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Dee of St. Mary’s is your one chance on the Western Shore

Shanghaied into labor, two able-bodied passengers grapple a stout line hand over hand to hoist the 2,000-square-foot Dacron mainsail of the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s up her 72-foot tree-trunk mast. Then First Mate John Fulchiron crawls out on the 19-foot bowsprit to raise the smaller jib. And off Dee goes.
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Democratic women wanted to run for office

Blame it on the boys.    
    In Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, more men than women are making political decisions.
    Four men to one woman govern on Calvert County’s Board of Commissioners. Anne Arundel got a woman, Laura Neuman, by appointment, but in the last election, not a single woman won a voice in local government.
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Perhaps the most exciting and demanding of the angler’s art

It was minutes short of sundown. The shadows were getting long, blending into a solid blackness along the nearby shoreline that hinted of the night about to fall. My casts were tempting the fates as they landed just off the edge of the riprap where I hoped a striper was lurking. Another foot or so and I would foul the top-water plug among the rocks. In water this skinny, I would have to break it off.

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A sweet ending to Maryland Buy Local

You ate all your locally raised vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat every day during Maryland Buy Local Week.
    Now you can have dessert.
    Naturally, it’s Maryland made, from the farmer to the chef to you.
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Marion Keenly Carr: 1920-2013

Marion Keenly Carr, my mother, died on July 30, 2013.
    She lived a classy life. And she died a classy death.
    She was a link to the old America, but she was surprisingly aware, even hip.
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Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have their day

A butterfly or two is an everyday pleasure.
    A dozen or more, a sign you’ve planted well, raising a native garden of plants that bloom in sequence so emergent broods find the food they need to survive.
    But an atmosphere thick with butterflies, bushes shimmering with butterflies: What is that?
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Time to transplant azaleas and other acid-loving plants

Mid-August to early October is the time to transplant azaleas, rhododendrons, mountain laurel, andromeda, leucothoe and blueberries.
    What do blueberries have to do with azaleas and these other landscaping plants?
    By Aug­ust, all have stopped producing top growth and are now making root growth. Transplanting them at this time of year enables the plants to become well established before the ground freezes.

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Meet these award-winners at Twin Beach Players Kids Playwriting Festival

Love, not money, sparked 21 kids to seek spots in Twin Beach Players’ annual Kids Playwriting Festival.
    Lots of love as each had to write a play.
    The $100 prize money was a bonus, all six finalists agreed.
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Cracking crabs speaks volumes

The water was 90 degrees, murky with algae and the skies overcast. We all peered intently at the barely visible trotline gliding through the water next to our skiff. One chicken neck bait after another appeared, slid over the roller and went back down. But there was no mistaking the first blue crab to appear. That jimmie was seven inches across.
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Barnacles and bryozoans rampage thru summer 2013

You are not alone.    
    Bryozoans, barnacles and the vast fellowship of the fouling community are settling on submerged surfaces throughout the upper- to mid-Chesapeake.
    Anything not protected with antifouling paint is now covered in a thick, brown living moss.
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