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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

The most wonderful time of the year starts now

      The great wheel of the year is turning. This time of year, the rotation is plain to see. 
      With Daylight Savings Time banished for another five months, real time throws us into early darkness deeper and denser than 10pm on a summer’s night.
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Construction underway for 2018 grand opening

     Thirteen shovels dug into the ochre clay to break ground for Calvert County’s first animal shelter. Rising at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick is a main shelter building of 12,910 square feet to house up to 200 animals plus a 1,380 square-foot barn to shelter livestock.
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Expect more reasons to go back to the farm, in areas near you

      Agritourism has been in full swing with apple buying, pumpkin picking, hay-wagon riding, corn-maze wandering and vineyard and microbrewery touring.
     By next fall, Anne Arundel may have caught up with neighboring Calvert, Prince George’s, Charles and St. Mary’s counties in offering day-trippers a full range of ways to get into nature and onto the farm. 
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Join the debate on where to put Maryland’s ultimate NIMBY

     Not in my backyard. That’s where nobody wants the new Chesapeake Bay Bridge that just about everybody wants — somewhere else.
     This week, you get to join the debate on whose backyard deserves a new bridge and how to finance it. In a short half hour from 7:00 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, November 15, you’ll hear an overview of the massive project, including its schedule.
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None should be forgotten

      Do you know the story behind the poppies artist Brad Wells has drawn in honor of Veterans Day for Coloring Corner in this week’s paper?
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Add this year’s National Champions to your menu

     How do you like your oysters? Fresh, raw on the half shell? Steamed over coals in the shell and eaten buttered? Patted in cornmeal and fried?
     For most of us, simplicity and tradition equal perfection.
     But we humans are innovators, so each year’s blessing of oyster bounty brings this tantalizing question.
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Think as well of the people as of the turkey

     Like the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is America’s own holiday. Joining together in annual celebration, we renew their meaning and recommit ourselves to the values those high holidays represent.
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There’s more in the air than falling leaves this time of year

     Have you been seeing things?
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New books by each open a Bay Weekly conversation
      Together, Elisavietta Ritchie and husband Clyde Farnsworth have written an encyclopedia of words, with more spilling out every day. Poet, storyist, translator and mentor Ritchie has just published her 22nd (or so) book, the poetry volume Harbingers. Retired New York Times foreign correspondent Farnsworth has just published his fourth, the father-and-son biography and autobiography Tangled Bylines.
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October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

     Snoopy and Charlie Brown, rainbows and candy canes, Christmas trees and an angel with a big trumpet: Over 35 years, Pete Chambliss’ boats have morphed into all those forms in the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade. 
     Crowds of thousands cheer as the illuminated powerboats and sailboats cruise in two slow loops below and above the Eastport-Annapolis Spa Creek Bridge. 
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