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Millennial musicians break bigger

Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Why is this the state sport?

Beauty of the sky a beast in the water

Take a book, leave a book

Precious time is ticking away

To a North Sea fisherman, we’re in heaven

I coaxed the bow of my skiff in close to the Bay Bridge piling and shifted into neutral. The tide had slowed to a crawl, and the southerly breeze was still soft, so it was no problem holding our boat a half dozen feet off the down-current side of the piling.     My fishing partner in the bow, Richard Fraser, thumbed his reel into free spool and lofted a six-inch spot toward the back eddy. The baitfish hit the water about a foot from the pier and zoomed down toward the bottom...

Smile, you’re on Candid Camera!

A suicide bombing reduces a bustling London market to smoldering ash, taking the lives of 120 people. When the police arrest the one surviving member of the terrorist cell responsible, the government heralds it as a triumph of justice. But as the trial begins, justice becomes a tricky subject.     The government seeks a closed court session in the interest of national security. The people want to see the trial and justice in open court. The government comes to a compromise: The...

There’s no retirement for these serial careerists

Versatility is a life preserver through changing times, and these are changing times.     For Labor Day’s Back to Work feature this year, we wanted to explore how citizens of Chesapeake Country were riding the waves.     So we set out in search of career changers.     That choice meant we’d be talking to people who’d been in the water for a while; thus people of a certain age. Our sample brought us ages from 42, Jared Littmann,...

At 10 million oysters, SMOCS calls it quits

"Oysters are a lost cause. You’re going to fail." Len Zuza heard those words again and again back in 2007, when he and five collaborators founded the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society.     Six years later he can say Told you so.     SMOCS will end its oyster restoration efforts in triumph at year’s end.     Native Chesapeake oysters now thrive in restoration zones totaling five acres in five creeks, including Back...

Cicadas, crickets and katydids can create quite a racket

You hear them everywhere: driving in your car with the top down, sitting outside on a warm, summer evening and falling asleep to their songs with your windows open. Who are they? Cicadas, crickets and katydids — the trio you hear separately or together at all hours — starting in spring and belting out a peak performance this time of year.     Cicadas entice my cats with their buzz when their bodies spasm around on the ground.     Crickets’...

Bowie Garden Club and Library

    Invited by Bowie Library to fill 18 empty planters that adorn the parking lot near the entrance to the library on Annapolis Road, the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club held a planting party.     Patuxent Nursery donated the plants. On an absolutely wonderful day for planting, Garden Club members Marsha Salzberg, Rich Buller, Susan Livera, Jackie Streeks, Bob and Joan Walker, Linda Snow, Barbara Eberstein and Jessie Smith set to organizing them.     We...

Back to work has a whole new meaning in 21st century America

School’s back in session, Labor Day’s upon us, and we’re up for new challenges.     But just how much do we have to give?     I’m already leaning in, as Sheryl Sandberg advises. At Bay Weekly, it’s shoulder to the wheel and nose to the grindstone. My job doesn’t leave me much time to lollygag on Facebook, where Sandberg made her mark and millions.     I know what billionaire newsman and New York Mayor Michael...

Chef Michael Archibald of ­Herrington on the Bay and Honey’s Harvest

What inspires you?     The greatest menu inspirations for me come from local produce and meats. I love traveling to farms, buying fresh items and then going back to the kitchen to create something new (see recipe). What’s your culinary background?     I have a culinary arts degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Where do you eat on a night off?     Dine in. I enjoy teaching my wife the tricks of the trade....

Anyone can spot Venus, but what about Neptune 3 billion miles away?

The waning crescent moon graces our pre-dawn skies, appearing lower and lower in the east throughout the week. The morning of the 31st, look for it near bright Jupiter. The following morning you’ll find the moon midway between a triangle of bright stars: the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux and Procyon in Canis Minor. Monday before dawn, the moon lights the way to ruddy Mars, above and to the left in the gathering morning twilight.     Jupiter and Mars linger in the east...

Act now or they’ll devour your narrow-leafed evergreens

Keep your eyes open and you’ll notice large sections of brown foliage in arborvitae, junipers, Leland cypress and pines. Look closely and you’ll see thousands of bagworms dangling from the branches.     As of August 1, the bag worms’ bags were over one inch long and at a stage where they are impossible to kill even with the strongest pesticide. The fat bags contain females certain to have hundreds of eggs ready and waiting to be fertilized by a male. The...