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Holiday shop now open at Bunting Online Auctions

A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

This time of year, we’re in touch with two worlds
     These mid-autumn days sing a siren song. The blazing trees, the ticklish breezes, the sunbaked smell of Concord grapes, wraithful mists and the Harvest Moon break open human hearts like pumpkin shells.      This morning’s pastel sunrise shimmering on the spread satin of the Chesapeake summoned me as strongly as love.      It’s no accident, I think, that we celebrate Hallowe’en this time of year.      For this...

What We Like about Bay Weekly       Don’t know what it takes to convince you to continue, but if it’s a large group of volunteers — retired professionals or otherwise — I wouldn’t hesitate to ask, if I were you. You may be surprised at what you get. I’d be glad to step in, for one, and could convince some others, I’m sure, to do the same.       Or perhaps try charging for copy (but it might have to be a token amount; right...
Bad choices now cost more
       Thinking of edging into just a bit of that red downtown curbline for a quick trip into a shop? Think again. It now costs three times as much if you’re cited.        The new fines approved by the Annapolis City Council went into effect this summer. Citations are being issued.

South County Call N’ Ride came to my rescue

     My dashboard lit. My engine choked. I coasted into the Good Old Days parking lot in Deale feeling fortunate to have my car break down so close to my mechanic. But how to get home?          Public Transportation is a big-city concept — at least to me. I used to ride Metro all the time back when I lived in Takoma Park. Since moving to southern Anne Arundel County 12 years ago, I’ve become accustomed to being behind the wheel...

Annual boat parade wants you at the helm

      Chesapeake Country loves showing off its boats, and decorating them for the holidays is a good excuse to get back on the water — even on a chilly night. The boating season is winding down, but now’s the time to think about the holidays and celebrating at one of Annapolis’ most colorful events, the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade.          Get your boat in on the action by signing up before December 10 for the...

Navy ‘Doomsday Machine’ meets its match: A bird

       The Navy’s E6B Mercury assigned to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River is the aircraft that would serve as a communications hub for ballistic missile submarines in the event of a nuclear attack.          It is 42 feet tall, has a wingspan of 148 feet and a range of 6,600 miles. Built by Boeing to be the airborne command post for U.S. Strategic Forces, it cost $142 million.         ...
A bug well adapted for Halloween 
      Late at night as you turn on a light, a sudden scurry catches your eye. As it disappears into a hiding spot, you are surprised by the speed and the flurry of legs.        Recently, a Mediterranean centipede has found its way to the United States and now has been discovered in our area. Because it likes to live in occupied homes it is called a house centipede. This is a scary, creepy-looking big bug with up to 30 long spine-covered legs, two huge eyes and...
Live October 31 at midnight
LARRY Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to our show. Tonight we have a very special guest, a fellow we’ve been trying to get on the show for five years. He’s finally agreed to be here tonight. Would you all give a big welcome to the Grim Reaper himself, Mr. Death!         Limited clapping along with a few boos. Curtain pulls back and out walks a tall, tan gentleman wearing dark sandals, white Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. His stylishly cut...
In the spirit of the season, we recommend two books about the darker aspects of Chesapeake Country. Both are published by the History Press, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing specializing in local and regional history.
Moll Dyer and Other Witch Tales of ­Southern Maryland       The Moll Dyer chronicled for us by historian Lynn J. Buonviri is not the powerful spell-caster of spooky Halloween stories. Instead, she is a real woman controlled and eventually crushed by the forces of history.        Starting from a St. Mary’s County legend preserved in place names and a landmark stone (outside the county Visitors Center), Buonviri places her Moll (short for Mary) in...

A true story

    I don’t need psychics to convince me that ghosts are real.     My own ghost supplies all the proof I need.     The ghost homed in on me five years back. He’d had his eye — metaphorically speaking — on me for years. But it took some time to woo me to his cause. (As everybody who has ever watched a ghost movie knows, ghostly powers are latent, depending on a living being to summon them.)      We had our first encounter in...