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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future
     On one thing, prophets and folk singers agree: There is a time for every purpose under ­heaven. September 2019 doesn’t seem to have yet decided what kind of month it wants to be. But in the tides of human affairs, this uncertain month is a time for making big decisions.       Three of the big ones made or pending nowadays affect the future of three key inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. That means they also affect the quality of our environment and...
Just What Goes into James and Poplar Islands Re: Way Downstream … Vanishing islands to be restored from Baltimore Harbor dredging; Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 2019: www.bayweekly.com/node/50065        In reading the August 29 article about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mid-Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project, I think there may have been a misunderstanding regarding the source of the dredged material that will be used to restore and grow the eroded James and Barren...

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

     A handful of vehicles, mostly pickup trucks and SUVs, lined up behind a small steel gate on a warm summer morning. Inside them was the regular 7:30am crowd, striped-bass fishermen patiently waiting for the Thomas Point ranger to arrive to give them access to one of the Bay’s most sought-after fish.     In opening the gate, the ranger is allowing the men their daily shot at a species that can often grow upward of 50 pounds and offers some delicious eating....

Performers make the magic happen

     They are bedraggled hermits, shouting village sheriffs, enchanting shopkeepers and battle-worn knights. They are crowned, jolly kings and gallivanting princesses and run-down peasant rabblers.      Other times of the year, they are people with everyday lives. During this special season, however, they shapeshift into magical time travelers intent on bringing you with them at the 27-acre Renaissance Festival in Crownsville. With a brand new storyline and a few...
His friend made it a book
      Judging by their book release party, the collaborators are proud of their first-time novel, the memorably named The Dung Beetles of Liberia.      Pride did not much show in the pair; self-control is a quality prized by people used to making recommendations on which lives ride. Both writer Dan Meier and life subject Leslie ‘Spike’ Vipond are pilots and retired Federal Aviation Administration air safety inspectors. Vipond was also an African bush...

Check out the Voter Bill of Rights

     On Wednesday, September 25, 1789, Congress proposed 12 amendments to the legislatures of the then-11 states. Numbers three through 12 were later adopted as the U.S. Bill of Rights.          That historic date is commemorated in Calvert County this year with a Voter Bill of Rights.          This Bill of Rights is a brochure explaining the rights of all voters.       ...

Electric cars take over City Dock

     More than 500 Chesapeake residents are likely one step closer to hitting the streets around town in an electric vehicle.          They took that step at Annapolis Green’s Electric Vehicle Showcase at City Dock this weekend.          The annual event — now in its seventh year — is part of National Drive Electric Week, a celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread...

Mobile dental van visits West River

      Once again the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van is making a visit to Southern Anne Arundel County. This time you will find the dental services van parked at Bay Community Health in West River Sept 21.          Children age three to 12 board the dental office on wheels, designed to be especially friendly and comfy, for a complimentary two-minute visual screening. The goal of the mobile office is to raise...

Shelter overflow leads to free adoptions

      A population boom of cats and kittens means that you can add one to your family for free.          The usual $40 adoption fee for cats and kittens is waived through the end of September at the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter in Prince Frederick.          Now cats of all ages and personalities are waiting to be adopted, including many kittens. Summer months are high kitten season.   ...

Canadian company to blow past menhaden ­harvest cap

      Omega Protein Corp., which has battled for years to harvest more menhaden from Chesapeake Bay, says it intends to exceed recommendations from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for the company’s takes this year.          Two years ago, the regional commission recommended a 40 percent cut to 51,000 metric tons — or more than 112 million pounds — in Omega’s annual take. The company, which operates...