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Volume 15, Issue 33 ~ August 16 - August 22, 2007

This Week's Features:


Shining a Light on

Chesapeake History

Today’s visitors are enjoying Thomas Point lighthouse in a fashion never envisioned of old. by Reed Hellman

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Dredge Spoils Plan Deep-Sixed

Anne Arundel Exec Leopold dumps two decades of planning and over $1.5 million to “save the communities.”

by Sandra Olivetti Martin

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Rock the Bay

Annapolis Festival Sets Music to the Save the Bay Movement

by Rob Goszkowski

Knowing What to Hold onto and When to Let Go

On — and off — the job with antiques collector Dale Thomas

Story & Photos by Michelle Steel, Bay Weekly Contributor

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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.


HOME & GARDEN GUIDE 2007

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Man against Bird

There are good birds and bad birds in the Burton book

I’ve not directed much animosity at owls, but hawks — that’s another thing. Owls are nocturnal; they primarily do their dirty deeds under the cover of darkness. Hawks are daytime predators, and we see more of them.

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When Temperatures Rise, Don’t Fertilize

If you have cool-season grasses, save your time, money and the Bay

In recent weeks, unscrupulous chemical lawn companies have urged home gardeners to apply fertilizers to lawns during hot, dry weather to keep them healthy and green. Don’t believe them.

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Incentives to Buy Green

People and business can save greenbacks with green decisions

There has never been a better time than now to tap into a laundry list of tax rebates and other financial incentives to encourage individuals and businesses to go the greener mile. At the federal level, you can reap the rewards of no less than eight different financial incentives ranging from tax credits and home loans for replacing windows and installing insulation around the house to tax rebates for purchasing a hybrid car or hooking up a solar hot water heater.

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The Coming Darkness

Summer’s long days are winding down

The sun this week crosses a milestone of sorts, setting at 8pm on Friday and roughly a minute earlier each night this week; by next Friday, the sun sets at 7:50. Old Sol is losing ground in the morning, too, rising at 6:23 this Friday and at 6:29 the next.

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Tidelog®

Illustration: © Copyright 1925 M.C. Escher/Cordon Art-Baarn-Holland; Graphics: © Copyright 2007 Pacific Publishers. Reprinted by permission from the Tidelog graphic almanac. Bound copies of the annual Tidelog for Chesapeake Bay are $14.95 ppd. from Pacific Publishers, Box 480, Bolinas, CA 94924. Phone 415-868-2909. Weather affects tides. This information is believed to be reliable but no guarantee of accuracy is made by Bay Weekly or Pacific Publishers. The actual layout of Tidelog differs from that used in Bay Weekly. Tidelog graphics are repositioned to reflect Bay Weekly’s distribution cycle.Tides are based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and are positioned to coincide with high and low tides of Tidelog.

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The Convergence of the Twain

Big fish meet little fish in a sporting event without equal

I fired the glittering, four-inch popper well out past the long, broken jetty. Thumbing the spool lightly to affect a controlled entry into the water, I put the reel into gear as soon as the lure splashed. Then I began to make it dance.

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Gunk- Holin’
by Alice Snively

Dropping into Virginia

Cockerell Creek on the Great Wicomico

Latitude 37.84 N; Longitude 76.27 W

If you are making the southern Bay tour this summer, perhaps to Jamestown for the 400th celebration, Reedville on Cockerell Creek off the Great Wicomico River just south of Maryland on Virginia’s Northern Neck is a great place to visit.

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Way Downstream

Ocean City’s plan for Boathenge stalled and trumped … Protections reconsidered for 28 Maryland plants and animals … Has Tracys Landing replaced Baltimore as Clipper City now that the tall ship of that name is docked at Herrington Harbour North? … A new waterfront for historic Leonartown … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: In Switzerland, turning up one of the world's biggest fields of dinosaur bones, nearly a mile of Plateosaurus remains.

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Editorial

Leopold Shows His Spots

Casting a vote is a gamble. It’s a choice made out of a welter of emotion, affiliation, disdain and hope with no more foreknowledge than a toss of the dice. Anne Arundel voters tossed the dice for John Leopold last November, and now we’re seeing the county executive’s spots.

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Letters to the Editor

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  • Whatever Happened to Chef James of Bay View Inn?
  • Contrasting Exotic and Erotic
  • The Art of Jerry Wachter
  • Just Peachy

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Commentary

A New City Market for Downtown Annapolis

Why shouldn’t Annapolitans shop city style?

by John Darby Alt

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Curtain Call

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s thoroughly entertaining Millie: It’s a joy to see hard-working local talent of this caliber singing and dancing full out and non-stop under the summer stars.

reviewed by Davina Grace Hill

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Dining Guide 2007

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News of the Weird

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Free Will Astrology

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