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Volume XVII, Issue 52 ~ December 24 - December 30, 2009

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A Profile to Cherish

Dear Bay Weekly:

Once again Steve Carr has done a beautiful job of writing about something (this time someone) we all cherish and embrace fondly. Your article on Ned Hall (Where We Live: Dec. 17) is the best. We all love that man. I forwarded the story to the Anne Arundel County Forestry Board members, as Ned was a very respected and influential member of the Forestry Board for decades and is still a member emeritus.

–Terry Galloway, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service

Read about Ned Hall at

Précis Newspaper Article

Dear Bay Weekly:

The last thing I picked up, heading out from gimping around Food Lion (cast still on my leg/foot) into the premature blizzard (wasn’t supposed to start until midnight) was the new Bay Weekly. There was the fine story on the reconstructed schoolhouse [Old-School Lessons: History was made in this old building: Dec. 17]. Congratulations! Writer Sandy Anderson (a member of my memoir workshop at Calvert Library) is getting better and better!

I will also save it for my 10-year-old pumpkin-haired grandson, as he has to make a précis of a newspaper article a week. That one-room schoolhouse is a far cry from a Montgomery County public school. But not so removed from the small Montessori schools such as Tidewater, with the same interconnectedness and make-do-ness.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good write!

–Elisavietta Ritchie, Broomes Island

Read about the Wallville School at

Readers Reflect

Lighting up for Christmas

My friends Madison Spaulding and Lauren Christensen were over on a really cold day, but we wanted to play outside.

Why not make something out of driftwood? I said.

How about a horse? a friend said.

We went out to the beach and picked up driftwood. We cut, hammered and wired. We put lights on it for a Christmas decoration. We worked all day. When we finished, it looked great.

–Anastasia Gingell, 11, Fairhaven

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