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Letter from the Editor

Good food; good friends
     When is the right time to begin celebrating the winter holidays?       November 1 is rushing it for me. But that’s when I saw crane trucks lifting giant faux evergreen wreaths onto the facades of shopping centers in both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties. With lots to make jolly with lights and wreathes, the town of Chesapeake Beach also starts early.
Putting names and faces to the concept we honor
     The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 101 years ago ended the War to End All Wars — which ironically became known as World War I. Over the century, Armistice Day evolved into Veterans Day, a day to honor all who have served, the survivors as well as the dead and the wounded.      That’s a lot of people.
You’ve asked if you can help. The answer is yes …
      Well what do you know! It’s Bay Weekly as you’ve known and enjoyed us returning to you for the 1,351th time this week. Doing what we’ve always done as well or better is the promise we’re keeping through December 26.        Then? I’ll tell you more a few lines down. For a little longer, let’s stay in the here and now.
This time of year, we’re in touch with two worlds
     These mid-autumn days sing a siren song. The blazing trees, the ticklish breezes, the sunbaked smell of Concord grapes, wraithful mists and the Harvest Moon break open human hearts like pumpkin shells.      This morning’s pastel sunrise shimmering on the spread satin of the Chesapeake summoned me as strongly as love.      It’s no accident, I think, that we celebrate Hallowe’en this time of year.
Let’s celebrate the partnership of writer and reader
     For this year’s Fall Fix-up feature, I’m finally able to gloat over my kitchen remodeling. Not only is my kitchen done; so is my story relating blow by blow that achievement for you.
Chesapeake centers keep us almost as smart as Big Nate’s Gina
      Journalism is a nosy business. “Curiosity is a writer’s greatest asset,” said outdoors writing great Bill Burton, our columnist from his retirement from The Evening Sun in 1993 until his death in 2009. At Bay Weekly every one of us — from writers to delivery drivers to ad reps — is driven by curiosity’s itch.
We count our blessings achievement by small achievement
      John Hiser took to heart Bay Weekly’s August 15 report that blue catfish had invaded Chesapeake Bay.       “We’re at the point as decision-makers, and as citizens, where we need to decide whether this is important enough to do something about it,” Smithsonian Environmental Research scientist Matthew Ogburn told Bay Weekly.
Will there be a surprise ending?
     Every story has a beginning. Bay Weekly’s is now so long ago that it has to begin Once upon a time …       Once upon a time a family, transported to Chesapeake Country and agreeing as Capt. John Smith said, “that heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for [hu]man habitation,” we imagined that if you wrote well about that “very goodly Bay,” people would read your stories.
Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future
     On one thing, prophets and folk singers agree: There is a time for every purpose under ­heaven. September 2019 doesn’t seem to have yet decided what kind of month it wants to be. But in the tides of human affairs, this uncertain month is a time for making big decisions.       Three of the big ones made or pending nowadays affect the future of three key inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. That means they also affect the quality of our environment and economy. 

But the breaking season — and Bay Weekly — are full of fall fun

If you’re so swept up by this busy world that you’ve got no time for more, please don’t read this week’s special Fall Fun Guide, 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer.     There’s so much more here that you’d feel overwhelmed.