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Local artist takes you 15,000 feet for this Commissioning Week highlight

National Aquarium answers marine life SOS

As the South Riverkeeper, I am ­helping to make the river healthy for my children and yours

Every crab pot needs a turtle excluder

Goats are fuel-efficient lawn-care specialists

Since 1946, these Navy fliers have been delighting audiences with their aerial feats

Aside from a not-so-new twist, this movie is an entertaining illusion

Four magicians, drawn together by a mysterious puppet master, team up to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Think Robin Hood with flash paper and sequins. As if pillaging the bank accounts of the one-percent isn’t hard enough, the illusionists must evade the pernicious attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo: Iron Man 3) tasked with lowering the curtain on this charitable crime spree.     The dream team of magicians, named The Four Horsemen, each brings a special...

Three planets toy with the sun

This week boasts the earliest sunrises of the year, when old Sol crests the horizon at 5:41am. We’re still a couple weeks from solstice, the overall longest day of the year, and the latest sunset won’t come for another two weeks after that. Why? Several reasons, including earth’s not-quite-spherical shape, its elliptical orbit around the sun and the varying point of high noon across the globe.     If you’re up before dawn, look to the northeast for the...

The City of Annapolis is CPR-certified. Are you?

Politics aside, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen is someone you want around. At least if you go into cardiac arrest. Cohen is so good in administering CPR that he bests paramedics.     Along with Cohen, city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw and 100 other city employees were CPR-certified through the City of Annapolis Fire Department for National CPR Week.     So did yours truly, who was Cohen’s runner-up.     “It sets a standard that public safety...

Keeping the agricultural tradition alive at American Chestnut Land Trust’s Double Oak Farm

As Jeff Klapper walks among the rows of strawberries and kale, he snaps off a thick purple stalk of asparagus.     Seeing Klapper’s ease with the land and the food he grows, you would not imagine he came to Double Oak Farm after a career in commercial engraving.     Like Klapper, Double Oak Farm has seen some changes. In a previous life, the farm grew corn and soybeans under the hands of a local farmer. Double Oak Farm’s verdant acre is part of 15...

The Chesapeake’s new reality TV stars

Tom and Audrey have become the Chesapeake’s newest and most popular reality TV stars.     This charismatic duo, living on the Eastern Shore, is popular with more than locals. The Chesapeake Conservancy’s Osprey Cam has been watched in 48 different countries since its launch at the end of March.     Viewers have watched Tom and Audrey return to the Chesapeake, build their nest, mate and lay four cinnamon-and-cream-colored eggs.     Soon...

Dress in your royal best for a baby shower

You’re invited to Kate Middleton’s baby shower. Instead of gifts for the Duchess of Cambridge, bring gifts to help local mothers and babies facing poverty and homelessness.     Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis has teamed with the Gabriel Network, headquartered in Bowie, to throw a baby shower, with a champagne brunch and British-themed trivia.     Bring gifts for mom and baby. For babies, bring baby wipes, diapers, pack and plays, baby lotion, shampoo,...

Sci-Fi writers needed to prevent space-time meltdown 

A top team at Los Alamos recently went public with findings that have shaken the scientific community to its core. Using heretofore-classified wormhole technology, the team has managed to observe an alternate reality, largely the same as our own, but with one difference — three Maryland science fiction fans are about to become prize-winning writers.     While this may seem like a benign variation, the team has also learned that this alternate reality is drifting toward our...

Time to gather our rosebuds

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed …     –Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 At last we’re keeping our long-delayed date with summer.     We’ve been tantalized now and again. Remember those scorching days in...

Are stunning visuals enough to conceal the plot holes in this animated tale of good vs. evil?

Teenager M.K. (Amanda Seyfried: The Big Wedding) is forced to move back in with her father (Jason Sudeikis: Movie 43) after the death of her mother. A veritable stranger to her, Dad is far more interested in tiny people who he believes live in the forest than in his mourning child.     Dear old dad might not be as crazy as M.K. believes.     A magically shrunken M.K. discovers there is a world beyond the leaves, and it’s locked in a bitter battle. The...

Are you guilty? Looking out from the window of my room at Heritage Harbor Rehabilitation Center, I see mountains of mulch suffocating the trees. The sight is enough to undo my promising rehab after falling off a ladder while cleaning gutters on May 13.     Over the 30 years I served as Extension Specialist in Ornamental Horticulture with statewide responsibilities, I concluded that most problems associated with landscapes were related to over-mulching.     The...