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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 

A timely reminder of the power of kindness.

Fred Rogers was an unlikely television sensation. Sets were cheap, puppets shabby and the host refused to wear silly costumes or pander to young children. Yet Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood became a beloved staple of PBS programming. Feeling his genuine interest in them, children connected with Rogers. Parents appreciated that the show dealt with real topics, like assassination and divorce. People flocked to his neighborhood.     An ordained minister and a lifelong registered...

Irresistible ’90s’ choreography with five singing and dancing guys

Altar Boyz is the This is Spinal Tap of boy bands. As that classic 1980s’ movie mocked heavy metal bands, so does Altar Boyz mock the marketed maleness of the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and Menudo. But it does so gently, with an affection that softens the satire and allows the audience to appreciate the characters and their story.     Altar Boyz is a 1990s’ boy band stuck in present times with five-part harmonies, laughable lyrics and the pop-Christian...

Upper Marlboro woman serves on ship 10 times her age

    For America’s 242nd year of independence, Seaman Anansa Wargo, a 2014 graduate of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, celebrates aboard the venerable USS Constitution.     She is part of a handpicked Navy crew of 77 serving on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Famously known as Old Ironsides, the Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate. The 220-year-old ship, anchored in Boston, was named by President...

Follow patriotic history along 560 miles of land and water

    In the British Invasion of the 1960s, the Beatles and the musicians who followed that foursome transformed American music and culture, mostly peacefully.     The British Invasion 150 years earlier was waged by soldiers who sailed up the Chesapeake Bay, advanced along the Potomac, Patuxent and Patapsco rivers and eventually burned the White House and Capitol in Washington, D.C.     The War of 1812 broke out over issues that sound like today...

Armenia glories in a fresh flush of independence

    As Chesapeake Country celebrates the Fourth of July, raising beer bottles and crab mallets to the heroes of America’s Revolutionary War, so here in Armenia — where I’m serving as a Peace Corps volunteer — people are celebrating a revolutionary action of their own.     In April, following mass protests and nationwide marches, Armenia’s best known and least-loved politician was forced to resign. He was hounded out of office by 2.5...
    From San Antonio, a Fourth of July fireworks accident offers a cautionary tale for coming festivities.      You never know when you’ll end up in proximity to a wild child or beer-soaked fellow who blew a chunk of his paycheck on colorful boomers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina or one of those states that sell real fireworks.     So it might be good to hear about the 44-year-old Texan who showed up at the San Antonio Military...

Not every species is a fan of the annual spectacle of light and noise

    No matter how much you like fireworks, your dogs — and maybe cats — are not looking forward to the July 4th tradition. All the festivities, lights and loud noises can frighten and even threaten your furry friends.     Phantom Fireworks, a rapidly expanding fireworks retailer supplying the explosives to national chains, knows the down- as well as the upside of fireworks. From its research come suggestions on how you can help your pet endure the...

Eight restaurants compete for fastest honors

    You’ve got thick skin, you work well with a team, you know how to handle difficult people and your job is sometimes high-stress. What are you?     If you answered food server, you’re correct.     I’ve worked in restaurants for seven years. There’s a general hierarchy to restaurant work. If you want to serve or bartend but have no experience, you’ll probably start as a host. In an unusual twist, I began as a server...

Your guide to fireworks, parades and celebrations

Friday June 29 Historic St. Mary’s Fireworks: Pyrotechnics follow Chesapeake Orchestra’s birthday concert in honor of Leonard Bernstein, with music of Sousa, Tchaikovsky and more. Bring lawn seating and a picnic or buy from food trucks. Arrive early at this thronged summer favorite. 7pm, Townhouse Green, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City: www.chesapeakeorchestra.org.   Saturday, June 30 Chesapeake Beach Fireworks go up from two barges anchored beyond the town...

They don't read, but drivers do

    “Everybody here tries to do everything they can to take care of good ol’ Deale.”     So says Ryan Tucker, son of Joe Tucker, the man behind JT Restorations of Deale. From picking up trash along the road to helping turtles cross the street, Tucker has always had a heart for his hometown.     The recent death of a duckling gave him a new cause. A speeder careless of the creatures that share these backroads hit the bird.  ...