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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

This is the scary season

Timing is everything in the harvesting of figs. Take the fruit too early and you lose the sugar. Wait a moment too long, and the bugs — wasps, flies, ants and Hercules beetles — beat you to it. Or the squirrels, who I watched running up the hill with ripe figs in their mouths. This weekend, looking down on my tree from an upper balcony, I saw the dried-out stems and shriveled tops of the last of the fruit.
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It wasn’t so long ago that boating shifted from a way to earn a ­living to a sport and pastime

With sailing the rage all over the Chesapeake, waterfront communities organized sailing clubs, fleets and regattas for sport and competition.
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Common sense and caution help, but they may not be enough

The last thing we wanted to read was Bay Weekly’s ­October 3 story “On a Rock and a Hard Place: The Last Place in the World You Want to Take Your Boat.” Those nightmare memories didn’t need refreshing.
    That’s the kind of lament I’ve heard over the past week from people who know all too well the shock and painful aftermath of a hard landing.
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Ann-Wallis White floods the Caribbean with children’s books

The biggest catamaran at the U.S. Sail Boat Show is so highfalutin that only VIPs can board. Orion is reserved for the invited guests of Cruising World Magazine.
    You and seven friends could charter the 90-foot Catana — with amenities including four cabins, indoor and outdoor dining salons, Jacuzzi and crew of four — for a week in the Caribbean.
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How to get the most from the U.S. Boat Shows

Annapolis may call itself the Sailing Capital of the World, but the United States Boat Shows make it the Boating Capital.
    The Sailboat Show came first, introducing Chesapeake Country to in-the-water boat shows in 1970. The Powerboat Show came in 1972. For 40 years, the Sailboat Show has traditionally led, with the boats arriving the first full week of October.
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Study safe boating — online and free

Every voyage can lead to Scylla and Charbydis. Mariners have always known that monsters of the sea are both real and hungry. Smart — and lucky — mariners live to tell the tale.
    That’s the kind of boater you want to be.
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Who’d miss the greatest show in town?

Like carnivals and county fairs, the U.S. Boat Shows bring a welcome return of familiar pleasures.
    So I’m not going to look back at old editor’s letters as I write this week because no doubt I’ve said the same things before.
    That’s because I go to the Boat Shows for the same thrills every year.
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And avoid Stormwater Dumb Era

How high is your enthusiasm for celebrating Septic­Smart Week?
    I’ve been celebrating since Monday, when Septic­Smart Week began, because a septic system upgrade is a fix-up chore on my done list.
    My done list is short. Not for want of trying. The got-to-do list at the Martin-Lambrecht household keeps us jumping.
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Turning Cove Point into an energy exporter is a big deal for Calvert County, and for America

Dominion Cove Point LNG moved a big step closer to an historic transformation last week. The big energy mover on little Calvert County’s southern Bay shore won the U.S. Department of Energy’s approval to export American natural gas, in liquefied form, to any nation that wants to buy.    
    The date was September 11, a portentous anniversary both for the nation and for the LNG terminal’s history.
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Bay Gardener Frank Gouin honored for community good deeds

For the difference he makes in “the fabric of life for South County residents,” Bay Gardener Frank Gouin was honored this week with the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gene Hall Community Service Award.
    “He’s done so much for the community in so many levels,” says Chamber board member John Hiser, last year’s Hall award winner.
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