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 Vol. 10, No. 25

June 20-26, 2002

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If We Don’t Know, We’ll Find Out

Dear Bay Weekly:
I have been advised that the annual Bay Ridge Beach Party is Saturday, June 15, with Jr. Cline & the Recliners playing. I cannot find any information on this event anywhere. I had expected that if anyone would know about this it would be the Bay Weekly.

Can you tell me anything more? Is this open to the public? A private party? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

—Vicky Peake, [email protected]

Editor’s note: Del. Dick D’Amato, who lives in Bay Rridge, satisfied Peake’s curiosity. The party was indeed June 15 for the community and its guests. Even if you were invited, you — or your host — still had to pay $30 per person.

Wye Oak Had Many Progeny

Dear Bay Weekly:
The Wye oak has nearly always produced acorns. Some years it produced more acorns than other years. All Wye oak seedlings were sold exclusively by Maryland Department of Natural Resources through the State Forest Nursery. Until 1995, the seedlings were grown at the Buckingham State Forest Nursery in Harmans, Maryland, and since 1995 the seedlings were grown at the John S. Ayton State Forest Nursery in Preston, Maryland. Up until 1999, DNR sold thousands of Wye oak seedlings each year. In 1973, I grew 100 Wye oak seedlings in five gallon containers for DNR so they could distribute them in 1976 to all states capable of growing white oak in their climates in celebration of the bicentennial. However, the University of Maryland was not responsible for their distribution.

However, it will be another 10 to 15 years before the newly cloned Wye oaks will be sufficiently large to start producing acorns. It is the intent of DNR to continue selling Wye oak seedlings once they start collecting them, while Maryland nurserymen and garden centers will be selling clones of the Wye oak as soon as a sufficient amount of grafting wood can be obtained.

— Dr. Francis R. Gouin, Deale: Professor Emeritus and former Extension Specialist in Ornamental Horticulture

Whoops: Wrong Species

Dear Bay Weekly:
In “Sneaking Up on Clear Water: Bernie Wades Again” [Dock of the Bay: Vol. X No. 24, June 13] terrapins are mistakenly called amphibians. Turtles are reptiles. Frogs, toads and salamanders are amphibians; snakes, turtles and lizards are reptiles.

Thought you’d like to know.

— Karyn Molines, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

We welcome your letters and opinions. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to us at [email protected].

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