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Sotterley Plantation memorialized as UNESCO Slave Route Project Site
for role in Middle Passage 
Methuselah and Mary Pumphrey lived history

Tinder lights the fire

Army combat veteran uses humor to talk about a difficult subject and to generate awareness of how vets don’t want to be treated differently

Love, inspiration and a bit of praise for men in high places

Discovering the place and the truth behind the legend

My haunted neighborhood is stirring a new custom into our melting pot
       My haunted neighborhood — another story you’ll read in this Halloween Bay Weekly — has a new citizen. Ana Dorantes earns that title not by virtue of age; our youngest citizen is her son Leo Dorantes Groves, who’s a little runabout well past infancy. Ana is our newest United States citizen, sworn in this very month in the celebratory culmination of eight years of naturalization.        She and her all-American family are just...

Friendly and fearful ghosts grapple over marine sanctuary

       The Ghost Fleet emerges from the graveyard of Mallows Bay on the Potomac River at low tide. More than 200 wrecks wallow here in the nation’s, and one of the world’s, largest and most densely packed repository of old wooden ships.        The inventory of boats and ships ranges from a Revolutionary War-era longboat to a ferryboat from the 20th century. Most of the wrecks are remnants of a fleet of wooden transport ships built hastily to...

You can move belongings in and out, but ghosts linger forever 

For John Lederer         I live in a neighborhood of haunted houses.       A couple are pretty scary: long uninhabited, running to run down, overrun by kudzu. Two or three more want to be mansions. Most are just ordinary houses, insofar as any house in this do-it-yourself village is ordinary.       Among our neighbors, ghouls, vampires and chainsaw murderers are poorly represented. We have recluses, and we have pirates. Over the years there...
What I want to know is why
      When we moved into our home 12 years ago, people asked me if we had a ghost.      “Of course not,” I scoffed. “Not every old house is haunted.”       Just as often, I would hear, “Your house. It has this feeling to it, doesn’t it? It’s a very happy place. It’s very inviting and warm.”        I’d agree. I might even add, “We’ve always felt that it chose...

She comes out at night

      Late one evening, near the end of summer, I grabbed a flashlight to take an evening walk. As I swung the light around the dark garage, I saw a very dark object suspended halfway up the back corner. It became obvious, as I neared, that I had found a black widow spider.       The next morning, I completely cleared out the garage. But the night-stalking spider had retreated into a crack in the cement wall. I did not find any egg cases.    ...
Election Day Comes Early You don’t have to wait until November 6; vote from October 25 to November 1      Election Day is November 6, with polls open statewide for all registered voters from 7am to 8pm.       Can’t wait that long?       Eager voters can vote early Thursday, October 25 through November 1, with polls open 10am to 8pm. Instead of your normal polling place, Anne Arundel early birds vote at Anne Arundel County Board of...

An enjoyable adventure for preteens just in time for Halloween

      Twin Beach Players take us on a time-traveling adventure with an adaptation of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, the father of science fiction. Wells’ oft-told tale is now 125 years old.       In Wells’ telling, “the time traveller,” is a scientist; Twin Beach Players playwright Mark Scharf features Wells himself as that main character, time-traveling scientist. Regan Garnett directs the production.      The once-...

Feeder fish are faring well, not so much for baitfish

      This year’s Juvenile Striped Bass Survey (Young-of-Year) looks good. Overall, 33,000 fish of 12 species were netted in the extensive survey. The 1,741 stripers among them were a welcome relief, as six of the last 10 spawns have been below average for our favorite sport and eating fish.       The Juvenile Striped Bass Survey has been conducted since 1954 by Maryland Department of Natural Resources from some 22 fixed sites throughout Maryland’s...

A horror rematch 40 years in the making 

     In 1978, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis: New Girl) survived masked lunatic Michael Myers’ murder spree. Her friends were butchered, but Laurie lived to see Michael captured and committed. Still, she couldn’t move on.       Over 40 years, Laurie prepares for what she believes is Myers’ inevitable escape. She learns how to booby-trap her home, how to shoot, how to fight off an attacker in close quarters. She runs drill attacks and teaches...

Everyone has a story — which makes a long play

       Don’t blame yourself if you’ve never heard of The Babylon Line, the second show of Colonial Players’ 70th season. It opened off Broadway in December 2016 and closed after just seven weeks.          Playwright Richard Greenburg chose the title from the Long Island Railroad’s line. In 1967, Aaron Port rides that line to reverse commutes from New York City to Levittown to teach an adult-education writing...