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Jug Bay protects the Bay and its creatures big and small

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian is one of those treasures we sometimes forget in our jewelry box of Chesapeake natural wonders. More than just one park and beyond typical county offerings, its ever-expanding boundary lines encompass more than 1,700 acres of wetlands, marsh, upland forests and meadows. The park includes the main sanctuary, the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, the Patuxent Wetland Park and Wootens Landing.

The B&A Trail provides more than a smooth ride

The Baltimore-Annapolis Trail saved Tom Caraker’s life. In 2000, Type II diabetes and multiple strokes tormented the now 81-year-old, depriving him of feeling in his hands. Defying the doctor’s orders he dug a mountain bike out of his shed and went riding through Severna Park. Squeezing handbrakes brought back first tingling, then full feeling.

Let’s Move! helps make a healthy city

Annapolis is making such strides in advancing fitness that First Lady Michelle Obama ranks our capital city as a top community in her signature Let’s Move! initiative. The honor means healthier citizens — plus White House visits for city movers and shakers.

Dreams come true in Los Angeles

Maryland Olympians swelled with power and pride in competition among 6,500 athletes from 165 countries at this summer’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.     “I became a leader,” says Chris Dooley of Denton. In competition, the kayaker won a bronze medal in his 200-meter singles race.

It cost more than $31 million to replace outdated Lothian ­Elementary with a school designed for the 21st-century

When a new school comes to your neighborhood, you can’t help but wonder what your tax dollars have bought. In Lothian, you paid for a LEED Silver certified sleek, sophisticated and thoroughly modern school that keeps up with the 21st century in hopes that the kids studying there will, too. It is the only new school built in either Anne Arundel or Calvert counties this year. The cost? Only $31.7 million.

A ship wrecked long ago now tells its stories

Roads came late to Chesapeake Country. Well into the 20th century, Chesapeake Bay was our central corridor of transportation. Tributaries extended the system, carrying goods and people in and out of the interior.     Now an 18th century merchant ship has risen from its watery grave on the Eastern Shore’s Nanticoke River, reminding us of our history and sparking our sense of wonder.

A library card

“What’s cooler than being cool? Having a library card,” says ‘Joe Cool’ Snoopy. That’s because kids who use the library do better in school.     Library cards are free and can be used at any Maryland public library for e-books, e-magazines, downloadable movies and music, reference resources, HelpNow! homework help and Brainfuse free online tutoring.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade seeks young poster artists

Almost as famous as the Eastport Yacht Club’s Christmas Lights Parade are its annual posters. Kids can get in on the glory and possibly win some cash. Winning artwork will be displayed on the Yacht Club Lights Parade Facebook page and may be used for posters and T-shirts.     Posters should be festive, conveying the spirit of Annapolis and of the Lights Parade; include the Eastport Yacht Club burgee. Size is 81⁄2 by 11 inches. Put artist’s name, address, phone and email on the back.

Highway construction is a long and bumpy road

Ready for the end of road construction delays on your commute?     In early spring, heavy construction equipment arrived. Graders, backhoes and bulldozers dug into a summer of frantic activity, working on a backlog of road projects to alleviate traffic hold-ups and increase safety, in  part by adding left-turn lanes. As most road projects are concluded with new paving, timing counts. All the prep work needs to be complete so that roads can be laid before asphalt plants close for cold weather.

Four days to a plan-in-a-nutshell

If you could design your hometown, what would you want?     North Beach townsfolk just considered that question, describing their ideals to a team of planners from the American Planning Association. The pros listened, and in four late summer days, returned a quick-sketch plan complete with start-up instructions.