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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive

Jim Weaver’s pink support wins chic new duds

      What do 13 men in Anne Arundel County have in common?          They all competed in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign last October, which raised funds for women’s breast cancer. Jim Weaver of Weaver Boatworks in Deale raised $16,289 of $30,040 raised overall by the Anne Arundel chapter.          For his success, Weaver was fitted this month with a custom-...

Early flowers and early birds love this color

      The spring bird migration has started. Soon flocks of warblers will be looking for the emerging bugs. Because it is spring, their feathers will show breeding hues. The hue that seems the most startling and catches my attention is bright yellow.          Two warblers are brilliant yellow, and both push through in high numbers to get to northern breeding grounds. But a few of both species will stay in Maryland to nest and rear the next...

Blooming bulbs and camellias ­herald spring

       After a long winter, the early spring flowers are eagerly anticipated. I always believe in the wisdom of the groundhog and his prediction of an early spring, but this year his timing was a little off. When the bulbs started to bloom, I forgave him. Bulbs come in thousands of varieties.       Nothing speaks of spring as much as the advent of snowdrops. They actually poke through the snow as early as February. Their little upside-down bells are outlined...

Blooming bulbs and camellias ­herald spring

       After a long winter, the early spring flowers are eagerly anticipated. I always believe in the wisdom of the groundhog and his prediction of an early spring, but this year his timing was a little off. When the bulbs started to bloom, I forgave him. Bulbs come in thousands of varieties.       Nothing speaks of spring as much as the advent of snowdrops. They actually poke through the snow as early as February. Their little upside-down bells are outlined...

After too many winter weeks off the water, I’m fishing again

     The first fish was a small crappie, but it generated as much enthusiasm as a state record-breaker. Our lucky angler, Ben, held it proudly aloft, his light spin rod bent over, as we all cheered his success. This diminutive fish was the first catch of the year.       After three consecutive postponements due to freezing temperatures, we were finally on the Pocomoke River with friend and guide Kevin Josenhans. My ­middle progeny Harrison was in the bow; my...
Stephen King’s classic takes well to the screen
     After a busy year as a doctor in Boston, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) takes a job in a sleepy town in Maine, planning to be home for family dinners and to tuck in his kids at night.      In the back of their home is a pet sematary, created by the children of the town (hence the misspelling). Mother and wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) finds the burial grounds creepy, but daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) is fascinated.      The Creeds befriend their closest...

Five out of Five Licks

       Under the direction of Jeff Larson, this Twin Beach Players theater treat, Certain Souls, written by New York Times editor Ken Jaworoski, is as warm, as buttery smooth and as salty as a bag of crisp, freshly popped popcorn can be. You might even lick your fingers from the back row.          Eight actors give outstanding performances – and they have to. Monologues tend to demand that. Lighting is mostly and purposely spot-...

Inside a dispensary, there’s a dizzying array of medical ­marijuana selections to help you feel better. Here’s how to see for yourself.

     Step inside a Maryland medical cannabis dispensary and you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Eat me, drink me, smoke me, say the amazing controlled substances here, all Maryland-grown and produced to painstaking standards — though their clever packaging and branding does not reveal what will happen when you do. All this in a deli-style setting (yes, that’s what they call it) that more closely resembles a boutique wine bar than a display of products for pain or other...

How medical marijuana got to be a legal Bay Weekly story 

     Are you a little shocked to find yourself reading a big story on medical cannabis in Bay Weekly? The spectrum on this topic flashes with opinions like a pinball machine when a high-scoring game’s in progress. So in case you’re uncomfortable, let me tell you what I’m thinking.       In the first place, aren’t you a little curious?       We in the newspaper business are curious about everything. If you’ve...
Praise for Wayne Bierbaum’s Creature Feature      I especially enjoy Wayne Bierbaum’s photos and column on nature. If he retires from medicine, he’d make a fine full-time teacher or writer or photographer — or all the above. –Dave Banner, West River   Get Your Milkweed Seeds      I grow common milkweed and this past fall harvested seeds, which I can share. We had a nice crop last summer; many butterflies visited. We had four...