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Star-spangled nun commemorates our national anthem

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate reason and high ideals

Chesapeake Bay gets a summer show

Our loss is Virginia’s gain

Halting the planned next step of oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River has meant losing a pretty penny. One million dollars allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers goes instead to Virginia. Oysters and the whole Bay environment will still benefit, but Maryland’s change of direction may have implications for future federal funding — if and when work resumes.     Gov. Larry Hogan stopped work on the Eastern Shore oyster sanctuary midway though the project....

Light House Center benefits

Three thousand dollars toward ending homelessness in Annapolis. That’s the takeaway from Heritage Baptist Church’s 10th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center. Thus, the free lunch prepared by Blackwall Hitch Chef Zachary Pope cost each of its 300-plus eaters about $10. Not a bad price for high-end chili, chicken noodle or baked potato soups along with salad, bread and dessert. Plus, of course, a good cause.     Ladling...

Calvert Marine Museum hosts country star June 4

Love Chris Young? You’ll be counting the days till June 4. That’s when you get to join the sexiest man in country music under the stars at Calvert Marine Museum’s first concert of the 2016 season.     Museum members get first shot at tickets on April 5, with public sales following.

But skip GoFundMe

Like many construction projects, the Tiny House Capstone project at South River High School has hit a snag. The project’s GoFundMe donation campaign has been ended, and GoFundMe donors are receiving refunds.     STEM Green Architecture and Sustainable Design class, under the direction of Michael Bartek and Matthew Schrader, are designing the tiny House. Center of Applied Technology South students, under James Turek, are building it. Students plan to finish the house this...

$1,000 can buy a lot of books

The Lothian Ruritan Club is offering nine $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in southern Anne Arundel County and northern Calvert County to study at two- and four-year colleges or trade schools. Funds are raised in annual sales of citrus, Burger Burns and spaghetti dinners, as well as contributions and endowments from Ruritan members. Deadline is Feb. 23: lothianruritans.org.

Find it in our new Coloring Corner

Not everybody has been lucky in love. So a lucky other’s love story may not universally engender sighs of contentment. If love has done you wrong, your Bay Weekly pick of the week may not be James Baden and Mackenzie Williams’ Love Story, recounted by staff writer Kathy Knotts.     Fortunately, that’s not the whole story of Bay Weekly. Every week, it’s our mission to have something for almost everybody.     This week, we send you a...

Small gardens can yield big rewards

Short on space or sun but longing for your own fresh vegetables? You can garden with as little as a square foot of space. Dwarf varieties of vegetables grow successfully in limited space, including planter boxes. You can find them in the seed catalogs arriving by mail this time of year.     Small or not, all vegetables need full sun. For that, no amount of fertilizer can substitute. So watch where the sun falls now, remembering that in full summer it will take a more northerly...

It’s the critical link to your fish

In my considerable exposure to big fish stories over the years, I’ve noticed that many failures and disasters focus on one recurring cause: tired fishing line. That is unfortunate, especially as the cost of replacing the line on most reels is less than a six-pack.     How do you know when it’s time to replace your line?     If you’re asking yourself that question, the answer is yes. When in doubt, replace.     Monofilament can...

Winters’ luminaries are giving way to those of spring

As dusk gives way to darkness around 6:30, the sky comes alive with the constellations of winter and some of the brightest stars in the sky. High in the south stands Orion, facing west toward the bull Taurus. Behind the hunter come his hounds, Canis Major and Minor. Above Orion are the stick-like figures of the Gemini twins, and to their east is a loop of stars forming Auriga the charioteer. The luminaries of these constellations themselves loosely form the Great Winter Circle, in which the...

This Ferris Bueller of superheroes shows the Marvel squares how it’s done

Former Special Forces soldier Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds: Self/less) is a terrible hero, eking out a living as a mercenary. His main interests are having sex with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin: Gotham), starting bar fights and cracking wise.     Then Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer. To buy time with Vanessa, he signs up for experimental treatments at a shady corporate facility. Unsurprisingly, Wade is subjected to terrible things.     The...