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Here’s to one more summer of reading

Sweet fish swim in sweetwater

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  Another Member of the Osprey Fan Club Dear Bay Weekly: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading the weekly Osprey Saga by Michael Koblos. These are amazing birds. –Peg Richardson, Lusby   Loving Rivers Dear Bay Weekly: Thank you for the excellent June 24 editorial, “Love a River,” reminding us of the role of our rivers and our history, followed by the feature about mapmaker Dave Linthicum’s passion for the Patuxent. What better time than summer to...

Bay Weekly’s 2010 Summer Book Guide

  Ahhhh, summer. The season synonymous with vacation: that hard-earned leisure time when we finally give ourselves permission to retreat and, for a short respite, do nothing. Or, at least, do very little. Wherever your retreat — a sandy beach, a cool blue pool, fresh pine-scented mountains or as far as your backyard hammock in the shade of the big old oak tree — it’s better with a good book. Bay Weekly’s 2010 Summer Book Guide helps you pick the right book. To start...

With more books and more formats than ever, only time stands in your way

  My husband worries that you’re not reading books. He worries because he’d like to be writing books. As a Washington newspaper correspondent, he’s an endangered species because everybody knows you’re reading fewer newspapers — and shorter stories — though not less news. So here he is in the age of tweets, with many more words still in his computer. Books are his hope of last resort — if only you’ll read them. But you’re not, according...

Rod maker George Pavlik had agonized over this rod —
the perfect stick for casting to white perch

  My skiff had drifted a good distance from the cove’s rip-rapped edge by the time I glimpsed the slight flash. It was the gold/green hue of a big white perch, deep and near the rocks. Arcing my spinner bait out over the growing distance, I got it close to the mark.  - I gave the lure just a second or two to get down, then started to crank. The fish must have hit it on the drop, because I was immediately solid. It felt like a good one. Playing it gently, I kept a good bend in...

The statues of Easter Island have front-row seats for solar eclipse

  Early risers Friday might catch the last of the waning crescent moon low in the east in the 90 minutes before daybreak at 5:48. Ten degrees to its left, glows Aldebaran, the bright red heart of Taurus the bull.  Later that same day, as darkness settles in after 8:30, Venus appears above the west horizon. The bluish light of Regulus shines about one degree to the lower left of Venus, but there is no comparison, as the so-called evening star shines more than 150 times brighter than...

Week 17: Coming Along Fine

  Olivia is rearranging the furniture again. She’s been tugging and pushing and bringing in new twigs and slowly widening and, at the same time, lowering the edges of the nest in preparation for Junior’s growth and ultimate venture into flying. In the end, the nest will be as flat and broad as she can make it. The feeding goes on, and Junior keeps growing. It takes about eight weeks from hatching to flight, so we have a ways to go before Junior takes to the air. Sometime in mid...

-We welcome your opinions and letters – with name and address. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, 1629 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 •E-mail them to editor@bayweekly.com. or submit your letters on-line by clicking here.

  -What’s Up with the Fish Nets? Dear Bay Weekly: On July 4, we were enjoying the Bay and went by fish nets. We were shocked there were so many dead rockfish that we got the camera and took a picture. Is this because they did not work the nets due to the holiday? Or is this just normal net business? –Curious boaters, Linda & Matt: outat45@cox.net Editor’s reply: We’ve never seen dead fish in a fish net. Perhaps readers can supply an answer? - Feeling the...

Chesapeake Field Guides travel with you by iPad or iPhone

  Chesapeake Bay? There’s an app for that. Last week, the Chesapeake Bay Trust released an iOS application called Chesapeake Field Guide. If you’ve ever been out of doors and wondered what that bird call is or if that plant is dangerous, answers are now only a tap away. “It’s a fantastic tool for people to learn about the Bay, with thousands of images at the palm of your hand,” says Alex Hance, executive director at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “The core...

With oyster supplies stifled by the Gulf oil spill, demand for shell grows

  The oil itself may not soil the Bay, but the effects of the massive spill are being felt along its shores by the people who depend on the Gulf fisheries for a living. Jobs are being lost as Virginia and Maryland oyster shucking houses have already begun to see their oyster supply dry up as Gulf fisheries close, one by one. Louisiana supplies Maryland shucking houses with between 60 and 70 percent of their oysters. In turn, those shucking houses provide shells for Maryland’s seed...

Helping his Duke team win the NCAA basketball championship has earned Nolan Smith, of Upper Marlboro, no summer vacation

  A Bay Weekly exclusive   Only 3.6 seconds remained in the last college basketball game of the season, on April 5, when Butler’s Gordon Hayward grabbed a rebound and sped upcourt. The six-foot-eight Hayward, soon to be a wealthy pro, launched a prayer from 50 feet. Its trajectory held rapt the attention of some 49 million people watching on television — not to mention the thousands in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Would the ball go in to provide a real-life...