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That’s a question for Congressman Andy Harris

My model is good enough for the National Botanical Garden

We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

Plan ahead — and don’t sweat the small stuff

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

It’s a big production

That’s a question for Congressman Andy Harris

The sturgeon is not the star of Chesapeake ­osteichthyes, the bony fish of the world. That limelight falls on striped bass, the rockfish.     Atlantic sturgeon — finning around the bottom of rivers sucking up aquatic macroinvertebrates, freshwater mussels, snails, crustaceans and small fish — barely make the cast of characters.     They don’t make anglers’ hearts race in anticipation of fight and feast. As Atlantic sturgeon are an...

My model is good enough for the National Botanical Garden

The purpose of rain gardens is to reduce surface runoff by capturing water in ponds where it can infiltrate the soil. Many rain gardens begin with dug ponds lined with sand and gravel. Water-tolerant plants added in and around the ponds absorb more water.     This design can absorb only a limited amount of water based on the soil porosity, a measure of texture and compaction. After a heavy rain, water can stand for days and weeks, so the gardens become breeding grounds for...

Here’s what you need to have fun

Afish caught on the fly is easily twice as much fun as one caught any other way. Right now is an ideal time to fish the long rod for rockfish and white perch. The first rule is to leave your conventional tackle at home. If you’ve decided to use the fly rod, it’s best to be fully committed. A nine-foot, eight-weight rod is a good allaround stick. It can handle just about any sized striper you’re apt to encounter and will still allow a decentsized perch to show its stuff. Choose...

We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

  Stacie ‘Jaya’ and Ivan Balaguer Married April 9, 2011, in Punta Cana Dominican Republic I would love to surprise my husband with our picture in the Bay Weekly Wedding Guide.  A special wedding memory is sharing two weddings and three receptions in a matter of a couple weeks … from Appomattox, Virginia, our official wedding/reception, to our beach wedding/reception in the Dominican Republic with family and friends, then a third reception in Puerto Rico with...

Plan ahead — and don’t sweat the small stuff

I got ordained as a wedding officiant after a very bad ceremony a decade ago. In the midst of the ceremony, I thought I had a stroke as none of what the celebrant was saying made any sense. It was as if he was picking random words from a dictionary and tossing in Biblical references.     My wife reassured me that she was as clueless as I was.     Thank God, I didn’t have a stroke! was my first thought. My second was, I could have done a better job.  ...

Why does the groom always stand on the bride’s right?

It’s usually because that’s where the nearest exit is.     No, just kidding. The groom’s position is a tradition dating back to medieval times. It is also why many European countries drive on, according to us, the wrong side of the road.     Without going into detail, back in the day the left hand was considered the dirty hand. Let’s just say that back then there was no Sears Catalog to bring to the privy. Thus, children were taught to use...

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

Best Connection Travel The practical side of paradise We know, because we’ve been there! When you wonder how much to tip in China, whether you should bring your own water bottles to Costa Rica or how likely it is that you will find people who speak English in your destination country, we can tell you the answers because we’ve been there.     A destination wedding is the perfect choice for the couple who want to make their day an extraordinary experience for...

It’s a big production

No matter how times keep changing, people keep getting married.     Bay Weekly went to two last weekend, for a total of six so far this year. July also brought the news that our junior reporter from two decades ago, Ariel Brumbaugh, got engaged, so I’m anticipating an invitation for a date yet to be determined. Were I to count the number of love stories touching Bay Weekly over our 24-plus years, I’d run out of fingers and maybe even toes. I haven’t heard of...

When the days are too hot, try the hours before midnight

The temperature in the low 70s seemed cool after the scorching sun, just a few hours ago, had sent the mercury into the high 90s. The multitudes of motorized craft churning the waters had long ago headed for home. I had the spot to myself, a rather surreal feeling in the silence and darkness.     I motored slowly into position and lowered my Power Pole anchor firmly into the bottom on the spot I had marked on my GPS. As my skiff swung stern to on the freshening tidal current, I...

Vertical Mulching and Tree Roots Q    I enjoy your articles. Recently you’ve written about trees & Bloom.     I have two chestnut oaks that now have slime flux. Do you think your method would help these trees? I have called forestry schools, and they tell me I can’t do anything. Commercial tree companies want to sell me a fertilizing service for $1,000 with no guarantee.     Would drilling at three feet cut through and damage the...