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Autonomous vessels may soon sail the seas
Water/Ways Explores Resource that Surrounds Us

 

12-year-old may get to name Mars Rover

A look at ReTooled: The Hechinger Collection at the Mitchell Gallery

    Living on the Chesapeake Bay, our communities are surrounded by rich natural resources. In Calvert and Anne Arundel counties, we have streams running through our backyards, neighborhood beaches on creeks and rivers and towns fronting the wide-open Bay where the big fish bite and you can’t see the other shore. We have swampy marshes and dramatic cliffs. We have woodlands and farmland.     Early native tribes, colonists and today’s Bay communities have used...
Autonomous vessels may soon sail the seas
      We have watched with wonder as self-driving cars begin to navigate our roadways—with mixed results. Could similar technology be used to navigate the oceans?      Dr. Glenn Wright certainly thinks it’s where the industry is headed. In fact, he wrote the book on the topic. Unmanned and Autonomous Ships is planned for release in early 2020.       In folklore, ghost ships are vessels with no living crew on board. Wright jokes that...
Water/Ways Explores Resource that Surrounds Us
     Calvert County is the latest stop for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s Water/Ways exhibit. The show, which has already made stops in Cambridge and Crisfield, explores the centrality of water in our lives: its effect on the environment and climate, its role in agriculture and economic planning and its impact on culture.      The exhibit includes photographs, touchscreen kiosks, interactive models and an iPad that runs a...

 

12-year-old may get to name Mars Rover

      Seventh-grader Amelia Ashley of Owings loves comets, even though she’s never seen one. This space-obsessed Northern Middle School student may soon be a part of a mission to another celestial object she’s never actually seen.       Amelia is one of 155 students recently named semifinalists in the NASA Mars 2020 Name the Rover contest. Just one will be selected to win the grand prize—the honor of naming the rover and an invitation to see...
     The Oyster Recovery Partnership–a grassroots organization devoted to saving the Bay’s dwindling oyster population–just keeps growing. And this week, the partnership (ORP) announced that 2019 was a record-breaking year for oyster-shell recycling.      ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance collects used shell from restaurants, seafood businesses, community events, and neighborhood drop boxes. The group weathers and washes the old shell, then...

A look at ReTooled: The Hechinger Collection at the Mitchell Gallery

     The names Hechinger and Mitchell Gallery are not two entities you would normally expect in the same headline. Those of us who have lived on or around the East Coast for enough years will recognize the name Hechinger. Until the late 1990s, if you needed home supplies, you went to Hechinger’s. Then the larger home improvement chains moved in and Hechinger’s became just a memory.      The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College in Annapolis is...
London Town’s Immersion Day is lesson in colonial-style survival
      From runny noses and dry skin to icy car windows and high heating bills, winter provides plenty to complain about. Add to these annoyances the drastic decline in opportunities to do so many things we love on the Bay, and the chilly months seem downright unbearable.      But visit with the 30 or so volunteer reenactors who recently spent an entire weekend living like it was 1771 at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater and you’ll quickly put this...
     On the winter’s solstice, I walked through Beverly Triton Nature Park in Edgewater. Previously, I had seen one or two eagles around the edges of the park but on that special day, I counted a full dozen—a mixture of white-headed adults and darker juvenile eagles.       They were located around the pond in the middle of the park and seven were sitting in one tree.       Usually bald eagles are not too social and maintain a...

(Is the one you’ve got)

     It was another frigid Maryland morning. A stiff breeze was gusting, threatening to tip me into the nearby Magothy River as my black Lab pup bounded along down the sandy beach. My plan was to introduce the youngster to the shock of cold, winter water gradually, starting that day.     In the warmer months, Hobbes had always entered the water and swam boldly. But since this was his first winter, I didn’t want to thrust any unpleasant surprises on him. I cradled...
     World politics, bad weather and relationship problems can all cause stress and disturb sleep. Stressful times call for stress-reducing herbs and there are many that can come to the rescue.      Herbs can be mixed together and used to fill a small pillow that can be tucked under your regular pillow with a soothing sleep-promoting fragrance. English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, promotes relaxation, relieves irritability and feelings of exhaustion. ...