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Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

Growing corn is a-mazing

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

         On July 26, the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River opened its gates due to flooding and high river flows. By July 29-30, tree limbs, sea grass and trash had reached Spa Creek by way of the Severn River and piled up on the waters of Annapolis Harbor.  The City of Annapolis’s harbormasters worked hour after hour to clean up the disaster. Now the city is asking volunteers to help haul the mess out.   “The debris took...
So, you’re ready to venture into downtown Annapolis. Maybe you’re out for a sunny stroll down Main Street. Maybe you and your friends fancy a night out on the town. Whatever your reason, there’s one thing weighing on your mind: parking.   Many city-goers avoid parking garages in search of cheaper street parking. Starting this month, the city of Annapolis intends to make garages a sweeter option.  Heading into town on a Sunday? The Whitmore Parking Garage,...
Sandy Marron of Heritage Harbour collects books for soldiers.   Operation Paperback, a non-profit founded in 1999, sends shipments of books to military bases all over the world. Marron is one of 19,000 volunteers under the Operation Paperback umbrella.   The books go to military families, veterans, hospitals and bases overseas. The books help soldiers learn, pass the time or, on deployment, read to their children via webcam. Romance and religious...
Way Downstream comes from Ocean City, where the federal court case over the right of women to go topless may be bare-ly beginning.  Let us first unveil some facts: Last summer, Ocean City approved an ordinance forbidding women to cast aside their swimsuit tops.  In January, five women — among them Megan Bryant, of Lothian —- filed lawsuit in a Maryland U.S. District Court challenging the ordinance as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the...

Now I know how this bird got its name

As the tide was falling in Boca Ciega Bay in Florida, I watched a bird called the American oystercatcher walk over the top of an oyster bar.  Covered by only an inch or two of water, the oysters were open and actively feeding. So were the oystercatchers, deftly stabbing their knife-like bills into an oyster, cutting its closing muscle and extracting the meat. When the tide was lower and the oysters closed, the birds loudly flew away.        ...

Artist Jan Kirsh’s visual garden

  Why is there a pear on the corner of Annapolis Street and Gidding Avenue? An eggplant on a post? An asparagus popping out of the ground?  The three- to six-foot-tall produce are sculptures created by artist Jan Kirsh, who conspired with Brandon Stalker, owner of Evelyn’s restaurant, to plant them outside to add a bit of whimsical artfulness to West Annapolis.  “I thought that it was really cool to be able to add some color to the...

But where have the bigger fish gone?

Cutting the engine a good distance from the shoreline, we drifted quietly toward a projecting erosion jetty. It was the one that reached farthest from shore, creating a sort of false point along an edge full of shoreline protections.  Nearing casting distance, I lowered my anchor, and we skidded to a stop. When our minor disturbance subsided, we prepped light spin rods.   They were five- to six-footers with small 1,000 series reels spooled with ultra-thin, misty copolymer...

Management by Walking Around

The concept of Minimalism invites you to understand your outdoor spaces through interacting with them. You can do a lot or just a little, or nothing at all beyond looking at the plants and animals with fascination. The rewards are there for the taking.           Thus, we can enjoy a bit of light exercise by clipping the grass around and in the plant beds. This will yield a good workout for the solar plexus and the clipping hand. Bending and cutting blades of grass is a...

Plant seedlings now to eat well through September

Okra is the rare annual that performs best when the heat is on. I generally delay planting until late July, which allows the plants to grow at maximum speed and provides a full harvest into September.           I sow Clemson Spineless okra seeds in four-inch diameter pots so that I can space the plants properly three feet apart in rows five feet wide. Since I also grow potatoes, the okra plants occupy the ground where the potatoes had been harvested...

A trio of men discover they have the same face in this fascinating documentary

          On the first day of college, Robert Shafran gets an odd welcome. People greet him like they’ve known him for years, girls kiss him and people call him Eddy. He, however, has no idea who Eddy is.           After a day of being mistaken for Eddy, Robert is clued in: Eddy, a student last year, looked just like Robert. Was he adopted, a friend of Eddy’s asks, and is his birthday July of 1961? Two...