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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discusses fatherhood, politics and compromise

How much — or how little — do we know about the man behind the role?

Goddard Space Center backs up Fowler’s test of Patuxent health

Swimming the Bay is an endurance act of charity

This year, the winged swimmers are protected

Maryland Nurses fought death and despair in WWI France

Amid the horrors of World War I, battlefield nurses were angels of mercy. America’s battered and beleaguered doughboys knew that for certain, and you will, too, after listening to Maryland storyteller Ellouise Schoettler recount Ready to Serve: Unknown Stories of 64 World War I Nurses from Maryland.     The town of Chesapeake Beach takes Memorial Day seriously, with this year’s Stars & Stripes Festival commemorating the centennial of The War to End All Wars, the...

An all-American chain of monuments to peace

What are these blue stars? Whizzing along Rt. 3, we see them here and there along the roadside. Just off Rt. 3, there’s another in the front garden of the Crofton Library. This blue star is mounted on a bronze plaque in a large stone. Stop a moment in the library safe space, and you read that it is a Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker paying tribute to the Armed Forces of America.     The Crofton Village Garden Club laid this heavy stone and keeps the garden lovely. “...

Honor the holy day. Then celebrate the holiday.

Memorial Day is both a holiday and a holy day.     On the far side of war, it’s the holiday beginning summer’s season of outdoor living, welcomed with barbecues, crab feasts and pool openings. I’m eager to plunge into that season this week or next, weather permitting. Imagining you are too, all of us here are preparing Bay Weekly’s indispensible Summer Guide to tuck inside your June 8 paper.     On the near side of war, Memorial Day is a...

Once a year, Hammond Harwood House opens the gates to the ­capital city’s private gardens — and invites you to look inside
 

They are there, hiding behind impossibly small doors tucked into the crowded summer streets of Annapolis. Or perhaps they appear as unexpected splashes of color coyly winking at strollers past a secluded courtyard.     On the Secret Gardens of Annapolis Tour June 3 and 4, you can peek behind the doorways and wander deeply into hidden courtyards to discover the treasures of which their gardeners have spent the long winter months dreaming. Will you be able to spot the Japanese...

Dave Newman catches some 40 games a year in his quest to see one in every Major League stadium

In our affection for America’s iconic trio — baseball, hot dogs and apple pie — we are not all equal. I am fond of baseball. You might well be fonder. Crofton’s Dave Newman is fondest.     Newman was born a baseball fan — specifically a New York Yankee fan. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Giants had fled to California. The Mets had not yet arrived. New York was a Yankee town, and Dave’s a Yankee family.     “Mickey Mantle was my...

The best explanation of the game is not original, but it is legendary.     Baseball is a game played by two teams, one out, the other in. The one that’s in sends players out one at a time to see if they can get in before they get out.     If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn’t count.     If they get in before they get out, it does count.     When the ones out get three outs from the ones in...

Soon these pullets will be laying eggs

Right about now spring chickens are no longer the cute, fuzzy bundles they were just five weeks ago. Just like human children, they have begun maturing — at first by bits. Now they look like mini adult chickens.     So it’s a good thing most chick purchases are not for cuddly cuteness but for modern homesteading.     For now, new chicks are still dependents, requiring extra attention food, shelter and water. Chicks must maintain a body temperature of...

Are you weather-ready?

What are you going to do if a hurricane comes your way? Pairing technology and smart planning can help keep you prepared for whatever Mother Nature dishes out this hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. Peak season in Chesapeake Country is generally mid August to late October.     First, get your technology set up. Prepare Me Annapolis, the city’s free mobile app, which offers information on approaching weather, traffic, closings and important notifications from...

In May, it could be full of worms

The second rockfish season opened just days ago to mock my expectations of another great fishing year.     Day one saw me headed to just below the Bay Bridge Western Shore rockpile, where the fishing had been gangbusters on the opener the last two years. Finding a dozen or so boats scattered there did not bother me. That early bite had been no secret, and I saw good marks on my finder throughout the area.     Anchoring up, dropping my chum bag over the side and...

Break the rules and root vegetables won’t grow

A Bay Weekly reader complained that most of the carrots, radishes, turnips and salsify he harvested from last year’s garden had branched roots. My immediate diagnosis was that he must have added a lot of compost to the soil before planting. When root crops are planted in soil rich in freshly applied compost, they tend to produce branched and fibrous roots.     According to his description, he had applied only two wheelbarrows of compost to a garden approximately 30 feet...