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Cool high-summer recipes from Maryland’s 2014 Buy Local Cookbook

Many local chefs and restaurants are on the bandwagon

Satisfy thirst and more at the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show

Great Spangled Fritillary

Buying local? Try vinegar lulled for five months in a skipjack’s hull

When fishing is good it is very good; When it is bad, it’s still pretty good

There’s a lot of weird stuff in 117.65 tons of waste

  Over 7,055 volunteers waded into the murky depths of the Potomac River and its tributaries at the 22nd annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up. They emerged with over 117.65 tons of waste and litter. Those numbers are still climbing: The cleanup continues thru May 1. After all these years, there’s still plenty to clean up, according to Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Coordinator Becky Horner of the Alice Ferguson Foundation. The environmental education non-profit, based in Accokeek...

Here’s how

  This year will be the best season in over a decade for Chesapeake Bay crabbers. The Department of Natural Resources estimates that the blue crab population is up 60 percent, the highest number since 1997. If you want to get a share of this delicious Chesapeake bounty, now is the time to start preparations and acquire the necessary gear. Assuming that you have even the most modest of boats (even a canoe or kayak will do), the best method to employ, especially if you’re just starting...

In the case of brightness, less is more

  The sun winks from view at 8:05 Friday, setting almost a minute later each following night. As the sun sets, the first light you’re likely to see emerging from the darkness is the evening star Venus high in the west. Blazing near magnitude –4, there’s no mistaking Venus for either first-magnitude Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus the bull below and to the right of the planet, or golden Capella of Auriga the charioteer, shining at zero magnitude above and to the left of...

And she’s still my champion

  My mother was a reuser well before it became one of the fashionable three Rs every schoolchild knows today. At 93, she still lives by herself in the house where I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts. My twin sister Patty and I always knew if we needed a box, any size or shape, Mom would have it. Her packrat nature extended to coffee cans, rags, glass jars and plastic containers. Remember Skinny Minny ice milk from the 1960s? She has a collection of tubs in her basement if you need one...
  Hooray! We have eggs! the only question is how many she will have, two or three. As close as I could tell, she started incubating last Sunday morning. From my window I can just barely see the top of her head. This now begins the quiet days. Day will follow day, and she will sit, fair weather or foul, 24/seven, for about five weeks, when the fledglings will crack their eggs and appear. Oliver is now very attentive to her, sitting beside her for long periods, and he brings her a nice big...

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  The English Burns Writes Dear Bay Weekly: The review of the movie Date Night in the issue of April 15 is either written in some non-standard version of English grammar, or it has suffered from a glitch of editing. I hope this can be blamed on a computer somewhere, rather than human design. –Bill Seabrook, Dunkirk   Editor’s reply: Sounds like film reviewer Mark Burns’ distinctive style has pushed beyond your tolerance limits. Please help me by being more specific....

14 stops on an avid recycler’s way to lighter living

  In the April 29-May 5 issue, reader Farley Peters of Fairhaven, wrote, “What do we do with all this stuff?” I’m glad you asked. In 2006, I lived in a five-bedroom house. Now, in 2010, and two major moves later, I’m in a two-bedroom apartment. And I don’t rent a storage locker! Keeping stuff out of the landfill has been a big part of this transition. It can be a challenge, particularly if you are, as I am, the inheritor of a lot of pack-rat genes. However,...

Give each plant room, and you’ll eat bigger, better vegetables

  Just because the plants are small, you don’t need to plant them shoulder to shoulder. Crowding is a common problem with beginning gardeners and, with some gardeners, remains a problem. It is not uncommon to see three to four tomato plants growing where only one should have been planted. A tomato plant that has been allowed nine square feet of space will produce many more tomatoes than plants given only four square feet of growing space. Plants such as tomatoes, peppers and...

Can readers see beyond the block to the big picture?

  A small slice of Chesapeake Country gets a new newspaper this week. Starting May 6, The Chesapeake Current promises to appear in print and online every-other Thursday. The new arrival has nothing to do with Bay Weekly. But the birth of any newspaper, like the birth of a new baby, is good news. It’s an act of faith in the future that brings a smile to the face of even experienced mothers, who know the truth and trouble that lie ahead. Newspapers are not as risky an enterprise as...

Anne Arundel Countians ponder their animal magnetism at the first annual Do You Look Like Your Pet Competition

  Fifty-five Marylanders visited Quiet Waters Park May 2 in hopes that they would be told they looked like a dog. A cat. Even a rabbit. The people were participating in a new kind of beauty pageant, Anne Arundel County’s first annual Do You Look Like Your Pet? Contest. The brainchild of County Executive John R. Leopold, the contest judged which countians bore remarkable resemblances to their pets. - “I came up with the idea because I thought it would be fun. And it was,”...