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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

Unique charity helps locals adopt a child and support a widow

      Kadee Corley waits for her phone to ring. The call she expects will change her life, and the lives of her husband Bryan and their seven-year-old son Bryce. Forever.        They are waiting to hear if the next member of their family is ready to come home. To Odenton. From Bulgaria.       “We struggled trying to get pregnant with our first child, and after three miscarriages we finally had our beautiful son,” says Kadee.  ...
These little birds are high-performance machines
      Hummingbirds are here, and by mid-May the migration should be complete. Arriving before many high-nectar flowers are blooming, they eat lots of small flying insects. They also will drink the tree sap from the holes made by sapsuckers.      The ruby-throated males arrive first and set up territories that they protect from rivals. When a white-throated female enters the male’s space, he may begin a dazzling courtship display in flight. If the courtship is...

Rack up the miles for good bodies, good causes

        Whether you’re trying to get into better shape, logging steps and miles on your activity tracker or seeking some friendly competition, this weekend has got you covered. Each of three walk/run races helps you do good for your body and for a great cause.   27th SPCA Walk for the Animals       Annapolis goes to the dogs in the Anne Arundel County SPCA’s largest fundraising event of the year. This nonprofit agency depends solely on...

Severn River Bridge; Pigs & Pearls update; Helly Hansen NOOD; Boater Safety; Rivers Edge Restaurant; Goldman Environmental Prize

Easing Backup on the Severn River Bridge Additional eastbound lane now open        If the Bay Bridge is the gateway to the Eastern Shore, the Severn River Bridge, five miles to the west, is the gateway to the Bay Bridge.        At peak driving times, that gateway turns into a major bottleneck.       More than 125,000 vehicles crossed the Severn River Bridge on a typical weekday last year. On a Friday in summertime, that number climbed an...
Put Solar Panels over Parking Lots       It should be unlawful to use good agricultural land for establishing solar farms when there are thousands of parking lots. Parking lots only serve for  parking vehicles. Asphalt covered parking lots re-radiate heat into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming, and the polluted water runoff often causes flooding, overloading streams resulting in bank erosion and the killing of fish.        With a little...

Blooming May invites us into nature

     About May Baskets, I am full of opinions.      On May 1, the fast-unfolding year 2018 reaches the cross-quarter day between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, bringing us the milding of spring. Oh happy day! we should shout, for we have been sore oppressed, complaining bitterly about cold and wind. On such a short-sleeves day as this, we ought to be celebrating. We ought to be hanging May baskets with the temper of enthusiasm we indulge on the...

We have to be ready to fish hard when the rockfish finally bite

      Big rockfish are still a no-show. Discouraged by the absence, the number of anglers has dwindled as well. Low water temperatures are the culprit blamed for this unusual paucity of big fish cruising the Bay proper. DNR fishing reports say most of the rockfish in the area are still high up in the tributaries awaiting the proper conditions to spawn.       Recent reproductive activity has been reported in the upper Choptank and the Nanticoke, and there is every...

Aeration and compost beat fertilizer this time of year

       If you cut your grass with a riding lawnmower or your lawn is a frequently used playground, most likely the soil is compacted and the turf would benefit from a good aeration. The purpose of aeration is to loosen the soil to improve both drainage and air flow. Grass roots breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. This is entirely opposite of what leaves do.       Select the proper aerator for the job. Aerators with long, solid, pointed spikes add to...

Disney puts all its heroes in one basket in this epic action movie

     The once mighty Avengers are in tatters. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.: Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Captain America (Chris Evans: Gifted) are feuding. Thor (Chris Hemsworth: 12 Strong) is drifting in space after destroying his home world to save his people. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo: Thor: Ragnarok) is still trying to find himself.        The divided heroes reunite to battle a baddie of galactic proportions.       Thanos (Josh Brolin: Only the...

Like their owners, wooden boats don’t live forever. But the 1948 Trumpy yacht Counterpoint survives piece by salvaged piece

      The Trumpy yacht Counterpoint waited dry-docked at Herrington Harbor North for the right person to come along and shine her up, clean her decks and splash her into the water again. That person would have to match the dedication and vision of her former owner, William Watkins, who passed away in 2015.       As wooden boat enthusiasts know, caring for a ship like this is equal parts passion, grueling work and money. They agree, nonetheless, that wooden boats...