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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

In my Calvert country neighborhood, my ­kitties help me meet the neighbors

I grew up climbing trees and playing with Matchbox cars.     Scary spiders and slithery snakes? I didn’t bat an eye. Daddy’s girl was tough.     So when the kitty brothers Stripey and Babey bring home squirmy rewards, I’m the one among my family of hubby and two almost-grown boys to take care of it. Two ring-necked snakes have made it inside with kitties’ help.     The ring-neck is a smallish snake, growing up to about two...

But I have no pity for pruners who butcher this beautiful summer-flowering species

I am appalled at the way homeowners are pruning their crape myrtles. I can only explain it as Monkey See Monkey Do. Just because you see somebody else — even landscape maintenance companies — cutting crape myrtle like dock pilings, it does not mean that they know what they are doing.     Those of you who travel Rt. 260 see the massacre of crape myrtles growing in the median strip as you approach Chesapeake Beach. The same dumb pruning method is being used on the...

The fish are there

The plan was made in haste late in the evening. Get up early enough to catch a good moving tide, launch the skiff, bag a quick limit and be home by 10am. All seemed possible, as we had limited out in 20 minutes the afternoon before. We had a good idea the fish would still be on hand in a spot where we had been the only boat on the water.     When we splashed my boat a little after 9am, we had already secured an ample supply of fresh menhaden for bait. Since the previous day...

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter gather in the glow of twilight

As the sun sets, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury emerge in its wake. These three planets will spend the coming week in one another’s company, playing a celestial game of leap-frog low in the west-northwest after sunset.     While these planets appear just a few degrees from one another, they are actually hundreds of thousands of miles apart. All the planets, earth included, travel along the same plane — called the ecliptic — as they orbit the sun. Every so often two...

Ghosts and baseball lovers unite

If you see a ghost at Anne Arundel County’s newest ball field, don’t shriek and run away. Instead, ask the ghost about his story, because it’s sure to be a great one.     The county has just bought Wilson Park, the home of Hot Sox Field, from a family who inherited the Galesville farm of a freed slave ancestor, Henry Wilson.     In 1928, the farm added a baseball field, where South County baseball lovers traveled on Sundays to cheer the...

Don’t let road work spoil your trip

Memorial Day is the official start of summer and the unofficial start to traffic madness as everyone bolts to the beach.     The summer weather is also prime time for road work, making for a congested combination.     Beat the summer traffic with the Maryland State Highway Administration’s e-Road Ready brochure, which lists all the work zones by county, and their expected finish date: www.roads.maryland.gov/oc/RoadReady2013.pdf.

Online auction helps kids in need

Make memories with your kids at a National’s game. Learn how to ski. Surprise the women you love with a Pandora bracelet. Show off your hockey puck autographed by Capital Nicklas Backstrom — all while helping Calvert County children in need.     Children’s Aid Inc. gave over 160 kids backpacks filled with schools supplies thru Operation Backpack. The charity also helps struggling parents pay for kids to play sports.     Do your shopping at...

The beloved franchise trades Sci-Fi for action in this bombastic sequel

After a routine mission goes awry, the Enterprise is called back to Earth and cavalier captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine: Rise of the Guardians) is demoted for his disregard of the Prime Directive. Kirk’s disciplining is put on hold, however, when terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch: The Hobbit) brings Star Fleet to its knees.     With many commanders dead or injured, Kirk is reinstated to his ship and tasked with chasing down Harrison deep into Klingon space,...

Free deposits and free withdrawals keep this bank solvent

Last year, Bruce Michalec’s bank gave away $1.25 million. It was his busiest in 27 years, but 2013 is on track to break the 2012 record. That’s because hunger and need are the forces that drive the growth of Anne Arundel County’s central food bank.     Hunger is an everyday thing, says Michalec, whose bank started small back in 1985 with “a truck, a freezer and a place to put it all.” That first place was a building rented from the Cedar Grove...

It’s worth the work to attract these birds to your backyard

The goldfinches in my back yard are a real treat this year, borrowing their brilliant yellow from the Maryland flag our Preakness winner will wear.     I’ve tried luring them with plastic, tube feeders in past years to no avail.     This year, I hung two white, mesh feeders, or socks, filled with nyjer seed, and watched the bright birds flock to them.     Goldfinches are attracted to sunflower seeds, but they prefer the nyjer seed imported...