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And learn to politely disagree

       A debate on Asian oysters engaged Sunderland Elementary School students in reading, writing and speaking — skills the world’s first universities considered essential for leading and for promoting the best ideas.       Rising to the challenge, students went beyond arguing pro or con.

At home or on the town

      St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17, is the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland. Kidnapped as a teen, Saint Patrick was brought to Ireland but eventually escaped to his native Britain. He later returned to Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish. He died in the fifth century. But on March 17, at least in America, everybody is Irish. Indeed, more than 30 million Americans have predominantly Irish roots. Between 1820 and 1930, 4.5 million Irish arrived in America.

Borrow for four months fine-free 

      Looking to “better serve the modern library,” the Calvert Library’s Board of Trustees is testing out dropping an age-old policy.       March begins a four-month pilot of no late fees for checked-out materials. That means materials checked out at Calvert Library branches incur no fees if kept beyond their due date. Automatic renewal will continue for four circulation cycles if no one is waiting for the item.

Group provides scholarships, college mentoring 

     Improving the Calvert County community one student at a time has earned Concerned Black Women of Calvert County the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.        The annual award honors individuals and organizations in each Maryland county and Baltimore City exemplifying the former mayor, governor and comptroller’s lifelong commitment to service.

Archaeology and photography combine to ­dramatic effect

     Archaeologists throughout the Chesapeake are in a race against time to record sites threatened by the effects of climate change.     Rising sea levels, eroding coasts and intense storms have washed away countless resources, some dating back thousands of years. Sinking land and rampant development have exacerbated the problem.­
Young Maryland voter maps women’s campaign to vote
       SUFFRAGE — In representative government, the right to vote in electing public officials and adopting or rejecting proposed legislation.           In the year 2019, presidential hopefuls — including five women so far — are lining up like beauty pageant contestants to win our attention and perhaps our vote.

Two determined locals brought to town “someone out of the pages of history”

      In 1984, Rosa Parks came to Annapolis. It almost didn’t happen. Two of the people who pulled it together took different paths to overcoming obstacles. Paula Phillips was realistic. Carl Snowden was idealistic. Both were determined.

Dynamic Dixieland Band reunites on Mardi Gras in his honor 

       Some called him Doc, some called him Dr. Jazz, others Dr. Circus — and a lucky few got to call him family.        By any name, Dr. Richard Hochman — who died last March at the age of 90 — was a man who made a lasting impression.       “He really could’ve been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time,” Hochman’s son Michael told me. “But he went for a career in medicine instead.”

New exhibit pays homage to forgotten trailblazer

      In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. In celebration of the Commission’s 50th anniversary, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is opening a new exhibition Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.

Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.            To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.