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Volume 15, Issue 35 ~ August 30 - September 5, 2007

This Week's Features:


Back to Work

Labor Day is upon us, and — heigh-ho, heigh-ho! — it’s back to work we go. Some of us spend our days helping others realize a dream. Some of us work to save the planet; others work to beautify it. Some of our jobs are owed to a natural gift; others to an acquired skill. Not all of us hear — or heed — our calling at an early age. Many of the people interviewed by Bay Weekly writers created their dream jobs in midlife or beyond.

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A Birthday Reprieve after a
Lifetime of Work

This Labor Day marks 80 years for Annapolitan Elroy Johnson.

By Ginger Doyel, special to Bay Weekly

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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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If the Shoe Fits Wear It

Crocs are a Man’s Best Friend

As one who has endured chronic discomfort with my dogs the past 25 years, I wholly agree with that old monarch of England, though I would phrase it differently. Old shoes rank above real dogs as man’s best friend.

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Plant Now for Fall and Winter Veggies

Gardening goes on after summer ends

Vegetable gardening should not stop with harvesting the last tomatoes and peppers. Fall and early winter are great times to harvest Brussel sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, spinach, collard greens, kale, baby carrots, kohlrabi, turnips, rutabaga and lettuce. These heart-healthy vegetables are easy to grow and require little attention once established.

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The Greening of School Lunches

Now that many schools have stopped selling sodas and other unhealthy vending machine items to their students, improving the nutritional quality of cafeteria food is on the agenda of many parents and school administrators. And luckily for the environment, healthier food usually means greener food.

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The Planetary Parade

While Jupiter dips low, Mars and Venus begin to grow

The waning gibbous moon rises around 9:15pm Friday and about one-half hour later each following night. By Monday the first-quarter moon crests the northeast horizon at 11:15pm, followed 45 minutes by Mars. They first appear about 10 degrees apart, roughly the size of your outstretched fist; by dawn Tuesday the two are high overhead with less than five degrees between them.

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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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Persistence or Luck?

Against the odds, early morning crabbing yields crabs aplenty

All last week it had been difficult indeed. Rain and wind had started everything off, then when it finally calmed down enough to get out on the water, I found that the rockfish had vamoosed. By Friday evening, after another long and fruitless day plugging an empty shoreline around the Magothy, I had one big accumulated skunk going into the weekend.

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Gunk- Holin’
by Alice Snively

A Labor Day Destination Worth the Work

Waterhole Cove on Harris Creek off the Choptank River

Latitude 38.46N; 76.19W

Many Bay cruisers are familiar with Dun Cove on Harris Creek off Choptank River. It’s a popular stopover for those coming or going through Knapp’s Narrows or around Tilghman Island to explore the Choptank region. But our destination this week is farther north.

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Between the Covers

Decoding Intergalactic Intrigue: Ben Tausig’s Puzzle and Mystery Book. reviewed by Tyras Madren

AP photographer Henry Burroughs made the photos that captured history. reviewed by Carrie Madren

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Way Downstream

You’ve got till Labor Day to catch Diamond Jim … From the death of an old bridge, a new reef is born … Your Flush Tax dollars go to work underground in Anne Arundel County … St. Mary’s College in hot water over its new Rowing and River Centers … So that’s what happened to Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: Maybe after all, there is — or was — life on Mars.

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You’ve got till Labor Day to catch Diamond Jim … From the death of an old bridge, a new reef is born … Your Flush Tax dollars go to work underground in Anne Arundel County … St. Mary’s College in hot water over its new Rowing and River Centers … So that’s what happened to Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: Maybe after all, there is — or was — life on Mars.


Editorial

Transition Time: After Summer Vacation, It’s Back to Work and Ahead to Autumn Pleasures

Here at Bay Weekly, we’re working folks who can’t indulge in those long summer vacations we remember from school days. We’ve lost the luxury of time, but we’ve kept the association of summer with endless days of play.

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Letters to the Editor

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  • A Plan to Save the Last Bobwhite in Annapolis
  • Tribute Keeps M.E. Warren’s Spirit Alive
  • Virginian Seeking Hartges
  • Barbi Loves Wendy

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Bay Reflection

The Work We Do Is Ground Away

But each day is a birthing of new possibilities

by Elizabeth Ayres

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Curtain Call

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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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