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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

If ever an artistic wiz there was, it’s Tim Scheirer
       “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” said the man behind the curtain to Dorothy and her friends as the Wizard’s true identity came to light. Though we discovered he was simply an ordinary man, his wonderful skills dazzled the onlookers as he enlightened, encouraged, educated and invited us all to find our way home.         Calvert Marine Museum may not be Emerald City, but it is the place to become enlightened,...

A massive sewage spill attests to the perils of living downstream from Binghamton, N.Y.

       Binghamton, which is situated at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers, discharged nearly 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater starting Aug. 13 due to so much rain, the New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation reported.        The Susquehanna, as you probably know, is the longest river in the East Coast, flowing 464 miles through Pennsylvania, into the Chesapeake Bay and on to the Atlantic Ocean.  ...

See for yourself at the Walters Art Museum

      From John Waters to HonFest to the Visionary Arts Museum, our biggest city has its cherished weirdness. The stately Walters Art Museum, founded by a scion of industry, is better known for very fine art — masterpieces from the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, East Asia, Middle East and the Americas — than funny art.        Make that was better known.        Ever seeking relevance, art museums must court every new generation....
Guitar hero lives up to his billing
       Nine-year-old Jeffrey Allen of St. Mary’s County has had a passion for music since birth, says his mom Kimberly Allen. Specifically the music of country music star Brad Paisley.        “He went to his first concert at the age of three to see Brad Paisley perform in Baltimore,” Kimberly says. “He likes to make signs for concerts, where we may be closer to the stage.”       His sign for last week’s...

Who we are and what we do

      The work we do boggles the mind.       We are skyscraper window washers, equine dentists, fighter-drone pilots. We are all sorts of sailors: merchant marines, submariners, ferry boat pilots, crabbers and Greenpeace sailors. We are policy makers, big-thought thinkers, writers and editors, cooks and chefs and servers, janitors and cleaners and street sweepers, laborers, carpenters and plumbers, vintners and mushroom cultivators, artists and welders and...
Recalling an Extraordinary Man  Re: Valedictory: The Bay Gardener: Aug. 9; ­www.bayweekly.com/node/44496 All That and more, Life didn't get past Frank Gouin: Aug. 9; www.bayweekly.com/node/44506        As an avid gardener and advocate for the environment, I was sad to read of Dr. Frank Gouin’s passing earlier this month. He left an enviable legacy of accomplishments in the horticulture industry and impressive contributions to the agriculture community. I...

Puppets are people, too

       In an alternate version of Los Angeles, puppets and humans live together. Not quite in harmony, however, as puppets are second-class citizens harassed by police and assaulted by children.        With the revival of an old children’s television show, puppet stars get a new lease on life — and death, as a murderer stalks them. For an insider in the puppet world, the first (and last) puppet ever on the police force, Phil Phillips (Bill...

That’s fishing’s Golden Rule

       As soon as I flipped the small Norfolk spot overboard with a thin 6/0 circle hook trailing from just in front of its dorsal fin, the rockfish tidbit twitched its way into the depths. The tidal current was barely starting to move along the bridge support as I fed out line from my baitcaster and tried to estimate how close to the bottom, 30 feet below, the frisky bait was approaching.          There was lots of construction debris down along the...

Live from Jefferson Patterson Park, it’s Motown Under Moonlight!

       A Motown tribute grooves its way into Chesapeake Country on September 8. The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will host a soulful homage to Motown legends like Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Smokey and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.          Singing the Motown classics are The Masters of Soul. The 10-person cast shares a soulful stroll down memory lane with costumes,...
The Anne Arundel Food Bank’s new face looks to get the ­non-profit new space
      No one has ever become poor by giving. –Anne Frank           Susan Thomas is breaking in some new shoes, walking a path blazed by Food Bank founder Bruce Michalec.         Thirteen years ago, Thomas volunteered at the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Two months into her new position, Michalec ran into health problems. He needed help.       Eager to give back to the community, Thomas stepped up to learn the...