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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

Growing and thriving over 43 years

     Do you smell the roasting smoked turkey legs? Hear the clanging of steel as jousters meet on the field of battle? Spot courtiers from the 1500s showing up in everyday scenes?       Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Renaissance Festival is Chesapeake Country’s unofficial sign that summer is ending.      In the festival’s 43rd season, you step back in time and enter the Village of Revel Grove, with more than 140 artisans and...

Honor the memory of the enslaved

      August 25 marks the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America. They arrived on the White Lion, an English privateer ship sailing under Dutch authority, at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System.             The anniversary is being used as a day of healing and reconciliation at Fort Monroe and...

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

         It takes good school supplies to get the school year off to a good start. To make sure that a few hundred kids have exactly what they need, Chesapeake neighbors have joined forces.             In Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest Saturday, August 24, backpacks brimming with school supplies will be handed out.             “John Wesley United...

What we know about dogs in combat

       In our case, the answer was not much.      For instance, what big dog does NOT make a good military working dog?        That was one of the few we got right on a Defense Department quiz [https://bit.ly/2ZcAtdH] that landed in our inbox — on which we scored an F.        About how many dogs are signed up in the military? Where do they get trained? And how long has the military used what used to be...

Maryland’s senators use their ­summer break to learn about the communities they serve

      When the U.S. Congress goes on summer vacation, senators and representatives head home. With Congress in long summer recess — all of August and the first week of September — our two senators are visiting communities in Maryland from the ocean to the mountains.      On a steamy late August Tuesday, both Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen. Chris Van Hollen were out and about in Chesapeake Country. Cardin’s three stops in Charles and Calvert counties...
Tree frogs celebrate after a good rain 
     After a soft rain in mid summer there is frequently a chorus of tree frogs saying how great the rain was. The loudest and deepest voice is the gray tree frog; the next loudest is the barking tree frog. The green tree frog has a higher, lighter voice and makes a chirping sound.       The calls after a rain could also be for reproductive means. After a heavy rain there are more areas for them to lay eggs. The eggs will hatch into tadpoles in a mere seven to 10...

There is no single solution for everything

     A rockfish had just consumed my live spot. As it swam off with its prize, I knew that it was a good-sized fish from its forceful and deliberate pace.      Having hooked it at the base of a bridge support, I was also prepared for the fish’s next move. As it bored away and cornered on the first nearby concrete support, it was right where I wanted it.      In previous episodes this season, live-lining small spot around the various structures...

And right now, lots of ­tomatoes to love

     No matter how you say tomato, they are wonderful this year, extremely productive and flavorful. I went a little crazy when I started 30 different types this spring. Now there are so many varieties to choose from that it is mind-boggling.       Cherry tomatoes are the first producers. Rapunzel is a very prolific variety that produces red cherry tomatoes in grape-like clusters. Sweet 100s are sweeter than most. By August, when the days are longer, the sugar...

Three tweens make us laugh while learning the ins and outs of the grownup world

      Tweens Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) call themselves the Beanbag Boys. Best friends since they were five, they happily fill their days with roleplaying, hiding from Thor’s creepy little sister and trying to puzzle out the grownup world.        But the Beanbag Boys are changing. Max has his first crush and is enslaved by surging hormones. Thor loves musical theater but fears being bullied because of his...

Must we eat our way out of this problem?

     Stopping at Bob Evans Seafood in Shady Side, Lou Hyde reports he routinely finds blue catfish in his 240 crab pots in Herring Bay. Some of the horned invaders are so fat that he tears up his pots cutting them loose.       Mick Blackistone, fishmonger, worries that they’re eating juvenile crabs.       “Guys who would go out to catch perch and spot are hauling up blue catfish. Some people are filleting them but a lot of people are...