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Features (Bay Weekly Interviews)

Spain to Broadneck and back

      "There can be no better way to understanding and peace than through such exchanges."
–Vernon Penner
 
      “Need homework help in Spanish?”
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If ever an artistic wiz there was, it’s Tim Scheirer
       “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” said the man behind the curtain to Dorothy and her friends as the Wizard’s true identity came to light. Though we discovered he was simply an ordinary man, his wonderful skills dazzled the onlookers as he enlightened, encouraged, educated and invited us all to find our way home.
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High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

      No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
–Richard Nixon
 
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For more than 45 years, Bill Ticknor has kept the 326-year-old St. James’ Parish abreast of history

      Moving from his hometown of Baltimore to the pastoral setting of Lothian was a shock for Bill ­Ticknor. Assigned there after ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, he had trouble sleeping in the rectory because of the quiet. 
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A Bay Weekly conversation with landscape architect Sheila Brady
      We’re all converts, right? We’ve learned by heart the advantages of native plant gardens.
      They’re amenable to the peculiarities of our climate, which nowadays is peculiar indeed.
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Edgewater boasts state’s first all-girl Cub Scout pack

      Being a little sister can be challenging. Even more so when you see older brothers achieving things not available to you, such as earning an Eagle rank in Scouting.
     Fear not, little sisters. Your time has come.
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An immigrant expresses her ­gratitude through the Peace Corps

      I am serving my country abroad, and my country is America. I can’t quite believe it. The words conjure pictures of soldiers, brave and resolute in uniform, or ambassadors, smooth and sophisticated. I am neither, and I am a novice American. I was born in Ireland, a British citizen from Belfast. I moved to the U.S. in the early 2000s.
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Researchers track down slave descendants’ legacies

Legacy (n)
1. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn.
2. Something immaterial that is passed from one generation to another.
 
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Help second-graders develop a ­lifelong love of the printed word

       When did you learn to read?
       That lifelong magic happens very young, at five or six. Young as it is, seven may be too late. The high school dropout rate for kids who haven’t learned to read at grade level by the third grade is 40 percent higher than for those who do.
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Making beer is fun. Can it also be a means to make a living?

       For beer lovers, this is a heady time. Some 1.15 million Americans brew beer at home, in their kitchens, garages and porches, according to the American Homebrew Association. Most are guys, and most older than 30.
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