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Students compete at the Battle by the Bay FIRST LEGO League robot tournament

atch robotic teams in action — applying science, technology and quick thinking — at the ­Second Annual Battle by the Bay FIRST LEGO League robot tournament on Saturday, December 8, in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology at Anne Arundel Community College.
    Students and their Mindstorm robots compete from 1:30 to 3:30pm with awards at 4pm.
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Craig Shelden is a believer

Craig Shelden’s two-car garage is his refuge from the world. From this lair, he runs his spare-time robotics business, Shelden Robotics. The two family vehicles are parked outside the double doors.
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Anne Arundel SPCA adoption sets a record

Forget fighting mobs at the mall for Black Friday deals.
    The SCPA of Anne Arundel County offered the best deal around.
    Any black animal — even with a speck of black — went up for adoption for free or at reduced rates.
    Seventy cats and 23 dogs qualified for the Black Friday sale.
    Last year, 18 animals were
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Crab Pots Are Evergreen in Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach has a new Christmas tree.    
    It’s not pine, spruce or fir.
    It’s 255 crabs pots stacked 20 feet tall and trimmed with buoys, garland, lights, soccer-sized sparkly balls and a larger-than-life blue crab.
    The nautical tree is dedicated to the watermen of Chesapeake Country.
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Composting is fermenting innovation. Here are some of the new thinkers leading the way.

Honey’s Harvest Market & Deli, Rose Haven
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Composting is only one way creative people are avoiding waste. From art to ecology, the alternatives are as wide as your imgination.

Rethink Recycling Sculpture
    High-schoolers were up to the challenge of Maryland Department for the Environment’s 11th annual Rethink Recycling sculpture contest. Students in 22 high schools from across Maryland imagined new uses for everyday waste, from rusted machines to aluminum foil to water bottles.
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A Bay Weekly conversation with ­Vinnie Bevivino, the ­mastermind of ­Chesapeake Compost Works

Give me your trash! says Vinnie Bevivino, the mastermind of Chesapeake Compost Works, of the organic and biodegradable material taking up 20 to 30 percent of all landfills.
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Let Us Give Thanks

A dozen neighbors share their blessings. What are yours?

Thanksgiving is America’s feast. Like all our holidays, it’s a celebration created by immigrants, with each new culture learning the traditions and mixing in their own. Diverse as we are, Thanksgiving unites rather than divides us. We celebrate it, regardless of age, race, region, religion or heritage — even vegetarians, for whom the turkey gives thanks.
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From wild to Broad Breasted White

The turkey carved for your Thanksgiving dinner is likely a Broad Breasted White, a hybrid developed to live up to its name.
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State Highway Administration hasn’t ­collected a penny

Counting any fewer roadside signs as you drive through Chesapeake Country?
    After $25 per fines on signs on the right-of-way on state highways were promised last year, we expected postings to go down. Didn’t you?
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