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Letter from the Editor

Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future
     On one thing, prophets and folk singers agree: There is a time for every purpose under ­heaven. September 2019 doesn’t seem to have yet decided what kind of month it wants to be. But in the tides of human affairs, this uncertain month is a time for making big decisions.       Three of the big ones made or pending nowadays affect the future of three key inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. That means they also affect the quality of our environment and economy. 

But the breaking season — and Bay Weekly — are full of fall fun

If you’re so swept up by this busy world that you’ve got no time for more, please don’t read this week’s special Fall Fun Guide, 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer.     There’s so much more here that you’d feel overwhelmed.
Snapshots of the jobs we do
     Nothing ever gets done without work. The older I get, the more — though grudgingly — I acknowledge the accuracy of the sentence to toil imposed on us in Genesis. God the Father gave his laboring creations the Sabbath off.       America was not so generous. Even one day off was hard won.
Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 
      Yes, the return of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is one sure sign summer is turning a corner. Still, I commiserate with King Henry VIII, his queens and his subjects. Summer of 2019 has plenty of hot days to come.       You already knew that, didn’t you?      This morning’s Washington Post (I still take my print newspaper with coffee) put a more analytical perspective on our common-sense notion of August. 
Sounds Fishy
     I hope you like catfish.      They’re the new fish du jour on the Chesapeke menu. Tasty is the rating they usually get — especially when the taste and words are on the lips of people responsible for making lemonade out of these piscatorial lemons. “Tastes good,” Gov. Larry Hogan pronounced blue catfish as served at his annual Buy Local Cookoff last month. 
That’s what binds us to our animals
     “I could do worse than come back as Elsa’s dog.”      Grandmother Florence Martin’s half-aspiration comes back to me whenever I reflect on the relationship between human and dogs. It has been illuminating and, in a dog-legged kind of way, predictive.       It also has something to say about the relationship between her and my mother Elsa Olivetti Martin.
Paths followed to fulfillment
     Not so much as you’d find in the great city newspapers of 50 years ago, when editor Rob Warden called the paper he loved, the Chicago Daily News, “a daily novel of the life of the city.”      Bay Weekly is more like a weekly sketchbook of the life of Chesapeake Country.
Two more recipes to round out your menu with summer’s best from Bay and garden
      Good as Enticing All Natural Steak & Mushroom Sliders from En-tice-Ment and Windermere farms are, summer’s garden is too good to be ignored. So to balance your menu — and the recipe you’ll read with our story The Proof Is in the Taste on page 4 — here are a pair of recipes from the 2019 Governor’s Buy Local Cookout and Cookbook.

This week’s virtual tour will help you appreciate all we are


    Unless your viewing technology has advanced beyond television, you know all about how friendly local visitors opening their arms, shops and cultures for happy travelers on riverboat cruises. Whether it’s all too good to be true is not today’s point (though I am curious). This week Bay Weekly invites you to tour equivalent of Chesapeake Country.

Introducing Mary Ann Jung; Remembering Valerie Lester

In this week’s packed paper, you’ll read about Mary Ann Jung, a woman of many faces. I won’t say introduce, because you’ve likely already met her. Actress Jung impersonates her history-making women far and wide. You might have seen her — and them — live in festivals, schools, libraries, museums, senior centers, conferences as well as in in-between stops at, say, the grocery or mall. Next week, she introduces a new character, Irish Pirate Queen Captain Grace O’ Malley at a Chatauqua event at Severn Library.