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You have to get up early if you’re going to fill your basket
     “Nothing is better than being on the water in the morning,” I tell my skeptical family as we head out the door at 5:45am.       We are meeting Captain Trey Plumb and my colleague Audrey at Collins Marine Railway in Deale. Plumb, owner of FishMermaniac Charters, is a Maryland native and a lifelong waterman. He has been fishing the Bay, its tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean for more than 30 years. Five years ago, he expanded his business by offering crabbing charters.

Turning a crab feast into an eco-success

       Twenty-two hundred crab-lovers filled their bellies with crabs, barbecue, beer and watermelon at the 74th Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast earlier this month.             Trash cans were filled as well, with shells, claws, cups and plates. Instead of the landfill, all that waste is going to recycling.

Research begins on who was who, when, on Parkers Creek

      “For more than 10,000 years, people have hunted, fished, worked and made their homes around what would come to be known as Parkers Creek in Calvert County,” according to the American Chestnut Land Trust.             To begin research on how the people in the Parkers Creek area and their culture “shaped local heritage,” the Trust has been awarded $20,000 from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

Kids On the Creek get to know the water

      Visit Truxton Park in Annapolis Saturday, August 24, with your kids and they’ll learn who’s swimming in Spa Creek. Biologists will identify the fish you pull up in seines. They’ll also hear about the 12 types of animals that make the park home and enjoy a scavenger hunt with prizes.             Experienced captains are standing by to take kids out on the water. Or you might try out paddleboards.

Second-hand animals can make first-class pets

      You’ve decided it is time to bring a four-legged family member into your home. Congratulations! It’s a great decision.       You probably know whether you are looking for a dog, cat or other companion animal. But you don’t know where to start. Maybe you visit a shelter or a rescue. Maybe you start looking on social media.      You see lots of little faces in need. How do you know which is right for you?

This golden retriever earned his rank

      I have reached the age where people more often want to tell me what to do than not. One of those topics was about a new dog. I was instructed to get a dog on the small side to up the likelihood that folks would volunteer to watch him in the event I wanted to be away for a while. My preference has always been toward a dog hefty enough to wrestle. Now, however, we are in new territory with a seriously high-spirited Welsh terrier.

Modern Girl Scouts train to be ­leaders and innovators

      Today’s Girl Scouts want to be known for more than just cookies. The organization encourages the modern Girl Scout to become Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders. G.I.R.L.s in other words — or initials.

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.

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.