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Local Bounty 2007

Once again this year, Bay Weekly begins the season with our annual guide to holiday happenings from Thanksgiving to the New Year to help you plan this magical season.

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Volume 15, Issue 52 ~ December 27, 2007 - January 2, 2008

This Week's Features:

The Best of Bay Weekly

One week of the year, we at Bay Weekly look back on where we’ve been. This is that week.

We’ve told some good stories this year, so if you’ve got a few minutes left over at year’s end, sit a spell and recall Chesapeake Country as you’ve toured it in the 2,466 pages of Bay Weekly during 2007.

While you’re reading, I could use your help.

Again this year, we’re looking for our best to send to compete for prizes in the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association’s annual contest. Come February, judges from the West Virginia Press Association compare our stories with the best stories of all the other three dozen or so papers of our size in this big region.

Would you drop me a line and tell me which you like best?

My thanks and New Year’s best to you, dear reader,

Sandra Olivetti Martin,
Bay Weekly Editor:

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The Best of the Bay

You’ve made your choices, from the most romantic restaurant to the best beach to the cleanest restrooms. Here are your Bests of the Bay — and a few worsts.

written by Carrie Madren and Diana Beechener with Sandra Olivetti Martin and Ben Miller

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A Close Call Coming for Mars

While the red planet shines bright, a chunk of space debris soars its way

The moon wanes through late-evening and early-morning skies this week, reaching last quarter on the 31st. Thursday night, the moon shines just one-half degree below blue-white Regulus, the heart of Leo the lion and Friday it hovers five degrees beneath Saturn. Early Tuesday morning, the moon rises before 2am and shines less than three degrees above Spica in Virgo.

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