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Volume 15, Issue 28 ~ July 12 - July 18, 2007

This Week's Features:

Annapolis Has a New Sister

She’s Brazilian, and she thinks life is a beach

by Steve Carr

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The Local Buzz

On the job with native bee expert Sam Droege

by Carrie Madren

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New Lives for Old Lighthouses

The light’s on and you can come calling

by Margaret Tearman

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Taking the Sting Out of Summer

Your guide to sea nettle remedies

by Jane Elkin

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Between the Covers

John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages

History must supply what memory can no longer give us

Reviewed by Ben Miller

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101 Ways To Have Fun ~ Summer 2007

Once more this summer, Bay Weekly’s “Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay” brings you 101 ways to harvest the delicious pleasures of summer. Again this year, kids get their own 101 Ways to Have Fun.


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Deer Revenge

After a life outdoors, Lyme hit me in the bull’s-eye

Paybacks are Hell.

Over the years in various states according to my journals, I have bagged 117 deer — all whitetails other than two Sikas and one mulie. Today I learned the antlered critters have turned the tables.

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Keep Slime Mold Out of Your Garden

Dog vomit slime mold looks and smells like its name, and it thrives on un-composted wood and too much mulch

Some time during July and August, don’t be surprised if you find dog vomit on the ground of your garden, especially if you’ve mulched with colored wood chip mulch, double-shredded hardwood bark mulch or fresh woodchips.

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Make a Green Move

Relocate without disrupting the environment

Moving may be inherently unfriendly to the environment given that carting stuff around means expending lots of fuel and emitting a lot of pollutants. But there are ways to relocate responsibly. For starters, the less stuff we accumulate in the first place, the less we have to pick up and move elsewhere.

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The Changing of the Guard

As one royal star sets, another rises to watch over us

The waning moon reaches new phase Saturday, but it takes a couple days before the waxing crescent pulls far enough away from the sun to emerge from its glare. But by dusk Monday, a thin sliver of moon appears low in the west. Saturn shines less than two degrees away toward the horizon, and Venus is about six degrees to the other side of the moon. Between moon and Venus shines Regulus, the heart of Leo the lion.

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It’s Big and Beautiful Out There

Here’s how to avail yourself of it

July has the best weather of the summertime on the Chesapeake Bay. The days are hot, but not too hot. The winds are generally calm, and our waters are comfortable.

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Gunk- Holin’
by Alice Snively

Dividing Creek: Wye River East

Not Just a Port in the Storm

The threat of nasty weather so common this time of year drove us to Dividing Creek off the Wye East River. This well-known gunkhole wasn’t high on my list of destinations to report. However, our experience there was so much fun that I changed my priorities. This creek is frequently crowded during the prime boating season, which is why we’d not gone there before. But it’s also a great protected spot for hurricanes as well as inclement northerlies. It’s a comparatively narrow stream with high (for Eastern Shore) banks, which are nicely wooded and not lined with houses. Continue reading...

Way Downstream

Can Annapolis do without plastic bags? … In Anne Arundel County, better keep it quiet … Sign a Clean Boater Pledge to protect the Bay … In Maryland, farming’s still a way of life … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: Vermont regains its loons.

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Changes of Latitude and Attitude

Here at 38 degrees 44.64 minutes latitude, 76 degrees 33.59 minutes longitude, things look pretty much the same — despite occasional surprises like the unicyclist who just crossed the bridge over the creek outside the window.

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Bay Reflections

Yesterday’s visit to the emergency room: Yes, my wife sent me there.

by Allen Delaney

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