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Your Say: March 14-20, 2019

Thanks for Helping Get the Word Out
      Thanks for all you do for our shared Bay and environment, including publishing Kathy Knotts’ excellent story on our Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Maryland History lecture at St. John’s College discussing climate change and the Chesapeake. 
     We had a very good turnout of about 100 people, many from water communities.  Archaeologist Stephanie Sperling had excellent data and documentation on the seriousness of shoreline erosion. Jay Fleming’s photos of watermen, residents and wildlife around Smith, Tangier and Holland islands were spectacular. 
      What you do is definitely appreciated!
–John Kille, Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation
 
Thanks for Telling Black Stories
      I live in Raleigh but own a home in Churchton. Because of my current position in North Carolina politics, I am frequently in D.C., usually staying in Maryland. When I’m in town, it’s always great to pick up a physical copy of The Washington Post, after going to high school in Largo and graduating from Howard University.
      Recently, I’ve started grabbing Bay Weekly. Your content is very interesting and unexpected for a smaller paper. I am a Newport News, Va., native, growing up on the Bay. The February 21 piece about the African-American Riverkeeper Fred Tutman wasn’t only well-written but also informative and actually powerful. I had meetings in D.C. this week and picked up the February 28 issue. I was moved by the cover story and the way the paper pivoted from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, from Rosa Parks to 100 years of women’s suffrage.
      As the only African-American to own a house in this part of Churchton, I very much appreciated your piece, saying you need more black stories year-round and more black writers. Our stories are far too often overlooked and unnoticed.
–Jaymes Powell, Churchton 
 
 
 
First-place, Huntingtown High School, from left, Brayden Archer, Nick Matthews, coach Tom Currier, Quintin Hilton and Ethan Hilton.
 
 
Local Kids Score in Computer Bowl
      Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) marked 30 years of supporting technical education by sponsoring its annual Southern Maryland High School Computer Bowl on March 2.
     The competition underscores the importance of computer skills for students who plan to become proficient in technical and industrial fields. Utilities like SMECO depend on computerization to help keep the lights on for customers. The experience of competing in the Computer Bowl can help prepare students for careers such as software development and cybersecurity. 
      This year’s Computer Bowl featured 80 young computer experts in 20 teams from 10 high schools in Southern Maryland in a test of their coding skills and technical knowledge. 
     Teams from Huntingtown High School in Calvert County won first place and fourth place
–SMECO
 
Fourth-place, Huntingtown High School, from left, Evan Fee, Kenny Cullum, coach Tom Currier, Arin Crow and Margaret Foulkes.