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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

Let’s celebrate the partnership of writer and reader
     For this year’s Fall Fix-up feature, I’m finally able to gloat over my kitchen remodeling. Not only is my kitchen done; so is my story relating blow by blow that achievement for you.      Happy as I am that both are done, I’m haunted by a bit of guilt. I’ve carried on about the stress of redoing a kitchen as if I’m the only person to have ever borne such labor. I’ve even compared it to childbirth: “The good result, if...

The Best of Times      My heart skipped a beat when I read it. Giving up the ship? Not my ship, with Sandra, Alex and others I remember so fondly.      My first introduction to the paper was as a delivery person. I loved it.      Then I was given a chance to do some actual writing, under the watchful eye of Sandra. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me that experience, although short-lived in real life, inside a living...

Or sometimes next to nothing

      Dave Rosage, wore enough pink last year to raise $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. But that wasn’t enough to knock local businessman Jim Weaver out of first place in the Real Men Wear Pink competition. Weaver raised $16,000 and won a custom-made suit in recognition.          This year will be different vows Rosage, the general manager of Skipper’s Pier restaurant in Deale.        ...

You want to burn the wood, not the ’hood

      As the air crisps and nature sheds, outdoor fires grow appealing, for purpose and for pleasure. But fire is a mighty element that can get out of your control. Before you light your fire, take the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s advice on staying safe and preserving your home and property.          “Burning a large pile of brush is not the same as having a small campfire,” says State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci....

Some are fighting for survival; other have given up the ghost

      This is a tough year on trees.          “We are seeing a lot of health issues in our trees, particularly since this is the first really dry spell in about three years,” says Anne Hairston-Strang, associate director at the Maryland Forest Service.          The wet years created ideal conditions for root rot and other moisture-loving diseases. “Some of the damage from the disease...

Join the Green Hearts Coats and Cans Drive

     Brian Boru Pub asks your help in feeding and clothing our needy neighbors this winter. Donate to the Irish restaurant’s Green Hearts Coats and Cans Drive running through December 24.          Brian Boru in Severna Park welcomes your donations of new or gently used coats as well as non-perishables and canned goods.          “We start collecting in October, when people are cleaning out...

Family turns passion into businsess

      The Bowen family is making a career out of their passion for creating bath, body and home products.          For Lance Bowen and daughter Ella, that’s experimenting with scented items.          “They created soaps, candles, lotions, body wash, lip scrubs, salt and sugar scrubs and more,” says wife and mother Danielle Bowen.         ...

Calvert Library extends your travel horizons

      Libraries have long booked our travels in time and space. Now you can not only check out books about dream destinations and browse the Mango Languages learning app. You can also get your passport to travel the world at Calvert Library in Prince Frederick. The library is now a State Department-approved passport acceptance facility.          Applicants — including children and infants — must be physically present with a...

O.C. declares victory over seagulls

        Like some Ocean City beachgoers, gulls there are downright rude. The boldest of them swoop down to snatch chips, fries and whole pieces of pizza.      Laughing gulls deride you.          But the aggression waned after the city’s decision to hire falcons to restore order. Sea gulls known to bully humans want nothing to do with fearsome birds of prey.        ...

But vultures do have some disgusting habits

      Both black and turkey vultures, also known as buzzards, are common throughout North America, especially around the Chesapeake Bay. Even more are present during the fall migration, when they fly around the updrafts of the mountains and along the coastal shores.          You see them circling in large groups called kettles. Many spend the winter here, so you also see them on roofs and trees trying to warm up in the sun.   ...