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An album of Father’s Day memories

2018 Sneaker Index: 36 inches and rising

Maryland Youth Referee of the Year award makes dad proud

African Americans take center stage

Don’t crowd this little bird off the beach

New Public Transportation Programs

       For people in South County, there is no public transportation between Edgewater and the Calvert County line. In early July that will change with two pilot projects.         The Circulator bus will start at Annapolis Mall making stops in Galesville, Shady Side, Churchton, Deale, Tracy’s Landing, Wayson’s Corner, Lothian, Harwood and Edgewater before returning to the mall.          The second program provides...

From a time of war to a time of peace

       To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.         Whether you hear the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes in those words, the twangy, rising voice of Pete Seeger or the harmonies of The Byrds, they’re likely to touch your heart. As the calendar turns to the last day in May, we find ourselves at a time with two purposes. First, Memorial Day. Then, sweet summer.        Memorial Day is a time...

Greene Turtle switches to paper — on request

      The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille, named in honor of a 110-million-year-old creature, is banning plastic straws to save the turtle. Beginning on World Turtle Day, May 23, the entire empire of 48 East Coast locations is removing straws from its drinks. If you’re drinking at Greene Turtle and want a straw, you’ll get a paper one — on request.       Affinity for turtles sparked the change at the 42-year-old restaurant chain. The first...

This nocturnal neighbor hides in plain sight in our own back yards

     Squirrels are acrobats. Maryland’s common eastern gray squirrels run utility-line tightropes, scamper up giant trees and leap branch to branch, heedless of the void of space beneath them.       But gliding through the air with the greatest of ease is beyond them. The master of that feat is the southern flying squirrel. That squirrel, too, lives among us, but not so flagrantly as the gray squirrel, whose territory is our territory and whose sustenance is...

High schoolers take on English ivy

       Ivy-covered homes may look charming, but the more English ivy grows, the more malignant it becomes. Brought over by early European colonists looking to add a bit of home to their new landscape, English ivy is now one of the most devastating invasive species in the United States. The leafy vine climbs tress and chokes whole forests.       In college, my biodiversity class attacked English ivy in our small campus park. We didn’t use chemicals;...

Doubtful at first, I’m a confirmed member of the circle-hook club

      Opening day of the second rockfish season, May 16, looked to be a pretty one. It was warm with calm wind, the sky nicely overcast and a fine mist as we motored out of Sandy Point Marina in my 17-foot skiff. It did turn out pretty — pretty wet, then very wet and pretty cold.       The bite made up for it all.        Anchored up south of the Bay Bridge in about 33 feet of water over some excellent marks, friend Vince and I and dropped...

There’s more to this field than just lawns and gardens

       Landscape architects do more than design outdoor space for homes and businesses.         Landscape architects are involved in planning parks and communities, in historic preservation and in solving environmental problems. Landscape architects were leaders in planning the cities of Greenbelt, Columbia and building the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The National Park Service hires landscape architects to improve its holdings. Municipalities hire...
The mercenary with the mouth is back in a fouler, funnier sequel
     Superhero Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds: The Hitman’s Bodyguard) is a regenerating mercenary who specializes in eliminating the worst of the worst: drug dealers, human traffickers and gang leaders. It’s a bloody business, but he’s having fun doing it.        The party stops when Wade encounters Cable (Josh Brolin: Avengers: Infinity War), a time-traveling soldier back from the future to kill 14-year-old Russell (Julian Dennison:...

Annapolis native Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 2nd Class Morgan Dalton, right, salutes during a Memorial Day ­ceremony at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.
 

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew C. Duncker

Time for Annapolis to gaze at the heavens again

       It’s almost that time of year in Annapolis. There’s a distant rumble … the skies are clear, so we know it’s not thunder. We turn our eyes to the horizon, scramble to the highest position close by and search the sky for contrails.        It’s the season of angels — Blue Angels.       As a child, I remember my first encounter with those masters of the clouds. I clasped my hands to my ears, eyes...