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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

South County Call N’ Ride came to my rescue

     My dashboard lit. My engine choked. I coasted into the Good Old Days parking lot in Deale feeling fortunate to have my car break down so close to my mechanic. But how to get home?          Public Transportation is a big-city concept — at least to me. I used to ride Metro all the time back when I lived in Takoma Park. Since moving to southern Anne Arundel County 12 years ago, I’ve become accustomed to being behind the wheel...

Annual boat parade wants you at the helm

      Chesapeake Country loves showing off its boats, and decorating them for the holidays is a good excuse to get back on the water — even on a chilly night. The boating season is winding down, but now’s the time to think about the holidays and celebrating at one of Annapolis’ most colorful events, the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade.          Get your boat in on the action by signing up before December 10 for the...

Navy ‘Doomsday Machine’ meets its match: A bird

       The Navy’s E6B Mercury assigned to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River is the aircraft that would serve as a communications hub for ballistic missile submarines in the event of a nuclear attack.          It is 42 feet tall, has a wingspan of 148 feet and a range of 6,600 miles. Built by Boeing to be the airborne command post for U.S. Strategic Forces, it cost $142 million.         ...
A bug well adapted for Halloween 
      Late at night as you turn on a light, a sudden scurry catches your eye. As it disappears into a hiding spot, you are surprised by the speed and the flurry of legs.        Recently, a Mediterranean centipede has found its way to the United States and now has been discovered in our area. Because it likes to live in occupied homes it is called a house centipede. This is a scary, creepy-looking big bug with up to 30 long spine-covered legs, two huge eyes and...
Live October 31 at midnight
LARRY Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to our show. Tonight we have a very special guest, a fellow we’ve been trying to get on the show for five years. He’s finally agreed to be here tonight. Would you all give a big welcome to the Grim Reaper himself, Mr. Death!         Limited clapping along with a few boos. Curtain pulls back and out walks a tall, tan gentleman wearing dark sandals, white Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. His stylishly cut...
In the spirit of the season, we recommend two books about the darker aspects of Chesapeake Country. Both are published by the History Press, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing specializing in local and regional history.
Moll Dyer and Other Witch Tales of ­Southern Maryland       The Moll Dyer chronicled for us by historian Lynn J. Buonviri is not the powerful spell-caster of spooky Halloween stories. Instead, she is a real woman controlled and eventually crushed by the forces of history.        Starting from a St. Mary’s County legend preserved in place names and a landmark stone (outside the county Visitors Center), Buonviri places her Moll (short for Mary) in...

A true story

    I don’t need psychics to convince me that ghosts are real.     My own ghost supplies all the proof I need.     The ghost homed in on me five years back. He’d had his eye — metaphorically speaking — on me for years. But it took some time to woo me to his cause. (As everybody who has ever watched a ghost movie knows, ghostly powers are latent, depending on a living being to summon them.)      We had our first encounter in...

You’ve got to be on the water to get a bite

      We were running out of time. The sky was growing dim. Our baits and lures had long gone untouched. A few other boats floated listlessly, scattered widely, doing nothing, and our sonar screen had remained consistently empty of any promising marks below. Then Frank said the magic word: “Birds!”       I swiveled about and focused my vision on four or five gulls swooping low to the water in the distance. Then a dozen more materialized, whirling,...

How to plant, carve, scare and eat

     Pumpkin time is upon us. I hope you plan to have a ghoulish pumpkin on your front porch with a flickering candle inside. The custom comes from a phenomenon of a strange light, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern, that flickers over peat bogs. It’s also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way.       Medium-size pumpkins about...
In the wonderful world of Pedro Almodóvar, the two go hand in hand
     Pain is fuel for Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas). Poverty, physical ailments, drugs, disastrous love affairs: All fueled Mallo’s rise as a great director. Until the pains of advancing age threaten his artistic abilities.       Mallo chokes when he eats or drinks. He wears sensible loafers because he can’t tie the laces on his fancy athletic shoes. His knees creak when he bends. Constant headaches, chronic pain and choking keep him from...