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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

Proposed no-discharge zone would save area waters from boaters’ treated waste

      By next year’s fall boat shows, Annapolis Harbor and Anne Arundel County’s Bay tributaries will be a little cleaner. That’s because boats in those waters will no longer be allowed to discharge any sewage.          Discharging treated sewage is allowed in much of the Chesapeake and the Atlantic even within three miles of the coast. Only Herring Bay and the northern coastal bays near Ocean City are no-discharge zones,...

New electric options for boaters

      The 2019 Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. The results of their work were on display at the U.S. Sailboat Show, applied in ways boaters can use to keep the beer and other essentials cold while using little or no fossil fuel.          Lithium-ion batteries are only one of the innovations displayed for capturing, storing and using those elusive electrons that...

Artificial intelligence, meet the real Bay

      On the one hand, artificial intelligence conjures menacing robots and algorithms vacuuming up our personal information.          But there are positive uses for learned machines, as Chesapeake Bay is about to experience.           The Chesapeake Conservancy this week announced that an AI expert is joining the organization, a first for the Annapolis-based group and a rare achievement for any...

Preserve and hang your flowers and herbs to enjoy through the winter

     The art of making wreaths is an ancient tradition. In the first century and long before that, wreaths were sold in the market in Athens, Pompeii and other cities, often outside the baths where the society of the city gathered. Girls came in from the farms with their collection of garlands, wreaths and chaplets for all occasions. They used different plants for their specific meanings. Bay leaf was used for scholars. A wreath of myrtle or parsley was used to dispel the effects...

This time of year, the biggest fish are usually the deepest fish

     It was near sunset by my watch, though that glowing orb appeared still a good distance above the skyline. The temperature, however, was plunging faster than my optimism. Hoping for an afternoon bite, I had been cruising my favorite spots at a river’s mouth, throwing first a surface plug then a soft jig. With no success at finding keepers, I was now chasing days-old rumors.       The news that a friend had done well in a nearby location well off the...

The edge of the world and the edge of madness collide in this gorgeous film

      In the 1890s, two wickies are ferried across the chop to a lone lighthouse on a cliff. The roof leaks. The water from the cistern runs brown. The winds rattle the house, and waves crash on the ground, slicking all paths.        The shifts are 12 hours long. New man on the job Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) is awake for the daylight hours, repairing the ramshackle accommodations, sparring with aggressive seagulls and tending to the mechanical needs of...

Sit in on a debate with the highest stakes

      In 1943 Munich, a small group of college students calling themselves The White Rose risked their lives to distribute leaflets condemning the actions of the Nazis during World War II. In 1991, playwright Lillian Garrett-Groag wrote a dramatic play of the same name, now playing through November 16 at Colonial Players.          The heart of the production is the tug of war between student Sophie Scholl (Devin Thrasher) and Robert Mohr (...
This time of year, we’re in touch with two worlds
     These mid-autumn days sing a siren song. The blazing trees, the ticklish breezes, the sunbaked smell of Concord grapes, wraithful mists and the Harvest Moon break open human hearts like pumpkin shells.      This morning’s pastel sunrise shimmering on the spread satin of the Chesapeake summoned me as strongly as love.      It’s no accident, I think, that we celebrate Hallowe’en this time of year.      For this...

What We Like about Bay Weekly       Don’t know what it takes to convince you to continue, but if it’s a large group of volunteers — retired professionals or otherwise — I wouldn’t hesitate to ask, if I were you. You may be surprised at what you get. I’d be glad to step in, for one, and could convince some others, I’m sure, to do the same.       Or perhaps try charging for copy (but it might have to be a token amount; right...
Bad choices now cost more
       Thinking of edging into just a bit of that red downtown curbline for a quick trip into a shop? Think again. It now costs three times as much if you’re cited.        The new fines approved by the Annapolis City Council went into effect this summer. Citations are being issued.