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Articles by Kathy Knotts

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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With monarch butterfly numbers on the wane, they need our help

     Jane Bishop of Dick and Jane’s Produce Stand in Harwood has been filling empty stomachs for decades. For one set of mouths, however, she goes the extra mile.
     Bishop gathers milkweed leaves to hand-feed tiny monarch caterpillars, checking the undersides for new caterpillars.
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Chesapeake Beach matriarch ­celebrates with five generations

     This weekend, Chesapeake Beach’s Mother Christmas celebrates a holiday of a different sort.
     Jo Finch, aka Mother Christmas, turns 90 on September 4. Finch, a former town councilwoman, is a mother and grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great-great-grandmother. 
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Christmas in April starts now

     Helping families live in warmth, safety and independence is a gift that lasts a lifetime. That’s the goal of Christmas in April Calvert County.
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New stamp carries important message

      A Chesapeake Country photographer is helping to spread the word to protect pollinators in a new medium: stamps. 
     Karen Mayford, of Glen Arm, is a featured photographer on the U.S. Postal Service’s new Protect Pollinators forever stamp series. 
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New moon blots out much of the sun in ­Chesapeake Country
     With the great buildup to what is being called “the celestial event of the century” come a lot of questions about the Great American Eclipse. Here are some answers.
 
What is the Great American Eclipse?
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    Every dog needs some time to be a dog, free of human expectation, including leashes. Dog parks offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Two area dog parks also have dog beaches.

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