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Snapshots from Earth Day 2015

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Chesapeake Country’s celebrity birds

Oysterman hauls up archaeological treasure

It’s been a long roller coaster ride for conservation

This New England transplant finds our warm summers and mild winters great for growing a wide variety of plants

New menu rates members of ­Congress on food issue votes

Marylanders we send to Congress are accustomed to getting sliced, diced and rated by the likes of the National Rifle Association and an array of business and labor groups.     But who is watching how members vote on vital food policy issues, such as hunger, access to nutrition, farm subsidies and, perhaps, the wisdom of wide-scale conversion to genetically modified crops occuring silently in our midst?     A lot of groups, but not until now are they pooling their...

Allan Lichtman has unlocked the secret to counting the vote

Can’t stand to wait another week to know who’s going to be president?     Ask Allan Lichtman.     “My 13 questions will tell you who will claim the popular vote,” says the American University political professor, a Marylander who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006.     His keys have called it right in every election since the middle of the 19th century, when the popular vote was first counted.     Of course...

Annapolis Summer Garden ­Theatre needs you

Bay Weekly theater reviewers, take notice.     You’ve got your chance — you and everybody else who’s ever said I could do better after seeing a community theater production.     Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre needs directors for all three of the musicals it will stage in the summer of 2012, its 47th season.     “Community theater is an ever-evolving group of people, so we’re constantly looking for more people to...

If your wellhead was submerged, you’ll need a hose, bleach and bottled water

If you draw your water from a well, Hurricane Sandy may have brought you another chore.     Drilled wells are subject to saltwater and surface water contamination if the wellhead is submerged. If water puddle around your wellhead or saltwater drowned it, you’ll have to purge your well before your water is good to drink.     Start with a caution. Your well operates on electricity, so shock is possible. It’s a job you can do yourself, but you may prefer...

In Sandy’s wake of wrath, our backyard birds need help.     After days of sudden exposure to wet and cold, birds need to refuel with seed and suet to maintain body temperature and energy.     “First and foremost, people need to get their feeders back up and fill them with fresh seed,” says Julie Curd, owner of Wild Bird Center of Annapolis.     Even if you’re working with a small space, hang suet from a branch to satisfy...

We’re closer to unity on birth control for pets than on who should be president

Anne Arundel County agrees more on spaying and neutering than who the next president should be according the Anne Arundel Community College Center for the Study of Local Issues survey.     Seventy-one percent of 510 respondents support the creation of a low-cost spaying and neutering program. How it was paid for was up for debate. Adding a penny or two to the price of dog food had the most votes and 23 percent of the supporters. The least popular idea was to add a dollar or two...

Enjoy them at home and at local festivals

Crabs and oysters are the culinary pride of Maryland. As local crab season ends, likely hastened by Hurricane Sandy, the winter oyster harvest has begun, with its variety of oyster celebrations and events.     This Saturday, November 3, take a trip to St. Michaels for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest. Visit from 10am to 4pm to enjoy live music, Chesapeake fare, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays and the always-popular oyster stew...

But storms’ worst tricks give us reason for hope

Sandy was forecast to bring the kind of days Noah knew, with wind, rain and water overwhelming land and livers. Coastal New Jersey and New York sampled a day of floods of biblical proportion. Thank God it wasn’t 40 days.     Chesapeake Country got off easy. Winemaker John Autrey of Huntingtown called Sandy “a wimpy storm.”     Scientific sampling is reaching the same conclusion.     “Less flooding and flow of nutrients than...

Bug 1: Wax Scale

One of the problems of moving houseplants outdoors during the summer months is that they often become infested with insects. You’ll want to control those bugs before bringing your plants back indoors.     A Bay Weekly reader sent me a sample of Christmas cactus that had been outdoors along with her other houseplants. She wrote that the plant had not been growing and, despite her care, continues to decline. On the five-inch-long piece of stem in the envelope, I counted 12...

We may have a week of clean water before Conowingo’s mud plume

We were quite fortunate in avoiding the predicted calamity of Superstorm Sandy. New York and New Jersey did not share our good fortune. The northern winds that blew the whole of the three-day tempest emptied the Bay of water and protected us against the massive storm surge that flooded the coastal areas and created such devastation.     After Sandy passed over us, however, it traveled on up through the Susquehanna drainage into Pennsylvania, all the way to the Great Lakes,...