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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

City Dock named UNESCO Slave Route Site

      Finding a way to acknowledge the bitter legacy of slavery has been a challenge for historic sites across the country. Helping give voice to the stories of the enslaved are historic markers, memorials and commemorations.          Annapolis, which just unveiled an historical lynching marker on Calvert Street, is also now designated as a Site of Memory associated with the UNESCO Slave Route Project by the United Nations Educational,...

Could lead to new entrepreneur’s first

      Don and Mo Walker aren’t riding off into the sunset the day they retire.       The owners of Spice Island Wicker in Owings want to work hand-in-hand training the next owner of the wicker furniture import company.       To keep the business in Calvert County for their nine employees, the couple is seeking an entrepreneur to follow in their footsteps.        And they’re offering plenty of incentive.   ...

In Pittsburgh, Shucking for the Chesapeake

      A good chunk of Pennsylvania drains into the Chesapeake, which is why Maryland and Virginia routinely complain about half-hearted efforts to curb the flow of farm chemicals flowing down the Susquehanna River.          But let’s spare Spirits & Tales and a half dozen other Pittsburgh restaurants from our Pennsylvania criticism. Once a month, a truck picks up oyster shells collected at the restaurants and hauls them for 300...
The California condor’s escape from extinction
     The California condor was on the brink of extinction. How close it really was, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife describes:      In April 1987, the last wild condor was captured. The entire world population of the species was 27 birds, and all were housed in two captive breeding facilities in southern California. These individuals were Topatopa, captured in 1967; nine once-free-flying adult and immature birds trapped from 1982 to 1987; four young...

Always be prepared for cold ­weather on the Bay 

     For the unprepared, cold weather on the Bay can be dangerous, especially when temps begin dipping below the 50s. On the water, a chill is more unpleasant than almost anywhere else.      The key to staying comfortable (and out of the emergency room) is maintaining your core body temperature. Core covers your neck down to your waist. You can endure your feet and even your legs getting cold. But when your stomach and chest start to chill, your vital organs are...

You can do it on your own, but we have goat help

     The vegetable garden is waning especially as the nights get colder. It’s time to start cleaning it up to prepare for next spring.      Start by drawing a plan of your garden so that you can rotate the plants next year. It’s great if you can devise a four-year rotation. Try not to plant the same family in the same spot for four years. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes are all in the same family. Beets and chard are in the same family. Kale,...
Phoenix rises on an astounding performance
      Just released from a mental institution after a breakdown and afflicted with hysterical laughter when he feels stress, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is unappreciated. He believes himself destined to be a comedian, but the only job he can get is as a clown.       To escape his grim reality, he and his infirm mother watch talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) obsessively, Arthur fantasizing about being a guest on the show.      His...
We count our blessings achievement by small achievement
      John Hiser took to heart Bay Weekly’s August 15 report that blue catfish had invaded Chesapeake Bay.       “We’re at the point as decision-makers, and as citizens, where we need to decide whether this is important enough to do something about it,” Smithsonian Environmental Research scientist Matthew Ogburn told Bay Weekly.       “Must we eat our way out of this problem?” asked Bay Weekly partner Bill...

A Bay Weekly Writer Says it Best

      My heart is broken. Sandra gave me a shot when no one else would answer my phone calls. She taught me how to be a journalist and a writer, and she taught me how to be fearless when chasing a story. I once got two gubernatorial candidates in the middle of a contentious campaign to sit down to talk to me for an April Fools story about the Bay being put up for sale. And she printed a lede I wrote that almost, but not quite, got me banned from the campus of the U.S. Naval...
Over all the changes, the ­wonder remains
      As we get older, we pass many milestones: a decade since college graduation, 25-year school reunions, silver anniversaries and half-century birthdays. I have spent 50 years power boating and sailing on Chesapeake Bay. Fifty years! Two-thirds of my lifetime on the waters of the Bay. Fifty years filled with wonderful memories of marvelous, exciting and sometimes awesome weekends and vacations on the water.       I have cruised the entire Bay from Norfolk to the...