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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Books on baseball are keeping me happily turning pages

If your summer needs a good book, you’ve come to the right place. With the official start of the season (the sun is standing still as I write) comes Bay Weekly’s annual Summer Reading Guide.
    All the good books our 17 dedicated readers recommend in this issue will have to wait for fall before I crack their covers — or sample them on my Kindle.
    This summer, I’m reading baseball.
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Be relentless and constant, Bernie Fowler counsels

Forty-two years in, and your life’s work earns an F.
    That’s how long it’s been since Bernie Fowler took on the establishment to stand up for the Patuxent River, suing the state of Maryland and the federal government to “do what they ought to be doing: put a plan together to upgrade our river.”
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That’s where the action is; that’s where you’ll see the sights

What did you inherit from your father?    
    Our Father’s Day question makes a readable story, as you’ll find. Can you resist answering it yourself? Digging, for better or worse, into the roots from which you’ve grown?
    When I went digging, I heard my father ask me What’s cooking on Duval Street?
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A Bay Weekly ­conversation with local author Mick Blackistone

Mick Blackistone has a name in Chesapeake Country.
    Part of it came to him effortlessly, by the grace of inheritance.
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The Skinny on TMDL

Are you still paying attention to TMDL? Or have acronyms driven you to distraction?
    We’re here to tell you there’s good news about Total Maximum Daily Loads: The big top-down plan to get every state in the Bay watershed working hard on restoration is on track and now well into Phase II.
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Naptown barBAYq hands out more than $40K

The smell of barbecue rising from the grills of 41 competing Kansas City Barbecue Society teams drew 12,000 people to Annapolis for Parole Rotary Club’s second annual Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival.
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They’ve had plenty of fun upsetting our order of things

Halloween is known for ghosts and spirits, but it’s this time of year I expect poltergeists smashing onto the scene to upset the order of things. Washers spin like whirling dervishes, cups and spoons and cartons of cream go missing, auto windows and windshield wipers stick motionless.
    Naturally, that’s the time we chose for Bay Weekly to move our office.
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If you’re eating fresh, it’s composting to the rescue

How does your garden grow?    
    Ours is behaving like it’s on steroids this prodigal summer so eager to outdo the season of Barbara Kingsolver’s eponymous book. We’re picking daily, for our greens — arugula, cabbage, lettuces, mustard and Swiss chard, some from very late plantings last year — are a forest and bolt for the sky when we turn our backs.
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When London Town throws a party, it’s a mari-good time

You don’t forget a visit to Historic London Town and Gardens.
    The archeological dig site and people dressed like colonials are memories children hold onto.
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To stop emerald ash borers, you’ve got to think like a bug

To stop a thief, you’ve got to think like a thief. To stop a bug, you’ve got to get more basic.
    That’s what Maryland Department of Agriculture has learned in its 10-year effort to stop the inexorable march of the emerald ash borer.
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