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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.

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.

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.
     When I wrote my first story for Bay Weekly in the beginning of my senior year in high school, the Gingras name had already been mentioned in the paper’s pages.

I grew up alongside you

     Build it and they will come. That’s what we said — my mother Sandra Martin, my stepfather Bill Lambrecht and myself — back in these same end-of-the-year days in 1992, 27 years ago. If it worked for Kevin Costner, it would work for a family of journalists wanting to start their own free community newspaper.       So we built it, and come they did, writers, readers, advertisers, friends, loved-ones for the better part of three decades.
We had our first in 1993; 2020 begins another
      The year was 1993, and change was afoot. Sandra Olivetti Martin had finished managing a weekly in Washington and had turned to freelancing. Alex Knoll had earned his M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and joined us in Chesapeake Country. I was just off the campaign trail after covering the winning election of Bill Clinton.       There was hope in the air (unrelated to Clinton talking all the time about Hope, Arkansas, where he was born.)
I never could get away from Bay Weekly
      “Why don’t you come intern at Bay Weekly?” editor Sandra Martin said from behind her instructor’s desk at University College, where she taught editing to me and a classroom of students. It seemed an innocent enough suggestion to this then-20-something-year-old in search of a career back in the mid-1990s. 

And trust

     Many analogies come to mind when processing the end of Bay Weekly Part 1 — the first 27 years. How do you define letting go of your baby when it is a business? Emotions run from grief to excitement and relief.

I was a young writer in adventureland

     I came to Bay Weekly in 2004, early in my career, following a desire to write and see my words published. After a summer internship, I worked on staff as a senior writer and assistant editor, and for four years, contributing to one of the most thoughtful, interesting, well-written local publications I’d known. 

Work for a newspaper

      Do you know how to hide crematorium ashes when training a cadaver dog? Do you know how to bake a Smith Island cake? Do you know where to go for the best nativity play in Calvert County?       I do, and it’s all thanks to Bay Weekly.        I was just supposed to write the calendar.