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Volume xviii, Issue 13 ~ Apri 1 to April 7, 2010

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We welcome your opinions and letters – with name and address. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, 1629 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 •E-mail them to [email protected]. or submit your letters on-line by clicking here.

Homage to Lucille Clifton

Dear Bay Weekly:

I enjoyed M.L. Faunce’s tribute to Lucille Clifton [One Woman’s History: March 18). “Homage to My Hips” is one of my all-time favorite poems. She was a great woman.

–Janice Lynch Schuster, Edgewater

Where to Fish for Crappie

Dear Bay Weekly:

I just moved to Huntingtown from Upper Marlboro. Could Dennis Doyle give me any places to fish for crappie in the area? 

–Ron Geist, Huntingtown

Dennis Doyle’s reply:

You have a number of good locations for crappie near Huntingtown.

 The fresher reaches of the Upper Patuxent should hold some. Jacksons Landing, Selby Landing and Magruder Landing near you will give water access if you have a small craft. If you haven’t, there should still be some spots to wet a line.

East of you is Friendship Park Pond off of Rt. 778 in Friendship. West of you, and reportedly holding excellent numbers of crappie, are Cedarville Pond at Cedarville State Forest and Wheatley Lake at Gilbert Run Park in nearby Charles County.

For more detailed information, call Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Division: 877-620-8367. Also ask to be sent a copy of The Maryland Guide to Freshwater Fishing.

Asphalt Angels Read Bay Weekly

Dear Bay Weekly:

I pick up and read Bay Weekly each week. It’s always most informative with items of regional interest. Thank you for this publication.

Our friends and members living and working in and around Anne Arundel County would appreciate seeing the Asphalt Angels Spring Car Show mentioned in Bay Weekly.

Our club is growing, and we expect a record number of participants at this Spring Show, with activities and outstanding show vehicles for all family members to enjoy.

Best of all, spectators are welcomed at no cost.

Join us at the Asphalt Angels 2010 Spring Car Show, noon to 3pm April 17 (rain date April 18) at Glory Days Grill Parking Lot, Route 450, Annapolis Road, Bowie.

To show your vehicle, register at the gate 9am-noon: $15.

–W. H. Wilson, vice president, Asphalt Angels Car Club of Maryland

Ask Your Delegates to Support Heather’s Law

Dear Bay Weekly:

The statistics are all in, and the debate has gone on long enough. It’s time for the State of Maryland to ban hand-held cell phones while driving.

At any given moment it is estimated that 800,000 people are on their cell phones while driving. These almost one million of our loved ones are four times as likely to be involved in a highway collision and become one of the 2,600 people killed directly because they were using a cell phone while driving. The impact on society, both economically and emotionally, is enormous. Our hard working firefighters, police officers, doctors and nurses are deeply affected as they do their jobs. The affect on families who have needlessly lost loved ones, like mine, is never ending.

Recently, the Maryland Senate passed SB #321 that will ban this dangerous practice in Maryland. The bill has now been sent to the House of Delegates. I urge you to contact your delegates in Annapolis and urge a vote in favor of SB #321. 

–Russell Hurd, Abingdon: Dedicated to Heather’s Law, a comprehensive ban on hand-held cell phones and text messaging while driving

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