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Over all the changes, the ­wonder remains
      As we get older, we pass many milestones: a decade since college graduation, 25-year school reunions, silver anniversaries and half-century birthdays. I have spent 50 years power boating and sailing on Chesapeake Bay. Fifty years! Two-thirds of my lifetime on the waters of the Bay. Fifty years filled with wonderful memories of marvelous, exciting and sometimes awesome weekends and vacations on the water.

Recycle your crayons, highlighters and markers

      The kids went back to school with fresh supplies. At home, you’ve got rising mountains of leftover markers, highlighters and crayons.          Cathy Vendryes of Shady Side is collecting those broken bits to send to The Crayon Initiative to be turned into new ones. The new crayons will be put into the hands of children at schools, hospitals, arts programs and other child-focused organizations.

Southern AACo gets rides on demand

      South County Call N’ Ride is a new on-demand ride-share service for Southern Anne Arundel County residents who can’t drive or depend on others willing help to get where they want to go. Previous shuttle programs took over an hour to run one loop. The new service, launched in August, provides curb-to-curb service.

Prices lowered to open more doors

      Think cultural sites and museums are just for the upper crust? Not true. Two popular Southern Maryland attractions, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center and The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, are lowering their prices to open their doors to people from all economic backgrounds.

On Capitol Hill, big bucks for the Bay

      It may seem like members of Congress do nothing but insult one another and then depart for “home district work periods.”          But legislation advancing stealthily last month contains wording that caught our eye beneath the headline, Reauthorization of Chesapeake Bay Programs: “$90,000,000 for fiscal year 2020; $90,500,000 for fiscal year 2021; $91,000,000 for fiscal year 2022; $91,500,000 for fiscal year 2023; and $92,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.”
It may be the most physical mind game you’ve never played
     You’ve played croquet; we all have. At family picnics, Uncle Henry brought out the croquet set. Inside its tall box were colorful balls, matching mallets and wire hoops you bent trying to stick into the ground in your backyard. You’d hit your yellow ball and watch it bump around rolling willy-nilly wherever it wanted through the crabgrass, finally stopping until Uncle Henry’s red ball hit yours. Then he placed his foot on his ball to whack yours across the street into the neighbor’s azaleas.

Make more of your retirement years

     In life, the first act is always exciting. The second act … that is where the depth comes in.          For advice scripted in the movies, that pronouncement from the 2010 movie Grown Ups is worth considering.          Now that you’re newly retired — or are planning your retirement — you’ll have time that needs filling.
Photo camp focuses on tweens
      Young people today know their way around a smartphone camera. But do they know how to handle the real deal? The Deale Elks Lodge and Muddy Creek Artists Guild are looking for teens and tweens (grades five thru eight) to join the 3rd annual Elkie Artists three-day photography camp to learn the ropes of photography beyond the selfie. 
A new job for our versatile oyster 
      What can’t an oyster do? It builds communities for underwater life, it filters its surrounding waters and feeds many species, including humans. Now scientists at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge are putting it to work to help fight shoreline erosion.
Where and when to find autumn’s peak colors
       Eventually we will bid the hot and humid summerlike weather goodbye, and the landscape will explode with vibrant colors of orange, red and yellow. Kids will be jumping into newly raked piles of leaves, and we’ll all fall back to Eastern Standard Time and grab that extra bit of sleep.        Autumn officially arrived the early morning of Sept. 23. Now all across Chesapeake Country the leaf-peepers are waiting for the signs.