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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

Recycle your crayons, highlighters and markers

      The kids went back to school with fresh supplies. At home, you’ve got rising mountains of leftover markers, highlighters and crayons.          Cathy Vendryes of Shady Side is collecting those broken bits to send to The Crayon Initiative to be turned into new ones. The new crayons will be put into the hands of children at schools, hospitals, arts programs and other child-focused organizations.      ...

Southern AACo gets rides on demand

      South County Call N’ Ride is a new on-demand ride-share service for Southern Anne Arundel County residents who can’t drive or depend on others willing help to get where they want to go. Previous shuttle programs took over an hour to run one loop. The new service, launched in August, provides curb-to-curb service.          “All you have to do is call at least two hours in advance to request a ride,” says Kris...

Prices lowered to open more doors

      Think cultural sites and museums are just for the upper crust? Not true. Two popular Southern Maryland attractions, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center and The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, are lowering their prices to open their doors to people from all economic backgrounds.          The two sites have joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services that entitles anyone...

On Capitol Hill, big bucks for the Bay

      It may seem like members of Congress do nothing but insult one another and then depart for “home district work periods.”          But legislation advancing stealthily last month contains wording that caught our eye beneath the headline, Reauthorization of Chesapeake Bay Programs: “$90,000,000 for fiscal year 2020; $90,500,000 for fiscal year 2021; $91,000,000 for fiscal year 2022; $91,500,000 for fiscal year 2023;...
Like Penelope in the story of Odysseus, she spins and undoes on a daily cycle
      The large yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) is a very special orb weaver spider. The females are known for nightly creating a beautiful intricate web with a zigzag pattern arranged vertically in the center of the web. The spider also positions herself in the center of the web.       Each day the spider consumes the central portion of the web, preparing for nightly re-engineering. If the web is severely damaged, the whole web is replaced. When an insect...
It may be the most physical mind game you’ve never played
     You’ve played croquet; we all have. At family picnics, Uncle Henry brought out the croquet set. Inside its tall box were colorful balls, matching mallets and wire hoops you bent trying to stick into the ground in your backyard. You’d hit your yellow ball and watch it bump around rolling willy-nilly wherever it wanted through the crabgrass, finally stopping until Uncle Henry’s red ball hit yours. Then he placed his foot on his ball to whack yours across the...
Diaper stripers far outnumber keepers
     Casting to breaking rockfish under birds in the main Bay is outstanding right now. Just don’t be fooled into thinking that open water is where you’ll find keepers.      Actively feeding schools provide some exciting action, but most of the fish in them are schoolies (lately called diaper stripers), and they are shorter than ever this year. They eagerly attack any lure thrown in their direction, but your ratio of throwbacks to keepers is close to...

This viney tuber is ready in your ­garden or at farmers markets

     The morning glory family, Convolvulaceae, gives us the wonderful sweet potato. Sweet potato plants grow as a vine that is content to creep along the ground. Maryland has a great climate for growing sweet potatoes, which need about four months of nice warm weather.      If you’ve got sweet potatoes in your garden, now is the time to start digging these tubers. You want to get them out of the ground as the leaves start turning brown, especially before the...

Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland reclaims the spotlight

     Nineteen-sixty-eight finds Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) trying to outrun a ruined reputation. She’s considered past her prime, unemployable and unreliable. Deeply in debt, she needs money to keep her children in a custody dispute.        Her situation complicates her attempts at being a good mother. She includes her kids in the small shows she can book. They live out of chancy hotels and stay up late. When her ex-husband Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell...

Staging the Bible is a big production

     Straight from the pages of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a natural fit for Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. The upcoming production follows on the church’s previous success of biblically themed Godspell in 2017 and Children of Eden in 2018.           Pulling from local talent and his own congregation, director David Merrill has assembled a large cast and...