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You can do a lot of terrible things, but don’t kill a man’s dog

Before you vote them in, read their words on the Bay
 

8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

What to do when skunks move into the neighborhood

The catching is still good if you can stick with the search

If’n you like watchin’ young’uns have a good time, you’re gonna like Li’l Abner.

In 24 years of showcasing Annapolis’ youth, The Talent Machine has groomed countless stars of community and professional theater, who continue to prove allegiance by fostering the company’s newest talents.     Enter 45 performers, aged eight to 14, in a troupe revival of Li’l Abner, the hillbilly musical based on Al Capp’s classic comic strip. These kids are right good at ferretin’ out all the campy humor in the colorful soap opera of life in...

Songs from the ’50s and ’60s are the stars of this refreshing show

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s The Marvelous Wonderettes is frothy, refreshing and a complete contrast to its most recent production, Chicago. The all-black set has given way to pastels, and the jailhouse trollops are replaced by 1950s’ suburban teenagers.     The Marvelous Wonderettes are a singing quartet performing at their 1958 senior prom. In the second act, they appear 10 years later at their class reunion. That premise is the hook for a night of vintage and...

Download your widget and find out who’s out there

You may need to get down on your hands and knees for this one.         And you will definitely need your computer or smart phone.     Bee counting has gone hi-tech.     YourGardenShow.com — a social network for gardeners — is asking gardeners, nature lovers and community members to join in a Citizen Science effort to count bees in backyards, balconies and public spaces across North America.     For the...

No perch will do if spot’s around

A friend and two buddies started their rockfish expedition by catching four, rather large, (for live lining), eight- to nine-inch spot and about a dozen, perfectly sized, six-inch white perch.     Cruising to the Bay Bridge and starting with the big spot, they caught four nice stripers within 45 minutes. It took the rest of a long and frustrating day to manage the last two of their six-fish limit with perch as bait.1 Fishfinder     The Western Shore continues...

Not until we compost everything, including Uncle Charlie

I’ve been chastised by a Bay Weekly reader for not supporting commercial organic farming. So I’m explaining my position. I have conducted research in composting and in compost utilization for more than 30 years, so I am very familiar with the limitations of organic farming.     Under the present rules and regulations for producing organically grown crops and animals, it would be impossible for American agriculture to produce the wide variety of fruits and vegetables...

Look for the thunder

As the sun sets in the northwest at 8:31 Friday, July’s full moon rises in the southeast. Native American and folk lore call this the Thunder Moon, the Hay Moon and the Buck Moon. We’re all familiar with this moon’s strong, mid-summer storms, and farmers still begin their harvest of winter livestock feed at this time.     But even with the explosion in the deer population, the Buck Moon is more obscure. But this is the time when male deer regrow their antlers...

Three friends prove the best revenge makes for great comedy

Everyone has had a moment of wanting to kill the boss. Maybe it’s a fleeting thought after a bad meeting or a constant daydream in a hostile work environment. Either way, typically, calmer heads prevail and no lives are lost.     In Horrible Bosses, calmer heads don’t prevail, and it’s pretty damn funny.     The film follows three buddies who each have nightmare bosses. Nick (Jason Bateman: Paul) has been working for eight years for Dave Harken...

A silly old bear and his buddies prove you don’t need 3D to make great animation

Since Walt Disney last visited the Hundred Acre Woods, animation has seen the advent of 3D, computer rendering and gross-out humor. This no-frills revisit to the classic story of Winnie the Pooh is a return to hand-drawn animation.     The story is so simple that even the youngest can play along: While on a search for a replacement tail for Eeyore, Pooh discovers a note from Christopher Robin. Soon Pooh and the rest of the Hundred Acre Woods crowd become convinced that their...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I try to pick up the paper whenever I’m in the area. I’ve always found it really easy to read and to look at.     I was patronizing the Marriot in Annapolis on a recent Friday night — not because I’m part of the young singles crowd but because my girlfriends wanted to go to Pussers.     Out front, I picked up a copy of Bay Weekly.     The next day we traveled to Chesapeake Beach to see...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I enjoyed your article on the cats meow http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-features/article/weeks-creature-f.... Some years back I did cat rescue work with Linda Brown, a friend on the SPCA board. Together we neutered a lot of Eastport cats and found territories where they could be looked after. A network of residents around the city provided  health care services  for street cats out of their own pockets.     Eastport is a...