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Meet Bay Weekly Delivery Dogs Amber and Mr. Kimble       Two new dogs joined the Bay Weekly family last summer, Amber and Mr. Kimble. They both came to live with drivers Jim Lyles and Peggy Traband in Deale from Collie Rescue in North Carolina.       Amber came first, in July. A sheltie mix with a sable-and-white coat with black highlights and soft amber eyes, she had been raised with about 25 dogs, in a hoarding situation with very little human contact. Dogs...

Take a Lab to water, and he’s a cool, happy dog 

      The zoomies, a recently coined term in the lexicon of canine behavior, describes sudden instances of dog hyperactivity characterized by brief periods of high speed and circular runs. What precipitates the zoomies, no one knows. We always marked it up to exuberance.       It is generally harmless — except for collateral damage to delicate furnishings, appliances and knickknacks.      Since we’ve had dogs the last 30 years or so, the...
Rivals must work together to start a new film franchise in this fun action flick 
      Luke Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is a world-class tracker. He always finds his target, and his hulking figure makes quite the impression. He has been bested only by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a disgraced ex-MI6 agent turned baddie.        The two are forced together again after Shaw’s estranged sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) steals a super virus that could end the world. The American and British governments think Hattie is a...

Come (if you can) for the play, stay for the party

     For their end of summer blowout, The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre has brought the magic of the Aegean to Maryland with Mamma Mia.       From the moment that Sophie (Karlee Allen) steps out onto the blue-lit dock and wistfully sings I Have a Dream, the audience is transported to a Greek island for an evening of dancing, singing and fun.         In case you don’t know the story, Donna’s (Traci Denhardt) daughter, Sophie,...

Modern Girl Scouts train to be ­leaders and innovators

      Today’s Girl Scouts want to be known for more than just cookies. The organization encourages the modern Girl Scout to become Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders. G.I.R.L.s in other words — or initials.       Descendants of the troop created in 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, by the original G.I.R.L. Juliette Gordon ‘Daisy’ Low now number 1.7 million Scouts in troops in more than 92 countries. More than half of female...
These guys really stand out 
      When I’m asked, What is the name of the red bird I see around here? there are four birds that I consider.       They are the male northern cardinal, the male scarlet tanager, the male summer tanager and the male house finch. I assume that the pattern is obvious: Only the males of the species are red; The females are brown or yellowish.          The most common red bird is the northern cardinal. They live here year-round and...

Motorcyclists carry the flame into town

      Local families who have lost a soldier are expecting visits from a dedicated band of motorcyclists, who will present them with a memorial plaque of distinguished service.        American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park is hosting the 15 to 20 motorcyclists, arriving August 1 and visiting families August 2. Their mission is to remind those left behind that their fallen hero hasn’t been forgotten.         ...

Virtual story-telling adds to our sense of place

          Maps don’t tell us everything there is to know about a place. Most don’t show what used to be in a location or how it was significant to people. A new online tour bridges that gap for some 200 sites in the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Anne Arundel County.             African American Voices, Memories and Places tours historic sites, places and buildings through videos, images and maps to tell...

Latin-themed market opens Saturdays in August and September

      A new farmers market with a Latin flavor opens in Annapolis next week. As well as fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants from local farms, Mercado Hilltop will sell handicrafts, piñatas, art and more. The open-air market starts August 10 in the parking lot of the Salvation Army on Hilltop Lane. The market will be open, weather permitting, every Saturday through September 28.             “The Hispanic population in...

Hit by car, protected monkey healed by strangers

        The new issue of the journal Primates has a monkey tale that has experts shaking their heads.             It’s the story of a Barbary macaque named Pipo, who was hit by a car in a Moroccon national park. Given that there are only 10,000 of these creatures left, the people of Monkey Watch keep an eye on them.             Pipo was in bad shape after he...