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Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat keeps pace with our changing culture of pets

St. Francis of Summer

Nature has bared her soul, and our hearts soar

That special space where humans and animals come together

For their dogs, Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland will do just about anything 

The crabs were fat, plentiful and willing to be caught

This novice was hooked, even though her big fish got away

Her rod was bowed over with strain, the line hissing out against the drag and the muscles of her arms tensed with the force of a good fish running hard. Julie’s face, however, was bright with a smile. She was checking off a significant item on her life list and was enjoying every minute of it.     Her fifth fish of the day would measure 31 inches. That was the closest we would get to landing a 35-inch keeper. But failing a keeper did not dampen her enthusiasm. “I...

Silt does not happen by itself

Farmers, homeowners and contractors are all responsible for making silt that clogs our streams, rivers and lakes and pollutes the Bay. Farmers who after harvesting their crops allow the soils to be fully exposed to the weather all fall, winter and spring are guilty. Homeowners who wash down their driveways and sidewalks in place of sweeping them are guilty. Contractors who bulldoze the earth to clear land for roads, homes, shopping centers and more are also guilty.     Removing...

This magician’s greatest trick is ­escaping a life of crime

The future looked bright for Bo (Jacob Latimore: Collateral Beauty), a brilliant student and talented magician. But his mother’s death turns his attention from college — where he gives up a free ride — to maintaining a stable home for his little sister.     Performing street magic for tips won’t pay the mortgage, so Bo takes a more lucrative night job, selling drugs. He rationalizes his choice because he works for a gentleman dealer, Angelo (Dulé Hill:...

In his model boats, Norman Gross records maritime history

Watermen name their boats for their wives and girlfriends. There was a time when Norman Gross thought it a romantic gesture. Now, he’s not so sure.     “Why did the men name the boats after their wives? Was it because they loved them? Or was it because they say stuff on the boat they couldn’t say at home?” the 58-year-old Gross wonders.     The heir of generations of watermen, Gross has spent his life working on boats. When the weather is...

Middle-schooler’s project reminds us that we owe today’s big stripers to ’80s moratorium

Eighth-grader Brian Zagalsky has been fishing since he was three years old. Now his love of reeling in big fish is paying double dividends.     The Annapolis Middle Schooler’s class project for National History Day grew into a prize-winning exploration of Maryland’s five-year rockfish moratorium launched in 1985.     “I wasn’t alive back then, and it was a subject that really interested me,” says Zagalsky of the historic ban that...
Why should we save Chesapeake Bay?     This was the question posed to Shady Side Elementary School fifth-graders invited to participate in the annual flag-raising ceremony at the West River Sailing Club on Saturday, April 22. Coinciding with this year’s Earth Day/Day of Science, the ceremony took on a heightened appreciation of the need to preserve our Bay.     Our future generation of caretakers responded around a common theme.     “...

Fish in the Classroom goes to college

Whoever heard of taking fish back to the water?     Trout Unlimited did, and that’s why my Anne Arundel Community College environmental studies class of 25 students is carrying buckets of trout to the Little Paxtuxent River near Savage Mill.     Trout Unlimited believes that the best way to conserve and create more coldwater fisheries is to partner with local hatcheries and release trout into local rivers. The fingerlings we release are Kamloops rainbow...

Southern Maryland volunteers strut 70 years of service

When a volunteer fire department and a small town come together to host the 70th anniversary of the Southern Maryland Volunteer Fire Department, the result is not your average party but a big city, bright lights affair.     Hosting all 40 departments from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties for the first time since 1987, the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department promises two days, April 29 and 30, rife with tradition and ceremony.     “We want it...

Anne Arundel invests $1.5 million in dredging it from our waterways

No matter how willing your spirit or ready your boat, you’ve got to have a clear channel to get back to the water.     Water flows downhill, carrying all it can find, including sediment that chokes waterways and undermines water quality.     Removing silt and sediment is a heavy-duty dredging job requiring heavy equipment, some place to put the dredge spoils and lots of money.     The money comes first.     So County...

Competitors in the Highland Games put brawn in their brag

You can wear a kilt, dance a jig or play a bagpipe to show the Celt in you. Or you can throw a tree, caber in Celtic parlance. You simply pick it up by the small end and run with it, then flip it end over end.     You’ll see all those gradations and more this Saturday at the 39th Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Games.     “There is too much to see in one day because with all the 23 event stations there is always something going on,...