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Start building for the Severna Park Lego Open

Break out the bricks for the second Severna Park Lego Open. This year’s competition, sponsored by Speight Studio Architects, is to build a holiday-themed design using Lego bricks, but no assembled kits.
    What you choose to build with the Lego bricks you use are limited only by your imagination — and the 16-by-16-by-16-inch size restriction. Set your creation on a base plate.
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Ships’ graveyard possible National Marine Sanctuary site

The Potomac River continues to bear the legacy of World War I — which ended 97 years ago this week — in one of the Chesapeake watershed’s secret places, Mallows Bay.
    Tucked into the coastline of Charles County, Mallows Bay is the final resting place for 88 World War I wooden steamships of the U.S. Emergency Fleet. Built between 1917 and 1919, these ships were to supply European and American troops with much-needed supplies.
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Navy Captain Fred foote uses poetry to soothe the battle-scarred

Loader and gunner, brothers from boot camp days,
they came in one platoon to the shock of war;
daily they clung to each other for strength and grace —
each promised to bring the other home once more.
Now both return: two versions of amputee
–from “Bonded,” by Fred Foote

 

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Eighth-grader Kelsey ­Cashman’s tops Anne Arundel Library’s makeFashion Showcase

When Kelsey Cashman walks her dog Declan on a cold dark, winter night, they’ll both be comfortable. Declan wears the long fur coat of a golden retreiver. His 13-year-old mistress is warm as just-popped toast in the heated cape that took the St. Mary’s School eight-grader to the top of the class in STEM fashion
    Cashman won’t need a flashlight to light their way, for her blue herringbone self-warming cape is trimmed in LED lights.
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Come, learn and share your history

Seven hundred were way more guests than Maryland State Archives director of outreach Emily Oland Squires planned for at last year’s innaugural Family History ­Festival.
    “I would have been happy if we had more people than staff,” she told Bay Weekly in 11th-hour planning for the second festival.
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“Dump Dominion” banner unfurled by We Are Cove Point

A pair of Cove Point protestors dropped from the upper deck of Bank of America Stadium during Nov. 2’s Monday Night Football game. In the Charlotte, N.C., stadium, an anticipated sellout crowd of close to 75,000 people were on hand for third-quarter play between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts.
    Based on recent Monday Night Football audiences, an estimated 12 million more were watching on television.
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Celebrated Chesapeake writer and advocate Tom Horton on the state of our beloved estuary

Excerpted from a talk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s 50th anniversary lecture series (Editor’s note: Horton’s words have been rearranged in the shape of this story)

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Lighthouse keeper John White returns to his one-time home after four decades

In John White’s boyhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, schools and water fountains were separated for whites and colored. Rising from the final years of segregation, he could not imagine his future self, as the first black man in command of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, ushering in its 100th year of service in 1975.
    He got a glimpse of his future when his two older brothers were drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War.
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Three-man crew includes fishing expert and Deale marina manager

When you’ve used up your week’s worth of Dennis Doyle’s fishing tips, tune into WNAV Boat Show Wednesday afternoons at 2 on 1430fm (99.9am in Annapolis). With Captain Dave Hanson retiring after 14 years and more than 700 shows, the radio Boat Show has a new crew. Host is Hanson’s decade-long co-captain, Rick Franke, a familiar name in the Annapolis maritime community as former general manager of the Annapolis Sailing School....

Franklin Point State Park opens after 17-year wait

Keeping South County rural seems to be a motto with might behind it.
    A former ground of contention is opening as Franklin Point State Park. After stalwart citizens and former Gov. Parris Glendening blocked development, the former Deep Creek airport sat untouched for over a decade thanks to shrinking budgets and a critical wetland habitat the county seemed to not know how to best use.
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