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Look for Chessie Ruckus and his partner Officer First Class Jake Coxon in Annapolis

A barking good time for all at Quiet Waters Park

Becoming a Riverkeeper was my way of helping change ­people’s lives

After three years in Chesapeake waters, Pride of Baltimore II resumes her voyages of goodwill

Byway meadows help pollinators thrive

It’s just a game for Senior Olympic billiards player Blaine Jacobs

Leave the bugs outside

If you moved your houseplants outdoors last spring, this is the week to bring them in before the first frost.     But first you had better inspect them for bugs. One of the major problems associated with moving houseplants outdoors in warm weather is that they become exposed to a greater variety of insects generally not found indoors.     Examine the stems, tops and underside of leaves and flowers closely for both insects and egg masses. The most common insects...

Sweet success takes tuning

Easing my skiff up near a Bay Bridge support, I launched the lively Norfolk spot toward the sweet spot where the water eddied behind the down-current side of the concrete pier. I thumbed the spool, directing the baitfish to just the right place, inches from the support.     Stopping the spool just as the bait touched down, I released tension as the spot righted itself and jetted toward the bottom. My light thumb contact with the turning spool monitored the baitfish’s...

The brightest Evening Star

Sunset finds Venus ablaze low in the southwest before setting by 8pm. There is no brighter planet or star, and so close to the horizon Venus can pulse and shimmer as its light is distorted by our atmosphere. Traveling close to the sun, Venus appears for at most a few hours either after sunset or before dawn. This led early civilizations to believe that the evening star and the morning star were two distinct objects. The ancient Greeks called the morning Venus Phosphoros and the evening...

Halloween sweetens the bait in this timely production

Agatha Christie catches you in her Mousetrap — the longest running show in the world — baited by Twin Beach Players with Halloween lure.     Enter the cozy North Beach Boys and Girls Club and you step into the spell. Cobwebs drape the gate of Christie’s barely illuminated Monkswell Manor, now a guesthouse.     In the dark theater, the tune of Three Blind Mice (the play’s original title), played on piano, breaks the silence. The eery music...

How many geri-action stars does it take to escape from prison?

No prison can hold Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone: Bullet to the Head). He’s literally written the book on prison security, breaking out of dozens of super max facilities to prove his point.     Yet he hesitates when a CIA operative asks him to test the security of a black site holding facility. They want him to go in blind. His team won’t know his location, and he’ll be out of touch with the outside world. It’s a risky deal, but the money is good, and...

How to become Spider Woman, the Mummy or the Walking Wounded

And the winner is …     Creating memorable homemade Halloween costumes is a long-running tradition for crafty moms and dads. Some are as easy as cutting up your mom’s favorite sheets, while some require a little more preparation.     If you always wanted to create your own costumes but were discouraged by the complexity or didn’t think you had time, follow these quick directions for a contest winner. Spider Girl or Woman Transform your little...

Man-made reef alive with seed spat

A new oyster reef lies alongside the Bill Burton Fishing Pier in the Choptank River. Sportsman and Maryland outdoors writer for nearly half a century, Burton retired from the Baltimore Evening Sun and came to Bay Weekly. Over 16 years with us, Burton became increasingly adamant and outspoken about restoring the Chesapeake.     To make the reef, Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster restoration boat, the Patricia Campbell, dropped 300 two-foot-tall, igloo-like reef balls built...

Tawes Garden a living museum of Maryland in miniature

Visit the corner of Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue 30 years ago and you might have been in time for the carnival.     Visit today, and you step into Maryland in miniature at Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden.     Already home to our state’s three distinct environments, Tawes Garden is now the arboretum in our back yard.     Arboretum, as in the National Arboretum on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., is a living museum of trees and plants for...

This is the scary season

Timing is everything in the harvesting of figs. Take the fruit too early and you lose the sugar. Wait a moment too long, and the bugs — wasps, flies, ants and Hercules beetles — beat you to it. Or the squirrels, who I watched running up the hill with ripe figs in their mouths. This weekend, looking down on my tree from an upper balcony, I saw the dried-out stems and shriveled tops of the last of the fruit.     In the vegetable kingdom, perfection is a moment...

Despite a penumbral eclipse, the moon will dampen the Orionid meteors

As the sun sets Friday, the full Hunter’s Moon rises, shining all night long and reaching its highest around midnight. Like last month’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon travels its shallowest arc along the ecliptic, rising far to the north of due east and setting far to the south. Rising so much farther to the north than other months, the Hunter’s Moon reappears just 30 minutes later from night to night, as opposed to 50 minutes normally. The effect of this is several...