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Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

       In our Chesapeake Bay communities, waterways are all around us. Streams lead to rivers which lead to the wide open Bay, and it’s only a short walk or drive to the closest shoreline. This proximity to tidal waters is part of why many of us choose to live here.      In the warmer months, the water beckons us with boating, paddle sports, fishing and crabbing, and the ambiance of a waterfront restaurant. But in mid-January, the shoreline, still lovely...
Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants
      It’s been 20 years since Maryland acquired its first property to become a conservation easement as part of Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program.        Last week that program was approved for over $18.8 million in grant money for more easements in 18 counties thanks to the Board of Public Works.       Easements are voluntary, legal agreements that permanently limit land use for conservation.       Funding from these...

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

     A good book is a treasure. Thanks to author Mary Rockefeller, a new treasure that tells the story of Calvert County schools now adorns book shelves.       Early Schools of Calvert County Maryland, Rockefeller’s first book, details the history of schools from the era of one-room schoolhouses to a century after the Civil War.      “I found there was very little information available on our early schools,” Rockefeller says....

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

     I recently lunched with my oldest friend, whom I’ve known since the first grade. The meeting brought up many memories, mostly of high school and college. I enjoyed the learning, but those days were punctuated by the stress of succeeding so I could have a “good future” and the anxiety of paying for it.       Over the years, I’ve continued to enjoy learning but with a career and a family to take care of, there wasn’t much time for...

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.            While an extra Monday off work or school may feel like a chance to relax and veg out, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was actually put in place for you to follow his example—making it a day “on,” not a day off.      January 20 marks the 25th national MLK Day of Service. Since 1994, when...

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

     Earlier this month, someone spread popcorn on the parking lot at the Laurel Plaza shopping center on Fort Meade Road. When a flock of ring-billed gulls started feeding, they were targeted by a driver who managed to kill ten birds. This act of animal cruelty was reported nationwide along with a $5,000 reward for information.      Gulls are seen as a nuisance to some, but they’re part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem.      There are...
    Not long ago and, of course, in the dead of winter, a good friend of my wife’s had returned to Annapolis from Paris with her new husband, Jean Francois. My lovely spouse informed me that JF had heard about the great fishing around the Chesapeake and she had volunteered me to take him out on an impromptu expedition. It was barely above freezing. What the devil was I to do?      The next morning, once the sun had come up and dispelled the thin layer of ice that...
As well as the “tiny gardeners”
     In my last column, I wrote about the declining forests in Anne Arundel County. I know we have an ever-increasing population in central Maryland, but the value of trees extends beyond the obvious: it also affects our efforts in growing gardens and crops.       Old growth forests provide the perfect environment for many living organisms, all of which evolved long before us. The first thing we think of our forests providing to humans is oxygen. We cannot live...
     A drilling crew must escape disaster in this fun but shallow thriller.      At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, mechanical engineer Norah (Kristen Stewart: Charlie’s Angels) is brushing her teeth when the building explodes around her. The crew is in the deepest part of the ocean, which means the pressure outside will crush them immediately, and the building is badly damaged and collapsing rapidly. The bad news is that whatever caused the problem is...

A chilling cautionary tale

        Lucy Kirkland’s The Children is a small play about big issues: namely the apocalyptic aftermath of a nuclear disaster on Britain’s coast. It premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 2016, won the U.K. Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Play, and moved to Broadway in 2017, where it received two 2018 Tony Award nominations. It’s now in downtown Annapolis, in a production by Colonial Players that is at once witty, chilling and cautionary...