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Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

A powerful film about abuses of power 

     It’s 1967 and Detroit is descending into chaos. A police raid escalates into rioting in the burning city. Police and the National Guard storm the streets to bring order. Instead they bring more turmoil and violence. People are shot and businesses destroyed in a city war zone.      Larry (Algee Smith: The New Edition Story) and Fred (Jacob Latimore: Collateral Beauty) seek refuge at the Algiers Motel, renting a room for the night. When a joke goes...

For their dogs, Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland will do just about anything 

         The conundrum of beagle love: bright loving eyes, silky tri-color fur, endless cuddling and a white-tipped, eternally wagging tail — all wrapped up with a deafening howl, the search for mischief and stubborn independence.          When the beagle’s nose is engaged, the dog will track a scent unabashedly. Beagles are notorious for leaving the hunting pack, or digging under a standard fence, or breaking through...

Where to turn for help and to help

Anne Arundel County Animal ­Control Shelter The central Anne Arundel County location for lost pets reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually finds new homes for about 1,500 pets. As part of Anne Arundel County Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville; 410-222-8900; www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol Friends of Anne Arundel County ­Animal Control A 501(c)(3...

Beware canine influenza

     A new canine influenza is emerging. A highly contagious strain of the virus known as H3N8 is the cause. This respiratory illness is highly contagious through direct contact and through the air (coughing and sneezing).          There is currently no specific treatment for canine influenza other than supportive care as this is a virus and must run its course. However, a new vaccine can help reduce its severity. Speak with your...

A well-illustrated biography of a well-known horse

       As a young girl, Audrey writes, I was so enamored with the Misty of Chincoteague series that as an adult I named my dog Misty. Marguerite Henry opened up a whole new world to me. I loved how she gave Misty just enough humanizing characteristics to make her relatable while still leaving her a horse.          So I opened Surfer Dude anticipating the thrill of reading another story about Chincoteague ponies.    ...

Rabbits, real and imagined, plus fun, games and ice cream 

       Peter Rabbit has delighted generations since he hopped into children’s literature in 1902. The Tale of Peter Rabbit — written as a gift for a child — was the first in a series of animal tales by animal lover and naturalist Beatrix Potter. The cottontail, the velvet ears, the twitchy nose, the long whiskers and the habit of sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden to feast on vegetables: It all still appeals to our whimsical natures and sets our...
    Every dog needs some time to be a dog, free of human expectation, including leashes. Dog parks offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Two area dog parks also have dog beaches.             To enjoy their freedom in dog parks, dogs (and human companions) enter into a social contract of friendliness —...

Your July 13 issue of Bay Weekly weddings reminded me of my wedding, June 4, 1944, during the war years. My husband to be was stationed at the Air Force base in Massachusetts. The wedding was to take place in our hometown church in our small village in New York State. My sister was my maid of honor and my two cousins were bridesmaids. My husband’s sister was to sing; she had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir for years. The wedding rehearsal took place without my husband-to-be....

That’s what we do by telling your stories

Every summer, usually around the All Star break, we watch our favorite baseball movie, Bull Durham. Many of the lines in that good-hearted and now only slightly daring 1988 movie have become quotable, at least by fans.     Lines like How come in former life times, everybody thinks they were somebody famous? How come nobody ever says they were Joe Schmo?     That line paired, spontaneously and irreverently, with my reflections as we headed to Orange, Virginia last...

The crabs were fat, plentiful and willing to be caught

I had violated my sacred rule never to promise blue crabs before they were caught. To further increase the danger of a dinner failure when an ever-growing number of people was expecting to be fed, I had not run a trotline in more than a year. Now, at well past dawn, we were only laying out the baited line at the mouth of a neighborhood creek.     Friends from New Jersey were staying with us, and, while I had been intending to celebrate my 75th birthday with them as quietly and...