American Legion Post 206 historian seeks and shares the stories of those who served

High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

From a time of war to a time of peace

Greene Turtle switches to paper — on request

This nocturnal neighbor hides in plain sight in our own back yards

High schoolers take on English ivy

Passion or obligation: That’s the choice

      Ronit (Rachel Weisz: My Cousin Rachel) returns to her Orthodox community to mourn her father, a revered rabbi. She has lived in New York by choice and in exile since the revelation of her teenage fling with another woman, Esti (Rachel McAdams: Game Night).        Returning home as a successful photographer, Ronit learns that even in mourning she is shunned. In neither her father’s obituary nor his will is she acknowledged as his only child. She is...

How handwriting analysis helped me forgive my mother — and myself

A Mother’s Day story by Jane Elkin           On March 3, 2004, I boarded a plane for New Hampshire to sit vigil at my mother’s deathbed. Waiting at the gate, I wrote this page in my diary. It’s the lyrics to Nella Fantasia (In My Fantasy), a Sarah Brightman song that haunted me for two months and was the last music my mother ever heard, my final gift before singing at her funeral.         I didn’t want to do it, but Mom...

SPCA’s annual Walk for the Animals

        Dogs of every shape, size and breed — along with their equally diverse human companions — took to the trails at Quiet Waters Park May 6. The overcast skies and cool temperatures made it a pleasant morning for the 27th annual Anne Arundel County SPCA’s Walk for the Animals.        Mutts and pure-breds alike joined the 5K run and walk for charity. Bay Weekly’s own animal-loving staff (and huskies Misty and Stella) were on...

South River Swim, Bay Bridge Swim, Rockhold Creek dredging, Straight Path 

Get to Know Your Waters Up Close and Personal South River swim May 27, Bay swim June 11        Twelve swimmers kicked through six miles of the churning South River for community and charity in last year’s inaugural Swim the South River. They made it, and this year twice as many — 30 swimmers — will make a mile-shorter crossing Sunday, May 27 at 8am.        “It’s not a race,” says Traci McNeil swim coach and the...

Don’t let your ear fool you

      Several North American birds imitate sounds that they hear around them. These mimics usually copy other birds, like the blue jay that commonly makes the call of a red-tailed hawk. As I follow birdcalls to take a photograph, I have to admit that I have been fooled more than once by a well-tuned blue jay.         The northern mockingbird collects songs of other birds and cycles through their play list. Mockingbirds also are great at making songs of...
Annapolis Recreation and Parks Camps  Many choices of fun at affordable prices        Summer days are filled with sports, dance, rock climbing, arts & crafts, boating, field trips, swimming lessons and free time at the Truxtun Park Pool. Activities vary depending on the kind of specialized camp format your child selects. Camps meet June-August.       New this year among many, many choices: International Sports Splash Camp July 9-13; Fun Fitness Splash...

Take a pledge to break a bad plastics habit

      Taking the straw is a hard habit to break. I’m all for it morally and intellectually. Then opportunity arises, and the serious business of what to order to drink and eat pushes my resolve into the pale of forgetfulness. With the arrival of my drink — even water — plus straw, I remember — but by then it’s too late. One more straw among tens of thousands — maybe even millions — into today’s waste stream, much of which flows...
Please Say No to Plastic       Thank you for bringing attention to the issue of straws in the well-written and documented article in the April 19 issue. We need to get more eateries to understand the devastating harm straws are doing to our environment. There is so much evidence about the consequences of straws. The film A Plastic Ocean shows the result of straws and other plastic in our oceans. Restaurants, cafés and bars in New York City recently announced that they are joining...
You’ve got a hot date with a hungry trophy rockfish
      Calling the 2018 trophy rockfish season disappointing is understating the situation. At two weeks in, the four-week season has set a record low for keeper-sized fish boated.       By the time you read this column, all this bad news will be old news. We will be in the midst of a big-fish blitz unlike anything we’ve seen before. That’s my prediction, and I’m sticking to it.       Plan on fishing as many days as possible the rest...

Over-fertilizing with this element will cut your crop yield and worse

      Horticulture is a science. It is not based on intuition, feelings, grandpa or great grandma. When I started college and my career, horticulture professors often would say that 25 percent of what we know is based on science, 25 on hearsay and 50 percent on experience,         Today the saying goes: 50 percent of what we know is based on science, 25 percent on experience and 25 percent on hearsay. We have come a long way since 1956.      ...