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Pig earns $7,000 for Hospice

      Teen brothers TJ and Colby Ireland devised an appetizing way to give thanks to a Chesapeake Country charity.          They raised a hog for the 4-H livestock auction at the Calvert County Fair. Instead of keeping the money, the Irelands donated it to Calvert Hospice.          The brothers, ages 16 and 14, wanted to help hospice because of the help it had given to their family.

Area locations make the switch to new paper cup

      You’ll skip the Styrofoam when you order coffee at the Dunkin’. The multinational chain — which most of us still think of as Dunkin Donuts — announced its commitment to get rid of all expanded polystyrene cups in its global supply chain by mid-2020.          Dunkin’ locations in Annapolis, Arnold, Edgewater, Lothian and Severna Park have already made the switch from foam cups to a new, double-walled, paper cup.

Trick or Treat! says groundhog aka whistle pig

      Groundhogs must have identity crises, given that they also are known as woodchucks (even though they have nothing to do with wood, or chucking.)          They are known, too, as whistle pigs, a term some folks associate with Whistle Pig whisky, a brand of 15-year-old rye.          At dusk on a recent evening, a time when creatures in our midst get hungry, terminology became clear.

Bay Weekly among nine Four Rivers winners

       Critical mass is that amazing moment when what wasn’t suddenly is. In physics, it’s the moment matter turns into the energy of a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Critical mass happens all the time in life, too, from falling in love to …          To creating a community of “places to experience — to see, hear and even taste –— the authentic heritage of Maryland in ways that you cannot experience anywhere else.”

One pet earns five free Annapolis parking validations

      Adopt a shelter animal at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County pop-up adoption on Main Street Annapolis this weekend, and you’ll gain more than a loving addition.          You’ll also receive five validations for free garage parking in Annapolis, which can be used at any time. 

Galway Bay named Best in the Americas

      The Irish experience at Galway Bay is the real deal: The bar was built in Ireland and shipped to Annapolis. Six Irishmen came to the States to install the custom-made bar, which features dark wood and glass shelving.          As much thought as went into the design of the bar itself went into the decision about what to stock.

Proposed no-discharge zone would save area waters from boaters’ treated waste

      By next year’s fall boat shows, Annapolis Harbor and Anne Arundel County’s Bay tributaries will be a little cleaner. That’s because boats in those waters will no longer be allowed to discharge any sewage.          Discharging treated sewage is allowed in much of the Chesapeake and the Atlantic even within three miles of the coast. Only Herring Bay and the northern coastal bays near Ocean City are no-discharge zones, with no flushing allowed since 2002.

New electric options for boaters

      The 2019 Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. The results of their work were on display at the U.S. Sailboat Show, applied in ways boaters can use to keep the beer and other essentials cold while using little or no fossil fuel.

Artificial intelligence, meet the real Bay

      On the one hand, artificial intelligence conjures menacing robots and algorithms vacuuming up our personal information.          But there are positive uses for learned machines, as Chesapeake Bay is about to experience.           The Chesapeake Conservancy this week announced that an AI expert is joining the organization, a first for the Annapolis-based group and a rare achievement for any nonprofit.
Bad choices now cost more
       Thinking of edging into just a bit of that red downtown curbline for a quick trip into a shop? Think again. It now costs three times as much if you’re cited.        The new fines approved by the Annapolis City Council went into effect this summer. Citations are being issued.