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Our heritage, our legacy

 

Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

This time of year, they’re on the move

How giant sharks’ teeth became ‘ultimate cutting tools’
      A new study based on sharks’ teeth found in Calvert County concludes that the teeth of megalodon, the largest shark in history, evolved over millions of years to a knife-like shape perfect for killing and eating whales and dolphins.       The study in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology concludes that it took 12 million years for these huge sharks’ teeth — which can measure up to seven inches long — to evolve from a tooth flanked by...

Borrow for four months fine-free 

      Looking to “better serve the modern library,” the Calvert Library’s Board of Trustees is testing out dropping an age-old policy.       March begins a four-month pilot of no late fees for checked-out materials. That means materials checked out at Calvert Library branches incur no fees if kept beyond their due date. Automatic renewal will continue for four circulation cycles if no one is waiting for the item.      “The...
Street stickers latest effort to help downtown Annapolis cyclists
      In another effort to make downtown bike-friendly, Annapolis is turning to sharrows, painted bike lane indicators.       “It’s a great visual cue,” said Jon Korin, chairman of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.       Sponsoring the signage at the cost of $20,000 is the Downtown Annapolis Partnership, through a grant from McKee Foods’ Outdoor Happiness Movement program.      “...

Group provides scholarships, college mentoring 

     Improving the Calvert County community one student at a time has earned Concerned Black Women of Calvert County the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.        The annual award honors individuals and organizations in each Maryland county and Baltimore City exemplifying the former mayor, governor and comptroller’s lifelong commitment to service.      "Like Gov. Schaefer, the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County are...

Archaeology and photography combine to ­dramatic effect

     Archaeologists throughout the Chesapeake are in a race against time to record sites threatened by the effects of climate change.     Rising sea levels, eroding coasts and intense storms have washed away countless resources, some dating back thousands of years. Sinking land and rampant development have exacerbated the problem.­     Experts are working with concerned citizens to excavate sites and record data before much of our coastal history is lost...

This excavator can be a house-wrecker

      The red-bellied woodpecker is frequently called a red-headed woodpecker. But the slight reddish tinge to its belly gives it the proper name.       Common throughout the eastern U.S., these big birds are aggressive and will face down starlings at a feeder. Like most woodpeckers, they hunt insects burrowing into trees, but they will also eat fruit and berries. In the winter, they commonly eat poison ivy berries. Unlike a northern flicker, they do most of their...

Don Quixote’s swashbuckling ­optimism will send your pessimism packing 

     In these times of acrimony, hypocrisy and hate, is it an impossible dream to believe in chivalry, goodness and love? Not according to Don Quixote, the would-be knight errant whose comic yet sincere optimism and swashbuckling bravery send pessimism packing every time. There’s a lesson there for us all.       Opening on Broadway in 1965 and running for 2,328 performances, Man of La Mancha was based on Miguel de Cervantes’s novel Don Quixote. The...

A family wedding leads to disaster in this tense drama

     Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children fly to Spain from Argentina to celebrate her niece’s wedding. Everyone in the small village is curious about a woman they see as glamorous and rich. Increasing the intrigue is her husband’s absence.       Daughter Irene (Carla Campra) is a challenge for her mother, who wants to make a good impression. Laura has her hands full corralling her children and her drunken father to ensure the wedding goes...

For chumming, I’ve got my answer

     Casting out our four rigs baited with fresh menhaden chunks, we awaited the bite. This was the third phase of an opportune experiment. It happened some time ago during a red-hot rockfish chum bite that stretched from the Bay Bridge down past Tolley Point and lasted well over a month. The bite was so consistent for so long we knew it would end soon.      It did not take long for the action to start. First one rod tip twitched, then the second and in very short...

Get actively involved in growing a healthy organic vegetable garden 

     When I started writing this column, my challenge to everyone: reach for the Blue Zone and live a happier, longer life. Part of Blue Zone living entails growing your own food organically, without the use of chemicals harmful to you and to the environment. By doing so, you’ll better understand the intricacies of nature and the role good gardening practices play in protecting our planet. It means being more astute in your observations in your garden and building up your...