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Volume 16, Issue 33 - August 14 - August 20, 2008

Keeping a local kitchen is easier thanks to Maryland Online Farmers Market, a web-based directory of fresh, seasonal local products that’s the bright idea of University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center. This week’s market ranges from the abundant (cucumbers) to the exotic (emu eggs and oil). Organic chickens, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and premium, farm-raised oysters are welcome additions. It’s a bulletin board as well, including buyers’ queries as well as sellers’ offering. Begin your shopping at

Longtime friends former Annapolis mayor Pip Moyer and Joseph ‘Zastrow’ Sims.

An Annapolitan tale took a top prize at the American Black Film Festival. Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship won the Target Filmmaker Award, earning filmmakers Janice Hayes-Williams, Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes $10,000. The documentary chronicled the friendship of former Annapolis Mayor Roger ‘Pip’ Moyer and Joseph ‘Zastrow’ Sims. The childhood friends overcame segregation and kept Annapolis from rioting in reaction to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Zastrow joined the filmmakers onstage to accept the Target Award. Read more about the film in “Pip and Zastrow” (2000, No. 11) …

Calvert County Library — actually four branches plus an outreach van all known for creativity and friendliness — lived up last month to its affirmation as The Little Library That Could by passing the million mark in circulation. From July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008, 1,034,042 books, cassettes, CDs and videos were borrowed in print and online — that in a county whose population is about 88,000. The million mark was imagined in the 1970s by then trustee Russell Costley, whose name was lent to the street on which the new Prince Frederick branch sits …

This week’s creature feature proves that good fences make good neighbors. Linda Johnson was arrested at her St. Leonard home for trespassing after allowing her two miniature poodles to use her neighbor’s lawn as a pit stop during afternoon walks. The arrest is the latest in a long line of dogfights between Johnson and the neighboring Barth family.

Johnson claims the neighbor’s dog has attacked her family. The Barths charge that Johnson antagonizes them by repeatedly walking her dogs through their property. As the arguments escalated, so did the charges: Johnson called animal control over the alleged German shepherd attack; the Barths filed for a protective order against Johnson and her poodles.

The leash finally snapped when Johnson stepped onto Barth property during a heated argument. The next day, shackled and cuffed, Johnson was led from her house to the Calvert County Detention Center. Charged with criminal trespass, Johnson — who has since moved out of state — awaits her court date to see if the Barths’ case has teeth.

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