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A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

If the food is good, most anything else can be forgiven

     The holiday commemorating the first communal meal with native Americans and the early colonists now brings families together to enjoy a feast. I strive to gather our Thanksgiving meal from our garden and to include free-range poultry. I also like to use ingredients and recipes that our foremothers and fathers would have used.      On this holiday for memories, many rise from the creation of the annual feast. Catastrophes in their time are now family legend....

Enrich your Thanksgiving menu with fish, fowl and venison

     The tradition of Thanksgiving dinner was first attributed to the Plymouth Bay Colony in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. But the practice of a harvest or a thanksgiving dinner was widespread throughout the early colonies and especially around the Chesapeake.      The Chesapeake was by far the richest colony in America in terms of fish, waterfowl and wild game. Capt. John Smith, who first explored the Bay, spoke of being able to “walk across the water...
Two friends battle corporate idiocy and racing royalty to make history
     In the mid-1960s, Ford Motors was in a slump. Bad enough that sales are falling and the Ford legacy is in question. Worse still is fellow car magnate Enzo Ferrari’s insult. Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) responds by hitting Ferrari where it hurts: his legacy. Ford Motors will challenge him in Le Mans, the grueling 24-hour car race that Ferrari has dominated for the better part of a decade.      Ford can’t exactly enter a Falcon in the race. Showing up...

At 99 years, he’s made more history than he can remember

      It’s another gathering of the family to whom Emil Saroch has devoted his life since the death of his wife Patricia on Christmas Day 2004.       They seem to get larger every year. It started with him and his wife. Then the four kids came, then their spouses, then eight grandkids and two great-grandkids over the years. Many midshipmen, as well, have found the Sarochs’ home a welcome port and respite during breaks from the rigorous regimen at school...
Putting names and faces to the concept we honor
     The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 101 years ago ended the War to End All Wars — which ironically became known as World War I. Over the century, Armistice Day evolved into Veterans Day, a day to honor all who have served, the survivors as well as the dead and the wounded.      That’s a lot of people.      Leading those armies to whom we give thanks are individuals special to each of us, people with names and faces. Many...
Already Missing Bay Weekly       Over the years, you’ve given us countless bits of news. However, the news of discontinuing the truly beloved newspaper that you bless us with each Thursday is inconceivable. From small towns to even the biggest cities, printed newspapers have been lost. The world of online information is a wonderful thing, but it simply does not fit everywhere.       While many of us aren’t far from the Andy Griffith show’s...

Bay Weekly among nine Four Rivers winners

       Critical mass is that amazing moment when what wasn’t suddenly is. In physics, it’s the moment matter turns into the energy of a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Critical mass happens all the time in life, too, from falling in love to …          To creating a community of “places to experience — to see, hear and even taste –— the authentic heritage of Maryland in ways that you...

See the place and its portraits this weekend

      Painter Suzanne Shelden likes her subjects — and canvases — big. So big that she’s making a reputation as a regional portraitist for Calvert County and its distinctive places. She’s made both a Rt. 4 series and the county in winter, painting huge canvases of her favorite sites plus places now vanished except in memory and photos.          “I do a lot of my observing and composing with my camera,”...

One pet earns five free Annapolis parking validations

      Adopt a shelter animal at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County pop-up adoption on Main Street Annapolis this weekend, and you’ll gain more than a loving addition.          You’ll also receive five validations for free garage parking in Annapolis, which can be used at any time.           “It is known far and wide that Annapolis is a pet-friendly community, and we are very...

In Virginia Beach, the challenge of a dead whale

       A 26-foot-long, decomposing creature washes up on your beach. What are you going to do?          Virginia Beach had that challenge last week with a dead juvenile humpback whale that had been seen floating at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.          Humpbacks migrate south in the Atlantic this time of year in preparation for winter mating. They aren’t often spotted in the Bay. But...