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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio raced across America with local support

The race to end polio has stretched farther than Race Across ­America’s 3,000 miles, all around the world. It has lasted longer, 39 years instead of a week. But this year’s race brings the killer closer to eradication. In its third year racing, Team Rotary Race Across America’s Polio raised an all-time high of $1 million to destroy the dread disease in its last strongholds, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Team Rotary RAAMs Polio reached new personal bests in both time and...

Play to remember — and repay

After Michael Schrodel’s early death in 2001, his family and brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity of Frostburg State University hosted a golf tournament to celebrate his life and memory. “He wanted to give back to organizations that helped him when he was sick,” says his daughter Carmen, a student at James Madison University. “My dad liked to golf, so we figured a golf tournament would be a good way to bring people together for such a great cause.” In 15 years,...

Watch for babies and respect elders 

The common snapping turtle’s life history shows extreme longevity and perseverance. They begin their life by cutting through an eggshell, digging through a half foot of dirt, then crawling up to a half mile to water. Many eggs are eaten by raccoons, and the tiny young are food for many animals, even other turtles. Living on a diet of insects, tadpoles and minnows, the young spend most of their time hiding in dense pond weeds. The first two years of life are the hardest. Very few...

Nextival promises the next level in good times

Nextival is “the next evolution in a festival,” according to its creator Billy Zero.     “I wanted to do something for families and kids because there’s not very much at a lot of events,” he tells Bay Weekly.     Nextival brings all that and more to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds this weekend.     You’ll hear 40 bands. Topping this year’s roster for Zero is the D.C. band RDGLDGRN: “They’re...

SPCA reprises its two-species Cruise on the Bay

Annapolis is one dog-friendly town, from water bowls and treats outside of Main Street stores to events made just for furry friends. On July 19, Annapolis further appreciates its dogs when the Anne Arundel Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals partners with Watermark Cruises for its sixth dog Cruise on the Bay. “A cruise,” says Watermark’s Katie Redmiles “because the dogs can get the breeze from the water and we don’t have to worry about problems with...

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

Teaming up to help Captain America fight the Avengers, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd: Mute) broke federal law. He escapes prison on a plea bargain: two years of house arrest and no hanging with superheroes.     For a year and 51 weeks, Lang has kept his promise. At home, he helps fellow former felons launch the X-Con security company and sets up elaborate games to entertain his daughter.     His enforced tranquility is shocked by a memory that seems to belong not to him...

A 2018 high school grad explains how America vanquished its most numerous bird

Passenger pigeons were once the most numerous birds in North America, thought to number in the billions. They were beautiful creatures, larger and more colorful than their cousin, the mourning dove. Their tremendous and deafening nomadic flocks darkened the skies for hours, sending chickens to roost and panicking people and livestock. The adage safety in numbers could have been coined for passenger pigeons, for they were protected by the size of their flocks.     Yet the birds...

Take care of yourself and the fish

Temperatures flirting with triple digits mean difficult times on the Chesapeake, not only for anglers but also for the fish. The young and old are the most susceptible to heatstroke, but everyone needs to be aware of the danger, as it can be fatal. Heatstroke often gives no warning, ­quickly rendering you unconscious. So take special precautions if fishing or paddling solo. Staying hydrated, continually drinking water, is a must when the temperatures go above the 80s. It would be...

How Executive Chef Steve Hardison keeps it fresh for Pirates Cove

Change is good. Renovating menus keeps a restaurant fresh and innovative. The old adage, don’t mess with a good thing, isn’t always true.     Modifying the words may be simple, but setting those changes in motion can be daunting. Executive Chef Steve Hardison of Pirates Cove, in Galesville, knows this all too well.     A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Hardison has more than 30 years in the restaurant industry, cooking...

Swimming in our Chesapeake — more than ever

There are many fish in the Bay. Most of them we never see — unless we’re catching as well as fishing.     Dolphins are the exception — in two ways. First, they’re mammals, not fish. Second, they break the surface of the water once or twice each minute for air because dolphins, like us humans, need to breathe.     The shiny mammals that surface, then splash back down are likely the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). They travel in...