American Legion Post 206 historian seeks and shares the stories of those who served

High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

From a time of war to a time of peace

Greene Turtle switches to paper — on request

This nocturnal neighbor hides in plain sight in our own back yards

High schoolers take on English ivy

John ‘Fish’ Fisher overboard in the Volvo Ocean Race

      In covering the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race through the years, I met sailing legends who seemed larger than life: Torben Grael, Mike Sanderson, Paul Cayard, Ian Walker and Bouwe Bekking, who is skippering Team Brunel in the current race.       The Volvo Ocean Race is the preeminent physical challenge on earth. It makes climbing Mt. Everest and the Tour de France look like cake walks. The sailors endure danger and tests of endurance that stretch the...

Pre-K and up train for fitness in five weeks

      Racing into Chesapeake Country this Sunday April 8 are some healthy kids.  Healthy Kids Running Series, a nationwide program, comes to Anne Arundel Community College this month to help kids in the community learn to run their way to good health.       Healthy Kids is a five-week initiative to help combat childhood obesity with fun and education.      “Our goal is to see every participant improve over the five weeks,” says...

Feeding nightly in a creek near you

      The river otter is common throughout the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay as well as throughout North America. Fairly large mammals of the weasel family, these otters can weigh up to 30 pounds and stretch to four feet long.  They feed in and around fresh and brackish water eating fish, crayfish, frogs, insects, turtles, snakes and small mammals and birds. Locally, in spring they follow river herring and perch after chasing down catfish and pickerel all winter. Because...

Find a couple dozen ways in this week’s paper 

      The older I get, the more interested I get in history. You too?       Perhaps history seems more relevant the more you’re part of it.       Some of joining history is accidental. Things keep happening on your watch, even if you’re not watching very closely, that sweep you up.       The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years ago to the day I write, is still reverberating. It gave us the world we have, not...
Inspired by Marjory Stoneman Douglas       I enjoyed Louise Dunlap’s article in the March 22 issue about Marjory Stoneman Douglas. It’s inspiring that Douglas’ work (and Ms. Dunlap’s husband’s) has come full circle in the student’s activism on gun control. It particularly touched me that Douglas never gave up, even when the odds were bleak. It seems we face that scenario with the current debate over any kind of gun control. –Amanda A....

It doesn’t matter what happens the rest of the day

      It was a tense moment. After a number of postponements for high winds, hail, rain and freezing temperatures, my son Harrison and I were fishing the Pocomoke River. Bundled up in layers of foul-weather clothes, our fingers already numb from the 30-degree air, we had finally met up with the stellar Eastern Shore guide Kevin Josenhans for our first sortie of the new season.        Comfortably ensconced in Kevin’s 20-foot Jones Brothers skiff, we...

What you don’t know can hurt what you grow

      More and more Bay Weekly readers are having their soil tested, as evident by the number of soil test results that I am receiving by e-mail. In nearly all I have reviewed during the past year, soils are much too acid, and lawns have a surplus of phosphorus (P) but are deficient in sulfur (S) and boron (B). Very few results indicate near neutral or alkaline soils, except in azalea beds where hardwood bark mulch has been repeatedly applied.       What this means...

Steven Spielberg should hit restart on this ­disaster gamer movie

     In 2045, the real world is in tatters. People find their only satisfaction in the OASIS, a virtual reality simulation enabling you to be or do anything you want.          At his death, the OASIS creator leaves a challenge to the millions of users worldwide: Find three keys hidden somewhere in the program and inherit control of his estate. It’s a billion dollar golden ticket, just waiting to be found.     ...

Come April 20, the outdoor ­calendar starts filling up

         Spring is on the calendar. We had another lovely taste of warm weather last week. Yet the forecasters say not to pack away the winter gear as the thermometer struggles to reconcile with our expectations of spring.          Prepare your sacrifices to the weather gods, for as April moves forward, more and more outdoor events call us out of hibernation.          Here’s a look at...

Bay Weekly's annual Home & Garden Guide

Antique and vintage items can be used to enhance the garden and other outdoor spaces, even pools and ponds. Japanese fisherman’s floats, small garden sculptures and metal pieces can become focal points and can add whimsy and flair. –Jane Walter and Paula Tanis, A Vintage Deale   Antique clocks should be cleaned and serviced every seven years. Newer clocks need to be serviced even more frequently. By having your clock serviced on a regular basis, you will prevent damage and...