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Tested and true lures and bait

Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

A memorable run at family landmark

     Ted Levitt, proprietor of Chick & Ruth’s Delly on Main Street in downtown Annapolis, spent his last day at work doing what he always has: seating customers and smiling a lot.       On Sunday, September 17, he ate cake to celebrate his retirement from the business his parents founded in 1965. Ted worked at the delly from his teens, learning from his dad Chick and mom Ruth how to provide good service and make the place memorable. After his parents...

We’re not the only ones that bite at that delicacy

     Flipping my bait over the side, I spooled out line, letting my bait disappear into the shaded depths and off the down-current side of the Bay Bridge pier. The tide had been moving for under an hour; the gentle current was just slow enough to allow my hook to sink to where I hoped the rockfish were holding.      Eventually I felt a tiny tap-tap. Trusting that the bite was coming from a nice striper jetting off with its prize — not some white perch eating...

This year’s roots and leaves will improve next year’s soil

     Don’t pull those annuals! When cleaning up the garden, either mow them down or prune them out. Allow the roots to remain in the ground to rot and leave behind nutrient-rich organic matter for next year’s crop. After the roots rot, they will leave behind tunnels for the roots of next year’s crop to follow penetrating deeper into the soil where there will be more water and nutrients.      The best way to clean the garden is to set the cutting...
Time to Remember Rachel Carson
     I read Are Our-CIDES Killing Mother Nature in Bay Weekly’s September 14 Our Say and thought of marine biologist, author and environmentalist Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring, written while she lived in Maryland. It was published 55 years ago last month.      The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons is hosting the play A Sense of Wonder: Life and Works of Rachel Carson. Actress Kaiulani Lee lives in Arlington, VA, (often teaching at George...

Two Cheers for Local Business Guide

In the old neighborhood the other day, I picked up a copy of Bay Weekly. The local business issue was superb. There’s a story behind all those who buy — and don’t buy — ads. I bet it will bring the “never-buy-ads” folks to rethink their “business plan.”  –Pat Piper, Arlington, VA   Just finished this week’s [September 28] Bay Weekly and was delighted with the content. When I first arrived in the area, I didn’t know...

She was a publicist who knew how to pitch her cause

     I said good-bye to a friend this week. Not that I was alone.       Mavis Glander Daly made many friends in her 93 years on this earth. Generations gathered at her farewell. Looking over her beloved Chesapeake watershed — a far sight from her homeland of Montana and South Dakota — from the West River Center, we reflected on what she’d meant to us.       Memorials like this are enlightening and endearing as each speaker...

Two strangers battle the elements and their feelings in this romantic drama

     A snowstorm has ruined plans for Alex (Kate Winslet: Collateral Beauty) and Ben (Idris Elba: The Dark Tower). Flights are cancelled, rental cars are booked and the airport is buried. Photojournalist Alex is trying to get home to New York for her next day wedding. Neurosurgeon Ben hopes to make it back to Baltimore for a critical operation.      Brought together by mutual desperation, they form a plan: Charter a small plane to fly them out of the storm’s...

The stories behind the businesses in your community

AFC Urgent Care Providing the best patient experience possible, when you need it most      AFC Urgent Care, formerly Doctors Express, is a well-established full-service urgent care center. Husband Rick and I opened our center in Edgewater over five years ago to bring the best possible urgent care to people in and traveling through this centrally located community.       Every patient always sees a fully qualified physician. Digital X-ray and lab services are...

More Do-Not-Sprayers

     Would you pass along this info to all your readers and to Betsy Detwiler, Neeld Estates regarding her thoughtful piece on CIDES Killing Mother Nature.      Yes, Betsy! Plenty of other readers have similar concerns. Please check out Maryland Sierra Club. They have wonderful information on bee-friendly, pesticide-free yards. Specifically contact Ling Tan, Pesticide Issue Chair Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, Ling.Tan@mdsierra.org, 240-244-6855.    ...

The Postcard Finds Another Reader

Re: The Postcard; Sept. 14: www.bayweekly.com/node/39983        Having lunch in Severna Park, I picked up your paper’s Sept. 14 edition. Several articles were quite interesting. However, The Postcard by Sarah Jablon really caught my attention.      I graduated from Frostburg in 1972. One of my favorite classes was Dr. Jablon’s linguistics course. What I learned was extremely useful to me in over 40 years of teaching French and English. Please...