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Good food; good friends

Pig earns $7,000 for Hospice

Trick or Treat! says groundhog aka whistle pig

Broad-winged hawks come out en masse for migration

Low Country cuisine in ­Chesapeake Country

Odes to family, comfort

A sad but necessary chore 

     Getting the boat ready for winter causes me emotional upheaval. It is not only a burden of hours but also an unwelcome recognition that one of my great avenues to peace and contentment will soon be closed off.       I’ve made my checklist, only to avoid it for weeks. Each item is a step closer to a kind of prison, so I’m not fond of any of the unavoidable tasks facing me.       Item 1 is the big salt flush. Belting the flush...

There’s truth behind the old saying

      Apple season’s harvest is August through November. Take advantage of fresh apples from many farmers markets or visit local Maryland orchards.       Apples have long been a symbol of good health and vitality. Studies have shown that the fruit can reduce the risk of heart disease and stop cancer cells from mutating. Apple skin contains a compound called quercetin that is a strong antioxidant, helping prevent harmful oxygen molecules from damaging...
Roland Emmerich makes a spectacle of a great American battle
      On December 7, 1941, America’s neutral position in World War II ended with a bang. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, devastating America’s navy and shaking the nation’s confidence.         Smarting from the deaths of their brothers and the military loss, the Navy vowed to beat the Japanese and take over the Pacific. It wouldn’t be easy. The Japanese had better planes and greater numbers in the Pacific theater. Plus, they...
You’ve asked if you can help. The answer is yes …
      Well what do you know! It’s Bay Weekly as you’ve known and enjoyed us returning to you for the 1,351th time this week. Doing what we’ve always done as well or better is the promise we’re keeping through December 26.        Then? I’ll tell you more a few lines down. For a little longer, let’s stay in the here and now.        Among the many treats we’re bringing you this week is one I’ve...
What We Like about Bay Weekly        I wanted you to know I will miss the Bay Weekly. It has been a delightful addition to my reading materials, even though I subscribe to three dailies … too many. Your paper covers topics that are appealing and interesting, not to be found in the others. I do understand that print papers are a struggling breed, sad to say, and finding someone who wishes to follow you in that endeavor is unlikely among the on-line reader population....

Yes, that’s a plane coming in over busy Rt. 2 in Edgewater

      Before the plane could fly out of Lee Airport, pilot Bill Friday had a lot to check.       Are we clear for runway? Is this dial in the off position? Is the crossfeed on?       I sat in the back of the 4,000-pound light aircraft — the Federal Aviation Administration’s name for a small airplane that typically seats six or fewer people — trying to scribble down everything being said.      It proved an impossible...

The autumn glory of deciduous conifers

      From the Allegheny Mountains to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s varied topography justifies our state slogan, America in Miniature. The autumn leaf-peeper can visit more than one of these variable landscapes in less than a day. How lucky are we?       Deciduous trees are what make a great autumn, well, autumn. The crimson glory of the red maple and the golden splendor of the American beech are complemented by other species showcasing shades...
Seals come by ocean for a lie on the sand
      In the middle of the winter, tired seals haul out of the ocean, beaching at Ocean City to rest and warm up. Mother harbor seals and pups lay together, or the pups alone while the mother waits offshore.       Four types of fish-eating seals are common along Maryland beaches. The most common is the harbor seal. Harbor seals are large, almost 300 pounds, and mostly gray with occasional dark spots. Their heads are sleek and nose slightly pointed.    ...

Galway Bay named Best in the Americas

      The Irish experience at Galway Bay is the real deal: The bar was built in Ireland and shipped to Annapolis. Six Irishmen came to the States to install the custom-made bar, which features dark wood and glass shelving.          As much thought as went into the design of the bar itself went into the decision about what to stock.          “We had to fight to get some of these whiskeys in here...

Bayside History Museum keeps up the tradition

      Tom Crockett’s toy train display at Tan’s Cycles was a holiday hit for 17 years. From Christmas trains running every December, he expanded to include Halloween trains in October and November. Crowds of children with their parents and grandparents poured into his shop to watch the trains speed past mountains, towns and itty-bitty people.          When Crockett retired last year and sold Tan’s, his beloved trains along...