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Online auction helps kids in need

Make memories with your kids at a National’s game. Learn how to ski. Surprise the women you love with a Pandora bracelet. Show off your hockey puck autographed by Capital Nicklas Backstrom — all while helping Calvert County children in need.
    Children’s Aid Inc. gave over 160 kids backpacks filled with schools supplies thru Operation Backpack. The charity also helps struggling parents pay for kids to play sports.
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Ghosts and baseball lovers unite

If you see a ghost at Anne Arundel County’s newest ball field, don’t shriek and run away. Instead, ask the ghost about his story, because it’s sure to be a great one.
    The county has just bought Wilson Park, the home of Hot Sox Field, from a family who inherited the Galesville farm of a freed slave ancestor, Henry Wilson.
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In my Calvert country neighborhood, my ­kitties help me meet the neighbors

I grew up climbing trees and playing with Matchbox cars.
    Scary spiders and slithery snakes? I didn’t bat an eye. Daddy’s girl was tough.
    So when the kitty brothers Stripey and Babey bring home squirmy rewards, I’m the one among my family of hubby and two almost-grown boys to take care of it. Two ring-necked snakes have made it inside with kitties’ help.
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The Wounded ­Warrior Amputee Softball Team proves it ain’t over yet

When soldier Saul Bosquez lost his left leg below the knee during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, he discovered his game was not finished, just delayed.
    “My great grandpa lost fingers in a tractor accident, but I didn’t know anyone that had been injured like I had,” Bosquez told Bay Weekly.
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Free deposits and free withdrawals keep this bank solvent

Last year, Bruce Michalec’s bank gave away $1.25 million. It was his busiest in 27 years, but 2013 is on track to break the 2012 record. That’s because hunger and need are the forces that drive the growth of Anne Arundel County’s central food bank.
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SERC scientist triples blue crab population

Chesapeake Country has a Green Giant. Tuck Hines may not be green as Kermit or big as Andre the Giant, but his work to save the Bay’s blue crab population has earned him Washingtonian Magazine’s gigantic title.
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It’s worth the work to attract these birds to your backyard

The goldfinches in my back yard are a real treat this year, borrowing their brilliant yellow from the Maryland flag our Preakness winner will wear.
    I’ve tried luring them with plastic, tube feeders in past years to no avail.
    This year, I hung two white, mesh feeders, or socks, filled with nyjer seed, and watched the bright birds flock to them.
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Statistics can’t tell the stories of these average mothers

Add to America’s record of natural history; win a Smithsonian spot

Your photographs could hang in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, home to the world’s largest diamond, a triceratops and mummies.
    Fifty inspired images will join that rare collection through the Wilderness Forever 50 photography competition, which celebrates Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Wilderness Act 50 years ago.
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Annapolis Mall is getting Tanked

Westfield Annapolis Mall is the next target for Animal Planet’s show Tanked, where brother-in-law duo Wayde King and Brett Raymer create one-of-a-kind, over-the-top fish tanks.
    The pair of fish tanks are the centerpiece for a new dining café near featuring four new eateries: Dumpling Dojo, YoLavie Frozen Yogurt, SMAK Café and Squisitos Pizza and Pasta.
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