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Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

Growing corn is a-mazing

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

21st century tools reveal secrets of 17th century town 

       Along the quiet shores of Battle Creek, a determined research team regroups to search for remnants of the 17th century town of Calverton. Calverton, aka Battle Town or Calvert Towne, is among the earliest settlements in Calvert County.       Typically, “these sites hide,” says state terrestrial archeologist Dr. Charles Hall of our early settlements. “Only a fraction of the approximately 13,000 archeological sites in Maryland have been...

One native leads to another

       “How about a little Joe-pye weed? They’ll give you some color, purple flowers in late summer. Butterflies love them,” Elmer Dengler suggested. Bowie City Green Team member Dengler was dispensing advice to a customer at the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club’s 30th annual native plants sale, one of the ways the team promotes its mission of Bringing Back Birds and Butterflies.        In a public lecture the night before, researchers...
Their prayerful attitude is deceptive, for all three species are cannibals
      Three species of praying mantis live in Maryland: the Chinese, the European and the Carolina. As you can tell by the names, two are introduced species and one is native. All have a similar life cycle but differ a little in their preferred habitats.       The Chinese, a large blue-green species, is more common in urban areas in and around gardens. The European, common all over the state, grows to large adulthood and, with a brighter green abdomen below dull...

Bay Blues, Safe Boating, Cow Laser Eyes

The Blues are Back Good music for good causes at Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival   Blues is a tonic for whatever  ails you. I could play the blues  and then not be blue anymore. –B. B. King         Born in the Deep South at the turn of the 20th century, blues music has evolved through time and space to reflect the heart and soul of America, Twenty years ago ­— in the pouring rain –— the inaugural Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival brought...

All that and more this issue in Bay Weekly

       As the year turns, here we are in stepping-out season, when the young among us leave their nests. You can take that as a metaphor or as fact.         Generations of baby songbirds are already fledging, accounting for the increased volume of birdsong filling the air. Listen, and you’ll hear it.        Read on in Bay Weekly, and you’ll learn that all those baby birds needed a diet of bugs to grow up strong and...
An Easy Story to Navigate        Kudos to J. Alex Knoll for that very wonderful and clear May 10 article on the expansion of the Severn River Bridge. I had no idea of how they were expanding the bridge. I thought they were expanding the bridge itself. The idea of reducing the widths of existing lanes and using the shoulder of the eastbound lane to create a new fourth eastbound lane is real genius. The inclusion of the diagram in the article was perfect, as I could read the...

Good, but not quite good enough

      I had spent some five days on the water over the last couple of weeks, 30-plus long listless hours, waiting for this. My rod tip finally twitched, then twitched again. I eased my outfit from the rod holder just as the fish began to run. Perfect. Giving it a brief five count I put the reel in gear and, as the line came tight, I lifted my rod firmly. Big fish on.       The last of seven boats anchored south of the Baltimore Light, we were trying to score a...

There’s a future in horticulture

       Horticulture is the second largest income-producing agricultural industry in the state of Maryland and the third in the nation. There’s way more to this field than digging holes or filling pots. Horticulture is an evolving science. The efficient production of fruits and vegetables, 60 percent of our daily diet, requires a thorough knowledge of plant and soil sciences as well as tons of experience.        Growers of greenhouse and nursery...

Passion or obligation: That’s the choice

      Ronit (Rachel Weisz: My Cousin Rachel) returns to her Orthodox community to mourn her father, a revered rabbi. She has lived in New York by choice and in exile since the revelation of her teenage fling with another woman, Esti (Rachel McAdams: Game Night).        Returning home as a successful photographer, Ronit learns that even in mourning she is shunned. In neither her father’s obituary nor his will is she acknowledged as his only child. She is...

How handwriting analysis helped me forgive my mother — and myself

A Mother’s Day story by Jane Elkin           On March 3, 2004, I boarded a plane for New Hampshire to sit vigil at my mother’s deathbed. Waiting at the gate, I wrote this page in my diary. It’s the lyrics to Nella Fantasia (In My Fantasy), a Sarah Brightman song that haunted me for two months and was the last music my mother ever heard, my final gift before singing at her funeral.         I didn’t want to do it, but Mom...