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Local artist takes you 15,000 feet for this Commissioning Week highlight

National Aquarium answers marine life SOS

As the South Riverkeeper, I am ­helping to make the river healthy for my children and yours

Every crab pot needs a turtle excluder

Goats are fuel-efficient lawn-care specialists

Since 1946, these Navy fliers have been delighting audiences with their aerial feats

And avoid Stormwater Dumb Era

How high is your enthusiasm for celebrating Septic­Smart Week?     I’ve been celebrating since Monday, when Septic­Smart Week began, because a septic system upgrade is a fix-up chore on my done list.     My done list is short. Not for want of trying. The got-to-do list at the Martin-Lambrecht household keeps us jumping.     Our septic system is on the done list because of Maryland’s Flush Tax, formally known as the Bay...

Now is a great time to schedule your heating system tune-up. Belair Engineering has heat pumps that will provide 100-plus-degree air at the registers when it gets down to 17 degrees outside. Gas fireplace inserts and logs are burning at Belair’s award-winning showroom. Order your stand-by generator now before the next power outage. Belair Engineering 888-823-5247; www.belairengineering.com Fall ­weather is nice. Open your windows. We rescreen and make new screens. Are your windows...

Five signs you need to insulate

A cool grand. Nearly half a home’s total energy bill — $1,000 annually — is what the average family spends each year on home heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program.     Improving your insulation could save you hundreds of dollars.     Insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls — similar to how a fleece sweater does for the body — to regulate a home’s temperature....

Textured wall coverings a popular trend

Textured wall coverings are a popular trend this fall. Options including grasscloths, shagreens and even luxury faux leathers and alligator skins can add the perfect hint of luxe to any room. Use them on an accent wall, on a ceiling or create a sophisticated oasis in a home office or bedroom by applying texture on all four walls. Grasscloths have been the most popular, with an endless amount of weaves and styles to suit any design aesthetic. Tightly woven sisals and neutral grass weaves are...

Hang a piece of history on your wall

Wimsey Cove Maps & Art is a map lover’s paradise of beautiful maps of places all over the world. Travel to Paris, London, Munich, Lima, Mexico City and other famous historic cities. Bird’s-eye views of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis, as well as Los Angeles, Fort Worth, New York and Boston allow a glimpse of the houses and buildings of a bygone era.     Closer to home, Wimsey Cove features maps of Annapolis, West Annapolis, Woodland Beach, Chesapeake Beach...

Raptors now passing through

As fall kicks into gear, our feathered friends will be changing feeding habits and looking for additional sources of food for energy. The coming of fall also signals birds of prey that it is time for their annual southward migration.     The migration of hawks and falcons in our area begins in late August and ends in early December, although the greatest number of raptors passes through our area in October. Keep your eyes to the sky and you may just see an American kestrel, red-...

Plant natives, reduce maintenance, create an outdoor living space

Don’t miss this great opportunity to enhance your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Fall is the best time for renovating your existing landscaping. Replace or add trees and shrubs now so they are able to establish their root systems and gain a season of growth. Your watering and maintenance time will be reduced next season, and you will be able to appreciate an established landscape in the spring.     Perennials can be divided and thinned to be re-planted or shared....

There’s something for everyone

Art Things in West Annapolis now stocks Canson Infinity brand computer print papers so your vacation photographs will look spectacular.     If you enjoy old hardware stores, you’ll like Art Things. From screen-printing to gilding, from oil painting to fabric arts, from comic art to clay: Art Things has the tools and the materials.     Founded in 1966 and owned and operated by people who like to help customers with their creative projects, Art Things...

Interior how-tos

Interior decorators are always talking about the importance of balance and proportion. It applies to color, shape, texture and style. When it comes to home decorating, mixing modern items with antiques is a great idea because it keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth and ultimately creates balance.     Filling a room with antiques simply because they’re antiques is never a good idea; likewise with modern decor. Pieces can get lost when paired solely with like items....

Here’s how to get started

Dear EarthTalk: I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look?     –Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy and resource efficiency. You can save money in the long run — despite the up-front costs — by choosing materials and...