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Christmas crafting almost ruined my childhood

We deck the boughs with tradition and meaning 

Each of our Christmas ­evergreens tells a story

New owners at Chesapeake Health and Fitness 

Plans to increase biking gain national attention

These birds are cunning, intelligent and ruthless
      The Corvid family includes some of the world’s smartest animals, among them crows and ravens.       The common raven and common crow are able to solve multiple-step problems, delay gratification, use money. And they have a large vocabulary. They are better at solving problems than a four-year-old child. Given a tall beaker of water with a piece of food floating out of reach, a raven can use a twig to push stones out of a box, then drop the stones into...
What We’re Thinking in Chesapeake Country Anne Arundel shifts from economy to crime and drugs       Crime and drugs are the most important problem facing Anne Arundel County, according to an October survey of 655 countians by the Center for the Study of Local Issues at Anne Arundel Community College. Nearly a third, 31 percent, call those threats their biggest issues.        As recently as spring of 2012, the decline of the economy was a top concern....

My gradual approach keeps the door open for late excursions

      Preparing your boat for winter should be the last item on this year’s to-do list. The many mistakes I’ve made over my 65 years should qualify me as experienced if not expert. One of my frequent mistakes is to refuse to admit the season is over.       Because of this, I’ve adopted a gradual wintering schedule over the course of a month or more, prioritizing chores in such a way that any sudden boating re-activation will not set the schedule...
A disappointed author writes her way to infamy in this fantastic drama
       Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy: The Happytime Murders) is good at her job, biography, but not at her profession. She’s uppity and standoffish with other writers, refuses to do radio or press for her books, berates her agent and drinks herself into scenes. Only her cat loves her.       An increasingly desperate financial state leads Lee to sell a prized possession: a personal letter from Katharine Hepburn. Researching Fanny Brice, she finds and sells...

Recipes from pros and prizewinners

      If there’s any day to bridge the gaping American divide, it’s Thanksgiving. On that great American feast, consensus rules. Eighty-eight percent of us report that turkey will be our Thanksgiving dish of choice, according to the National Turkey Federation. Certainly for me, one of the great pleasures of the day is the near unanimity of sharing in one great meal, all across the nation.         Following in the train of that bird — so...

Prize-winning recipes for the ­Chesapeake’s beloved bivalve

      Oysters are ours to eat again.       True, aquaculture ends the traditional summer drought, making oysters accessible all year long.       Yet never do oysters taste better than in crisp November. The first reliably cool of the traditional oyster-eating R-months, November rouses our hunger for the warm, savory soups and stews that give oysters so satisfying a home. Roast oysters taste their best now, when it’s cool enough that picking up...
Behind the scenes at the National Oyster Cook-Off
Marty Hyson:  Smoked Chardonnay Oysters First Prize Hors D’Oeuvres; Best Presentation;  People’s Choice        A two-time past grand-prize winner of the National Oyster Cook-Off, at this year’s 52nd Annual U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County, Marty Hyson entertained from the moment he fired up his grill outside the auditorium. If Hyson, 55, of Millersville, wasn’t yukking it up with passers-by while smoking chunky bivalves on the...
More on the Ships at Mallows Bay RE: The Many Ghosts of Mallows Bay, Oct. 25, 2018, www.bayweekly.com/node/45770       I enjoyed Warren Lee Brown’s Oct. 25 article The Many Ghosts of Mallows Bay, which was both well researched and written.       There is a common misconception, however, which I am partly responsible for, that the wooden ship fleet was a completely failed national undertaking in that none of the ships actually saw service during World War I...

It will be Thanksgiving sooner than you think 

      It’s not that I want to rush the season. We all know there’s plenty of that going on. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are on simultaneous sale in some stores.         Nonetheless, the season is rushing our way. Halloween’s three days of the dead mark the year’s turn from summery to wintery autumn. Never mind temperatures in the 70s and 60s those days.       (About this time every...
Anne Arundel ­Conservationist of 2018 En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns that honor       Community involvement, environmental preservation and family: These are the qualities that make a conservationist.        En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns recognition as the 2018 Conservationist of the Year, chosen by the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District because of her commitment to community growth.       “We look at all the...