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Christmas crafting almost ruined my childhood

We deck the boughs with tradition and meaning 

Each of our Christmas ­evergreens tells a story

New owners at Chesapeake Health and Fitness 

Plans to increase biking gain national attention

Annapolis student’s song proves Nothing Is Impossible

      What’s a bored second-grader to do early in the morning before heading off to school? Write a story that becomes a podcast and then a track on an album, of course.        At least that’s how the story goes behind the song What the World Was Called Before Us, the creation of Windsor Farm Elementary student Liam Heist.       Heist, 8, and his family — brother Adam, mom Kristen and father Matt — are big fans of...
Another Living Veteran of the Battle of the Bulge Remembering the Battle of the Bulge: Two men who were there reminisce: Nov. 8, 2018, www.bayweekly.com/node/45987        I found Bill Sells’ Nov. 8 story on the Battle of the Bulge very interesting.        My father was also there, from Nov. 10, 1944, to Sept. 4, 1945.        From his Honorable Discharge, I know his date of induction was 1 June ’44 at Fort George G. Meade....
Beyond shiny things and useless utensils
      Shopping for gifts can be a challenge. I know. I shop like a magpie. Shiny things catch my eye, and often open my wallet. Glitter is part of what draws me, but so does novelty, cleverness, improbability.        With tastes like that, I’ve given many gifts that even I, on reflection, acknowledge must have struck their recipient as very odd. Better, I tell myself, than “some useless old utensils or a matching pen and pencil,” the...

Give a book; make a tradition

      Books warm and nourish the soul, teaching us things and bringing us closer together. What better time than Christmas to give the gift of reading — and understanding?      Who knows a good book better than a librarian? Nobody, we thought, until the Bay Weekly office sisterhood chimed in with what about us? So along with Anne Arundel and Calvert County librarians, we’ve included our favorites. Is yours on our list?  –Audrey Broomfield...

Isn’t it time for a strategy change?

      It was with grim amusement that I read the recent headline, “Bay oyster population cut in half from 1999.” A keystone natural resource crustacean that was once both numerous and largely responsible for a Bay water clarity approaching 30 feet is continuing its torturous decline. Could it finally be time for a radical shift in our resource management policy?       Despite millions of dollars invested in oyster management and propagation and more...

Videogame characters discover the World Wide Web and the meaning of friendship

      After finding a friend and his place in the world, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly: Stan and Ollie) thinks he has it all. His daily routine has two parts. When the arcade is open, he’s super villain Ralph who wrecks a building in an old-school 8-bit game. When the arcade closes, he meets his best friend, racer Vanellope (Sarah Silverman: I Love You America), for a few pints of root beer.         When Vanellope’s game breaks, Ralph fears...

People and groups making a better world

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams          We at Bay Weekly have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. We’re thankful for family and friends. We’re thankful for freedom of the press. We’re thankful for our health and good food. We’re thankful for dogs. The list is unending, but this year, what we’re especially thankful for are big ideas.      ...
From the season of thanks to the season of giving
      Our delivery drivers report that readers on their route set their weekly clocks by Bay Weekly’s arrival, so I apologize for knocking your Thursday routine off track. I blame it on Thanksgiving. Our non-competition agreement with the holiday requires that once a-year, Bay Weekly comes to you on Wednesday.         So when you’ll be reading this week’s paper is a mystery. Wednesday, in the midst of baking pies? Thursday, with so many...
Building skills to open new worlds
       There is much to be thankful for on my second Thanksgiving in Armenia.     Emilia is studying at Cambridge University, sent on her way with support from Chesapeake Country. One of Armenia’s brightest and best, she is one of only 12 students from all over the world offered the chance to study veterinary medicine at the world’s oldest university this year.       Her scholarships left her $10,000 short of her tuition fees, so...
Donors join a raffle for a basket of goodies 
       AFC Urgent Care’s doors remain open for food donations until the end of November.         “This is the first year we’ve done something like this,” said Ginni Morani, owner of AFC Urgent Care. “Everyone wanted to get involved with a local pantry for the holiday.”       The drive benefits South County Assistance Network, a non-profit food pantry in Lothian that serves Chesapeake Country from...