Chesapeake Country’s Millennial Year

Vol. 8, No. 52
Dec. 28, 2000-Jan. 3, 2001
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2000 Was a Very Full — and a Very Fast — Year.
Before it gets away, here’s a last look at the People, Places, Phenomenon and Adventures of Chesapeake Country 2000

Phenomena of Bay Weekly 2000

Roots Journeys: Seeking African American Ancestors
by Kim Cammarata, Christy Grimes, Lori L. Sikorski and Sandra Martin

From school children to grandparents, Marylanders are following in Alex Haley's footsteps, discovering their African American heritage in Chesapeake Country.

To releaf their family trees, African American genealogists have had to go the extra mile. Paucity of information is one roadblock, for records of the lives of the poor are scarcer than records of the rich.

Our Nuclear Neighbor - The Fate of Nuclear Power in Calvert Cliffs
by Kent Minichiello
Illustrations by Gary Pendleton

The two reactors at Calvert Cliffs have run nearly 25 years and are licensed to run well into the 21st century - until 2014 and 2016. Calvert Cliffs is the first of the nation's 103 nuclear plants to seek the 20-year renewal. [Editor's note: It was later granted.]

In an environmental Utopia, we would reduce our energy needs and increase our technological efficiency until neither coal nor nuclear power would be required. The nation and the world should move toward that goal.

Meanwhile, at the end of its licenses, Calvert Cliffs should be purchased and converted to public use. The plant itself could become a museum of nuclear power. The visitor's center, farm and fields could be a living museum of the tobacco culture. The cliffs and beach could continue to protect the puritan tiger beetle. The woodlands might remain a publicly accessible natural area.

Confessions of a Teenage Bike Junkie
by Russ Pellicot

I have a confession to make. I've never seen a bicycle I didn't want.

It all started when I was a boy of 10 or 11. I was just learning how a bicycle worked, experimenting with repairs and tinkering. A garage full of tools and a desire to learn was all it took to start the obsession. The addition of more and more bikes to my stable took an innocent hobby to a full-blown addiction. What began as curiosity evolved into much more than I could have imagined.

Once I started scavenging bikes, I needed more.

Maryland Tobacco Futures - A Millennial Fairy Tale
by Connie Darago

Maryland's historic crop has crossed many rivers: aging farm populations, competition from other job markets, foreign markets, bad health news and state anti-smoking legislation. Now tobacco farmers have the biggest river to cross: deciding whether to keep farming tobacco or trade their stake in tobacco for a share of Maryland's $4.4 billion piece of the national tobacco settlement.

A Day in the Life: Roedown Races
by Christopher Heagy

Roedown Races are a mixing bowl of many things: The people: jockeys, the trainers, the stable keepers, the walkers and joggers. The horses: sleek bays, blacks and grays, fillies and geldings, first loosening up, then running like the wind.

Everyone at the same place for different reasons, talking, cheering, laughing, hoping, racing, riding, eating and drinking on a Sunday afternoon in early spring: All this diversity is mixed in the Roedown bowl.

Daffy with Spring
by Christy Grimes

Could Wordsworth only make it to London Town's 20th annual daffodil show next week, he'd see more than a host of them: try 400 specimens.

-Dock of the Bay, Vol. VIII No. 14, April 6.

Eight Reasons Not to Miss Bay Harley at the Nursing Home
by Louise Vest

She spends her life levitating in an impoverished land formed by her illness. But Harley moves closer, and remnants of life marshal themselves. She comes to the surface smiling.

Even as Harley Davidson, the hulking 130-pound Harlequin Great Dane, leaves her nursing-home room after his visit, she is still in the moment of a bright, Sunday morning. That other land has not yet repatriated her.

As a member on Pets of Wheels, Raphael Jurkovic, 32, has been bringing Harley to nursing homes and the local hospital for a year now, usually on Sundays

From Heartbreak Hotel to Happy Homes:
Animal Lovers In Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties Do It with No Tax Dollars
by Christy Grimes

That's the story of animal welfare in Chesapeake Country.

"We have wonderful private donors," says Anne Arundel County SPCA's chief fund-raiser, Lou Carter. "But we get nothing from the state, the county, even the city we serve. I think we're just as important as many things they finance."

From Start to Finish, How to Throw Your Own Chesapeake Bay Crab Feast
by Sandra Martin

We landed in Chesapeake Country 15 years ago on a rising tide. In the last three decades, Calvert County's population has tripled, skyrocketing from 20,000 in 1970 to 75,000. Anne Arundel has seen its own boom, growing from 288,903 to 485,800.

Many of those thousands have no one to bring them up to speed on the traditions of Chesapeake Country. As we saw at a crab feast where not only was the table set with plates but the overhead television was tuned to an instructional video detailing how to eat crabs.

This is a job for Bay Weekly. If people have got to turn to the media to learn how to eat crabs, the right medium is newsprint. You can set the table with the instructions, read them as you eat and, when you're finished, roll up waste and throw it all together in the trash. And you won't even get a stiff neck.

Read and feast.

Pick-up Is the Name of the Game
by Amy Mulligan

I can't explain why I love basketball. My high school season ended over a year ago, and my college basketball career never began, so my hard work didn't pay off in the way I'd hoped. But I am still a sucker for a good game of hoops, and I have learned a valuable lesson: Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or work, your dream might not come true. How do you deal with that? It's easy: Now I play on my own terms.

At any playground, gymnasium or outdoor court in the country, you're likely to find people just like me

Intermezzo: To Catch This Boat Show, You've Got To be Quick
by Christy Grimes

It takes three crews working three double-shifts to erect the floating nomad city that is the U.S. Sailboat Show. It takes a whole lot less time to break it all down. From over the fence, it looks like magic: In the blink of an eye, banners adorning the show's chainlink perimeter have gone from promoting sail to powerboat products. The forest of sailboat masts shooting skyward from Ego Alley has been leveled and replaced by wall-to-wall power yachts. So what happened?

The Legends of Point Lookout ~ Infamous History Leads to First-Rate Hauntings
by Connie Darago with Sharon Brewer

Among all of Maryland's legendary haunted spots, none has the fright capacity of Point Lookout. Here, for over 350 years, humans have massacred, imprisoned, tortured and starved each other. Add shipwreck, fire, famine, disease and war, and the stage is set for ghostly encounters unequaled in our state.

Day and night, so it is said, ghosts join the quarter of a million visitors to Point Lookout State Park each year.

Wheeerrree'ss My Second Volume? The Haunting of Editor Martin:
by Don Kehne

Once upon a midnight dreary, as he pondered weak and weary o're a missing volume of Harry Potter, inspiration came rapping, tapping, rapping at Don Kehne's office door. When his trance was broken in the pre-dawn hours, he found he'd written a screenplay.

Constable: And you're certain noffin' is missin', sir? After all, if you was indeed a vict'm of a burglary, one would expec' some sor' a' valubools to be burgooled from this vicinity. Given that noffin' was burgooled, one could dejuce that no buglahry had transpoired.

MRE Sacks City Dock
by Mark Burns

Begun as a bet between Republic founder Jeff Collins and Annapolis Mayor Dean Johnson, Slaughter Across the Water has become the definitive annual power struggle between the Maritime Republic of Eastport and Annapolis Jaycees. In its third year, the pull remains the world's longest tug of war over a body of water, using a custom-made 1,700-foot rope stretched between City Dock and Second Street.

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