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The 3,100-mile charity challenge ends in Annapolis this week

    Feet pedaling and hearts racing, some 1,300 cyclists from all over the world and all walks of life challenge themselves in the Race Across America from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis City Dock.     Race Across America is a test of speed, endurance and strength from the beginning to the end. Its intensive combination of distance, terrain and weather tests racers throughout their 3,100-mile journey. Across 12 states, cyclists climb more than 170,000 vertical feet.

    An update comes from the Eastern Shore on the immigration woes of crab houses.     We reported recently on complaints from family-owned seafood houses about the lack of crab-pickers as a result of a shortage of H-2B visas.     They contend that they can’t find Americans to do the painstaking, seasonal work so they rely heavily on temporary workers from Mexico. (Some folks reject that reasoning, as you may notice in this week’s Your Say.)

Then help your neighbors keep our forests healthy

    Mythology gave each of nature’s kingdoms its guardian. Forests and trees had Dryads, with oak trees having their own special nymphs, the Hamadryades.     Act quickly and you can step up as a modern guardian, training in a class of 25 as a Maryland Woodland Steward in a three-and-a-half day seminar October 4 to 7 at Shepherd’s Spring Center near Sharpsburg,

Unity Gardens grants grow leaders, plants, flowers

    Plants and flowers aren’t the only things that grow in a garden. Leadership and civic involvement can also bloom. That’s a motivating idea behind Unity Gardens, a nonprofit that backs its philosophy with dollars.     “We want projects that build community partnerships, bringing in volunteers and creating opportunities for leaders to emerge and take on new projects,” says Unity executive director Barbara Dowling.

Cheer your team over crushes

    Who has what it takes to be crowned the fastest server on the Bay?     Six-person server teams registered by local restaurants compete in an obstacle-course competition, dodging obstructions while demonstrating their skill. Teams vie for the chance to win bragging rights and a cash prize.     The challenge is free for the watching, but bring your pocketbook for food and drinks sponsored by Blue Dog BBQ Company and Jailbreak Brewing Company. Fresh-squeezed crushes and live music supplement the competition.

Your whole identity in a word

Naming a baby is an act of ­poetry, for many people the only ­creative moment of their lives. –Richard Eyre     So a wedding’s in your future … and maybe a baby.     Creativity and anxiety collide in the baby-naming process. Picking the right name has parents asking what really is in a name?

Local club goes international for second chances and full lives

      A group of local breast cancer survivors wants to change the notion of surviving cancer into thriving after cancer. Their method of transformation is the paddle.       The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club invites survivors and supporters to the ancient sport of dragon boat racing to help them heal from the ravages of both disease and treatment.
Election Day Comes Early Vote June 26 … or June 14-21       Maryland’s Primary Election day is June 26, with polls open statewide from 7am to 8pm.      Can’t wait that long?

Get to know a local icon

      Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is an iconic image of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay. It provides a reassuring mark for mariners. Its image is routinely borrowed for art and souvenirs. It was the runner-up image on the Maryland state quarter. A national historic landmark, it holds the distinction of surviving as the only light of its type in its original Chesapeake location. 

Burgers, candidates, EZ Pass, mulch, crab picking

Back in the Burger Biz  18 months after fire, Cheeburger focusing “on the things we do best”       In the small hours of a Thursday in September of 2016, the smell of smoke raised the alarm at the Festival at Riva shopping center. Firefighters responded to find smoke billowing from the rear of Cheeburger Cheeburger.