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A first-time Chesapeake fisherwoman from Virginia beats the odds

Diamond Jim has been caught.    
    True to the legend tagged to him by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he brought riches to his captor.
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Sketches of Annapolis Primary candidates

Scarce as candidates are, Annapolis’ chambers won’t be empty come November. Thirteen Annapolitans have stepped up, enough to fill all eight council seats and offer Primary voters a choice in the mayoral race and in two of the eight wards.
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Procrastination will lead to failure

Garden centers are showing bulbs of tulips, narcissus, daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and leucojum, as well as corms of crocuses. Home mailboxes have been filled with the fall catalogs of bulb companies.
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Fund your good cause with a Rotary Crab Feast grant

The leftovers from the Rotary Club of Annapolis’s 68th annual crab feast last month will feed, clothe and otherwise enrich the Annapolis community. Just how begins with you. Explain how you and your organization would use a share of the take, up to $5,000, in a project to improve the local quality of life for “as many people as possible.” Turn your plan into a grant application due by year’s end at www.annapolisrotary.org.
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Try roasting it on a Caja China

We’d had a great day on the water. The bite was good, and we had boated a gorgeous pair of fat stripers, one 27 inches and the other just over 30. It seemed a shame to reduce them to fillets, so I didn’t. Scaling the hefty fish, then eviscerating them and removing the gills, I laid their graceful forms aside and reached for my phone to borrow a friend’s Caja China (pronounced: ka-ha cheena).
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Public transportation on the move in Calvert County

Calvert County has 750 miles of roads, led by Rt. 2/4, which unwinds like a wide ribbon down the county’s center. That temptation to put the pedal to the metal is made for cars, as is most of modern-day Calvert County.
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Do we care who runs this town?

What do we want our capital city to do for us?
    Smooth our commuter visit by land and sea?
    Give us places to go and things to do, by day and night?
    Provide a walkable historic core?
    Give us model environmental integrity in lighting, noise control, stormwater and waste management?
    Maybe just stay green?
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We’re all sorry to see summer go. So we’ve resolved to keep our summer mind-set through autumn. Read on for 50 ways to enjoy the fun of fall in Chesapeake Country.

1. Pick Fall’s Fat Crabs
    Crabs have been scarce all season, hard to catch and accordingly pricy. About this time of year, we usually get a bonanza.
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Twelve-year-old Colton Clayton caught a Maryland record largemouth bass while fishing at a farm pond in his hometown of Huntingtown, in Calvert County, on July 31. The fish was 11 pounds, 6 ounces, 26 inches long and 18 inches around. Clayton caught the fish using a spinning rod loaded with eight-pound test line and a plastic worm, rigged weedless and without a weight.
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To a North Sea fisherman, we’re in heaven

I coaxed the bow of my skiff in close to the Bay Bridge piling and shifted into neutral. The tide had slowed to a crawl, and the southerly breeze was still soft, so it was no problem holding our boat a half dozen feet off the down-current side of the piling.
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