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     Alan Wilder’s photo of a cormorant trying to snatch another bird’s fish won first place in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2019 Save the Bay photo contest. The win earns him a coveted spot in the organization’s 2020 calendar.          The annual contest promotes awareness of conservation issues related to the Bay, so all photos include a body of water within the watershed.

Kelly Swanson keeps her fallen ­soldier son Christopher alive in spirit

      We think of Mother’s Day as a time set apart to recognize the uniqueness of a mother’s role in the family and to tangibly show appreciation for all she does. There are flowers, gifts, dinner out and a respite from the daily routine of making sure everyone else’s needs are met. It’s supposed to be a good thing. 
 
Vote for the top three look-alikes. Winners will receive tickets to one of the fun and fabulous events you read about in 8 Days a Week. 
Send your votes to [email protected]. Deadline: Friday, May 17. 
              Mother Pam Bennett of Churchton and daughter Susan Bauer of Deale. “She is my best friend,” Susan said. “We have always been close and share a bond like no other. We are always there for each other. She’s the best mom! I’m so thankful to call her mine.”  

Annapolis Special Elections June 4, July 2

      Voters in the capital city’s Ward 6 anticipated a four-year break after electing Democrat Shaneka Henson to the Annapolis City Council last November. Now, after only six months, they have to go back to work.          It took only that long for Henson, a lawyer with degrees from Coppin State University and the University of Baltimore, to earn a promotion to the Maryland House of Delegates. Pending likely approval by Gov. Larry Hogan, she will finish the three-and-one-half year term of the late Michael Busch.

Cross-state bike riders hope to give guv a push

      Climate activists Vinny and Jamie DeMarco are hoping pedal power will prompt Gov. Larry Hogan into signing the Clean Energy Job Act. The bill passed the General Assembly in April and now awaits the governor’s pen to put it in action. He has until late May to make a decision.          The bill would raise Maryland’s renewable portfolio standards to 50 percent by 2030. That means more energy coming from sources such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. Hogan previously vetoed the act in 2016.

Did two years with the Peace Corps  in a far-off land with foreign ­customs break me … or make me?

      It’ll make or break you, said the people of Shady Side when I announced I was moving to Armenia to spend two years volunteering with the Peace Corps.      I’ve been here exactly 24 months, and, as of this month, I am broken.

Celebrating scholar-athletes in the Special Olympics Calvert County Spring Games

     Cheerleaders wildly celebrate every arrival. Family and friends proudly sport shirts touting their favorite competing athlete. Volunteers excitedly welcome all who come.       The sights and sounds greeting you as you entered the field at Calvert High School said you were witnessing something magical: a community coming together to celebrate scholar-athletes competing in the Special Olympics Calvert County Spring Games.

Thanks to Helena Scher for helping Bay Weekly readers propogate butterfly-loving plants

       It takes just one person to plant a seed of change.          This spring, Helena Scher of Millersville has taken on that Johnny Appleseed role for the planting of milkweed.          “We had a nice crop last summer,” Scher says of her backyard common milkweed. “Many butterflies visited.”

Leash up your pet for annual SPCA Walk for the Animals

      Spring has finally broken through with warmer days urging us all to get outside. Know who else would like to get out more? Your dog.          So grab the leashes and head to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis Sunday May 5 for the annual Walk for the Animals.          Last year, more than 2,200 guests showed their support for the Anne Arundel County SPCA at the walk.

Find more fun on updated water trail maps

      Finding a place to put your boat in the water is a little easier this spring, thanks to the passionate paddlers who have mapped it out for you.