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Bayside History Museum keeps up the tradition

      Tom Crockett’s toy train display at Tan’s Cycles was a holiday hit for 17 years. From Christmas trains running every December, he expanded to include Halloween trains in October and November. Crowds of children with their parents and grandparents poured into his shop to watch the trains speed past mountains, towns and itty-bitty people.

Artificial intelligence, meet the real Bay

      On the one hand, artificial intelligence conjures menacing robots and algorithms vacuuming up our personal information.          But there are positive uses for learned machines, as Chesapeake Bay is about to experience.           The Chesapeake Conservancy this week announced that an AI expert is joining the organization, a first for the Annapolis-based group and a rare achievement for any nonprofit.

South County Call N’ Ride came to my rescue

     My dashboard lit. My engine choked. I coasted into the Good Old Days parking lot in Deale feeling fortunate to have my car break down so close to my mechanic. But how to get home?

Annual boat parade wants you at the helm

      Chesapeake Country loves showing off its boats, and decorating them for the holidays is a good excuse to get back on the water — even on a chilly night. The boating season is winding down, but now’s the time to think about the holidays and celebrating at one of Annapolis’ most colorful events, the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade.          Get your boat in on the action by signing up before December 10 for the December 14 parade, held 6 to 8pm, rain or shine.

Or sometimes next to nothing

      Dave Rosage, wore enough pink last year to raise $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. But that wasn’t enough to knock local businessman Jim Weaver out of first place in the Real Men Wear Pink competition. Weaver raised $16,000 and won a custom-made suit in recognition.          This year will be different vows Rosage, the general manager of Skipper’s Pier restaurant in Deale.

Join the Green Hearts Coats and Cans Drive

     Brian Boru Pub asks your help in feeding and clothing our needy neighbors this winter. Donate to the Irish restaurant’s Green Hearts Coats and Cans Drive running through December 24.          Brian Boru in Severna Park welcomes your donations of new or gently used coats as well as non-perishables and canned goods.          “We start collecting in October, when people are cleaning out their closets,” says Heather Saffield, general manager of Brian Boru.

Family turns passion into businsess

      The Bowen family is making a career out of their passion for creating bath, body and home products.          For Lance Bowen and daughter Ella, that’s experimenting with scented items.          “They created soaps, candles, lotions, body wash, lip scrubs, salt and sugar scrubs and more,” says wife and mother Danielle Bowen.
Now her students are learning from her work 
      A cure for human diseases could be fast-approaching in an unlikely place, a place plagued by heat and humidity, pesticides and pollution. It is, at the same time, home to critically endangered species that might just carry the solutions we’ve been looking for. Here, in Xochimilco, Mexico, a Chesapeake Country teacher is part of a collaboration of scientists and educators working to make this miracle possible.

City Dock named UNESCO Slave Route Site

      Finding a way to acknowledge the bitter legacy of slavery has been a challenge for historic sites across the country. Helping give voice to the stories of the enslaved are historic markers, memorials and commemorations.          Annapolis, which just unveiled an historical lynching marker on Calvert Street, is also now designated as a Site of Memory associated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Could lead to new entrepreneur’s first

      Don and Mo Walker aren’t riding off into the sunset the day they retire.       The owners of Spice Island Wicker in Owings want to work hand-in-hand training the next owner of the wicker furniture import company.       To keep the business in Calvert County for their nine employees, the couple is seeking an entrepreneur to follow in their footsteps.        And they’re offering plenty of incentive.