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Your pot must runneth over

A triumph of hope over experience

We’ve saved the best for last


My favorite stories of 2016

Solving problems, finding solutions

If Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Claro and Ray ‘Ray Ray’ Werwie Jr. had not stepped up to help, Enzo Tannozzini would have been in long-term rehab.     Instead, through a series of happenstances, Tannozzini’s happily back home.     The World War II veteran had fallen and broken his hip. Now he could come home … if their Franklin Manor home had wheelchair access. With little hope and less money, wife Juanita Tannozzini didn’t...

I’m inspissated. How about you?

Too hot to move. Too hot to cook. Too hot to exercise (except water aerobics). Too hot to sleep.     Just how hot is it?     Hotter than it’s ever been — relatively speaking.     “July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began,” the Baltimore Sun reminds me, sourcing NASA.     July 2002 felt plenty miserable to then Bay Weekly contributor April Falcon Doss. Heat, she reminded...

There may be a fungus in your soil

Every year, a number of readers complain that their garden did not produce as much as last year’s.     If your garden is on poorly drained soil, you can blame some of the problem on wet feet. All vegetable-producing plants demand well-drained soils. Soils that tend to remain wet for several days after a hefty rain can cause roots to rot, thus reducing crop yields.     Or your problem could be a fungus.     If your garden is small and you are...

Plan B might be your score

I lifted my rod tip to strike and felt a solid resistance. The small rod bowed. About 30 feet from the boat, I saw the swirl of a fish breaching just under the surface. Then my drag started to sing. We were in the skinny water just off of a rocky Bay shoreline and throwing Capt. Bert’s Perch Pounders.     There was either a really big white perch at the end of my line — or a lurking rockfish had fallen victim to my black-and-orange spinner bait. After about 50 yards...

This stunning Disney remake features a ­charming dragon and a good moral

Forest Ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard: Jurassic World) has found many strange things in the wood. The oddest of all might be Pete (Oakes Fegley: Person of Interest), a bedraggled 10-year-old who’s lived for five years in the forest after his parents’ death.     Pete had help surviving the wolves and cold. He credits his friend Elliot, who he describes as a giant green dragon.     Perhaps Pete’s story is the product of a traumatized...

Readers shared their stories — and pictures — of animal companionship. The stories are wonderful; they'll bring tears to your eyes and laughter to your heart and lips.

              DOG DAYS A big bow wow to our canine compadres Piper at Work and Play Bay Weekly Distribution Dog a satisfied senior Piper is known to many Bay Weekly readers as the Distribution Dog for Bay Weekly. She’s about 12 now — or 84 in people years — and still going strong. Gray is taking over her face, including her eyelashes. She is the epitome of a senior dog, set in her habits and becoming more hardheaded each day. The recent...

The story of the Chessie

  The Chesapeake retriever originated in Maryland, developed to suit the climate and the waters of the Bay.     In 1807, a British ship wrecked off the coast of Maryland. Among the crew and cargo saved by another ship were two Newfoundland puppies. These pups turned out to be great retrievers and were bred with flat- and curly-coated retrievers as well as other dogs to create our Chessies.     “They love the water and can swim in the coldest conditions...

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Treats

No-bake dog treats are an easy, quick way to make great healthy snacks for your favorite pooch. These treats come together quickly and are a tasty boost of fiber and protein that any dog will enjoy. The treats are a great way to indulge your dog with snacks with ingredients you trust. Makes about 20 treats 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup water 2½ and 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (3 cups total)     In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high to...

No-kill shelter construction planned for 2018 in Prince Frederick

About animal well-being, Calvert County is a passionate place. Devoted animal lovers have made it so, pouring time, effort and fundraising into the creation of a half-dozen welfare organizations for animals in need, including shelters, clinics, a resale shop raising funds for neutering and spaying and a feral cat sanctuary.     Now county government is stepping up in a big way to create Calvert’s first dedicated, publicly funded shelter for homeless and neglected animals....

You can bring your dog to any of the public parks in Anne Arundel or Calvert counties, but most require that you keep them on a leash.     For off-leash play, six dog parks in Anne Arundel and two in Calvert offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Aggressive dogs are banned from dog parks.     Some of the dog parks are set inside larger parks where...