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Lego competition inspires future architects

In one, a Christmas tree of green bricks rises above tiny packages crafted from plastic blocks. In another, a Darth Vader minifigure helms Santa’s sleigh, with Stormtroopers playing reindeer.
    Kids from three to 16 let their imaginations soar for Speight Studio Architects’ annual Severna Park Lego Open.
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Will our Bay Bridge ever fall?

“The Bay Bridge is safe until 2065.” That’s the best news Milt Chaffee, executive director of Maryland Transportation Authority, found in a brand-new study of how long we can count on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge to connect Maryland’s Western and Eastern shores.
    There are, of course, conditions.
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Celebrate the season with Bay Weekly’s annual Christmas story

In this season dedicated to peace on earth and shared goodwill, Bay Weekly has a little gift to help you think well of one another.
    Our gift is Bay Weekly’s annual Christmas story, in whose telling our writers have found the words to open our hearts to one another. Year after year, they’ve done it.
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Lothian home shines into space

Sometime in November, Carmella Hangsleben’s family starts thinking about lights. By Thanksgiving weekend, their Lothian home is probably bright enough to see from space.
    Carmella, husband Alan and their son Eddy spend nearly a month stringing up 1,500 strands of Christmas lights. That’s 75,000 bulbs of glowing cheer.
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Turning other people’s trash into a holiday display

“You may not feel the Christmas spirit when you come in here,” says  Casey Dillard, “but you will have it when you leave.”
    Dillard may have a future with the Island of Misfit Toys.
    The Calvert County Solid Waste employee has given new life to Christmas castoffs — the wreaths we didn’t like, the lights that stopped working, artificial trees outmoded in this year’s decorating scheme.
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How did 2015 work out?

Back on January 2, when this year was new, we couldn’t help but wonder whether this might just be the one to make us healthy, wealthy and wise.
    Were we alone in that wishful thinking? Or does the coming of a new year make optimists of us all?
    We were curious.
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Fire engines lead seven convoys through Annapolis neighborhoods

“We’re going to need more bags!” said 14-year-old Zac Binnix as we pulled into Arundel on the Bay on this year’s Santa Run.
    People had been friendly and collections good at each of our three stops since leaving Truxton Park an hour and a half earlier. But Arundel on the Bay was taking it to a new level. Cheering our arrival, some 120 neighbors had piled three picnic tables high with gifts as donations.
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Trains live on in more than our memories and our hearts

Trains are just another form of transportation to some folks, no more interesting or glamorous than the bus that takes you from long-term parking to the airport terminal.
    But if you’re one of the countless train lovers, like me, read on to discover three local ways to bring to life your train fantasies.

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Dance your way back to old Eire

Trace your Maryland roots and you’re likely to end up in Ireland. That’s where musician Peter Brice finds both his roots and his gig. The great-something-nephew of 18th century governor James Brice — builder of the historic Brice House in Annapolis — the younger Brice wants to entertain you with true Irish music.
    If you think you know Irish music, take a second listen, Brice advises.
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