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Peter Franchot tells us just what it is that a Comptroller does

By April 18, you’ll be communicating with Maryland’s Comptroller, likely writing him a check — or hoping he’ll write you one because you’ve already given him too much of your money. Our comptroller is our tax man. He — so far comptroller has always been a man — gets to count money and lead a big, smart and supportive staff in chasing bad guys.

Coloring Corner artist Sophia Openshaw makes her way

Sophia Openshaw caught our eye with a postcard illustration of a whimsical turtle playing a bass against an American Southwest backdrop. That turtle helped Bay Weekly launch its popular Coloring Corner nearly a year ago.     Openshaw, a 20-something Annapolitan, dreams of moving to the Big Apple. Meanwhile she balances the cozy comforts of home, surrounded by parents and pets, with new experiences in the big world.

b.b. Bistro’s Carla Lucente returns in Brandon Stalker’s new cafe

West Annapolis is soon to get a new eatery, as first-time restaurant owner Brandon Stalker waits for final permits to open the doors to Evelyn’s, a breakfast and lunch café focused on local and sustainable ingredients.     Stalker, an Annapolis native and former student at Key and Severn schools, purchased the building that previously housed German-themed Regina’s Restaurant. It’s been more than two years since Regina’s closed, which has led to much anticipation and speculation as to the new eatery.

Books — and Bay Weekly — in Bloom at Calvert Library

Writing a book is hard enough using words. Trade in words for flowers, and it’s harder still.     So far, I haven’t proved I know how to write a book. I do know how to write a newspaper. That’s why Bay Weekly is my entry in Books in Bloom, Calvert Garden Club’s second annual words-to-flowers display at all four Calvert libraries.

Join the Armstrong family in ­recycling kids’ sporting gear

The Armstrong family is sporty. Children Elizabeth and Lachlan have been playing sports since they were preschoolers. As piles of used sports equipment stacked up, the Edgewater family made a plan.     “Sports equipment is expensive,” says 14-year-old Elizabeth, who plays basketball for the South River Shooters. “When we thought about all the sporting goods our family and friends’ families have, we realized that if we put in the effort, we might really make a difference.”

98-year-old Simeon Booker reported — and made — Black History

Simeon Booker has “changed the course of this nation.” Thus says Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, one of 17 bipartisan sponsors of a bill to honor the 98-and-one-half-year-old with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Help make this World War I legacy a National Marine Sanctuary

A World War I legacy on the Potomac River needs your help to achieve protection as a National Marine Sanctuary.     Mallows Bay, on the coastline of Charles County, is the final resting place for 88 World War I wooden steamships of the U.S. Emergency Fleet. The ships were built between 1917 and 1919 to supply European and American troops.

Black on the Shore in the early 20th century, as painted by Ruth Starr Rose

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ruth Starr Rose believed she had been “suddenly transplanted into a fairy world.”     After Wisconsin, rural Talbot County under the dominating influence of Chesapeake Bay must have been quite the surprise. Certainly her mother was taken aback by their new home, Hope House, a run-down Georgian mansion and tobacco plantation that had belonged to General George Washington’s aide de camp Tench Tilghman. She had gotten nothing much more than a view, a stairway and a cemetery, Ida Starr lamented upon their arrival.

African American Waterman Eldridge Meredith

Captain Eldridge Meredith is the newest Admiral of the Chesapeake. The 90-year-old waterman was awarded Maryland’s highest environmental honor by Gov. Larry Hogan in recognition of his lifetime’s dedication to the Bay.

Start at the beginning as you would for American ancestors of any race

You’d expect Chris Haley, director of the Maryland State Archive’s Study of Slavery, to be hooked on genealogy. He is. Nephew of Roots author Alex Haley, Chris has studied the subject from the ground up. Here he shares some tips for learning about African American ancestors.