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Twenty-one students graduated in December from Charter Captain Courses. They earned their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was held on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.   
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Southern High School students representing the Interact Club of the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County created care packages for the children in the Backpack Food program at Shady Side Elementary School. Recognized for their work with the Rotary-sponsored high school service club are (from left) students Courtney Harris, Chardonnay Lee, Carly Wood, Katie Burgee and Melinda Blansett....

For too many families in Calvert County, winter weather brings a slew of concerns, including how are they going to heat their home?
    For the 10th year, Chesapeake Church’s Summit Men Ministry stepped up to meet this need.
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    As they have for 80 years, the members of the Calvert Garden Club meet on Monday, December 5 to cut evergreen boughs and materials with which to construct holiday decorations for the County Courthouse Square in Prince Frederick. Members gather again at 9am on Tuesday December 6 to construct and decorate wreaths, swags and roping....

It’s time to celebrate a huge success in oyster reef restoration efforts. Five years after targeting Harris Creek as the first of three oyster sanctuaries, a new reef is thriving thanks to $27.5 million in funding from federal and state agencies and other partners to pay for reef substrate, oyster spat and the planting of the oysters.
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Would you survive being stranded on Mars? Sixteen middle and high school students would. In a joint program at All Saints Episcopal and Broadview Baptist churches, both in Sunderland, these teens learned how.
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Re: This Library’s Always Open: Take a book, leave a book; August 25, 2016; www.bayweekly.com/node/34506

We appreciate the coverage of the First Little Free Library in North Beach, our Little Yellow Barn! Our Little Library has had quite a few customers, especially children!
    I got a chuckle that my daughter Tiffany was credited in the photo as being me. Told her she looks more like me every day!

–Gary Stevens, North Beach
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Re: Like Moths to a Flame: Turn on a light to observe National Moth Week; July 28, 2016; www.bayweekly.com/node/34080

I loved the article Like Moths to a Flame in the July 28 Bay Weekly.
    About one week later my daughter, Maggi, had a large luna moth fly onto her pant leg on our front porch late one evening. Then, it landed on the side of the porch. Two days later, a wild-looking Pandora sphinx was spotted by Maggi in the same location. She got these great pictures that I hope you will enjoy as much as we did.
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Re: The Secret Treasure: How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis; August 18, 2016; www.bayweekly.com/node/34432

I read about the Calvert Mansion at Riversdale in last week’s Bay Weekly and their exhibition of copies of old masters formerly in the possession of the Stier Family at Riversdale. I hadn’t been to Riversdale in ages, so I went and was very much gratified to see the great restorations — and the old masters. Received a comprehensive tour too. Well worth the $5. Recommended!

–Frank Allen, via email
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Movements of the Moon
Day 4: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 0700 EDT
Position: 41° 42.7 North X 68d° 32.6 West or about 63 nautical miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.

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