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Motorcyclists carry the flame into town

      Local families who have lost a soldier are expecting visits from a dedicated band of motorcyclists, who will present them with a memorial plaque of distinguished service.        American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park is hosting the 15 to 20 motorcyclists, arriving August 1 and visiting families August 2. Their mission is to remind those left behind that their fallen hero hasn’t been forgotten.

Virtual story-telling adds to our sense of place

          Maps don’t tell us everything there is to know about a place. Most don’t show what used to be in a location or how it was significant to people. A new online tour bridges that gap for some 200 sites in the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Anne Arundel County.

Latin-themed market opens Saturdays in August and September

      A new farmers market with a Latin flavor opens in Annapolis next week. As well as fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants from local farms, Mercado Hilltop will sell handicrafts, piñatas, art and more. The open-air market starts August 10 in the parking lot of the Salvation Army on Hilltop Lane. The market will be open, weather permitting, every Saturday through September 28.

Hit by car, protected monkey healed by strangers

        The new issue of the journal Primates has a monkey tale that has experts shaking their heads.             It’s the story of a Barbary macaque named Pipo, who was hit by a car in a Moroccon national park. Given that there are only 10,000 of these creatures left, the people of Monkey Watch keep an eye on them.

Local nonprofit lifts spirits while providing much-needed help

     Last September, Michelle Dashiells needed a little hope.      She had recently divorced her husband, leaving her a single mother raising two children, a 13-year-old boy with special needs and a six-year-old girl. The 41-year-old mother also struggled with a bone-degenerative disease — she has almost no cartilage in her bones and can’t lift things — as well as arbitrary seizures and a neurological disorder that causes memory loss.
Design, landscaping upgrade entrance to historic community
     A welcoming garden of dogwood and magnolia trees, roses and hydrangea now adorn the gateway corner to the Clay Street community in Annapolis, the area around the Whitmore Parking Garage along Clay Street and West Washington Street.      These are the main entrances to a historic African American community that has been “county- and state-owned since urban renewal,” according to Erik Evans, executive director of the Annapolis Arts District, which encompasses the community.

Local family adds meat to your Eat Local repertoire

     Fourth-generation Anne Arundel County farmer Deana Tice wants to bring out the carnivore in your locavore.       “Most families don’t have the farm connection any more. Everyone needs to know where food comes from and how it’s raised,” she says. So Tice has made it her mission to “share our farm and agricultural lifestyle as much as possible.”
Colin Rees explores changing seasons
     Birds led Colin Rees — a former environmental advisor for the World Bank — to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. There he discovered a wider love, of the natural world, so strong it led to his latest book, Nature’s Calendar: A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Hoisting sails teaches life skills

    As the Woodwind drifted from the sunlit waters of the Annapolis marina, seven young sailors prepared to sail the 74-foot schooner into the Chesapeake Bay and back.      The crew — a mix of preteen boys and girls garbed in bright-green T-shirts — hailed from Brendan Sailing, a local school teaching life skills to children with learning differences. Many of the children have autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory ­thinking globally, acting locally

How long does it take for a common plastic straw — the kind familiar to customers in virtually every restaurant, café and coffee shop — to disintegrate once it’s used and discarded?     Six months? One year? Three years? Ten years?     The right answer, says marine biologist Helen Bailey, is an astonishing average of 200 years.