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Deep Creek to Annapolis to Ocean City for kids with cancer

"Drink Boh, save crabs! Oh boy, what a cause!"

- Mr. Boh

City art new and old collected in a book

Stroll the streets for art's sake

How a beaver leads to a bird 

Named for their nesting habits, if they haven’t got an old tree, a ­nesting box will do
      Now is the time to start looking in trees for ducks. In early spring, wood ducks seek nesting spots. Unlike most other ducks, they look for tree cavities to lay a dozen or so eggs. It is fun to find a duck perched in a tree, as they look so out of place.         In the early 1900s, wood ducks were in a decline. They were heavily hunted, and logging of hardwood along waterways reduced nesting areas. In 1912, built nesting boxes were introduced, with an...
Good News from the ­Bottom of the Bay Grasses surpass 100,000 acres       When you get back to the water this spring, expect to see things growing in it. Rooted grasses rise in columns from the bottom. Horizontally, long fronds swim in the current. Those Bay grasses are firsthand evidence of good news proclaimed this week.        Underwater grasses rose to 104,843 acres. Last year was the first to top 100,000 acres since annual surveying began in 1984....

That’s a drive sweeping Chesapeake Country

      In the pantheon of nature religions, Chesapeake Bay would be a god. This big Bay gives this place its weather. Its rivers and creeks infiltrate the land, giving it shape and culture.        God Chesapeake nourishes thousands of species, maybe more, that make their lives in the water. It draws flocks of species of the air, and migrations of species of the land.        For many of those species, including us humans, returning to the...
Congratulations on 25th Anniversary        I remember when you started and when you were in Tri State Marine in Deale, home of the Brothers Osborne. I love to read and support your local newspaper, with many fond memories over the years. Keep on for 25+ more years. –Sara Hourihan Taylor, West River   Parker Creek Coalition Cleans Up       Saturday, April 14, members of Deale communities celebrated spring with the first annual Parker Creek Clean-up....

Trophy rockfish big but few as ­season opens

      Slim Pickens was a noted Hollywood western character actor of the 1980s. Unfortunately, his name defines the results of the opening day of trophy rockfish season in Maryland. Hundreds of boats, thousands of anglers, a beautiful, sunny day, light winds, calm seas. Very few fish.       The low catch surprised almost everyone, as most boaters reported that their fishfinders showed a more interesting scenario below. Lots of big stripers were swimming throughout...

That’s another job for compost

      Compost is well known as an amendment for formulating potting blends and improving the productivity of soils. Less well known is its efficiency as a filter.        As an air filter, mature compost is helpful in the break down of biosolids and other odoriferous materials. Large commercial composting facilities force air through the compost piles to hasten the process. To filter the air, the ends of the exhaust pipe are covered with compost.  ...

A dark and twisted take on the action genre 

      For unsavory jobs, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix: Irrational Man) is the guy to call. The veteran of war, brutality and PTSD is abnormally good at violence.       The money is good, and his earnings support his elderly mother. Joe, however, is not so good. He suffers constant flashbacks to either his abusive childhood or wartime in the Gulf.        His world shifts when he’s hired to save the daughter of a New York state senator from a...

People of all ages and great talent bring the Bible to life

       A Broadway-style show with choreography, live music, costumes and professional-grade theatrical lighting may seem a bit ambitious for a church production. Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severn pulls it off beautifully in Children of Eden.          The two-act musical with lyrics and music written by composer Stephen Schwartz of Godspell and Wicked fame is loosely based on the first nine books of Genesis. Both acts tell...
Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants
      In my other life, I’m a server in an Annapolis restaurant. Like most American eateries, my restaurant serves straws with each drink, sometimes paired with a cocktail stirrer or two.       As well as a server and a Bay ­Weekly staff writer, I’m an environmentalist. The waste bothered me. Ever since my very first serving shift in 2014, I’ve been asking customers if they want straws with their drinks. I can cut a lot of waste this way. But...

The least you need to know about solar power

      The sun’s energy is free, natural, infinitely renewable and completely clean. Getting our energy from the sun seems like a no-brainer.       The Maryland General Assembly thinks so, too. Two years ago, lawmakers passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act increasing renewable sources, including wind and sun. But good as the switch to sun and wind seems, the devil is in the details — details that have bedeviled wind proposals for Maryland’s mountains...