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Get in touch with wildlife at ­Patuxent Research Refuge

Time traveling at Chesapeake Marketplace

Go quietly, look and listen

Visiting friends and family gets you go-go-going

For a sweet birthday, plan a favorites tour

Dear Bay Weekly: Steve Carr wrote a great article on the United States Yacht Shows [Where We Live: Oct. 7]. To answer his question, technically, we are the oldest and largest in-water new sailboat show in the world. We are also the oldest in-water powerboat show. Since most other boat shows in the world are made up of both power and sail, neither providing the critical mass to stand alone, we can boast these things. Another interesting item to research would be where we stand in the world...

Fall’s cool, western winds drive birds of prey our way

Fall is the time for raptor migration. For a few days after a cold front, when the wind comes from the west or north, hawks, eagles and falcons pass overhead in large numbers. It could be that cooler temperatures stimulate a response that makes the birds move.  Places to visit: Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena; Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Classes and field trips to see and identify hawks: The Audubon Naturalist Society, www.audubonnaturalist.org. Books: Hawks in Flight by...

To help you vote, Shukoor Ahmed has an election app for your smart phone

With elections just days away, Shukoor Ahmed is working quickly to spread the word of his company’s latest smart phone application for Maryland voters. Ahmed combined his passion for politics with his entrepreneurial spirit to make a livelihood with voting tools. “I am politically active,” says the 48-year-old Bowie resident, who says he is living the American dream after immigrating from India 18 years ago with $500 in his pocket. “So my friends call me when they have...

Mast year creates a bounty of acorns, which should lead to a bounty of bushy tails next year

Which came first, the acorn or the squirrel?  Whichever you prefer, both will be doing exceptionally well this year as acorns fill the forest floor and squirrels’ stomachs. For both species, 2010 is a mast year. “The term mast year refers to a year with an abundant mast crop, mast being the generic term for the fruits of forest trees,” explains Kenneth Jolly of Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Service. These years mostly depend on climatic variations...

Let the stalks yellow before cutting

A Bay Weekly reader called asking when to cut back asparagus tops. Not yet! To maximize next year’s crop and to get early production of sprouts, delay cutting back the tops of asparagus plants until after they have turned completely yellow. You want all the nitrogen in the stems and foliage to migrate back to the roots in the ground. As the chlorophyll in the stems and leaves breaks down, the tissues turn yellow. What is occurring within the stem is migration of the nitrogen in the...

The title’s a metaphor; this play’s a triumph

We hear a lot these days about relationships. There’s the romantic kind, and then there are other kinds: husband/wife, brother/sister, parent/offspring as well as the illicit kind, among others, some of which migrate from one form to another. In Bay Theatre’s fine new production, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (we’ll discuss the title later; stick with me), we see relationships that are stretched to the breaking point. Two married couples are spending a holiday weekend at a beach...
Dear Bay Weekly: The September 30 issue of Bay Weekly had two articles that contradicted each other in a rather profound way. “Pulling Pennies from the Air” sung the praises of wind power. The very next article “The TALL Price of Power,” lamented the installation of 75-foot-tall utility poles in Huntingtown to maintain electric distribution stability. Wind power is generated by wind turbines. According to Wikipedia, a typical commercial wind turbine is 130 to 300 feet...

What fascinates us comes to define us

What fascinates you? I’ve built a career of getting people to tell me their answer to that question. Over the years, I’ve learned that people are fascinated by many things, often things you or I might call odd. Like stretch-and-sew sewing. That was the short-term fascination of one dear old friend whose obsessions, I’m glad to say, changed frequently. I’m glad because I’d hate to sum up Sue’s life by saying she hand-made T-shirts.  Because what...

An upstart horse owner rocks the racing world in this capable equine sports drama.

Penny (Diane Lane: Nights in Rodanthe) is a Denver housewife returned to the family’s Virginia horse farm by her mother’s death. She means to stay just long enough to set the stables in order. But Penny’s equestrian id returns full force, and her passion flares when she’s gifted with the prize foal that will become Secretariat. She’s hooked. Soon — with the help of trainer Lucien (John Malkovich: Jonah Hex), plus a few friends — Penny finds herself...

From Zeus’ paramour to Arthur’s kingdom

The waxing moon reaches first-quarter on the 14th, appearing due south as the sun sets, well before 6:30 this week, and setting around midnight. Each night the moon appears 15 degrees farther east at sunset, and each evening it sets almost an hour later. The night of the 19th, the gibbous moon passes six degrees north of brilliant Jupiter.  Jupiter, brighter than any star, beckons low in the east-southeast as darkness settles. Look for him high in the south around midnight and edging...