This Week's Features:
Long ago and far away, she sang for the sheer joy of life.
a memoir by Helena Mann-Melnitchenko
One mother’s crusade to help Anne Arundel’s youngest citizens. by Carrie Madren
Not only is it lovely, it’s the key ingredient in Portuguese soup. by Valerie Lester
Most grow well without fertilizer or pruning
Many home gardeners fertilize their shrubs regardless of whether the plants need it. I have lived in my current home for 15 years, and have not yet applied fertilizer to my Japanese hollies, yews, crape myrtle, forsythia, photinia, mountain laurel, heavenly bamboo or viburnums.
Scotchgard’s fatal flaw
Scotchgard was created by accident in a 3M laboratory a half-century ago after an experimental chemical formula spilled onto a technician’s sneaker. Remarkably, it kept the spot clean despite the rest of the canvas fabric collecting dirt over time. Scotchgard went on to become famous for its almost magical ability to protect clothes, carpets and furniture from water, dirt and stains. 3M later created variations for use in food containers, denture cleaners, floor polishes, firefighting foams and many other products.
A hellish atmosphere of greenhouse gases and acid rain
The sun sets around 8:10 this week, and it isn’t another hour until dusk cedes to darkness. But by 9:00, a glimmer of light pierces the sky high in the west like a reflection from a passing jet. The light remains fixed, however, the darkening sky adding to its brilliance. And as other stars blink into view, this evening star shines all the more bright by comparison.
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Nothing bites like bluegill
Big rockfish, fresh from spawning, were swarming the Bay Bridge area on their way down the Chesapeake. Recently arrived large croaker had been haunting the nighttime flats off of Matapeake, and the hickory shad and perch runs, stalled by low temperatures, were on again
The motherly keepers of Calvert Marine Museum
Ken Kaumeyer’s purchase order for 100 pair of No Nonsense pantyhose raised a red flag at the county government office, but not at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, where he is the curator of Chesapeake Bay marine life. A pair of pantyhose from the local drugstore already had proved its worth for holding activated carbon to filter the museum’s aquarium water.
Eelgrass felled by global warming … Mosquitoes are among us … In the world of insect destruction, tent caterpillars are all show, no go … A Canadian company has discovered how to take nitrogen out of our water and reclaim it as fertilizer … For 41 cents, the Settlement of Jamestown … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: From Western Maryland, cars even trains are catching up with hunters in doing bears in…
On Target, Leopold Delivers Change
It hasn’t taken long to size up Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold.
Yet some people are surprised at what they see.
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Mother The Bully Slayer
She slew him with a word, and I saved face
by Matt Makowski
With any luck, your brain has tucked your first encounter with a bully deep within the inaccessible recesses of your cerebral cortex. Oddly enough, mine remains in a user-friendly region, due in no small part to the outcome. Less important details, however, have been lost.
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