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Handicapping Maryland’s leg of the Triple Crown

The Crowd     On Saturday, May 17, 120,000 people will pour into Pimlico Race Course for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, Maryland’s leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.     Next to that crowd, Maryland’s other sporting crowds are dwarfs.     Baltimore’s Orioles topped out with 49,828 fans on Camden Yards’ biggest day, July 10, 2005.

3EYZ BBQ cooks up big money

Is Owings Mills a hometown team for us in Anne Arundel or Calvert ­County? With the 58 other competing teams from all over the Eastern United States, Owings Mills is the hometown favorite. That team, 3 EYZ BBQ took home the Grand Champion prize of $2,500 at the Parole Rotary Club’s Naptown barBAYq festival.

Young artists needed to retell a grand old story

It’s a story every American knows. A citizen is held captive on an enemy warship attacking our homeland. The defenders are bombarded; everyone expects the defenses will be overwhelmed and the city overrun. But after a day and a night of battle, the shelling stops, dawn comes and the Stars and Stripes are still flying proudly over Fort McHenry. Baltimore is safe; Frances Scott Key pens a poem destined to become our national anthem.

Alana Johnson: In her own words

"Of course I know about Earth Day!         I just started my garden. I’m growing strawberries, zucchini, squash and mammoth sunflowers. You should’ve seen those sunflowers last year. They were huge — taller than me.

If you shop at a Maryland Farmers’ Market, it’s likely because of Tony Evans. Evans, who died January 24, planned most of Maryland’s Farmers’ Markets as the final and favorite assignment of his 30-year career with Maryland Department of Agriculture.     On Earth Day 2014, Evans was eulogized as a “legendary character” and a blossoming Floating Cloud Eastern redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) planted in his honor at the department.

Ten ways to help our planet and your purse

On the village Earth, we have many neighbors. As Earth Day turns 44 on April 22 — Bay Weekly’s 21st birthday— we propose 10 bright ideas to make our time in Chesapeake Country more Earth-friendly and our future more sustainable.     Some you can do in your home; others will take the will of cities and counties, with you behind them pushing. Bringing them home is a job for each of us, and the more of us there are, the better results we’ll get. To think globally and act locally this Earth Day, start here.

Jan Miles was bred to captain Maryland’s ­historic clipper ship

The man who grew up to be the captain of Pride of Baltimore II, one of the great tall ships of our age, started his sailing career in Annapolis in the late 1960s.     Jan Miles grew up in a family that sailed for fun, mostly overseas where his father was stationed as a foreign service officer. When the family retired to Annapolis, the teenage Jan had trouble adjusting to life in the states.     “My parents thought it would be good for me to take a year off to collect my wits,” Miles relates.

We have food pantries all over the state. Why not furniture pantries?

Bruce Michalec’s bank needs a new vault. Deposits are bigger than ever in the three months since Anne Arundel County Food & Resources Bank merged with the Maryland Food Bank. Soon, all the food will crowd out the resources.     Michalec founded a food bank for Anne Arundel County in 1985. Soon, need and opportunity combined to bring other resources like furniture and medical supplies into the bank.

Three years in, I’m planning ahead for optimal success

I didn’t move to Annapolis three years ago because our capital city hosts a barbeque festival. The Naptown barBAYq was one of those pleasant discoveries I made after arrival.     That happy coincidence has helped me realize that how we experience is just as important as what we experience. With the Parole Rotary’s 2014 Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival just around the corner — May 3 and 4 — I’m planning to maximize the experience.

Tuition just got cheaper at St. Mary’s College in Maryland

College is more likely to impoverish the family than get the kid a job. At least that’s what parents of this year’s high school graduates say.