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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

Grass is greedy and needy; plants are generous
      A lawn is a lot of work. If you’re committed to having a good lawn, now’s the time to get to work. On the other hand, it’s also a good time to transform a demanding lawn into a beautiful garden. You can design a garden to grow vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals and native plants.      There are good reasons to cut out grass. Americans manage about 30 million acres of lawn, spending $800 million on grass seed every year. Between two and a...
Angelina Jolie is cursed with an unworkable script in this disastrous sequel
      Saved from her curse by Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is queen of the fairies in the Moors, solving grievances from tree creatures and keeping peace between humans and magical creatures.        Trouble comes in the form of love.        When Maleficent discovers that Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) has proposed to Aurora, she fears losing her surrogate daughter to the human world. Her fears seem...
Chesapeake centers keep us almost as smart as Big Nate’s Gina
      Journalism is a nosy business. “Curiosity is a writer’s greatest asset,” said outdoors writing great Bill Burton, our columnist from his retirement from The Evening Sun in 1993 until his death in 2009. At Bay Weekly every one of us — from writers to delivery drivers to ad reps — is driven by curiosity’s itch. We want to know — as my father got in the habit of saying during his World War II service as a shore patrolman in Key West...
Back in 1993 …
      Your paper, which you built from the ground up, is a mainstay for the extended Anne Arundel County community. All of us who live, work or just visit the area turn to your pages for amusing, inspiring, informative articles and a calendar full of fun things to do!      Personally, Alex and the paper were the guardian angels that generously took the Southern High School’s fledgling paper, The Watertower, and turned it into a real newspaper, of which we...

The Annapolis Sailboat Show ­celebrates its half-century

      Like many great ideas, the Annapolis Sailboat Show was born in a bar. Legend holds that someone — exactly who is lost in history — jumped into a conversation at the bar of the Annapolis Yacht Club with a prophetic suggestion: Why don’t we just have them come to see the boats already in the water?       Jerry Wood saw opportunity.       The National Boat Show in New York City had long ruled the field, more precisely a...
Now her students are learning from her work 
      A cure for human diseases could be fast-approaching in an unlikely place, a place plagued by heat and humidity, pesticides and pollution. It is, at the same time, home to critically endangered species that might just carry the solutions we’ve been looking for. Here, in Xochimilco, Mexico, a Chesapeake Country teacher is part of a collaboration of scientists and educators working to make this miracle possible.      This summer Holly Fallica, a science...

City Dock named UNESCO Slave Route Site

      Finding a way to acknowledge the bitter legacy of slavery has been a challenge for historic sites across the country. Helping give voice to the stories of the enslaved are historic markers, memorials and commemorations.          Annapolis, which just unveiled an historical lynching marker on Calvert Street, is also now designated as a Site of Memory associated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project by the United Nations Educational,...

Could lead to new entrepreneur’s first

      Don and Mo Walker aren’t riding off into the sunset the day they retire.       The owners of Spice Island Wicker in Owings want to work hand-in-hand training the next owner of the wicker furniture import company.       To keep the business in Calvert County for their nine employees, the couple is seeking an entrepreneur to follow in their footsteps.        And they’re offering plenty of incentive.   ...

In Pittsburgh, Shucking for the Chesapeake

      A good chunk of Pennsylvania drains into the Chesapeake, which is why Maryland and Virginia routinely complain about half-hearted efforts to curb the flow of farm chemicals flowing down the Susquehanna River.          But let’s spare Spirits & Tales and a half dozen other Pittsburgh restaurants from our Pennsylvania criticism. Once a month, a truck picks up oyster shells collected at the restaurants and hauls them for 300...
The California condor’s escape from extinction
     The California condor was on the brink of extinction. How close it really was, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife describes:      In April 1987, the last wild condor was captured. The entire world population of the species was 27 birds, and all were housed in two captive breeding facilities in southern California. These individuals were Topatopa, captured in 1967; nine once-free-flying adult and immature birds trapped from 1982 to 1987; four young...