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Look for Chessie Ruckus and his partner Officer First Class Jake Coxon in Annapolis

A barking good time for all at Quiet Waters Park

Becoming a Riverkeeper was my way of helping change ­people’s lives

After three years in Chesapeake waters, Pride of Baltimore II resumes her voyages of goodwill

Byway meadows help pollinators thrive

It’s just a game for Senior Olympic billiards player Blaine Jacobs

It’s complicated

Except for Eve (and Adam) — as former Maryland poet laureate Michael Glaser points out in this week’s paper — every one of us has a mother. remembering to Eve, try to imagine … how she never knew a mother or the fruit of a kind and nurturing hand.     In turn, every one of us is a son or daughter. As the seven-year CBS standard-setting series The Good Wife ends on Mother’s Day, my thoughts turn to what it means to be a good daughter.  ...

Are you edging closer to marking this Mother’s Day with your own words?     Perhaps local writer Janice Lynch Schuster of Edgewater can push you over the edge.     For her mother, in memory of her grandmothers — and in appreciation of the many acts of motherhood — she has combined 17 quatrains — stanzas of four lines — into a poem-book, What Are Mothers For?     The simple quatrains stretch from birth to...

Happy Mothers Day to Linne’s two-toed sloth Ivy

Does Hallmark make cards for sloth mothers? Not likely, so let’s send a special Happy Mother’s Day wish to Ivy at the National Aquarium. Ivy, a Linne’s two-toed sloth, gave birth to a baby girl, named Fern, two weeks ago.     The baby sloth is the newest ­addition to the Upland Tropical Rain Forest and the sixth sloth born at the National Aquarium.     “We’re thrilled to welcome Fern,” says Ken Howell, curator of the Rain...

Party on the river for the river

As rivers twist and wind through Chesapeake Country, so do cyclists raising money to help them.     The third annual Ride for the Rivers brings dozens of bike enthusiasts to Discovery Village in Shady Side this year to raise funds for the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. Riders choose from three courses, a 10-mile family fun ride, a 40-mile ride or the challenging 100-kilometer (60-mile) route traversing southern Anne Arundel and northern Calvert counties.     The routes...

SPCA’s popular Walk for the ­Animals postponed

This rainy year you’ll have to wait till June.         Mayday 2016 wasn’t a fit day out for dogs or people, according to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, which looks out for the welfare of all sorts of beasts.     Thus you’ll have to wait until June 19 to Walk for the Animals on this big 25th year.     The annual fundraiser supports the 2,500 homeless animals that enter SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s shelter...

Whence such a name?

What happened across the Bay at Kent Island to give Bloody Point and the Bloody Point Lighthouse that chilling name?     Nobody knows — for certain.     How’s that?     “Many of the names of locations have been lost over time due to the fact that ownership changes hands,” explains Maya Davis of the Maryland State Archives. “Often time new owners change the name of the property.”     Nonetheless,...

For riverkeeper and restaurant, a recipe for success

The pirates and the riverkeeper know how you like to have fun. The recipe goes something like this:     Open the Pirates Cove Dock Bar after six month of winter. Roll up the shades. Pull out the tables and chairs. Hire waitstaff solicitous that all glasses are full. Stock the bar. Bring out the Guinness, the RAR Naptown Brown, the juicer and vodka for Aar-Ange Crushes, the tequila for margaritas, the rum for Pirates Punch.     Hire a band. All the better, make it...

Southern Maryland’s Highland Fling

As 400 pipers piped, 70 Highland dancers pranced and eight rugby teams scrummaged — without injury — 7,000 nostalgic denizens of the New World got in touch with their Old World Celtic roots at the 38th Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering.     That’s an all-time record.     “People seem to have so much fun. That’s what’s kept us going,” say Mary Beth Dent. Dent founded what is now the oldest Celtic...

Plants are survivors

The spring of 2016 will be remembered as a short spring and a very short summer followed by a short fall — all within four weeks between March and April. Those 70-degree days in mid March stimulated the vegetative buds in many woody ornamentals to swell, causing the winter bud scales to drop to the ground. This left the buds susceptible to damage by freezing temperatures.     Some Bay Weekly readers have reported buds on their hydrangeas turning brown and drooping,...

Abundance is the rule on the Argentina Plains

The first bird to approach our floating decoy spread was massive. Its seven-foot wingspread and three-foot beak were also signals that the the creature was not among our intended species. Our guide, Federico, emphasized the situation by whispering, “No tiro, est un jabiru.”     I stumbled with my Spanish, so our guide tried his English. “No shoot, is the bird that brings the babies.”     It was a stork. And big enough to carry quintuplets...