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You’ll have to call in the big guns with poison ivy and English ivy
     Late summer is the best time to kill poison ivy and English ivy. As both of these species have extensive root systems capable of regenerating from pieces of roots, they are nearly impossible to eradicate by digging them out of the ground. The heavy wax covering the leaves makes them difficult to chemically eradicate as well. An exacerbating factor with poison ivy is that mature plants generate seeds that can remain dormant in the soil for years. Their potential germination...

A young woman aspires to rhyme her way out of her dying town

      Patti Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald: The Rachels) spends her waking hours serving drunks in a dim bar in the bowels of New Jersey. When she’s not being harassed by customers, Patti must wrangle her mother, a hopeless alcoholic who uses the karaoke nights at Patti’s bar to relive her dreams of singing professionally. In her free time, Patti is the primary caregiver for her grandmother, who has accrued enough medical bills to keep Patti and her mother in debt for...

The Brothers Osborne on Nashville, Merle Haggard and growing up in South County

     Once upon a time, when the Brothers Osborne were just kids in Deale playing with their dad, you didn’t have to go farther than your local watering hole to hear them. Now they’re big time, chronicled in Rolling Stone and celebrated as Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year. Last year’s Dirt Rich tour sold out across America and Canada.       But their roots remain deep in Chesapeake Country. Their breakout hit, Mix It...

Behind this regal persona is a man of many faces

     It’s opening weekend at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, when the magical 16th century English village of Revel Grove awakens for its annual harvest festival — attended as always by the magnanimous Henry VIII, portrayed by Glen Burnie’s own Fred ­Nelson.      Heads turn as the entourage approaches. King Henry VIII, courtiers in tow, has come to the countryside to visit the faire.        His Majesty is resplendent in...

Chesapeake Beach matriarch ­celebrates with five generations

     This weekend, Chesapeake Beach’s Mother Christmas celebrates a holiday of a different sort.      Jo Finch, aka Mother Christmas, turns 90 on September 4. Finch, a former town councilwoman, is a mother and grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother.       “I think the children have something planned,” she surmises. “Any excuse to have a party; they take after their mother...

Mamma Lucia’s opens its third ­restaurant in Chesapeake Beach

     Call it a labor of love three years in the making. Mamma Lucia by the Bay opened on Monday, August 21 to the excitement of restaurant-goers in Calvert County and beyond.       The Tuscan-orange building has the distinction of being Chesapeake Beach’s only two-story restaurant with a rooftop deck. Outdoor dining is available on both the deck and a patio.       “I really wanted to find something near the water,” says...

With monarch butterfly numbers on the wane, they need our help

     Jane Bishop of Dick and Jane’s Produce Stand in Harwood has been filling empty stomachs for decades. For one set of mouths, however, she goes the extra mile.      Bishop gathers milkweed leaves to hand-feed tiny monarch caterpillars, checking the undersides for new caterpillars.      The caterpillars she finds, she raises in a tent at the farm stand and tags them before releasing the developed monarchs for migration. Each tiny caterpillar...

Don’t set your watch by a fisherman

     We had timed our launch to take advantage of the tidal current change. As it usually takes about an hour after the scheduled low for the current to gradually stop, then another hour for the incoming current to become noticeable, we intended to exploit that two-hour period of slower water. That made our launch time about 8am for targeting the Bay Bridge.      We were live-lining and hoped that those mild currents would allow our small spot baitfish to swim to...
Great chemistry more than makes up for the horrendous plot and gory action
     Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds: Life) lost his cache, girlfriend and lifestyle after a client was murdered. From elite bodyguard he dropped to glorified, bitter babysitter.       His ex, Interpol agent Amelia (Elodie Yung: The Defenders), offers him a way back. But the high-profile client he’s to protect is infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson: Kong: Skull Island).       Bryce’s worst enemy, Kincaid has...
Try some of these gatekeepers
     Readers are complaining that rodents and deer are feasting in their gardens.       There is nothing like a good dog for keeping rabbits, groundhogs and deer out of the garden. Best is a dog that prefers staying out all night guarding the house and garden. Since we have had our dog Lusby, we have not had any four-legged pests feasting in the garden.      If you don’t have such a dog, I suggest a few remedies.      Turkey...