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Valuable lessons from Bay Weekly ­Christmases past

New fee aligns with other national parks

Prince George’s County ups the fight against ­single-use plastics

When oyster stew required a very big pot

These intelligent birds have plenty to talk about

Our picks from a dozen one-of-a-kind shops

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.   ...

Like childbearing, a kitchen remodel ends so well (usually) that you ­forget the labor of getting there

     It’s been years that you’ve been reading about my intention to remodel my kitchen.       So I must share the news that my kitchen is now a story with a happy ending.       It’s so appealing, apparently, that friends and neighbors stop in for viewings that turn into impromptu kitchen parties.      Beauty is well and good, but a remodeled kitchen is a utilitarian place. Its story will be written in the many years I...

Follow the doctor’s orders

Editor’s Note: Lest you forget, we share with you one last time the invaluable advice of Dr. Francis Gouin — our Bay Gardener for 12 years until his death in 2018.         Warm days and cool nights, combined with shorter daylight hours, are what the doctor ordered for the favorite grasses of Chesapeake Country: bluegrass and fescues. They’re called cool-season grasses because they germinate, produce roots and lap up nutrients once summer’s heat shuts...
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Start now, or regret it later

     I was again planning for a great day. Winds were forecast out of the west at five mph, and temperatures were to be in the mid 60s. Couldn’t ask for a better picture.      By 10am it was still blowing 20 out of the north. The mercury hadn’t yet climbed out of the 50s. Another fishing fantasy started by a forecaster was ruined by the actual weather.       I brooded. It had been a long time since I’d been on the waters. Small...