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Articles by Kathy Knotts

Celebrate the season with festive illuminations

Christmas may be our most well-lit holiday, and rightly so. Our ancestors celebrated light and fires this time of year as the days grew shorter and darker.

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Venison is benison to area food banks

If you’re a hunter, Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving can’t hold a candle to the next day, Buck Fever Saturday.
    As hunters prepare for their favorite time of year, one Maryland organization takes advantage of the frenzy to put food on the table of hungry families. Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry helps hunters donate their harvested deer to area food banks.
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Give, and good comes back to you

It’s the season of giving, when our grateful hearts yearn to reach out to help one another. Yet the number of Americans volunteering annually is declining, leaving non-profit organizations scrambling to meet the needs of their communities.
    How can you turn your gratitude into action? Join the ranks of the 6,000 Anne Arundel Countians registered as potential volunteers with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center.
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Anne Arundel’s 32nd cartop boat launch opens at Discovery Village

You’ve got one more place to launch your paddle craft in Anne Arundel County.
    On October 7, paddlers and county reps cut the ribbon on a car-top boat launch for kayaks, SUPs and canoes at Discovery Village in Shady Side. Discovery Village is the county’s ninth new small boat launch since 2012, for a total of 16. The county maintains only one boat ramp for trailering, in the north at Fort Smallwood Park.
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German lifeboat did second duty as floating home and chapel

Touring the boats in the Patuxent Small Craft Center at the Calvert Marine Museum, you may notice a rather unusual looking model. Sitting near the Drum Point Lighthouse, this mash-up of houseboat and lifeboat is the Ark of Hungerford Creek.
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Solar array earns St. Margaret’s Church Silver-Plus LEED certification

Ninety-eight solar panels now top the roof of St. Margaret’s Church formation building, already LEED silver-certified for environmental friendliness. St. Margaret’s, a congregation more than 300 years old, is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and located on the Broadneck peninsula.
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Paddlers join together to help kids with disabilities

Energy swirls in the parish office of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons. With only five days before the inaugural Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival, staff is ready to see the paddles fly.
    Bonnie Elward leads the chaos into a state of calm. Executive director of Southern Maryland Community Resources and festival steer person, Elwood acts with the fervor of a missionary for the hundreds of developmentally different individuals.
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Your library card gets you access to fun destinations free

Your library card can open many doors in Chesapeake Country. Doors to museums, gardens, pools, parks, wineries and golf courses.
    In Anne Arundel County, any Maryland cardholder can check out a family pass, good for one week and up to four people, for admission to Historic London Town and Gardens. You do not have to live in Anne Arundel County to use your card to get a museum pass.
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Through torrents and drought, rain gardens look good and do good for the environment, too

After a wet spring when rain was abundant in Chesapeake Country, we are now in the midst of a heat wave with chance blasts of short-lived rainfall.
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Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

Our summer on the cheap took us to a park still being born.
    Ward Farm Park in Dunkirk is not yet open, except for some hikes and camps.
    Naturalist Tania Gale led our group of seven children and seven adults on one of those hikes, pointing out plants and insects and filling us in on the history of the Ward family as well as what changes are coming.
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