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How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis

That’s Charles Baker, streetside entertainer

Chesapeake Curiosities: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the northernmost of its kind

Summer sends these insects singing

There may be a fungus in your soil

Plan B might be your score

The scariest part is knowing you paid to see this ludicrous sequel

Picking up where the last film ended, Insidious: Chapter 2 begins with the return of the Lamberts’ son Dalton (Ty Simpkins: Insidious) from The Further, a spirit realm filled with evil ghosts and demons. It’s great that Dalton is back in this Earthly realm, but a price was exacted for his return: A malevolent spirit has possessed Dalton’s dad, Josh (Patrick Wilson: The Conjuring), causing him to strangle the family’s psychic aide Elise (Lin Shaye: Crazy Kind of Love)....

Sketches of Annapolis Primary candidates

Scarce as candidates are, Annapolis’ chambers won’t be empty come November. Thirteen Annapolitans have stepped up, enough to fill all eight council seats and offer Primary voters a choice in the mayoral race and in two of the eight wards.     The nine in competition answered questions and stated their views in an 11th-hour forum sponsored by local chapters of the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Enough likely voters showed up that the Heritage Baptist...

Do we care who runs this town?

What do we want our capital city to do for us?     Smooth our commuter visit by land and sea?     Give us places to go and things to do, by day and night?     Provide a walkable historic core?     Give us model environmental integrity in lighting, noise control, stormwater and waste management?     Maybe just stay green?     Without doubt, we want a good place to live and do business where we’...

A first-time Chesapeake fisherwoman from Virginia beats the odds

Diamond Jim has been caught.         True to the legend tagged to him by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he brought riches to his captor.     Reeling in that 19-inch rockfish made Blair Wheeler of Herndon, Virginia, richer by $25,000, part of which she expects to use to repay college loans. Wheeler also sports a pair of diamond earrings, contributed to the Diamond Jim package by Zachary Jewelers of Annapolis. And she has certificates for...

Launched from Wallops Island, LADEE on its way to lunar orbit

Was your eye on the sky at 11:27 Friday night, September 6?     Did LADEE’s takeoff burn an arc into your vision and memory?     LADEE — short for NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer — is intended to be a close observer of the moon.     The rocket boosting LADEE into space was a first for Chesapeake Country, launching as it did from Wallops Island  just south of Maryland on the Virginia coast. The night was...

Fund your good cause with a Rotary Crab Feast grant

The leftovers from the Rotary Club of Annapolis’s 68th annual crab feast last month will feed, clothe and otherwise enrich the Annapolis community. Just how begins with you. Explain how you and your organization would use a share of the take, up to $5,000, in a project to improve the local quality of life for “as many people as possible.” Turn your plan into a grant application due by year’s end at www.annapolisrotary.org.     Winning grants will be made...

Public transportation on the move in Calvert County

Calvert County has 750 miles of roads, led by Rt. 2/4, which unwinds like a wide ribbon down the county’s center. That temptation to put the pedal to the metal is made for cars, as is most of modern-day Calvert County.     In the old rural county — where once upon a time you didn’t go far or you went by water — cars are the way the 21st century gets around. Town centers are adding density, bringing people, shopping and work closer together in Dunkirk,...

Chef Zachary Pope of Roundz ­Gourmet Market and Catering
 

What inspires you?   I was inspired by working with great chefs in Washington, D.C.’s, fine-dining restaurants. They taught me to seek out unique ingredients and be fearless when it comes to creating. I’m also inspired by the wonderful fresh, local ingredients we have in this area. What’s your culinary background?   I started by paying attention to great cooking by my mom and gram. I attended culinary school in Baltimore and was awarded a fellowship to work at the...

No cheers for citizens who complain about the work they won’t do

If you want to get into politics, Annapolis sounds like the place to start.     Thanks, Dr. Donna Chambers, for pointing out the corollary of this week’s feature stories on the Primary election upcoming in Annapolis: Stakes Are High, Players Few and Who Wants to Run City Hall?     Move on in, newcomers. The field is wide open.     For the nine elected jobs of running our capital city, only nine people are opposed in September 17’s...

Try roasting it on a Caja China

We’d had a great day on the water. The bite was good, and we had boated a gorgeous pair of fat stripers, one 27 inches and the other just over 30. It seemed a shame to reduce them to fillets, so I didn’t. Scaling the hefty fish, then eviscerating them and removing the gills, I laid their graceful forms aside and reached for my phone to borrow a friend’s Caja China (pronounced: ka-ha cheena).     The Caja China is a Cuban barbeque box intended for roasting small...