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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

       A healthy future for Maryland begins with healthy kids. Those kids are at risk when the buses and cars taking them to and from school churn out pollution in the drop-off and pick-up lanes.        Under a new program from the Department of the Environment and the Department of Education, those arrival and departure areas will become idle-free.       The two state agencies are collaborating on Idle Free MD to reduce emissions at...
Ban bills return to Anne Arundel, Maryland 
      Another domino has fallen in the war on plastic, toppling close to home.        A bill banning polystyrene, the chemical that gave us Styrofoam, has been introduced for the second year in the Anne Arundel County Council. If passed, it will prohibit the use of food-service polystyrene products in the county by next January.      Last year, this very same bill made its way through the council only to be vetoed by then-County Executive Steve...

New life begins in tiny wet puddles

    In very early spring, melting snow and ice leave pools of water in the woods. By early summer, the pools dry up not to be seen until the next spring. The seasonal collections of water, called vernal or ephemeral pools, are the breeding ground for insects, crustaceans and amphibians of the woods.      The density of amphibians in a mature eastern woods is estimated to vary widely, between 200 and 8,000 per acre. Several species can reproduce only in vernal pools....

Bundle up, pack a long rod and head to Sandy Point

      The first signs of the spring rockfish run come to Sandy Point and Matapeake parks. Surf rods, some of them 12 to 14 feet long, will be strung out, poised in rod holders along the pier and beaches. Bundled up in insulated winter coats and camouflaged hunting attire and settled in on aluminum lawn chairs, these anglers have found the cure for cabin fever.       Early springtime’s catch-and-release rockfish season has been starting earlier and gaining...

Create wild places, and wildlife will come

      My home is on the edge of a forest with many old oaks and tall loblolly pines. There are also many native shrubs and perennials in a hundred-year flood plain. Beaver Creek meanders through the flood plain before running into Severn Run, which becomes the headwaters of the Severn River.       Our land is preserved in the Maryland Environmental Trust. An occasional reward is getting to see some unexpected wildlife.       This winter, a big white...
Everything isn’t awesome in this lackluster sequel
      LEGO master builder Emmet (voiced by Christ Pratt) expects a prompt return to awesome after saving his world from evil President Business. Instead, a new and possibly more dangerous threat emerges as a new species invades the LEGO world.       DUPLO blocks (the big LEGOS meant for toddlers) arrive in spaceships. Emmet tries to make friends with the invaders, but the babyish blocks throw tantrums that level city blocks. No matter how quickly Emmet and his...

Tinder lights the fire

      Love is tricky. The adage goes, you never know where you’ll find it. Maybe it’s out on a dock by the Bay or under the awnings of a local coffee shop. For me, love was where I’d least expected to find it: Tinder.       Tinder was never supposed to be a place to find love. The app is notorious in the dating-sphere, strewn with men (and women) “just looking for a good time.” When I signed on two years ago, I convinced myself that I...

Army combat veteran uses humor to talk about a difficult subject and to generate awareness of how vets don’t want to be treated differently

     It’s a packed house and the crowd is warmed up as the emcee introduces the next comic at D.C.’s celebrated Comedy Improv.      “Please put your hands together for Adam Keys, ladies and gentlemen!” Cheers and applause.      As Keys climbs the stairs below stage left, the audience registers something different about him. Is it his rocking gait? His height? His outfit, maybe?      Keys doesn’t seem to...

Love, inspiration and a bit of praise for men in high places

      Those SweetHeart candies you won’t find on the shelves this year (unless they’re left over from 2018, though who would know) offered us a range of flavors and messages. Bay Weekly is stepping up to fill their void this week with a collection of stories that range from love to beyond.        Love, of course, for Valentine’s Day does a better job than Groundhog Day in breaking up the slog of winter. As to why we celebrate it at this...
Help Local Pharmacies Survive         The survival of small independent pharmacies is very important to their communities. The small independent pharmacy provides free counseling to their customers, participates in local community activities and affairs, helping their local fire department, schools and other organizations.        Now many local pharmacies will be forced to close their doors due to unfair reimbursement from medical insurance that favors...