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U.S. Powerboat Show back to its former glory

I built the General Lee in less than a week — and raced it, too

Temptation awaits at the Boat Show

Great Schooner Race, Volvo Ocean Race set sail

Good neighbor provides trailside rest area

Keep him in the lab and out of my kitchen!

The heavenly bull’s glare

As darkness settles, the bright glow of Jupiter pierces the east-southeast horizon, by far the brightest light in the sky, as the moon spends this week waning through pre-dawn skies. The gaseous giant is high in the south at midnight, and as dawn nears, it sets beneath the western horizon. Around 10pm, the star Aldebaran rises in the east. The red glaring eye of Taurus the bull is one of the oldest recognized stars within one of the oldest recognized constellations. Among the paintings found on...

Sometimes the crab catches you

  The sudden pain was excruciating. The Jimmie I was attempting to free from my net was not particularly large, but it had closed its pincer firmly across the tip of my middle finger and was bearing down with unbelievable pressure. Just a moment’s inattention, and I’d been caught like the rankest amateur crabber. It hurt like hell. I yelled out in agony. My right hand held the crab net that had captured the rascal, and I couldn’t let it go without adding even more...

A lot of factors explain this puzzle

  Summer solstice is still more than a week away, but the sun rises its earliest of the year just before 5:40 Monday the 14th. While solstice is the longest day of the year, it marks neither the earliest sunrise nor the latest sunset, which falls a week after solstice. This is due to several interacting factors cumulatively called the Equation of Time. Earth spins on its 231x2-degree tilt of rotational axis, which causes the changing seasons. It also affects the time of day that the sun...

Each week’s assortment of vegetables will be a new lesson

Bay Reflections -       -by    Driving down Solomon’s Island Road, I looked out the window with new appreciation. The traffic of Annapolis behind me, I spent the 20-minute drive pondering the crops that flourished along my route and wondering which of them would be in my box. “Is that corn? I wonder if I’ll get corn.” “Maybe that’s lettuce? I wonder if I’ll get lettuce.” Oh, the mysteries of belonging to Community...

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  A Second Grader’s Plea Dear Bay Weekly: Please reduce, reuse, and recycle. Please reduce using plastic. If you do, you will save oil. Please reuse broken toys. You can make them into something else. Please recycle paper. You can save trees. We need to save the environment. Please reduce, reuse and recycle. –Steven Calabrese, Second Grader: St. Leonard Elementary School - The Story Behind This Week’s First Letter Dear Bay Weekly: I am a second-grade teacher with Calvert...

Goats, sheep clear the way for endangered turtles

  Drive north past Baltimore into Carroll County on Maryland Route 30, and you may rub your eyes and wonder if they’re playing tricks on you. No, your imagination is not running wild. Those are goats and sheep grazing alongside the highway. But they are not just any goats and sheep. They are state contractors, hired to mow the lawn — and save the turtles.  - The Turtles Several years back, the Maryland State Highway Administration purchased land along the old Hanover Pike...
  I am a racecar driver. I am a swordsman. I am a gangster. I am an alien. I have saved the world. I have played in front of thousands. I have found the princess in another castle. I have found the cake. I have done all of this from my basement.   I am one of millions of explorers in the strange world of video games. Among my fellow gamers, I am young at 18. The average gamer is 35, according to the Entertainment Software Association, and has been playing for 12 years. We’re...

Here’s how to plant for summer and autumn harvest

  I was recently asked whether I prefer snow peas, sugar peas or shelling peas. For eating in salads, I prefer snow peas. For cooking Asian dishes, either snow peas or sugar peas are acceptable with the exception that snow peas tend to be crunchier when not cooked to death. But for eating as a single dish or adding to American style dishes, shelling peas are hard to beat. It takes time to shell peas, but the flavor of freshly harvested shelled peas that are steamed and not boiled is...

It’s time for each of us to wade out all the way

  Things will be different when 86-year-old Bernie Fowler wades into the Patuxent Sunday, June 13, for his 23rd annual checkup on the health of the river of his youth. Chesapeake bard Tom Wisner won’t be on hand to sing Fowler and his wading companions into the water. Wisner’s connection to the Annual Patuxent River Wade In is as deep as Fowler’s. He gave us the idea for the wade in — borrowed from Chief Turkey Tayak of the Southern Maryland Piscataway — and...

Severn River Association lowers the magic number

Marylanders are planting oysters as if they can save the species by their effort alone. Perhaps they can. The Severn River is among a dozen waterways where Marylanders Grow Oysters, joining in a state program supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.   To rebuild oyster reefs in the Severn, more than 250 volunteers have tended 1,100 cages of spat suspended from docks along the river. Oysters were raised at private and community docks...