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Our heritage, our legacy

 

Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

This time of year, they’re on the move

Fred Tutman, the only African ­American ­Riverkeeper on the job

       Waterkeeping has become a regular part of environmental conservation in Chesapeake Country, where 18 riverkeepers protect their local waters from the Atlantic at Assateague to the Shenandoah in the Appalachians, from the James at the mouth of the Bay to the Middle Susquehanna at its source.       In that commitment, we’re in good company. From New York’s Hudson River, where riverkeeping began, the movement has spread across the nation,...

This year’s Big Read introduces a chapter of black history relevant today for its social commentary

      Jack Johnson shocked the world by rising from the culture of Jim Crow to become boxing’s first African American world heavyweight cham­pion. A century later, Adrian Matejka chronicled his life and rise to fame in The Big Smoke. In 2013 it was considered for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award — for poetry.         This year, The Big Smoke is circulating around Anne Arundel County as part of The Big Read, which began...

Statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to stand in Maryland State House

      The intersection of public art and politics is a hard one to negotiate. Lots of traffic — history, symbolism, myth, ideals, politics and budgets — is moving in different directions.       Consider the now well-known Washington, D.C., memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was authorized by Congress in 1996. The design competition held by the King Memorial Foundation attracted 906 entries. By the time the field was narrowed to 23 finalists, four...
Annapolis Rotary Club Scholarships For: Up to four graduating seniors in Annapolis area high schools and homeschoolers (zip codes: 21401, 21403, 21409, 21144) planning to attend a college or university and with a demonstrated commitment to community service; awards of $1,000 each. Deadline: Apply by April 1; www.annapolisrotary.org/scholarships.   Anne Arundel Watermen’s Scholarship For: Two graduating seniors from Anne Arundel County schools pursuing a career in marine sciences or...

End of an Antarctic Quest

       It’s been more than 100 years since Ernest Shackleton’s ice-crushed ship Endurance sank in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, sending survivors on a famous trek for survival across ice floes and near-frozen seas.        It was the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, and Shackleton was known as a hero for miraculously protecting his 27-member crew from death in a small vessel dodging fast-moving chunks of ice. He gave his mittens to the...

Calvert Library writes local history

       In Calvert County, the public library has gone beyond collecting books to creating them. For Women’s History Month last March, the library sponsored Inspiring Black Women of Calvert County. This year men take the stage as subjects of a new local history book, Inspiring African American Men of Calvert County.       “When we joined the Big Conversation on Dismantling Racism last year,” says Robyn Truslow, library spokeswoman and...

Parole’s club opens grant application gates

      Need a grant?       Now’s the time.       The Rotary Club of Parole has opened the floodgates for non-profit, youth-focused grant hopefuls.         Through member donations and club fundraising, the 34-year-old Parole club gives away $25,000 to $30,000 annually.        One of the club’s largest fundraisers is the annual Naptown BarBAYq, a food festival and family fun day with live music...

Know before you go

      Wondering where that snowplow is as wintery precipitation falls? You can find out on Anne Arundel County’s new tracking system.       A new Automated Vehicle Location system automatically determines and transmits the location of the county’s 74 plows and 250-plus contracted plow trucks. Department of Public Works reviews the data to monitor road conditions and the effectiveness of plowing strategies.        You take the next...

Community service group asks your help

      The Deale Elks Lodge has been a cornerstone in Southern Anne Arundel County for 44 years. Known for its support, generosity and general do-goodery, the fraternal organization makes regular donations to Shady Side Elementary, Deale Elementary and the South County Youth Association. It hosts fundraising events for members and organizations throughout the community, provides a meeting place for Boy Scouts and other citizens’ groups and joins with other organizations and...

Round-robin painting makes its way Down Under and back

      A Facebook memory inspired artist Jane Connor to send an unfinished canvas on a journey around the world.       The social media site reminded Connor, owner of Wine & Design in North Beach, of an earlier failed attempt at a collaborative painting.        “I was living in Texas at the time, and my friend in Ohio mailed me a painting she wanted me to add to, then send back to her. It sounded like a lot of fun, so we did it. Then it...