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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive

A doting mother

      A family of foxes at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Sanctuary in Kent County, Delaware, had a series of tragedies four years ago. Two kits disappeared one by one, leaving a young male. The mother fox, called a vixen, became extremely protective. For several weeks the two were always together. She was frequently seen herding him to stay close to the den and grooming him.       As he aged, the kit seemed to be like a teenager and at times was annoyed with the...

Our oldest garden flower has rich history, fragrance and flavor

     For me, the Mother’s Day flower is the rose. Roses are probably the oldest known plant surviving in modern gardens.      Historically, roses have been used for medicine, fragrance and food. Rosa gallica officinalis, also known as the Apothecary’s Rose, has been used to make medicine, conserves and confections. The flower’s general popularity pushed it into the area of wonder drug. In early Christian history, people surrounded themselves with...
A talking critter helps a boy search for his father in this charming family film
     When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his estranged son Tim (Justice Smith) journeys to Ryme City to look into the disappearance.        Ryme City is a rare place in the world of Pokémon. Founded by billionaire Howard Clifford (Bill Nighy), who cherishes the Pokémon-human relationship, the city is populated by exotic creatures that accompany their humans everywhere they go.       Now an insurance adjuster, Tim long ago gave up his...
Even in stories, our endings are provisional 
      Stories want to have endings. You can write a story without an ending, but that will make your story and your readers unhappy.       It’s because endings are so rare in life, which is all about unfolding, that humans invented stories, which in turn is why writers and editors have work.      Here at Bay Weekly, we still get the occasional reproach for leaving foreign correspondent Thomas Long and his trusty International Harvester pickup...
Pleased Readers Re: Appreciation — Michael Erin Busch; He’ll always remind me of when …  www.bayweekly.com/node/48111        I read the article written by Steve Carr about Mike Bush in the April 11 edition. I want to compliment him on a very nice article.  –Eloise A Smith, Annapolis   Re: Southern High School's School of Rock; Highschoolers shone as ­highschoolers shining www.bayweekly.com/node/48203       Thank...

Did two years with the Peace Corps  in a far-off land with foreign ­customs break me … or make me?

      It’ll make or break you, said the people of Shady Side when I announced I was moving to Armenia to spend two years volunteering with the Peace Corps.      I’ve been here exactly 24 months, and, as of this month, I am broken.       I have been an accident waiting to happen, for the whole country is full of slippery tiles and uneven surfaces. There is not a handrail or a grab bar the length of the land. This includes the hostel I stay...

Celebrating scholar-athletes in the Special Olympics Calvert County Spring Games

     Cheerleaders wildly celebrate every arrival. Family and friends proudly sport shirts touting their favorite competing athlete. Volunteers excitedly welcome all who come.       The sights and sounds greeting you as you entered the field at Calvert High School said you were witnessing something magical: a community coming together to celebrate scholar-athletes competing in the Special Olympics Calvert County Spring Games.       Even more...
As babies, you wouldn’t know them
      Some say that the parents of juvenile little blue herons are lazy. Others think they are being smart to keep their young safe with other-species babysitters. You decide.       Adult little blue herons have a maroon neck, a slaty-blue body, dark yellow-green legs and a two-tone bill tipped in black. In the southern U.S., they frequently hang around the same-sized but more nervous snowy egret. The little blues tend to stand around to ambush their prey, but the...
Almost everything you wanted to know about terrapins
      Terrapins appear at football and basketball games as the University of Maryland’s mascot. These remarkable creatures are even more fascinating in real life as described in Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-Backed Terrapin edited by Willem M Roosenburg and Victor S. Kennedy.       This collection of 18 scholarly papers makes a detailed summary of the terrapin’s natural history, threats to the population, ongoing conservation efforts and the...

Thanks to Helena Scher for helping Bay Weekly readers propogate butterfly-loving plants

       It takes just one person to plant a seed of change.          This spring, Helena Scher of Millersville has taken on that Johnny Appleseed role for the planting of milkweed.          “We had a nice crop last summer,” Scher says of her backyard common milkweed. “Many butterflies visited.”          Milkweed is a giving plant. It...