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Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory ­thinking globally, acting locally

Humans may have changed the river over the centuries, but that river can change us, too

Pickleball provides the tennis-type workout without all the stress on the knees from running

Mallows Bay awarded distinction

Potomac gives up 376,933 pounds

 

     Giant tires, propane gas tanks and shopping carts bogged down with mud.     Trash-picking volunteers found this trash and more in the littered waters of the Potomac River at the 31st annual Watershed Cleanup. The Alice Ferguson Foundation initiative sent out 9,745 volunteers between mid-March and late-May. They scooped 376,933 pounds of trash into garbage bags.      This is 30,000 more pounds than last year’s total, according to program...

For 457 Hondurans, Prince Frederick Rotary’s simple solution is salvation

 

      “Water is the driving force of all nature,” Leonardo da Vinci said.       Yet 663 million of us do not have access to safe, clean water, according to thirstproject.org.      In Honduras, 457 people now have access to water that is safe to drink, cook with and bathe in, thanks to a partnership between two Rotary Clubs, Prince Frederick and La Paz, Honduras.      They joined to give a $5,000 grant to Honduras Compassion...

Ghoulish but good for your garden

 

      When I think of the predators of caterpillars, I think of birds and lizards. But a more common killer is the Braconid wasp. These tiny wasps find soft-bodied caterpillars including cabbage worms and hornworms and firmly attach eggs to them. The developing wasp larvae live off the caterpillar without killing it until it develops into a chrysalis. At that point the wasp larvae mature and burst out of the chrysalis, killing the developing butterfly or moth. The wasps then go...

$4,000 to Charting Careers Students

 

     Charting Careers not only mentors underserved Annapolis young people. It also awards scholarships to help them reach their goals. In this its inaugural year as an independent program, it invested close to $4,000 in local teens.       Charting Careers began as an educational and mentoring program for Box of Rain, a nonprofit founded in 2003, to bring kids onto the water each summer. Now as its own nonprofit, Charting Careers continues to help youth envision...

Fashion Delivers $135,000 for ­Chesapeake Kids

      A high-spirited crowd of 350 had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money during the 11th annual Fashion for a Cause, bringing in nearly $135,000 for Chesapeake kids. Held June 6 at Porsche Annapolis, the annual event raises funds and awareness for the Hospice of the Chesapeake program that supports children living with and affected by advanced illness and loss.       Serving as the event’s emcee was Andi Hauser, host of WUSA9’s Great Day Washington...

Choose organic, as many flowers are sprayed with toxins

 

      Flowers have been used in cooking since antiquity. The flower is simply another edible part of a plant. They have been enjoyed not only by the royal and the wealthy but also by our frugal agricultural ancestors. Before the 16th century, most parts of a plant — shoots, leaves, roots and bark as well as flowers — had uses. They were used to make food, drink, medicine, fragrant concoctions and flavored vinegars.       Who hasn’t plucked the...

Decisions — and life — put to music

 

     Jason Robert Brown is a Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and playwright best known for his work on Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Last Five Years. Prior to those successes, Brown in 1995 debuted the self-penned Songs for a New World, a musical revue now playing at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre through July 20.      “This stream of songs weaves together stories of passion and struggle that speak to the moment of choice —...

The companionship of fishing endures even when the fish don’t 

 

      One of the rod tips in the stern holders bounced a bit, then again, then bent down deeply. The severe deflection was caused by a hefty rockfish attempting to flee the area with a 7/0 circle hook in a corner of its jaw. Since the sound of the line out clicker was just under the threshold of our damaged hearing, the striper got a good head start on its escape before anyone noticed.       Years ago, the three of us were honorary members of the Wild Bunch....

On summer vacation, Peter Parker finds his place in the world

 

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Infinity War, which you should have seen by now.        Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is having trouble getting back to normal. He and half the world were snapped from existence by baddie Thanos. Though the Avengers were able to bring the disappeared back, the world altered irrevocably in the five years that all were gone.       The world has moved on, but Peter is right back where he was. He is still a high...

How to ace summer’s BBQ competition

 

     Step outside on any warm Maryland evening, and there is a very good chance you will find the aroma of food cooking on a neighbor’s grill. We have a love affair with grilling and barbecuing. Almost six percent of us grill more than once a week.     George Stephen Sr. of the Weber Brothers Metal Works created the first barbecue kettle grill in 1952. Today grill and barbecue sales total almost $1.5 billion per year, according to the Statista Research Department...