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A 4,000-mile cycling trek for cancer awareness led this young couple to the altar

2nd Star Productions updates this classic with color-blind casting

Aquarium names baby loggerhead

Find it in our new Coloring Corner

Small gardens can yield big rewards

It’s the critical link to your fish

Give them a purposeful new life

Tired of seeing all those unused broken crayons in the arts and crafts box? Here’s how to recycle them and do some good work at the same time.     Suzy Provine and the Glen Burnie Civitan Club are collecting those broken bits to send to The Crayon Initiative, which will turn them into new ones. These new crayons will then be put into the hands of children at schools, hospitals, arts programs and other child-focused organizations.     The Crayon Initiative...

Free exchanges, kids’ writing contests ­promote mutual understanding

Since 2002, world artists from Estonia to Egypt have made stops in Annapolis in free cultural exchanges organized and funded by World Artist Experiences.     This week, Colorful China comes to St. John’s College for a show (7pm Sunday October 11) featuring music, dancing and the traditional costumes of such ethnic minorities as the Uyghur, Dong and Miao peoples of China. The performers stay in local homes to get a feel of life here.     Every autumn, a...

October is fickle; take your fun on the first fair day

For the sake of fair weather for the rest of October, I hope you’ll join me in prayer, rain dance, even in singing Sting’s Heavy Cloud No Rain — whatever your preference. It’s not for my sake I ask; I’m fine with wind, rain and fog. I’m asking for all the folks whose outdoors fun and festivities were rained on, rained out or blown away. Cancellation notices flooded October’s first weekend, dampening plans and spirits.     Who wants to go...

Some days it takes perseverance to fill your cooler

It was nearly noon. My skiff was getting low on gas, a chop was building and my cooler was still empty. Having started in the early hours, searching and fishing from Sandy Point to Hackett’s and Tolley’s then up to Podickery and over to Love Point, I was now on my way back to the ramp without a single rockfish.     My eyes ached from looking for feeding sea birds. The only ones that I had spotted appeared as baffled as I was. My bucket of chum was back on ice, as was...

Necessity is the mother of interstellar invention in this great film

Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon: Interstellar) wakes up alone on Mars.     In a raging sand storm, Watney’s Aries III team abandoned the Red Planet, leaving behind what they assume is his lifeless body.     He comes to alone but with a wire jutting out of his abdomen and suit and through his bio-monitor. He struggles back to the expedition’s temporary housing unit, and, in bloody initial scenes, operates on himself.     Resolve and...

Now’s the time to get to work so it’s lush and green come spring

Feeling less than pride and joy in your lawn?     Fall is the best time to lay the foundation for a rich, green, weed-free grass come spring. 1. Test Your Soil     How’s your lawn doing?     There’s no way to know without soil testing. Fertilize without testing, and you’re not only throwing your money away but also polluting the Bay.     Don’t bother with do-it-yourself-test kits. They don’t work....

Increase the odds of a happy ending by doing your part

It’s been three weeks since my home-improvement job was finished and I made the final payment.     Now comes the test: In the first rain since replacement, my gutters leaked. I made the call and waited.     Within an hour my call was returned. A few hours later, a craftsman was fixing the problem.     All contractors are responsive when they’re trying to win your business. The good ones remain that way during the job. The exceptional...

Three things you can do

1. Check your smoke detectors     The batteries in your smoke detectors should be replaced every six months. It’s also important to make sure that interconnected systems function properly. Press the test button on any of the smoke detectors in your home and verify that all of the other detectors ring, too. 2. Check your GFI receptacles     To verify that GFI receptacles are still providing the proper protection, depress the TEST button. If the receptacle is...

The seven most dangerous DIY home projects

One in five DIY-ers tackling home renovations ends up in the hospital each year due to accidents, according to the Home Safety Council. Don’t become a statistic; leave these projects to the experts. Tree Trimming and Removal     Trees don’t always fall in a predictable manner. It’s best to consult a certified arborist, no matter how handy you are with power tools.     “If a tree falls during a storm, a DIY mishap or a careless neighbor...

These little steps can make a big ­difference in comfort

After Jack Frost has moved in, you’ll wish you’d invested a pleasant autumn afternoon in winter-proofing your home. To keep your home and family sound and snug, move these five simple steps to the top of your chore list. 1. Touch up exterior paint. Peeling or flaking paint can expose bare wood, subjecting it to moisture and possible rotting. So if you see bare spots, touch them up. Scrape off any loose paint, sand the surface smooth and prime the bare wood.  Then apply one or...