Articles by Kathy Knotts

Saw-whet owls passing through on their annual southern migration

      Hearing something going bump in the night? Perhaps it’s a northern saw-whet owl passing through Chesapeake Country on its annual flight south for winter.
      Volunteers with Project Owlnet hope that’s the case this week as they set out mist nets at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater to try to catch the little raptors.
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Library program aims at preparing young readers

     Long before children can learn their ABCs, they can learn to love reading. Reading early and often improves language and vocabulary skills and helps shape lifelong learners. That’s the aim behind a new early literacy initiative from the Anne Arundel County Public Library.
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SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
     Lights on the Bay, the annual holiday display at Sandy Point State Park, has a new producer.
     For 22 years, Anne Arundel Medical Center created the two-mile drive-through light show. Now Anne Arundel County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals takes the reins.
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Honoring history’s witnesses

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.
–Kahlil Gibran
 
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Contest makes bookmarks messages of harmony 

     Can a bookmark promote peace? That’s the hope of the Maryland Judiciary, which has a big stake in the outcome.
     With kids setting their creativity to resolving conflicts, maybe they can.
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Orb-weavers put on early fall displays

     The chill in the air has sent nature’s insect and arachnid world scurrying to get in those last meals. Suddenly we start seeing long-legged and acrobatic guests in our gardens and window frames.
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Michael Bell’s new book explores life as teacher, artist and parent

     Michael Bell is no stranger to success. The Southern High School arts department chair and celebrity artist has catapulted the school’s art program into the national spotlight over the last 22 years, winning major awards annually and transforming the lives of his students.
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Anne Arundel County Public Schools opens solar farm

     Schools in Anne Arundel County welcomed back students this week with a lesson in renewable energy.
     Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the fifth largest district in Maryland with approximately 82,000 students, has gone solar. 
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Graduates learn Bay stewardship

     Is this fall your semester to go back to school to train as a Master Watershed Steward?
     The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy is looking for a few good men and women to join its 10th certification class. Training, beginning in October, includes class time and field sessions in managing stormwater and restoring waterways.
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Volkswagen’s dirty deeds could mean cleaner school buses in Maryland

     Now that school is open, drivers have plenty of behind-the-bus time to consider whether these yellow icons are ready for a makeover.
     Would you rather idle behind a diesel bus or an electric one? 
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