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A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

These detectives might not know what they’re doing, but it’s fun to watch

P.I. Holland March (Ryan Gosling: The Big Short) is hired to investigate a porn star’s car crash. It’s hardly the crime of the century, but he hasn’t turned down a check yet. His only lead is Amelia (Margaret Qualley: The Leftovers), a young woman involved in Los Angeles’ protest scene and possibly the adult film industry.     Amelia doesn’t want to be found. She hires Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe: Fathers and Daughters) to persuade Holland to drop...

Stories that need to be told

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, our national day of remembrance of those who gave their lives fighting for the United States across the world.     All over the country, patriotism abounds as festivities and events both large and small mark the day. Locally, the weekend marks the commissioning of a new crop of officers from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The weekend is also the beginning of summer fun. Families spend the long weekend trying out barbeques, pools and...

Honoring our fallen heroes

Memorial Day gets due honor at Chesapeake Beach. The annual Stars & Stripes Festival, now in its fifth year, remembers the soldiers and sailors, Marines and fliers who have given their lives defending the United States of America.     “The meaning of the day was becoming lost,” said Connie O’Dell, who manages special events for the Calvert County town.     During the three-day event, the press of daily living lightens. Speeches, historical...

Shady Side fifth-graders saving the Bay one handful of spat at a time

Some Southern Anne Arundel County students are taking the adage bloom where you’re planted more than a few steps further. Fifth-graders at Shady Side Elementary are planting oysters to help restore the Bay’s oyster population.     “We need oysters to clean the Bay,” said Lacey Wilde, 11, the daughter and granddaughter of working watermen.     Wilde is one of 75 fifth-graders in a year-long project with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to...

Agricultural program grows at Phoenix Academy

Next time you cruise down Cedar Park Road in Annapolis during school hours, you may well do a double-take as you pass the field next to Phoenix Academy. You’re likely to see rabbits munching greens in a sturdily built hutch, hear nanny goats bleating or glimpse teens carefully weeding a row of curly-leafed kale. Three years after a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education was launched at this K-12 Anne Arundel County public school, there’s plenty of evidence that impressive...

They’re out to trap cast-off ­monofilament line

Girl Scouts Noel Pockey and Ashley Whicher are working to save the Bay from used fishing line.     When anglers toss line torn from their reel, the unbreakable and almost invisible plastic monofilament a death warrant to critters. The line ensnares animals, birds and fish, trapping the life out of them. The entangled fishing line continues its havoc, putting swimmers and boat propellers at risk — until it finally degrades 500 years later.     That’s...

But not so great for forests

Robins and sparrows sing the praises of our unending rain. Their beaks and bellies are filled with wriggling worms.     Earthworms surface as wet conditions make easy work of relocating. No, worms don’t come up to escape drowning. They are capable of surviving several days submerged.     The vibration of raindrops sounds like the predatory rumble of moles looking for a snack, causing the worms to head for the surface, where fishermen and hungry birds find...

Chesapeake Curiosities

What are the dilapidated buildings in the woods near Beverly-Triton Beach at the end of the Mayo Peninsula?     Most likely, they are the remains of picnic pavilions at the popular beach complex and tourist attraction.     Before the Bay Bridge was built in 1952, people from Washington and Baltimore and the surrounding suburbs would take the relatively short trip down to Chesapeake Country to get out of the city during the sweltering summer months. Mayo Beach,...

How a classic continues to charm

Nathan Detroit, Harry the Horse, Dave the Dude, The Seldom Seen Kid and Benny Southstreet sprang from the imagination of Broadway-bedazzled newspaperman Damon Runyon, who died in 1946. His stories made it to Broadway as Guys and Dolls in 1950.     That’s 66 years ago. Yet it keeps turning up.     2nd Star Productions is about to do it again.     Why? Is it the names? The story? Or what?     I put my questions to 2nd Star...

Test your soil to put them to work

Horticulture is a science, not a guessing game.     I can remember my pipe-smoking, tobacco-chewing grandfather putting garden soil in his mouth to taste if it was sweet or sour. I was impressed at the time, but looking back on his method of testing soil, I know it would have been impossible for him to make any determinations of the pH or of nutrients by taste.     Just as doctors rely on blood tests as guides to their patients’ health, in agriculture, we...