, compared to only $600 for African American teachers. She surely never imagined that students of today would be inspired by her actions, much less that they would develop award-winning History Fair projects documenting her pioneering success. Yet that is exactly what has happened.

    Last Wednesday was not an ordinary day. It was 9/11 2013.

Bowie Garden Club and Library

    Invited by Bowie Library to fill 18 empty planters that adorn the parking lot near the entrance to the library on Annapolis Road, the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club held a planting party.     Patuxent Nursery donated the plants. On an absolutely wonderful day for planting, Garden Club members Marsha Salzberg, Rich Buller, Susan Livera, Jackie Streeks, Bob and Joan Walker, Linda Snow, Barbara Eberstein and Jessie Smith set to organizing them.
Sporting Life columnist Dennis Doyle wrote last week that the newly elected president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, Robert T. Brown Sr. of St. Mary’s County, was apprehended by Natural Resources Police illegally setting nets off of Chapel Point State Park.     Those were fighting words to Mick Blackistone, executive director of the Association.      Blackistone:

Tiger the orange tabby cat has been the resident blood donor at Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital in Huntingtown for the past five years, saving hundreds of animal lives with his blood. At the age of seven and too old to continue in the job, he’s retiring. Now the cat that gave so much needs a home.