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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

Farming is in Nick Walter’s genes
       You know the season has changed when you look across the sprawling fields of the Walter family farm, dotted brilliant orange with autumn’s signature crop: pumpkins.          There Nick Walter is happily knee-deep in his element, harvesting the fruit of his labor.         Just 21 years old, this hard-working, fourth-generation, Maryland farmer is the future of Maryland agriculture. Back in June, Nick planted these...

Each tree adds its own color to the landscape

     Ah, October has returned. That means ghouls and goblins, pumpkins and apples, flannel and bonfires. The air is seemingly crisper with each passing week, and specks of red and yellow are beginning to adorn the trees. Leaf-peeping fever is right around the corner.      The eastern woodlands provide some of the best fall foliage to be found anywhere in the world. Our forests are filled with mostly deciduous (leaf-losing) trees including a wide variety of maples,...

How to see a Butter Butt among them

      Early October is the height of the fall bird migrations. Each day, thousands of hawks fly south along the Appalachian mountain ridges, and many more smaller birds are swept to the coastal side of the mountains as they move south. The small birds — including vireos, warblers, fly catchers and sparrows — travel at night and rest during the day.       So many small birds travel together nightly that they can be seen by radar as a low cloud and have...
      Archaeologists in Norway are celebrating with mugs of glogg after discovering an extremely rare Viking ship, likely the final resting place of a Viking king or queen more than 1,000 years ago.          Ground-penetrating radar operated by the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Research found the 65-foot-long vessel close to the surface near Oslo, Norway’s capital, alongside 10 graves. Few intact Viking ships exist, and a spokesman...

Mr. Boh presents a check to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

       All hot summer long, Baltimore’s Natty Boh gathered tabs and cash to give to Maryland’s favorite crustaceans.       From June to September, Natty Boh 12- and 16-ounce cans came with red, crab-etched tabs. For every tab returned, 10 cents was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s local blue crab research and habitat restoration efforts.        The program, Tabs for Crabs, ran statewide in Delaware, Maryland,...

Smithsonian encourages teens to dip their toes into filmmaking 

       If you’re looking for storytellers to tell tales of their love for water, ask a Chesapeake Country native.        Who’s asking for stories?         It’s the Smithsonian.       Calvert Library was selected to join the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition, a study on the significance of water in communities across the country.         “Getting the exhibition...

Share the road during harvest season

      With the arrival of fall, farmers from many of Maryland’s 12,300 farms take their work to the streets. The fall harvest season extends to early November. On rural roads and even highways, motorists should be prepared to share as farmers move between working fields. Along major farming routes, electronic signs help remind you to be patient with sometimes sluggish farm equipment.        “Farmers understand that your commute is delayed and will...

Giving away $35K to celebrate the milestone 

      The Eastport waterfront overlooking Spa Creek was evolving in 1983, when Carrol’s Creek Café became one of the first tenants in the Annapolis City Marina.        “The Annapolis Yacht Club, Chart House and working boatyards were our neighbors,” says Jeff Jacobs, second-generation owner of Carrol’s Creek Café. “Eastport was seeing its renaissance.”       Back then, Jeff’s father, lawyer Joseph Jacobs...

February 23,1946 - October 12, 2018

       One day in late April 1993, Sonia Linebaugh dropped in to see how we were doing in making New Bay Times. She stayed for four and a half years.        What Sonia did to nourish the infant newspaper for all the next 192 weeks is recorded in black and white history, in our evolving masthead and recurring pages. Those faded pages, preserved in New Bay Times, New Bay Times~Weekly and Bay Weekly volume books, tell a long story but an incomplete one....

Angling early and late takes quiet self-control

      Darkness was closing in, and I had almost exhausted my repertoire of lures and presentations. Surface lures and swimmers had drawn no attention. My last resort for this location was a fresh-water bass rig, a dark-hued but sparkly anise-scented Bass Assassin, rigged snag-less with a lightly weighted (1⁄8-ounce) hook and its point buried just under the surface of the soft plastic body.       The rock-strewn bottom of the shallow cove I was fishing was the...