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Christmas crafting almost ruined my childhood

We deck the boughs with tradition and meaning 

Each of our Christmas ­evergreens tells a story

New owners at Chesapeake Health and Fitness 

Plans to increase biking gain national attention

A Hitchcockian thriller with a comic twist 

      Widow Stephanie (Anna Kendrick: Pitch Perfect 3) is a mommy blogger obsessed with perfection. She searches out healthy and delicious recipes for her son. She volunteers for every school activity. She crafts her heart out to cultivate the perfect Pinterest life.       But Stephanie can’t make friends. Other parents find her mockingly obnoxious.        She finds her dream friend in Emily Nelson (Blake Lively: All I See Is You). The...

Many hands help monarchs migrate thru Chesapeake Country

       By the time fall arrives this month, thousands of Anne Arundel County school students will be studying and rearing monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, in their classrooms. Over the next few weeks, regional parks and nature centers have planned monarch events for young and old. All this monarch hoopla coincides with one of nature’s wonders: the eastern monarch population’s migration to Mexico.      Gardeners also are part of the...

Spain to Broadneck and back

      "There can be no better way to understanding and peace than through such exchanges." –Vernon Penner         “Need homework help in Spanish?” That’s how Vernon Penner recruited a family to host Parole Rotary’s incoming exchange student, Cristina Abella-Machín, 15, of Spain.      Host mother Cristina Doria, originally from Italy, invited young ­Cristina in, not for help with Spanish homework but,...
Monarchs are not the only species that can’t stay still
      A couple of monarch caterpillars chewed their way to chrysalis as I watched, making do with the drying leaves of my little stand of milkweed.        Earlier, I’d seen their orange-and-black-winged parents visit the flowers I’d hoped would attract them: the milkweed plus purple Joe Pye weed, bright red butterfly weed, red, purple and white coneflowers, orange black-eyed Susans.  Success in the next stages of monarch metamorphosis is by no...
More Pet Tales Please … And Wider Distribution       I liked your August 16 Pet Tales issue and would like to see more of them like this in the future.       I ran across this issue in one of my journeys and thought it was great and would like to know also how we could get these in our neighborhood as well. Also in Charles County. –Marvin Wells, Dundalk   Favorite Bay Weekly Things       The Aug. 30 issue with the various...

Kids and school buses are on the move

      More than 83,000 students — the most ever — are now traveling to schools across Anne Arundel County every week. Calvert County’s schoolkids number 16,000. That’s a lot of children and teens walking to bus stops, car pools or directly to school in the early morning and afternoon hours.      Back to school time is time to remember to Look Up, Look Out, and be aware of kids walking during school arrival and dismissal...

Fourth-graders free at state parks and more

      Autumn’s moderate days invite us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free.        For the fourth year, fourth-grade children and their families enjoy free admission to national public lands and state parks thanks to a partnership of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of the Interior.       Federal passes — which are good at 16...

South County joins AACo’s short list of public ramps

       Anne Arundel County doubled its number of public boat ramps this month, opening a new one on Parrish Creek at Discovery Village in Shady Side. The county has 533 miles of coastline but only one other public trailered-boat launch. That’s at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena.       “The second boat ramp opening in just two years demonstrates undeniable progress in bringing our citizens closer to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,”...

Expanded calendar means more play time

      Squeezing the last remains from summer? Head to a county park, where you can launch a kayak, run trails, play fetch with your pooch or enjoy a picnic.       Beginning this week, four Anne Arundel County parks are open seven days a week, from 7:30am to dusk. That’s more time for you to get outside and enjoy all the Bay has to offer.      Visit Quiet Waters in Annapolis, Kinder Farm Park in Millersville, Fort Smallwood Park or...
       Fish are falling from the sky in Utah. No, we’re not talking about an osprey dropping an occasional croaker en route to the nest, like we see on Chesapeake Bay. What’s happening in Utah is tens of thousands of fish dropping from airplanes as wildlife workers stock remote lakes with tiny trout and Arctic grayling.        Watch the video at https://bit.ly/2PYvkyt, courtesy of the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources.  ...