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Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

By whatever name he goes, we know him well

He’s St. Nicholas …      Born around 280AD in a coastal town near modern-day Turkey, St. Nicholas began his legend as a monk. Caring for the poor and sick became his life’s focus.      Said to have given away all of his wealth, he became well known for his kindness and as a protector of children and sailors.       He became known in the United States at the end of the 18th century. In 1773, a New York newspaper ran a story about...
Here’s the solution to the mystery
     European settlers frequently named North American animals for similar animals back home. The American robin was thus named because it resembles the English robin. The English robin is a small insect eater of the chat family, while the American robin is larger and a type of thrush.      Our local robin eats primarily insects and worms but also loves fruit. They eat my strawberries and raspberries after spending much of the morning flipping leaves looking for...
For that, I found three good gifts and one perfect one
     My folks thought the best things in life were free, but they bent that rule for the Yule, which was why God made J.J. Newberry’s. You could get anything there, cheap.      I was eight years old, earning 10 cents a week allowance, the first time I went Christmas shopping. It was December 23, and my father needed help choosing a gift for my mother. I asked him to wait while I fetched my cache of coins, but he said no one expected me to buy them anything....

At least, that’s how I remember it

     Growing up, my younger brother was always seeking ways to start Christmas morning earlier … and earlier.      As a person adamantly opposed to early mornings from a young age, I was never in support of moving up the time of gift opening.      One Christmas when I was about 12, my brother woke me in the middle of the night and somehow — I blame sleepiness and a candy overdose — convinced me to go downstairs and “just look...

Three teenage friends playing Santa and his elves discover the joy of the season 

     What’s the first thing you look at when you see Santa? Sure, you take a quick glance at the outfit, the beard. But you’re drawn immediately to the eyes. You notice the joy, the special feeling that anyone assuming that role feels when eyes young and old are looking into his, children searching for the Spirit of Christmas, adults searching for their childhood.         When Bay Weekly’s editor Sandra Martin asked me to tell a...

If you’re willing to brave the weather, there are fish waiting for you

     Chesapeake rockfish season has closed, but other species can continue to keep your angling interest as well as grace your table — if you don’t mind the winter chill.      Catfish are active, and they fry up awfully well, particularly the blues, though the channel cats run a close second. No minimum size and no possession limit for these interlopers.       All of our tributaries, particularly during the last two years, have had a...

Nature combines with spray paint and glitter for seasonal sparkle

      Bring nature’s décor indoors by making your own Christmas ornaments from the pods, seeds, vines, cones, berries and greenery in forest and garden. You’ll also need a glue gun, spray paint in red and forest green plus a can of white paint, preferably gritty, and white snowy glitter. A bit of ribbon and yarn finish the job.     To make an ornament like the one pictured, you will need, for the base, a vine, like thin grapevine or skinny branches, wound...

Second annual Holly Jolly Polypalooza turns kids into characters

     Sticking to a self-proclaimed mission of bringing great children’s theater to the Southern Anne Arundel County region, the Polymath Place ushers in the holiday spirit.          This year’s production, The Voice That Would Sleigh, brings the saga of finding a replacement for an ailing Rudolph to the stage at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Owensville.          Based on a script...
More like a dud
      Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), host of Fox News’ popular Fox & Friends morning show hates how her two male cohosts belittle her and dismiss her opinions. When she complains, she’s replaced and moved to her own show at the relatively dead time slot of 4pm.      The rules at Fox News are clear: Women wear short sheath dresses, giggle at the boys and keep on message. If network head Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) asks you to his second-floor...
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