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Carl Harris Jr. and Elle Harris When I gave birth to Elle three years ago, the first thing I said when the doctor gave her to me was “OMG! She looks just like him.” These two are inseparable. They are twins who share priceless, unconditional love for each other. –Leslie Parker                

I forget what life was like pre-Liliana, even though I had 35 years of it 

 

      I took my daughter strawberry picking. This season the strawberries were as luscious as they were plump. Their tart sweetness is not to be underrated; they are that good. Boy, did Liliana agree.

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

     “It was a wonderful day,” said 95-year-old Bernie Fowler of the most challenging Wade-In of his 32 years testing the water clarity of the Patuxent River. A nor’easter had set in with light rain, fog, 90 percent humidity and wind up to 20mph.

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

     Thinking only of a promise he made to his late father, Joseph, a determined Brian Earley stripped his black Towson University jacket from his shoulders and barreled through the rain and wind to the beachy shore. 

Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.       At its peak, the population of African American farmers was at 1 million, whom in total owned 16 million acres. Today, there are 18,000 black farmers left in America, who own not even one percent of the farmland in the U.S.

For the 32nd straight year, Fowler will lead friends and family into the Patuxent to make a point. For the first time, Betty Fowler won’t be with him.

 

      When 95-year-old Bernie Fowler leads people into the Patuxent River on Sunday, the river in his heart will be one neither you nor I can imagine.      For the chain of followers linked arm in arm with the river champion in the annual test of water clarity, statistics tell the story of the river’s woes or redemption. Can the put-upon river with its D-grade report card achieve its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan targets for 2025?
      Nowadays, we all know the name Wendi Winters. The woman who bore that name was the hero who threw herself — and her recycling bin — at the shooter who burst into the Capital-Gazette newspaper determined to kill.      In that moment, she was dying as she lived, for when a thing needed doing, Wendi was the woman to do it. 

SOFO mobilizes community to rejuvenate ­Forest Drive eyesore

 

     The 504-foot fence lining Annapolis Middle School is looking better all the time.      The once-faded, rusty-brown, chain-link fence spiked with barbed wire is now glowing night-black.       Three large painted metal crabs decorate the sections nearest the school. Colored ribbons twirl around the crabs in a rippling rainbow.

Patuxent River Park 150 trash bags cleaner

A lot of tires, a large fuel tank, baseballs and footballs plus plenty of bottles and plastic and Styrofoam containers. That kind of junk made up much of the 150 bags of trash found and removed from Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro by 50 volunteers and 10 staffers.
Graduation days aren’t the only good news for five lucky — and on-the-ball — local kids. Scholarships from the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians and South Anne Arundel Lions Club are making college a little more affordable.