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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

The Patuxents used to live here; some still do

How hard is it to prove a hunch?
    It took 75 holes a foot deep by a foot wide followed by five three-by-five-foot excavation pits dug with exacting symmetry in the unyielding earth to document the late naturalist Mitzi Poole’s suspicion. Her girlhood swimming hole on Battle Creek might, she believed, be a Native American site.
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For Annapolis Maritime Museum, a giant step across the creek

With the flourish of a pen, Annapolis Maritime Museum took a giant step into the future. From two-thirds of an acre — its Eastport campus on Back Creek — the 26-year-old environmental education center grew to almost 13 acres.
    Like a small snake swallowing an elephant, the Museum made the ambitious expansion in a single bite. That bite is the Ellen Moyer Nature Park.
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Deputy director Sherrod Sturrock steps up to lead

Calvert Marine Museum keeps track of the ages. You learn about the prehistoric Chesapeake there by encountering creatures that lived in that shallow, warm ocean and on its shores. About the humans who followed ages later, and how the water enriched their lives. About the creatures that evolved, died and live in Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River.
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The cookie moms and girls of Central Maryland have got you covered

Are you hungry for Girl Scout cookies?    
    If you haven’t stashed boxes in your freezer, you’ll be glad to know that now through December 7 is cookie season for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Anne Arundel County is part of that Council, as are Baltimore City and County and Howard County.
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Study your ballot at www.vote411.org

Who’s on your ballot?     This year’s contentious top-line race has obscured who’s who — and who stands for what — in the down-ticket races. Yet from local government on up, the winners in these elections have far more immediate say on how we live our daily lives.
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Enroll in the Calvert County Citizens Academy

Who knew back in high school civics class that you’ve got to know how government works to make government work for you? Now’s your chance to re-learn how government works as an inaugural student in the Calvert County Government Citizens Academy.
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It’s official; We have a new seal

Steve Schuh moved into the executive’s office in December of 2014, determined to change the image of Anne Arundel County. Now he’s done it.
    He’s redesigned the official Anne Arundel County seal. The problem, said Schuh, was that over the years, the design approved in the County Code has evolved into multiple versions.
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New plates replace War of 1812

Have you noticed? Maryland is showing a new face to the driving world.
    The Maryland Proud license plate, on the roads since September 26, has shoved the bicentennial War of 1812 plate to the curb. There’s still a flag, but Maryland’s heraldic black and yellow, red and white replace the Stars and stripes. We also lose, with few regrets, the industrial-looking structures that to all the world looked more like a prison than Fort McHenry.
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For $1,000, maybe you should try

Could you write a play? It’s a tough job, as you’ve got to create plot, characters and conflict. Tougher still, you’ve got to do it all in dialogue.
    Would winning a $1,000 cash prize make the challenge any easier?
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As temperatures drop, decorate your home with warm, cozy accents to set the tone for spending more time indoors.

Follow the Season
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