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Volume 15, Issue 38 ~ September 20 - September 26, 2007

This Week's Features:


Changes
Four Years After Isabel, Our Bayfront Has a New Look,

But the Same Vulnerabilities

by Margaret Tearman

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Racing for the Auld Pot on the Tred Avon

Ferry- and paddle-boat captains race for fun and charity

by Bill Dial

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Casting a Line for Recycling

Anglers learn new habits and turn old monofilament into new underwater habitat

by Carrie Madren

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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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Made in China

I’m a sucker for dollar trinkets, I’ll even admit to visiting one of the many so-called dollar stores once or twice a week. Wife Lois says I don’t really need that junk. She’s probably right, but that doesn’t stop me, whether it’s a bamboo back scratcher or a picture frame. winners.

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Getting to the Root of It

Trees spread their roots farther than you may think

Among homeowners, planners, contractors and others who work with the ground, the Bay Gardener has noticed a lack of respect for the roots of trees. It’s common to see asphalt or cement spread to within inches of a tree trunk. Near construction such as buildings or walls, it is not uncommon to see several feet of soil piled around the base of trees three to six inches in diameter.

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Washing with Green Suds

Scrub-a-dub with detergents that won’t harm the environment

The average North American produces between 60 and 150 gallons of wastewater every day, much of it a result of washing dishes and clothes. Municipal water treatment facilities do their best to filter out the synthetic chemicals common in most mainstream dishwasher and laundry soaps, but some of these pollutants inevitably get into rivers, lakes and coastal areas, where they can cause a wide range of problems.

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Look! Up in the Sky!

It’s neither bird nor plane, but the king of the planets is a brilliant sight

The recent spate of clear, cool, dry weather combined with earlier sunsets has provided the perfect backdrop to showcase Jupiter in all its glory. The glowing giant stands out 10 degrees above the south-southwest horizon as dusk descends, 7:05pm and later this week. Over the next hour, Jupiter moves to the west, ablaze above the southwest horizon.

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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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Flytime

Rockfish within reach dispel despondency with delight

Just this time last year, I was sulking in my skiff about 50 feet off a long rocky point. A brisk tidal current hissed under the boat, and my shoulders ached from an hour of casting my nine-foot fly rod without a hit.

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Earth Journal by Gary Pendleton

Pokeweed

Elvis’s Poke Was Jefferson’s Ink Berry

In 1969, Elvis Presley heard a song called Poke Salad Annie. Elvis recorded the song and made it part of his live act. The King, who was born in a shotgun house in Tupelo, Miss., likely identified with the poor Southern girl portrayed in the song. He liked it so much that he recorded it three times, making it famous. The writer was Tony Joe White.

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Way Downstream

Boordy Vineyards’ 2006 Vidal Blanc wins the Governor’s Cup as Maryland’s best wine … Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown hangs an exhibit of his predecessors … Outdoor writer Bob Slaff named Ambassador of the Chesapeake … Mold packs an Isabel-like punch, totaling North Beach Town Hall … Follow Baystat to keep your finger on the Bay’s pulse … which was weak in the summer of ’07, Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports … Virginia promises zero tolerance to oyster poachers … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: from the Philippines, the Mindoro fruitbat joins the world family of named creatures.

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Editorial

Isabel’s Warning for the Future

In this issue, Margaret Tearman recalls the tempestuous visitor that most of us will never forget: the storm called Isabel.

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Letters to the Editor

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  • Do the Math on Plastic Bags
  • Department of Corrections

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Bay Reflection

Operation Osprey: Rescuing the bird we’ve been spying on.

by Maggie Sansone

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On Exhibit

Artists Seeing Artists:

Portraits and Self-Portraits at St. John’s College

19th and 20th century artists from muscle men to sad souls; few women allowed.

Reviewed by Ben Miller


Curtain Call

Patuxent Players’ Trailer Park Musical: Double-Wide Grins

review by Jane Elkin

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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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