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Volume 15, Issue 23 ~ June 7 - June 13, 2007

Letters to the Editor

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Close Encounters with Bay Weekly

Dear Bay Weekly:

I got a couple good laughs out of your piece Close Encounters of the Natural Kind [Vol. xv, no. 22: May 31]. We have carpenter bees every year in the back of the garden shed. I swept off quite a pile of shavings off our boxes.

Mike Raupp, an entomologist at University of Maryland, does a clever and fascinating column called Bug of the Week. Last week’s column was on the carpenter bee. You might find it some interesting insights into your house guest:

We recently advertised our “green” home in Queen Anne’s County in Bay Weekly, hoping to attract one of the environmentally minded readers of your publication. It’s one of the few publications I can actually say does meaningful and important work. I think it encompasses everything I could ask for: articles on the natural world, the protection of the environment, movie/theatre reviews, astronomy and even Rob Brezny’s words of wisdom!

  The locally written columns are sharp, smart and interesting, and I like your choice of syndicated columns.

I hope the tide is turning soon for the Bay and the environment in general. Keep up the important work you do. It’s so needed — now more than ever.

—Cynthia Gaver, Centreville

Remembering George Schaun

Dear Bay Weekly:

It was my good fortune to know George Schaun [Discovering a Lost Poet: Vol. xv, No. 21: May 24]. We struck up a friendship in the last few years of his life, based on our mutual interest in history. Upon his death, his wife Virginia gave me a lot of his research material.

—Diane Rey, Severna Park

Seeking Whitey’s Recipes

Dear Bay Weekly:

I tore out the crab vegetable soup from last week’s paper [Soup’s On: A new cookbook by Maryland’s crabbiest writer: Vol. xv, No 21: May 24]. But apparently I’ve already lost it. Is there any way to get it again?

–Steve Satzberg, Washington, D.C, Navy Yard

Editor’s note: Easily: our on-line edition has a fine memory. Find Whitey Schmidt’s recipes for at Or order his whole book of Chesapeake Bay Soups for $16.95 from Marian Hartnett Press: 888-876-3767;

Department of Corrections

In 101 Ways to Have Fun: Bay Weekly’s Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay, amounts in several recipes were misprinted due to a computer misreading of fractions.

In Kids Way 4, Pucker Up, the recipe should call for 1 cup (not 8) lemon juice from 6 lemons.

In Kids’ Way 17, Snack on Snickerdoodles, the recipe should call for 11⁄2 cups (not 1) sugar, 23⁄4 (not 2) cups flour and 1⁄2 tsp. (not 1⁄4) salt.

In Kids’ Way 19, Gak Away, the recipe should call for 11⁄2 cups (not 1 1⁄3) warm water.

Kids’ Way 83, Shake a Bag of Ice Cream, the recipe should call for 1⁄2 (not 1) half & half or heavy cream and 1⁄4 tsp. (not 1 tsp.) vanilla.

In Way 57, Make a Simple Syrup, the recipe should call for: 1⁄2 cup (not 1) water, 1⁄2 cup (not one cup) sugar and 1⁄4 cup light corn syrup.

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