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Good food; good friends

Pig earns $7,000 for Hospice

Trick or Treat! says groundhog aka whistle pig

Broad-winged hawks come out en masse for migration

Low Country cuisine in ­Chesapeake Country

Odes to family, comfort

Like childbearing, a kitchen remodel ends so well (usually) that you ­forget the labor of getting there

     It’s been years that you’ve been reading about my intention to remodel my kitchen.       So I must share the news that my kitchen is now a story with a happy ending.       It’s so appealing, apparently, that friends and neighbors stop in for viewings that turn into impromptu kitchen parties.      Beauty is well and good, but a remodeled kitchen is a utilitarian place. Its story will be written in the many years I...

Follow the doctor’s orders

Editor’s Note: Lest you forget, we share with you one last time the invaluable advice of Dr. Francis Gouin — our Bay Gardener for 12 years until his death in 2018.         Warm days and cool nights, combined with shorter daylight hours, are what the doctor ordered for the favorite grasses of Chesapeake Country: bluegrass and fescues. They’re called cool-season grasses because they germinate, produce roots and lap up nutrients once summer’s heat shuts...
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Start now, or regret it later

     I was again planning for a great day. Winds were forecast out of the west at five mph, and temperatures were to be in the mid 60s. Couldn’t ask for a better picture.      By 10am it was still blowing 20 out of the north. The mercury hadn’t yet climbed out of the 50s. Another fishing fantasy started by a forecaster was ruined by the actual weather.       I brooded. It had been a long time since I’d been on the waters. Small...
Grass is greedy and needy; plants are generous
      A lawn is a lot of work. If you’re committed to having a good lawn, now’s the time to get to work. On the other hand, it’s also a good time to transform a demanding lawn into a beautiful garden. You can design a garden to grow vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals and native plants.      There are good reasons to cut out grass. Americans manage about 30 million acres of lawn, spending $800 million on grass seed every year. Between two and a...
Angelina Jolie is cursed with an unworkable script in this disastrous sequel
      Saved from her curse by Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is queen of the fairies in the Moors, solving grievances from tree creatures and keeping peace between humans and magical creatures.        Trouble comes in the form of love.        When Maleficent discovers that Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) has proposed to Aurora, she fears losing her surrogate daughter to the human world. Her fears seem...
Chesapeake centers keep us almost as smart as Big Nate’s Gina
      Journalism is a nosy business. “Curiosity is a writer’s greatest asset,” said outdoors writing great Bill Burton, our columnist from his retirement from The Evening Sun in 1993 until his death in 2009. At Bay Weekly every one of us — from writers to delivery drivers to ad reps — is driven by curiosity’s itch. We want to know — as my father got in the habit of saying during his World War II service as a shore patrolman in Key West...
Back in 1993 …
      Your paper, which you built from the ground up, is a mainstay for the extended Anne Arundel County community. All of us who live, work or just visit the area turn to your pages for amusing, inspiring, informative articles and a calendar full of fun things to do!      Personally, Alex and the paper were the guardian angels that generously took the Southern High School’s fledgling paper, The Watertower, and turned it into a real newspaper, of which we...

The Annapolis Sailboat Show ­celebrates its half-century

      Like many great ideas, the Annapolis Sailboat Show was born in a bar. Legend holds that someone — exactly who is lost in history — jumped into a conversation at the bar of the Annapolis Yacht Club with a prophetic suggestion: Why don’t we just have them come to see the boats already in the water?       Jerry Wood saw opportunity.       The National Boat Show in New York City had long ruled the field, more precisely a...
Now her students are learning from her work 
      A cure for human diseases could be fast-approaching in an unlikely place, a place plagued by heat and humidity, pesticides and pollution. It is, at the same time, home to critically endangered species that might just carry the solutions we’ve been looking for. Here, in Xochimilco, Mexico, a Chesapeake Country teacher is part of a collaboration of scientists and educators working to make this miracle possible.      This summer Holly Fallica, a science...