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Recycle your crayons, highlighters and markers

      The kids went back to school with fresh supplies. At home, you’ve got rising mountains of leftover markers, highlighters and crayons.          Cathy Vendryes of Shady Side is collecting those broken bits to send to The Crayon Initiative to be turned into new ones. The new crayons will be put into the hands of children at schools, hospitals, arts programs and other child-focused organizations.
It may be the most physical mind game you’ve never played
     You’ve played croquet; we all have. At family picnics, Uncle Henry brought out the croquet set. Inside its tall box were colorful balls, matching mallets and wire hoops you bent trying to stick into the ground in your backyard. You’d hit your yellow ball and watch it bump around rolling willy-nilly wherever it wanted through the crabgrass, finally stopping until Uncle Henry’s red ball hit yours. Then he placed his foot on his ball to whack yours across the street into the neighbor’s azaleas.

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

     A handful of vehicles, mostly pickup trucks and SUVs, lined up behind a small steel gate on a warm summer morning. Inside them was the regular 7:30am crowd, striped-bass fishermen patiently waiting for the Thomas Point ranger to arrive to give them access to one of the Bay’s most sought-after fish.     In opening the gate, the ranger is allowing the men their daily shot at a species that can often grow upward of 50 pounds and offers some delicious eating. Excitement charges the air.
Your chance to discover treasure
      Chesapeake Country is once again the setting for a picking pair living out dream jobs. This time, you can be part of the treasure hunt. Your valuables take center stage on Sunday, Sept. 15, when Appraisal Roadshow comes to Owings. Todd Peenstra and Steve Gouterman are on hand to educate you on the worth of your item and regale you with its history.

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

         It takes good school supplies to get the school year off to a good start. To make sure that a few hundred kids have exactly what they need, Chesapeake neighbors have joined forces.             In Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest Saturday, August 24, backpacks brimming with school supplies will be handed out.

Must we eat our way out of this problem?

     Stopping at Bob Evans Seafood in Shady Side, Lou Hyde reports he routinely finds blue catfish in his 240 crab pots in Herring Bay. Some of the horned invaders are so fat that he tears up his pots cutting them loose.       Mick Blackistone, fishmonger, worries that they’re eating juvenile crabs.

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?

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.

Arts Alliance show celebrates the elements

      Weather plays out in high drama on the Bay’s big stage. In stormy weather, clouds sweep the sky in roiling 3D Technicolor, complete with sound and light effects.       In calmer weather, the blue sky repeats itself in blue water. Sunrise and sunset pull out their rainbow palettes. Sun and moon dance in gold and silver shimmers on the water.      No wonder artists are inspired by the drama of weather on the water.