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However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

Have fun even with a sizzling sun

An American in Annapolis

Our flowering gardens are butterfly way-stations

Blue crabs at quarter-century low

Lesson 1: From the ground up

Who’s that guy on the roof at ATW Hardware & Supplies?

Who’s The Man? He’s the guy Ted Kramer hired to draw attention to his business. The Man has been sitting, standing, lying and climbing onto the roof at ATW Hardware & Supplies on Pike Ridge Road in Edgewater for six years. So it’s a good thing The Man is made of chicken wire and foam rather than flesh and blood. In 2005, Kramer decided something was missing in his then 16-year-old business. “Too many people said they didn’t know where we were,” Kramer...

Brace yourself for the quickening

You might not know it with the cold, gray weather of late, but this week we pass the midpoint of winter, with February 5 marking the first of the year’s four cross-quarter days. January 1 of the Julian calendar marks the new year for us in the modern western world. However, our long-distant ancestors had no such construct, instead looking to the changes in the heavens and here on earth to delineate the seasons and to break up their year. And for many of those peoples, February 2, midway...

Hunting with beagles on the Eastern Shore

Tense silence had settled over the tangled, wooded, bottomland. Then in the distance, Copper’s deep-throated bawl once again rolled across the frozen terrain as he re-located the rabbit’s trail.  A second later, he bayed again. Then Slim’s throaty cry affirmed the scent strike, and with that Jack, Lou and Rocky joined up and threw their rich voices into the effort. Our gang of beagles was in full cry. The chase was on again. The sound of an experienced pack of hounds hot...

They work for you; now it’s time to work on them

Now is the time to care for your lawn and garden tools. Sharpen the lawnmower blades, drain and replace the engine oil, replace or clean the sparkplug and blow the dust and dirt from the cooling fins. When I service my gasoline engines during the winter months, I also like to squirt a few drops of oil in the cylinder head before I replace the sparkplug. If you have an electric mower, all you need to do is sharpen the blade and clear the vents of debris. I have an electric mower that is 41 years...

Need an excuse to den up this time of year? Read on.

We’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. So many that the search is on for explanations. Really excuses. Is it the chicken or the egg? Are we watching movies to prepare for this week’s ever-popular Groundhog’s Movie Review? Or is the mood of the times the compelling force behind both behaviors? If that’s the case, we watch movies for the same reason that we run our annual Groundhog Movie Review on the first Thursday of February: It’s the season for burrowing for...
Dear Bay Weekly: Greetings from an iced-in Charlotte. Typical winter mess down here. Snow, then rain, which all froze, so you can ice skate down our street. All our [transmitter-tagged] osprey are down in much warmer places, and they’re all doing fine. I updated all the maps through the end of 2010. Just a couple of months before the adults head north! There are quick links to the new maps for the youngsters (interesting movements by all, including our S.C. bird, Buck) on the Migration...
Dear Bay Weekly:   In “What’s with That” on January 13, Diana Beechener writes “it’s too cold for even a native Marylander to sit on a pier right now.” I beg to differ. After our afternoon walk, which usually lasts for an hour to an hour and a half, my dog and I go out on the pier, where he enjoys several treats while I have a beer and contemplate the universe. We live just south of Holland Point where Herring Bay meets the Chesapeake. Rain is about the...
Dear Bay Weekly: Thank you Margaret Tearman. “What Goes Around Comes Around” [Jan. 3] was a wonderful, happy news story. I didn’t even know there was a day dedicated to paying it forward. It’s always good to hear about kind and unselfish acts for a change. –Cathy Noone, Baltimore (formerly of Fairhaven) Editor’s note: Bay Bridge toll collections manager Cathy Noone was featured in the story as an intermediary between giver and receiver in paying bridge tolls...
You’re always on the water at Sam’s on the Waterfront. The water view of the big boats in the marina at Chesapeake Harbour never goes away. What does change is the season, and each season brings new specialties to Sam’s.  “We offer a fresh, local, creative, seasonal menu on the water in a casual atmosphere,” Parks says. Since taking over five years ago, he’s transformed Sam’s into a more “casual everyday restaurant that still provides the...
Sue Dzurec’s love for entertaining and baking was the inspiration behind the establishment of Sweet Sue’s over 22 years ago. Originally, Sweet Sue’s was a catering and custom cake-decorating business in Sue’s home town of Cheverly. In 1991, her expertise led to a position with the U.S. Naval Academy’s Officer’s Club, where she was chosen to design specialty desserts for the main dining room. In 1995 the family moved to Calvert County, where Sue’s...