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Animal mystery in the English countryside

      A CNN headline last week roped us in: Raccoon Dogs on the Loose in an English Village. People were told to be on the lookout for these dangerous creatures.      A Daily Mail story warned that the raccoon dogs “terrorize locals and attack animals in Nottinghamshire.”      “BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM,” a villager recalled hearing.

Overall health still improving

 

     We’re getting our homework done despite Mother Nature’s agenda. So says the recently released 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.      The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent.

It’s all counted in Chesapeake Bay Coastal Inventory

 

      “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering,” conservationist Aldo Leopold’s advised.      In applying that precaution to Chesapeake Bay, the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences has inventoried 60 million linear feet of tidal shoreline. Bay waters meet almost 7,500 miles of land in Virginia and 4,000 in Maryland.

Experience the culture’s diversity at this annual festival 

 

      At the Annapolis Greek Festival, something magical happens. You become Greek for a day.      Hosted by the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Riva Road from Thursday, May 30 to the following Sunday, the festival thrusts you into a makeshift Greek homeland. In this land, you’ll find more than 30 Greek foods and dishes, as well as four dance groups, two bands and vendors selling unique arts and crafts.

New Crooked Fest is an old school good time

A Bay Weekly conversation with Crooked Crab Brewery founder Daniel Messeca

 

Bay Weekly Crooked Fest June 1 is a whole new entry in Chesapeake Country’s calendar of festivals. Tell us its story. Daniel Messeca My partners in Crooked Crab Brewery and I wanted to create a really fun event to celebrate our other two great loves besides beer: music and community.
What to do with your household’s excess baggage
      The first few weeks of spring have many of us reenacting the role of the mole in The Wind in the Willows — dusting, sweeping, whitewashing and in the mood for a major home turnover.       We’ve sorted our trash situation — pun intended — with Bay Weekly’s What’s Your Recycling IQ (www.bayweekly.com/node/48213). Now let’s consider household items that have become more burden than boon.

Expect congestion in downtown Annapolis

        Annapolis welcomes thousands of friends and family of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for Commissioning Week activities, beginning May 17. The entire week leading up to the May 24 commissioning ceremony brings heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking limitations, maritime traffic restrictions and increased security.

 

It’s a heavy order, but you need to do it

       It’s a mouthful. But you probably need to swallow the draft Phase III Watershed Implementation’s lumpy title for the sake of knowing what Maryland planners have in store for our Chesapeake.

See photo contest winners

     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.

Population highest since 2012

      Callinectes sapidus, our beautiful swimmers, seem to be thriving on moderate winters in a healthier Bay. The Chesapeake is full of more crabs than in any year since 2012, according to winter’s annual whole-Bay census, taken by the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Virginia Institute of Marine Biology.