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Bay Neighbors (Quietly) Achieve Great Things

Mall Library Branch Expands by Popular Demand

    Editor’s Note: The following story comes to us from Calvert High School student Angel Gingras, who had the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands this fall, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Gingras spent months researching one U.S. soldier from Annapolis, then flew overseas to visit his grave and deliver a eulogy.
“The overall mission of Silent Heroes is to tell the stories of those in the military that we often forget,” says Lynne O’Hara, program director. “We don’t always know the names of all those who served and lost their lives. For every grave, there is a story, not just of the individuals, but their family and the people they left behind.” 
     Will there be enough food in the future? That’s the question Bert Drake hopes to inspire in guests at an upcoming lecture at The Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side.      Drake, a plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater shares important lessons learned in his 30-year career.      “A plant physiologist studies how plants interact with the natural world,” Drake says. “We study the...
Nature preserve takes lessons outside the classroom
     Help wanted: Must love kids, nature and the outdoors. Experience not required. Patience a plus.        Do you have what it takes to tackle the job? If so, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary wants your help.      This spring, an estimated 1500 students will descend on this county-owned nature preserve in Southern Anne Arundel, and another 800 in the fall. From March to June it becomes an outdoor classroom, teaching the lessons of wetlands, ecology,...
      Rejoice, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. The great oracle of Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn., has declared that winter will be banished early this year. Though the famous groundhog’s accuracy remains somewhat in question over the 134 years that he and forefathers’ predictions have been recorded, there is no need to allow that to interfere with a benign celebration.       While Phil has been fashioning his...

Rare birds forced south by winter

     When winter arrives, avian guests do, too. Northern birds rarely seen here are sometimes forced into our area during this season. In 2013, arctic-dwelling snowy owls began flying around the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. A few were spotted at Sandy Point State Park and one caused a traffic jam as it landed on the signs hanging overhead on the Bay Bridge.       Several of these owls were also seen along Maryland’s Atlantic shore and reported along the...
     Winter is the time to plan your garden for the coming seasons. This spring, consider planting a native shade garden for its beauty, to attract pollinators and to build healthy landscapes.      Native milkweeds are important to help boost our declining butterfly populations. Yet there are many other native plants we should be growing, not just for butterflies but for the entire ecosystem including insects, birds, wildlife, and human.     We want...
Budget constraints don’t dull this interesting take on an old fairytale
     In a small desolate little room, Gretel (Sophia Lillis: It Chapter Two) makes a plea to her mother, begging to be allowed to stay in her home. Things have been hard since Gretel’s father died. Food is scarce, finances are desperate.       Gretel and her little brother Hansel (Samuel Leakey in his feature debut) are expelled from the house, forced into the woods. When they’re near starvation, they come upon a seemingly miraculous cabin stocked...
Your 2020 Tour of Eats
     Welcome to CBM Bay Weekly’s annual Dining Guide, a tour of good eats and good eating on the Chesapeake. In this special issue, we introduce to you the many restaurants that help support Bay Weekly 52 weeks of each year. Most are locally owned, and all are in our neighborhoods.      Each is unique in its offerings—from the fresh-caught bounty of the Bay to exotic dishes from every corner of the globe. The menus and ambiance may vary, but every one...
     It’s a question uttered all over Maryland—all over America for that matter—during the late-afternoon slump when everyone gets a bit hangry and a bit bored.       Sure, we know there are things we could eat in the refrigerator at home, probably the same things we find in there week after week: leftovers from dishes we’ve prepared the same way many times over. They’re hardly inspiring when it comes to dinnertime.  ...

Thoughts on new CBM Bay Weekly:

     As a fairly long time subscriber to Chesapeake Bay Magazine and a reader of Bay Weekly I am very glad that CBM is continuing to make Bay Weekly available. I like being able to read (in handy portable dead tree form) some of the content of your Bay Bulletins that also come in my email, and then catch up on other news when at the computer. I am glad that features such as Creature Feature, Gardening, and Sporting Life that I really like from Bay Weekly are continuing. I also...
Guy Ritchie returns to the gangster comedy in this fun caper flick
     Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey: The Beach Bum) went from a nobody in Texas to the king of marijuana distribution in England in two decades. He’s beloved by the gentry, feared by other gangsters and celebrated for making high quality strains of weed that no other distributer can touch. If you smoke it, Mickey’s probably got a hand in producing it.       But Mickey wants something more in life: Retirement. After a lifetime of clawing and...