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Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

Don Risher decorates the office at Belair ­Engineering like a July 4th float

You’d think it was Christmas and Don Risher of Belair Engineering in Upper Marlboro was Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.     From Memorial Day through summer, he fills his office with red, white and blue. “It’s very patriotic, with lots of Americana,” says Risher, who puts his heart into this decorative commemoration because of his time in the service and camaraderie with service men and women.     Plus, he...

Paddlers wanted to ­monitor the Severn’s underwater world

The Severn River Association needs your help surveying underwater grass beds in the Severn River, mostly in and around Round Bay, July through early August. You’ll locate the beds, take samples and identify the grasses by species while recording water temperature and visibility.     Funded by a grant from Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, the Severn River Association provides monitoring kits. You provide the energy, the eyes and the boat — kayak,...

Three Founding Fathers met their maker on July 4

By strange coincidence, three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4 — with our second and third presidents dying within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of ­Independence Day.     Our second and third presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, forged a friendship as original American revolutionaries during our nation’s formative years. Though both men believed in democracy, their political philosophies were as divergent as their...

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Seek and you shall find is the journalist’s creed.      So I was anticipating a full mailbox after I asked in the paper of June 15 for your help in identifying my grandfather’s car.     You came through.     First, on the afternoon of the very day Bay Weekly was delivered throughout Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, was William Hopkins.     REO Speedwagon, he wrote. Likely a ’27 Flying Cloud, he later added...

For good sport and good eating, white perch deserve respect

The day was a success from the beginning. Son Harrison and I were on a perch outing, and the very first structure we targeted was rich with sizeable whities. Both of us were fishing six-foot light-action spin rods spooled with six-pound line and baited with one of the most productive lures in our box, spinner baits. Our tackle was constantly being strained to its limits.     That’s not to say that a big white perch can pop six-pound test line. But fragile mouth structure...

Composting and PFRP make them safe for your garden

Readers continue to write with concerns about composted biosolids and Bloom. To calm your concerns, I’ll lead you through the processes that make fully treated biosolids safe to use in your food garden.     Since the early 1980s, thousands of tons of composted biosolids have been sold and used in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area and surrounding states. All made according to EPA and USDA specifications, Compro (biosolids treated at D.C.’s Blue Plains Wastewater...

Sam Elliott shows what an old cowboy can do ­without his spurs and hat

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott: The Ranch) has made a career of being That Guy. The actor with the smooth baritone is a commercial success, but he’s proud of only one of the many movies he’s made, The Hero, an old-school Western.     Once the image of America’s cowboy, the ultimate specimen of masculinity, the 71-year-old actor is reduced to doing voiceovers in hokey commercials. Divorced and at odds with his daughter, he has only one friend, his drug dealer.  ...

Everyone loves a parade. Independence Day brings the locals out in every conveyance they can adorn with bunting, from floats and fire trucks to strollers to red wagons — plus marching bands.

Cape St. Claire Celebration: 10am from the Fire Department to the Main Beach 11am-2pm: www.cscia.org/d/July4th-celebration. Severna Park Independence Day Parade:10am from St. Martin’s in-the-Field Church, to Severna Park High School, to Evergreen Road to B&A Blvd to Cypress Creek Park: 410-647-3900. Shady Side Independence Day Parade: 10am from Cedarhurst to the Shady Side Community Center on Snug Harbor Road. Roads close to traffic at 9:45am: 443-370-8720. Solomons Boat Parade: Boats...

Little Coconut, Pineapple and Twix taught these middle-schoolers a big lesson

With their feet gingerly navigating mud and grasses at the water’s edge as they prepare to release three baby northern diamondback terrapins into the wild, these Severn River Middle School students could be almost anywhere along Chesapeake Bay.     Poplar Island, however, is no ordinary locale. The island, like the careful return of the terrapins to their birthplace, is a unique and successful example of environmental stewardship. Visiting there, students are in position...

Mary Davis earns two trophies, a crown and a summer reprieve from a bodybuilder’s diet

In the April Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Catonsville Conquer, Mary Davis won two first-place trophies and a crown.     “I felt like I did the best that I could. With two firsts, I walked away feeling awesome.”     Still hungry for more prizes and more challenges, Davis competed in May 16’s NPC Capital Classic.     “I didn’t place as high as I hoped,” Davis said of a second place plus a fourth and a...