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A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

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...
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.         ...