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Get in touch with wildlife at ­Patuxent Research Refuge

Time traveling at Chesapeake Marketplace

Go quietly, look and listen

Visiting friends and family gets you go-go-going

For a sweet birthday, plan a favorites tour

See them again this year on the Osprey Cam

After wintering in sunny South or Central America, Audrey and Tom osprey have traveled thousands of miles to return to the shores of the Chesapeake.     Since their live video debuted last year on the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Osprey Cam, Audrey and Tom are becoming household names. Viewers from all 50 states and 110 countries watched last summer as the pair built their nest, laid eggs, raised and fledged chicks. Then viewers waved goodbye as the pair and their chicks...

Tuition just got cheaper at St. Mary’s College in Maryland

College is more likely to impoverish the family than get the kid a job. At least that’s what parents of this year’s high school graduates say.     Families will get a bit of relief if their grad goes to St. Mary’s College in Maryland. A windfall $1.5 million grant from this year’s General Assembly will translate to 8.6 percent tuition reduction for in-state undergraduates attending Maryland’s liberal arts honors college. For each student, tuition...

Once over lightly

Minimum-wage earners, marijuana users and safe drivers came up winners in the Maryland General Assembly, which wrapped up its session this week. And environmentalists are scoring a win — among many defeats — in fending off 20 bills to take back earlier action to control stormwater runoff.     But seafood lovers lost their legislative fights.     Over the next four years, Maryland’s hourly minimum wage will rise to $10.10. Two steps come next...

You’ve got too much to do, and it’s our fault

Oh my aching back!         I blame it on Bay Weekly’s Home and Garden Guide. Last week’s 16-page Guide combined with fine spring weather for a weekend of joyful outdoor labor at the Martin-Lambrecht household. Now we’re both moaning.     As well as winter’s ravages, we had a quarter-century of our own mistakes to undo. So this year’s campaign for Yard Beautiful began with the arrival of a landscape designer. That...

This romanticized Frankenstein story is a shocking musical with a rocking score.

The story of a Bat Boy living in a West Virginia cave — illustrated with a photoshopped baby picture —  amazed America in 1992 when published by Weekly World News, which bills itself as The World’s Only Reliable News. Playwrights Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming shared the popular fascination, and a gothic science fiction began stewing in their minds.     Five years later, with the help of composer/lyricist Laurence O’Keefe, their romanticized...

Persistence conquers all.

–Benjamin Franklin
Trollers are the majority of trophy-season rockfish anglers, as they should be. There is no surer way to seek out and hook a giant migratory striper than by working the deep-water shipping lanes with large lures and heavy tackle.     But there are anglers who march to a different drummer in the spring season. They do not hear the rumble of an engine, nor do they smell engine exhaust. Chumming from an anchored boat or fishing cut bait from the shoreline can score big fish....

A healthy and happy lawn gives no ground to weeds

A lot of people out there are trying to sell you weed-and-feed fertilizer. Don’t buy them — or you’re buying trouble. Here’s why they don’t always work — and may cause problems.     Two different types of weed killers, aka herbicides, are blended with lawn fertilizers in formulating the so-called weed-and-feed blend. One kind is advertised to kill broadleaf weeds; another to kill crabgrass.     The formulation of weed-and-feed...

Luna joins several luminaries, but its disappearing act is the best

The moon waxes through the weekend, until Tuesday’s full moon, known as the Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Pink Moon. This is also the first full moon since vernal equinox, the Paschal Moon, marking the start of Passover and setting the date for Easter the following Sunday.     Thursday the bright gibbous moon hovers below the first-magnitude star Regulus, heart of Leo the lion. Stretching up from the star like an inverted question mark is the Sickle of Leo, which marks...

A mouse and a bear prove families come in all sizes

Do you fear the big bad bear?         Since babyhood, mouse Celestine (Mackenzie Foy: The Conjuring) has been warned by her elderly guardian (90-year-old Lauren Bacall: The Forger) to avoid bears. Mouse society lives in intricate cities in the sewers, just below a bear metropolis. Mice venture topside only at night, sending their young ones to search bear dwellings for useful items.     One of the procurers, Celestine is too curious to accept the...

Here’s where to turn to wash winter out of your home and garden

Meet the experts.          They’ll get your job done, but that’s not all.         Through Bay Weekly, you can turn to these experts for answers to your questions.     What do you want to know? • What routine can you use to keep your house livable between major cleanings? • How do you decide what to do with what when you’re downsizing? • What should your first steps be in redesigning...