Vol. 9, No. 35
August 30 - September 5, 2001
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Keep Your Summer Groove,
But Stay a Good Bay Citizen

In “50 Ways to Leave Your Summer” this issue, we advise you to keep your summer mind-set — at least until the next officially sanctioned fun days, like Halloween and the winter holidays.

For instance, we suggest you see Cal before it’s too late, let your season flower with mums and don’t even think about hauling your boat unless you want to forego the finest fishing and sailing seasons of all.

We tell you this because Chesapeake Bay is so beautiful and bountiful come fall that we can’t bear your minimizing your blessed time here.

(It’s easy to have too much fun. Last weekend we wore ourselves out leaping between North Beach’s Bayfest, Calvert County’s Jousting Tournament, the Maryland State Fair and Renaissance Festival.)

But even before the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, sounds summer’s end with his Labor Day weekend concert at Calvert Marine Museum, school has started.

Which reminds us that balancing fun and responsibility is not just for kids. We all need to bear a share in making smart choices to preserve our quality of life in Chesapeake Country. Like school kids, we Baysiders have plenty of reasons to pay attention.

In Annapolis, there’s a mayor to elect, beginning with the Primary on September 11. This year’s race pits a diverse selection of candidates with deep community roots. If you live in Annapolis, your job is to find out which one of them shares your views about public policy issues and the Bay.

In Anne Arundel County, the districts of the council members who will represent us will be reconfigured, some perhaps strikingly so, following the recent 2000 Census. Will you know your new council member? Will you have much in common with the other people in your district?

Also in Anne Arundel County, citizens who have shaped the plans for their communities future growth — and in some cases, said “no” to unwise development — now need to transfer their energies to the task of how our land is used. Anne Arundelians might want to take a look at North Beach, where an array of citizens have shared ideas on the use and appearance of the town’s long-underused “key corner,” which is being privately developed.

So as we advise you to keep your summer groove, we exhort you to play smart for our future’s sake.

Copyright 2001
Bay Weekly