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Is cursive an evolutionary dodo?

Fourth-grade student artists tell it four ways

With bonus parking tips for the ­legislative session

This time of year, a bird eats what it can get

Rich or poor, Owensville ­Primary Care turns no one away

The state has a new, more environmentally friendly way to fight snow and ice

Prevention is the surest cure

     Several Bay Weekly readers have contacted me lately concerning smelly fluid oozing from the trunks of older trees. One noticed it after seeing a large cluster of flies covering about a square foot of bark at the base of an oak tree.      What they’re seeing is wet wood, or slime flux, a tree disease that afflicts older trees, especially after the tree has been struck by lightning or suffered wind damage. Symptoms are most severe if the trees are under...

The God of Thunder finally gets a movie worthy of Valhalla in this delightful action romp

     Visions of the destruction of Asgard send Thor (Chris Hemsworth: Ghostbusters) on a quest to save his kingdom. Returning home after battling monsters, he finds chaos.      Posing as their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins: Transformers: The Last Knight), Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston: Kong: Skull Island) has taken control. Before Thor can stop his mischievous brother, a new problem arises in the form of a long-lost sister Hela, the goddess of death....
Getting equipped to clean your tackle will postpone that day of reckoning
     First it was wind and plenty of it. Then rain. Gazing at the dreary, sodden, gale-racked scene from my writing chair, I admitted that foul weather is finally descending on us. We will get days on the water, but more often than not, we won’t.      Behind me was the tangle of gear I had ignored for some time. Two rod racks hold more than 20 outfits, sufficient for most of the rigs I commonly use. When I’m in a sweet run — weather, tides and...

You never can tell who you might meet there

     Crumbs of Chris and Ruth’s famous homemade donuts flew out of his mouth.      “You did what?” he said.       The crumbs would have hit me squarely had I not anticipated his reaction and used my napkin as a shield.      “I bought the Haunted House of Eastport,” I said. “Nobody wants it, so I got a great deal, and there’s room for all my animals. There’s even a house for Douglass, my...

There’s more in the air than falling leaves this time of year

     Have you been seeing things? There’s a lot to see as autumn shoots a last blast of color before fading to winter’s grayscale. In Chesapeake Country’s moderate color zone — our current status according to the Foliage Network — sumac and dogwoods are blazing and pin oaks bronzing through the yellowing green. The dappled treescape evokes the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ lovely poem Pied Beauty.       Flowering grasses...
Transparency in Government      Calvert Countians enjoy a culture of service and reasonable access to elected officials and county staff. We can call our officials and county department heads and ask questions and give opinions.      Transparency in government requires more than access to officials, however. Transparency is an ongoing process. In a free society, two criteria especially are essential: public access to information and public understanding of the...

Aly weaves a tale

     Aly loved October. She loved how the spiders spun ghostly webs to decorate the house for Halloween.      The fall cold always came overnight, when the moon was a spooky thumbnail. Then her mother’s outdoor plants began to droop and wither. Thinking about the spiders and how hard they were working, Aly worried.       How would they stay warm, when even the flowers that her mother tended so carefully could not survive?      ...
The spirits of the Rising Sun Inn are restless
      Mary Fisher of Severna Park will do most anything for the historic Rising Sun Inn on Generals’ Highway in Crownsville. Regent of the Ann Arundel Chapter of the Maryland State Daughters of the American Revolution, who own the Inn and operate it as a Chapter House and museum, Fisher spearheads the fight to keep this 18th century farmhouse up and running. This demands time, energy and a certain indifference to the occasional paranormal intrusion.     ...

Saw-whet owls passing through on their annual southern migration

      Hearing something going bump in the night? Perhaps it’s a northern saw-whet owl passing through Chesapeake Country on its annual flight south for winter.       Volunteers with Project Owlnet hope that’s the case this week as they set out mist nets at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater to try to catch the little raptors.       Saw-whets, tiny owls with large yellow eyes, begin migrating south from the boreal...

Solving the mystery of Beethoven’s greatest work

      B — as in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — is the most revered letter in music. One of the three great Bs, Beethoven, devoted five years to the works of another B composer, B as in so-so, like a B actor.        Prolifically ordinary Austrian composer-turned-publisher Anton Diabelli (Mark T. Allen) wrote a little patriotic waltz and invited his most famous peers to contribute variations for a self-promotional anthology. If Beethoven’s (Greg...