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“We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world.”

All you can eat plus sides of local culture at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Oyster Roast

Sailors ­battle winter monsoons and South Pacific trade winds in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Marvels lie under the sea

Dress warm to catch ’em by the shore

Clip right to force branches of flowers

Southern signs on to Preservation and Innovation, with a party

It’s not your grandparents’ high school any more. Or your parents’. Or your big sister’s.     In Anne Arundel County’s 12 high schools, Signature adds a new level of specialization to the way teens learn.     Signature is the newest addition to a menu of choices county students can make in shaping their education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; International Baccalaureate; Advanced Placement; Applied Technology; ROTC;...
The hamburger is as American as apple pie. Burgers come in many forms and incarnations, but the gist remains the same: Throw a patty between two buns, add condiments to your liking and enjoy. Where you find your favorite burger is personal choice, and options are plentiful, from fast food to fast casual to upscale. In NYC, the 21 Club’s famous burger, a novelty and an institution, sells for $32.     Is Chesapeake Country ready for such a high falutin burger? West, the new...

The best show in town reminds us that Chesapeake Country’s marine trades are alive and well

Faceting makes a stone into a gem. Brilliance shines from the cut faces and their interactions.     That may be true of places, too.     Chesapeake Country is a well-faceted place. The central facet is natural beauty, but the sidelights cut by human imagination and endeavor make this place shine still brighter. With seasonal and calendar changes, new facets catch the light. Week by week, Chesapeake Country turns new facets to fascinate us.     ...

Tips before you buy

1.    Buy a boat that matches your intended use. 2.    If you are trailing, make sure your vehicle can pull the weight of the boat and trailer. 3.    Buy from a dealer who will educate you on all the systems on the boat. 4.    Test the line of vision from the helm to make sure you have clear visibility. 5.    Check various compartments to see how accessible maintenance will be. 6.    Hire a qualified...

Dogs compete for best costumes

Think your pup is the cutest Hallowiener?     Prove it.     Fisher’s Famous, a hot dog truck at 77 West Central Avenue in Edgewater, is seeking pups to compete for the top prize in cuteness and creativity in the Hallowiener Canine Costume contests.     To enter, snap a picture of your furry four-legged friends in their Halloween best and email it to Fisher’s Famous at fishersfamous@live.com, with your and your pooch’s name....

These bugs have legs 150 times stronger than ours

Clusters of long-legged creatures congregate around my screen door and atop my plants.     Granddaddy or daddy long-legs, also called harvestmen, turn up just about everywhere inside and outside of my home. I find them on walls and plants, the clothesline and the stone patio.     Daddy long-legs are arachnids, more closely related to scorpions than to spiders. They have one body section, two eyes and a segmented abdomen. Spiders have two body sections, eight eyes...

If you could do it all over again ... would you still try to shoot yourself?

In the year 2072, it’s almost impossible to get rid of a body. Fortunately, time travel has been invented. It’s outlawed, but that doesn’t stop the mob from using it to clean up their kills.     Instead of outfitting a victim in cement shoes, they chuck the poor mook into a time machine. Thirty years in the past, a Looper waits in a Kansas field with a blunderbuss and a tarp, ready to shoot, wrap and incinerate whoever shows up.     Being a...

Bowie Community Theatre’s Dracula
 

Time is short, and it’s bloody frightful. This much we sense from the moment we enter the theater, where a towering clock face in crimson and coal looms over the stage, its second hand racing. A vampire feasts on a maiden. A rampaging lunatic cackles and cowers. Scrim up. Welcome to The Bowie Community Theater’s Dracula, an ­otherwise pallid reflection of a classic.     A lot has happened to Dracula since Bram Stoker wrote the deathless novel in 1897. Hamilton...

A lot can happen in a short time, but you may have to be patient

Our day had started out with high expectations. The plan was to get on the water by 7am, catch a supply of spot for live-lining, cruise a couple of places that had been producing in the recent past, mark some good rockfish, get a quick limit and be home by noon. Conditions were right: little wind, mostly overcast with mild, short-sleeve temperatures.     The supply of spot, surprisingly, came rather quickly. One of the problems I’ve encountered in catching live bait by...

Here’s how to plant them

Pansies give the garden fall, winter and early spring color. Breeders have provided us with a great array of colorful varieties to choose from. These hearty flowers are one of the few plant species with light- and dark-blue flowers. In addition to solid colors — yellow, brown, purple and reddish-brown — my favorite cultivar, the Pacific Giant, includes blooms with brown monkey faces in their center.     Pansies grow best in deep, well-drained, organic-rich soil....