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Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

Dark-eyed juncos make their sudden appearance

Look at oyster restoration as a saga and this week’s story as an episode

Fourth-generation apprentices in clock repair 

Maryland’s behind the curve

Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

      A fiction writer imagining a character destined to become a key figure in Bay oyster restoration could save much time by basing the depiction on real-life Allison Colden, a fisheries scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.       From an early age, Colden seemed destined for a role in Bay restoration. Growing up in Virginia Beach, she gravitated to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, learning about the Bay and the problems it is facing...

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

     Indian Creek High School senior Chinyere Ukeje (or Chi Chi, as she prefers) has a title to defend.       Last year, fellow Indian Creek student Cayla Turner represented Maryland at the Poetry Out Loud national finals.      Now it’s Ukeje’s turn. She takes the stage Saturday, January 19, in the Poetry Out Loud regional finals. She will be up against 39 other Maryland high school students competing to win this prestigious national...

Dark-eyed juncos make their sudden appearance

     In Florida, “There’s a snowbird,” usually identifies an older person who spends only winters in the south.      Around here, snow birds are actually little birds, called juncos, that seem to suddenly show up when it snows.      North American juncos have six different color variations.  The most common here is the slate-backed dark-eyed junco. The other color patterns appear farther west.      Dark-eyed...
Look at oyster restoration as a saga and this week’s story as an episode
      There are many fish in the sea, my grand­mother said, though her fish were metaphors for chances at love. In our Bay, there are many real oysters, despite the widely acknowledged plunge of their population to one percent of their historic abundance. Also numerous are the ways our Chesapeake oyster states, both Maryland and Virginia, seek to promote the species’ renewal.       One of those ways you’ll read about in this week’s paper, in...

21 New Captains; Will You Be Next?

      Twenty one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.       The course, started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because of its...

Fourth-generation apprentices in clock repair 

          As an apprentice in grandparents Rick and Doris Grahams’ clock repair shop in Davidsonville, Noah Kline combines his loves of tinkering and family.          Kline began his clock repair apprenticeship at Maryland Clock Company this summer at his grandfather’s 65th birthday.          The former auto mechanic now considers himself both a “car and clock doctor....

People, commerce suffer

      It’s Groundhog Day early for the many federal workers in Chesapeake Country. Unless they had booked time where warm ocean breeze blows, no good news continues about ending the government shutdown.       A report this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot gets beneath the rhetoric to show the impact not just on people but also on Maryland taxpayers and businesses.       Some 172,000 Marylanders are impacted by the shutdown. The first...

Maryland’s behind the curve

      Maryland earns a less-than-satisfactory grade of C– for progress in adopting clean energy and putting the brakes on global climate change. At the head of the domestic class are California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Internationally, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden are setting the pace.          Top among the things we could do better is developing a clean energy economy.         ...

Port of Leonardtown Winery takes Governor’s Cup

       Awards season in Hollywood rewards performance of one kind. Here in Chesapeake Country, we’re rolling out the red carpet for performance of another kind: wine making.          Last August, 80-some state wineries put their best wine forward in hopes of earning the esteemed Governor’s Cup. The Cup is the highest honor in the annual wine competition hosted by the Maryland Wineries Association.     ...
     Harry Potter in a museum? Hard to believe, but we’re about to hit the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Yes, those Hogwarts pupils are grown-up wizards now. The yearning for simpler magical times might be enough to draw one to the New York Historical Society, where the British Library exhibition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic is entering its final weeks.     ...