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Valuable lessons from Bay Weekly ­Christmases past

New fee aligns with other national parks

Prince George’s County ups the fight against ­single-use plastics

When oyster stew required a very big pot

These intelligent birds have plenty to talk about

Our picks from a dozen one-of-a-kind shops

Valuable lessons from Bay Weekly ­Christmases past
     Everything I know about gift-giving I learned at Bay Weekly’s many holiday parties over 27 years. From hand-to-mouth subsistence years, we grew flush enough to rent a hall to thank the growing numbers of people — always an encouraging mix of old and new — who made and delivered our earnest young paper.        Beyond delicious food and lubricating drink — catered over the years by Anna Chaney at Herrington on the Bay and the Irish...

New fee aligns with other national parks

       Heading to the seashore is going to cost you a few more sand dollars.          The National Park Service plans to increase entrance fees across the board at all 112 parks that charge fees. Effective January 1, Assateague Island National Seashore bumps to a seven-day $25 per car or $10 per person fee. The annual pass climbs to $45.          The fee includes entrance to the National Seashore...

Third World artisans to Davidsonville Church Women to survivors of domestic violence

       To spread Christmas cheer while making a positive impact globally and locally, the women of Davidsonville United Methodist Church teamed with Ten Thousand Villages for the church’s third annual Alternative Christmas Market. The Pennsylvania-based non-profit helps artisans in developing countries sell their crafts world-wide.          “The products sold were all handmade by people in developing countries,” said...

Prince George’s County ups the fight against ­single-use plastics

     Fighting the bane of single-use plastics, Prince George’s County joins the battle against straws and stirrers.          The county council voted unanimously to approve the council bill banning the sale or distribution of single-use plastic straws and stirrers in all county restaurants and retail establishments. Now it goes to county executive Angela Alsobrooks for approval.          Single-...

When oyster stew required a very big pot

     There’s much to learn from studying oysters from long ago, according to newly published research from two William & Mary professors.          Rowan Lockwood, who chairs the Geology Department, and Roger Mann, a professor in the Department of Fisheries Science, report their findings in a fascinating new paper based on examining oyster reefs from the Pleistocene epoch — which stretched until about 12,000 years ago....
These intelligent birds have plenty to talk about
     Chickadees are a group of small but vocal birds that have learned to adapt to living around humans. They are highly intelligent and have a considerable vocabulary — among themselves. Even other animals rely on them for danger alerts as their raspy alarm can be heard for a considerable distance.     However, they also can be quick to complain. They follow me around the woods, telling all the other animals where I am. Around my yard they complain when the...

Our picks from a dozen one-of-a-kind shops

      Instead of rushing from store to store to find that item on a loved one’s list or frantically searching online for something to please, slow down and enjoy the holiday season.       Take a leisurely stroll through some of Bay Weekly’s favorite shops and find a Chesapeake Country-inspired gift for family and friends — or yourself! We’ve arranged our picks from least to most expensive.   Second Wind Consignments  A...

20 timeless books from Bay Weekly’s library — for yours

     Bay Weekly has accumulated quite a library in 27 years. As we prepare to leave our familiar quarters, we find ourselves stopping by a bookshelf to revisit one or another old friend. We’ve compiled a list of 20 that have added strength and substance to our love for the Bay. Their authors are (or have been) all citizens of Chesapeake Country, many of them friends who you’ve met in the pages of Bay Weekly as writers or subjects.      As you do your...

Good for gifting or keeping

The New Chesapeake Kitchen by John Shields with photographs by David W. Harp; John Hopkins University Press: $26.95      Old cook or new, for yourself or a gift, you can’t do better than John Shields’ newest, published last year in culmination of many years’ research. Shields ranks as our signature Bay chef. As author of the earlier Chesapeake Bay Cooking, host of the PBS show Coastal Cooking with John Shields and proprietor of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the...

Meet seven Chesapeake Country authors of favorite books

     Need a quality holiday gift for the youngsters in your life? Try a children’s book about the Bay written by a local author. Here are seven of our Bay Country friends and their marvelous collection of books for kids of all ages.      Elaine Ann Allen, who wrote the Olly the Oyster series and Mallory the Forgetful Duck published by Schiffer Books, grew up on the Eastern Shore. She wanted to write stories about sea animals with a more practical point of...