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Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

Serialized in Bay Weekly’s second year, Alex and the Eagle returns between its own covers

And how did it come to be?

Preserve their legacies and honor their memories

Hauling in jimmies cradling sooks

After rescue and recuperation, turtles released on World Sea ­Turtle Day

After seven months of swimming circles doing rehab in the pools at the National Aquarium, two juvenile green sea turtles have returned to the open wilds of the ocean, stronger and healthier.     The duo swam into the waters off Assateague Island National Seashore on June 16. The date marked World Sea Turtle Day and coincided with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Week as well as the National Park Service’s centennial and the Aquarium...

An impressive troupe of young people takes on one of the most challenging races in theater

Producing a Shakespeare play is similar to running a marathon. It’s grueling, frustrating, thrilling and exhausting — and that’s just training.  Maintaining forward motion through the entire course is an accomplishment for any age.     Twin Beach Players youth production of Much Ado About Nothing has taken on that challenge with great success.      Framed at the end of World War II, Twin Beach Players’ Much Ado is a largely...

And thanks for keeping the dialogue going

Who wants to talk — or write — when nobody’s listening? Not me, regardless of what my husband might say. (He accuses me of happily talking to a void. Sometimes, that void is he.)     So I’m thrilled when you make Bay Weekly a dialogue. On that score, this has been a very good week.     In this space last week, I asked for stories of mid-20th century fathers. Reader Bonnie promptly sent hers, noting that traits pass down for better or worse...

Chesapeake Curiosities

At the corner of routes 468 and 255 in Galesville, a lovely, tree-filled cemetery reminds us that one of the first Quaker communities was in Chesapeake Country. George Fox, the father of the Religious Society of Friends — the proper name for the Quakers — opened the meeting house in Galesville in 1672, uniting various Quaker groups in Maryland into the first organized West River Yearly Meeting of Friends.     Fox advocated nonviolence, equality, obedience to God,...

Movements of the Moon Day 4: Thursday, June 16, 2016 Time: 0700 EDT Position: 41° 42.7 North X 68d° 32.6 West or about 63 nautical miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.     Currently we are again in the midst of fishing vessels … are working the north and northwest slopes of Georges Bank just north and west of Cultivator Shoal and Georges Shoal. The northwest slopes of Georges Bank transition from a shallow of around 100 feet, to a deep of around 600...

Pros and cons of straw, paper, ­plastic and reflective mulches

It is a big mistake to mulch your tomato plants when you plant them. When organic mulches such as straw are applied at planting time on cool soil, the cool will linger. This will retard growth, flowering and fruiting. Wait to mulch vegetable gardens until soil temperatures are between 70 and 75 degrees.     Straw, the most common organic mulch, is generally weed-free and relatively inexpensive. Never use hay if you wish to avoid major weed problems in the future. Hay is often...

The concept couldn’t be simpler or the results better

My life as a sportsman has undergone any number of wild, unorganized, swings of interest. Angling-wise, I have immersed myself for long periods of dedication to salt-water fly-fishing, freshwater bass and bluegill fishing, a few years of an offshore blue-water crusade and plenty of surf and inshore wade fishing. Only in the last three years have I become absorbed by bait fishing in the Chesapeake.     Perhaps it is because I don’t quite have the excess energy so...

A great comic team in search of a worthy project

Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart: Ride Along 2) peaked in high school. A star athlete, top student and class president, Calvin had it all. He was the prom king and married the prom queen. Everyone knew he’d be the big success in his class.     Too bad.     Calvin grows up to be a boring accountant resentful of the rut his life has become. He balks at his wife’s suggestion they go to their high school reunion, fearing that his old friends will mock him....

    Thank you for including the 2016 Mayo Beach Public Open Days (most Sundays thru September and Labor Day) in the Bay Weekly calendar. The first Public Open Day was on Memorial Day, and it went forward in spite of the lousy weather forecast. When I stopped by late in the afternoon, there were still about 75 people in the park enjoying the beach and the playground.     I was chatting with a woman sitting on the next park bench and asked her where she had learned...

In a society dominated by technology and social media, what’s a 21st century father’s job?

Lance Garms and daughters Sofia, 15, Julia, 12 Lance, 46, of Annapolis, is an IT security ­consultant, sailor and single Dad. My daughters are the most important people in my life. We spend a great deal of time together learning, exploring and having fun. I’ve been sailing about 15 years, but my daughters started sailing with me about four years ago. It’s thrilling for me to watch them progress, and I see them enjoying it more and more all the time. Their confidence has...