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Trophy rockfish big but few as ­season opens

      Slim Pickens was a noted Hollywood western character actor of the 1980s. Unfortunately, his name defines the results of the opening day of trophy rockfish season in Maryland. Hundreds of boats, thousands of anglers, a beautiful, sunny day, light winds, calm seas. Very few fish.       The low catch surprised almost everyone, as most boaters reported that their fishfinders showed a more interesting scenario below. Lots of big stripers were swimming throughout...

That’s another job for compost

      Compost is well known as an amendment for formulating potting blends and improving the productivity of soils. Less well known is its efficiency as a filter.        As an air filter, mature compost is helpful in the break down of biosolids and other odoriferous materials. Large commercial composting facilities force air through the compost piles to hasten the process. To filter the air, the ends of the exhaust pipe are covered with compost.  ...

A dark and twisted take on the action genre 

      For unsavory jobs, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix: Irrational Man) is the guy to call. The veteran of war, brutality and PTSD is abnormally good at violence.       The money is good, and his earnings support his elderly mother. Joe, however, is not so good. He suffers constant flashbacks to either his abusive childhood or wartime in the Gulf.        His world shifts when he’s hired to save the daughter of a New York state senator from a...

People of all ages and great talent bring the Bible to life

       A Broadway-style show with choreography, live music, costumes and professional-grade theatrical lighting may seem a bit ambitious for a church production. Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severn pulls it off beautifully in Children of Eden.          The two-act musical with lyrics and music written by composer Stephen Schwartz of Godspell and Wicked fame is loosely based on the first nine books of Genesis. Both acts tell...
Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants
      In my other life, I’m a server in an Annapolis restaurant. Like most American eateries, my restaurant serves straws with each drink, sometimes paired with a cocktail stirrer or two.       As well as a server and a Bay ­Weekly staff writer, I’m an environmentalist. The waste bothered me. Ever since my very first serving shift in 2014, I’ve been asking customers if they want straws with their drinks. I can cut a lot of waste this way. But...

The least you need to know about solar power

      The sun’s energy is free, natural, infinitely renewable and completely clean. Getting our energy from the sun seems like a no-brainer.       The Maryland General Assembly thinks so, too. Two years ago, lawmakers passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act increasing renewable sources, including wind and sun. But good as the switch to sun and wind seems, the devil is in the details — details that have bedeviled wind proposals for Maryland’s mountains...

For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

      Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to the pastoral setting of Lothian was a shock for Bill ­Ticknor. Assigned there after ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, he had trouble sleeping in the rectory because of the quiet.        How did that 26-year-old urbanite fare in a three-century-old rural parish known for old ways and church suppers? Well enough to stay on for the next 45 years, until reaching mandatory retirement age.  ...

Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

      The monarch butterfly is an amazing creature. Its annual lifecycle stretches from Mexico to Canada and back and spans four generations.       Early in the spring, monarchs that have wintered in forests of Mexico fly north to the southern U.S., where they lay eggs and start the first generation of fast-growing caterpillars. The resultant butterflies travel farther north to lay another generation — and so on. After four generations, the monarchs have...
Mayor, Where Are You?        I read with interest your interview with Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, who I voted for in the last election. While likely too late for your publication, the mayor’s proposed 20 percent increase in property taxes was a surprise since he had said he was opposed to such an increase during his campaign. I was also amused by his closing that we could all reach him via email. In the course of 2 to 3 weeks, I emailed him a number of times. Still...

1,271 is this week’s magic number

       We’ve done this 1,271 times.        That’s the clearest measure I can give of what we’ve achieved in the 25 years since our first paper, then called New Bay Times, hit the streets on Thursday, April 22, 1993, the 23rd Earth Day.       Husband and cofounder Bill Lambrecht and I had driven a rented cargo van through relentless rain to Dundalk to pick up our first load of wire newspaper racks. Son and cofounder Alex...