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A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Not Only Bay Weekly — But Also Seasons Bounty

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

This couple sets the bar high for local eateries

Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 

February 23,1946 - October 12, 2018

       One day in late April 1993, Sonia Linebaugh dropped in to see how we were doing in making New Bay Times. She stayed for four and a half years.        What Sonia did to nourish the infant newspaper for all the next 192 weeks is recorded in black and white history, in our evolving masthead and recurring pages. Those faded pages, preserved in New Bay Times, New Bay Times~Weekly and Bay Weekly volume books, tell a long story but an incomplete one....

Angling early and late takes quiet self-control

      Darkness was closing in, and I had almost exhausted my repertoire of lures and presentations. Surface lures and swimmers had drawn no attention. My last resort for this location was a fresh-water bass rig, a dark-hued but sparkly anise-scented Bass Assassin, rigged snag-less with a lightly weighted (1⁄8-ounce) hook and its point buried just under the surface of the soft plastic body.       The rock-strewn bottom of the shallow cove I was fishing was the...

In what he says is his last film, Robert Redford reminds moviegoers why he’s a star

      Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford: Our Souls at Night) loves what he does for a living. The work has never lost its thrill. It puts spring in his step and a smile on his face. Everybody sees it; people describe him as “a happy guy.”       His secret: He robs banks for a living.        In Forrest’s mind, there’s nothing wrong with his job. He never points his gun at anyone, and he’s polite and friendly. Forrest...

Bay Reflections

I was walking with friends along the a suburban Wheaton street when someone said, “What’s that?”     We looked down to the roadway where she pointed. At first it looked like snapdragon blossom – mottled pink with a red blush. No, its movement was not at all flower-like. I looked closer — a baby bird. Tendelry, I picked it up and held it in the palm of my hand. No larger than two joints of my small finger, it had no weight. We looked at it in wonder...
Decorate Affordably; Consign Profitably        Accent décor can be a great way to move into a new season. The affordable way to add to your collection is to check out your local consignment store. Shop often and shop early to snag the best selection.        Are you trying to stick to a decorating budget? Are you looking to get rid of unwanted items that you no longer use?        If you’ve answered yes to either question, come to...

No such luck on the home front

      I hoped to sail through this fall effortlessly, as if winter would never come to chill my idleness. Perhaps you, too?       My spring had been so responsible. Winter weeds and waste had been conquered, leaving a fresh canvas for perennial bloom and new planting. Finally, my house wore a new coat of paint that I continue to stand back and admire. Real estate broker Carol Cook’s perennial advice finally caught up with me. As well as a new exterior paint...
Where to Find Enough Said       Hello. I am writing to Bay Weekly to see if you may know where I would be able to purchase several copies of Dr. Francis Gouin’s book Enough Said! A Guide to Gardening through the Seasons.  I have been unable to find it on Amazon or other web locations. I know Dr. Gouin was a past author for your weekly newspaper. Thank you in advance for your time and any help you can provide. –Julie Fredriksson, Arnold, MD      ...

Time to fill your freezer

      Long before the Colorado Rockies baseball team trademarked the term Rocktober, Chesapeake anglers used the clever moniker to describe the fall rockfish feeding frenzy on the Bay. Rocktober is prime time to put some fish in the freezer for the long winter ahead.      Freezer fishing differs from fishing as a sporting encounter. Leaders tend to be a little heavier, rods and hooks stouter, boat crews more numerous (for a larger legal limit) and releases reserved...

A dilapidated hotel holds more than dusty sheets in this hilarious thriller

      The El Royale on the California/Nevada border was once a hangout for gamblers and glitterati. But the hotel has fallen far, having lost its gambling and half its liquor license plus its appeal.       The bellboy wanders empty halls, watching the building decay.       Until one rainy evening four customers appear, each with a secret, all fighting for their lives in a building whose secrets make surviving the night more dangerous.    ...

Compass Rose Theater creates a small, intimate miracle

       Darkly comic and spookily erotic, Venus in Fur, David Ives’s play within a play, is Compass Rose Theater’s offering this October.          A storm rages outside as writer/director Thomas Novachek  (Joe Mucciolo) complains on the phone about his day to his fiancée. He has seen 35 actresses, and not one is capable of playing Vanda. “They bring props,” he rants, “whole sacks of costumes. Whatever...