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It’s a complex balance that holds together the web of life

 

It was late summer in the coastal plain forest. At mid-day, it was quiet but not quite silent. There was a background buzz of flies, then the whine of a mosquito in my left ear. Swat! Then I heard a sound like water coming from the trees.

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The sun’s lost ground is the skywatcher’s gain

 

As if to hammer another nail into summer’s coffin, the sun this week sets before 7:00. The darkening sky reveals Venus tight above the southwest horizon, and while the evening star is brilliant at magnitude –4, it, too, is fleeting and sets shortly after the sun.

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Following a few simple rules, you can grow a mighty oak from a tiny acorn

 

A master gardener recently asked me how to germinate acorns because she had repeated failures. To be successful, collect the acorns soon after they have fallen from the tree. Never collect acorns that have caps still attached because those acorns are most likely empty. Only solid, firm acorns that have fallen from the tree without caps should be collected. A healthy, well-developed acorn is one that has separated from its cap while still attached to the tree.

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Dear Bay Weekly:

I created an account to log in and vote in your Best of the Bay feature. The online ballot did not offer the Goods & Services or Food & Drink categories. It kicked me out after I filled out Life on the Bay and won’t let me back in. I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if it’s a glitch in the website, but I wanted you to know in case others are having a similar problem. Thanks!

–Lea Hurt; lhurt@comcast.net

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A Bah-ston robbah tries to go straight in this engaging and pulpy crime tale

 

In the first five minutes of The Town, a group of precision criminals, donning skeleton masks, knock over a bank. Everything is going smoothly until someone triggers the silent alarm. The slick crew devolves quickly into violence and kidnapping as they make a sloppy getaway with the loot and terrified bank manager Claire (Rebecca Hall: Please Give).

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Dear Bay Weekly:

The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch [http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=169] has had a couple of days with counts over 100, so the young and males are now moving south. Most of the females have probably already made it through to South America.

Three of our [tagged] birds are moving. Actually four if we include Buck, our South Carolina young from ’09, who surprised us by moving his bivouac down in Venezuela.

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If they want to win

 

Bay Weekly Primary Primer helped you get to know the candidates crowding this year’s race to the general election. Even more important, it helped you cast your vote. Or would-be vote, if you were locked out of primary voting because of your political independence or residence.

That’s what you’ve told me, by letter, phone, email and in person. 

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In the war against the vacuum, Lothian’s Juanky is declared top dog

The  war between pets and vacuum cleaners is long-standing and seemingly inexplicable. Maybe it’s the noise. Maybe it’s the aggressive suction coupled with a rolling machine. Maybe pets just don’t like clean carpets.

Eureka Vacuums, however, sought an armistice between their cleaners and your furry friends, inviting pet owners around the country to enter Fido’s Fight or Flight contest with videos of their pets reactions to the vacuum.

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Discarding the remnants of the race to the polls

 

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