People of all ages and great talent bring the Bible to life

Those innocent-looking sippers are one of the Top 5 plastic ocean pollutants

The least you need to know about solar power

For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

Plant milkweed to support this ­butterfly’s long migration

1,271 is this week’s magic number

A Bay Weekly conversation with landscape architect Sheila Brady
      We’re all converts, right? We’ve learned by heart the advantages of native plant gardens.       They’re amenable to the peculiarities of our climate, which nowadays is peculiar indeed.       For birds, bees and butterflies, they’re not only hospitable, they’re indispensable. Monarchs won’t make it home to Mexico unless we plant milkweed. Birds will shun us. Pollinators will have to look for pollen...

How one little church restored a bit of nature

      The woods behind St. Luke’s Church in Eastport looked pretty natural. But if you’d trained your eye to nature’s ways, you saw a tangle of invasive plants strangling the native trees and shrubs. Deeper in, a 42-inch wide underground pipe drained stormwater along with sediment, ­toxins, pet waste and other unpleasant things from 28 surrounding acres directly into Back Creek.        Not so pretty. Or natural.      ...

To connect with nature you must open yourself to its embrace

      In the woodland is a nice place to be. Here in Chesapeake Country we are fortunate to have some beautiful woodland. Sometimes the wood comes close to the house. Deer, birds, squirrels, hawks and other wildlife often show themselves along the boundaries of the woods or over the treetops.         People are far more timid. The common woodlands, in my community, seldom get a human visitor. Neighbors might walk up to the edge of the woods and peer in,...
      What you bring into your home directly impacts the health and welfare of your family in terms of exposure to chemicals of concern, indoor air quality and comfort.      With the deluge of products claiming to be environmentally sustainable, your need to know what to look for when furnishing your home. Here are some considerations to bear in mind. Does it contain harmful chemicals? The EPA has phased out the use of some of the most potentially harmful...
       Renovating your kitchen? Think about making updates that will add beauty and functionality to one of the most important rooms in the house. Here are a few innovative new looks and ideas to consider including in your plans.   Get Cozy       Create a lounge in your kitchen with furniture that invites you to kick back and relax. A nook that contains a loveseat or couch, along with a small bookshelf and side table, may become your new favorite place to...
        This season, consider the renovations that will go furthest to boost your home’s livability, beauty and value. Whether you’re building a new home or overhauling an existing one, here are three renovation ideas that will add beauty and value.   Expand Your Living Space        Use that basement! Substantially expand your home’s livable areas by turning your attention to the bottom floor. Finishing a basement is an involved...
        Add a birdfeeder in your garden, and birds will be your visitors.          So you’ll want to make your home safe for them.          Did you know that your home poses dangerous risks to the birds that visit your yard and garden? Window strikes are common among many species of migrating birds, and millions of wild birds are killed annually flying into windows.         Whether you are an avid...
Downy woodpeckers’ handiwork provides nesting cavities for themselves and other birds, but don’t let your house become their home 
       Would you believe that during its spring breeding season, the innocuous-looking, six-inch downy woodpecker can be a home wrecker, targeting our houses?       You bet it can, and for reasons far transcending its habitual foraging for insects lurking in tree trunks, small branches, weed stems and plant galls. The rhythmic drumming we hear on wood, metal and even vinyl siding is central to the springtime territorial, nesting and mate-attracting activities...

Businesses team up with ­Generosity Feeds

       Nearly 34 percent of Anne Arundel County young people struggle with food insecurity — having reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable and nutritious food. Local businesses recently joined forces with the nonprofit group Generosity Feeds to help ease those hunger pangs.         “Nearly one in five kids go hungry every day in the U.S.,” says Ron Klabunde, founder and CEO of Generosity Feeds. “With partnerships...
February 26, 1926 - March 14, 2018
     Lefty Kreh was the consummate angler, having dedicated most of his life to salt- and freshwater fly fishing and to promoting his and all aspects of the sport. In the process, he became Maryland’s and America’s international fly-fishing personality.        A guide, instructor and mentor to American presidents, congressmen, foreign dignitaries, industry CEOs, actors, authors and just about anyone who was anyone, Kreh also took as much time to...