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In Their Own Words

Maddie Breed, 18, ­Annapolis

I’ve been singing opera since I was eight. Yeah, people look at me crazy when they hear that because I don’t really seem like I would. Like opera singers aren’t supposed to wear hats like this. I definitely don’t fit the stereotype of an opera singer, so it’s cool to be someone who does things people don’t expect.

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Is your neighbor the next New York Times bestseller?

The death of reading — like the death of Mark Twain — may be greatly exaggerated.
    For the Digital Age has given us high-quality, nearly instant do-it-yourself publishing. Thus the book each of us has within can find a publisher — if it finds an author.
    Then it must find readers.
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Beat me while you can

By July 2014, the weekly crossword feature I’ve been writing for just under 10 years will be disassembled.
    I start a full-time job as a professor of music in the fall, plus caring for my son.
    Yet pressing send for each so-long letter felt like tearing down a beautiful and still very livable home. Bay Weekly the eaves, Cincinnati City Beat the moldings, Chicago Reader the foundation. As each part fell, I remembered crafting it....

When the Bay Bridge looms, Kent Island Shuttle Service will do the driving

Reaching heights that exceed 200 feet; spanning a gap of over four miles; accommodating more than 1,500 vehicles — per five lanes; and carrying over 27 million vehicles each year — the Chesapeake Bay Bridge may be a wonder of modern (or, not-so-modern) conveyance. But a select few view it as a crossing more insurmountable, a ­barrier of fear.
    These select few suffer from gephyrophobia, or fear of bridges.
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Barb Robbins, Sara Russell and Donna Kurrle

We were all best friends in high school, so we came here to a neutral location for a little reunion.
    My dad served in World War II. He joined at 18, straight out of high school, and served until it was over. Every time I drive by this memorial, I think of him and my three uncles who served. My dad’s still alive, just turned 88.
    My father served in the Battle of The Bulge.
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20 minutes to better boating

I take my boating safety seriously. For the past 20 years, I have signed up for Coast Guard Auxiliary safety inspection. My spring ritual assures I will be safe, legal and prepared should the Coast Guard or Natural Resources Police choose to stop me for a random on-water inspection.
    Every year I pass the formal inspection, but the inspector always makes multiple recommendations for improving my safety. This year I wanted to pass with no recommendations.
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Andrew Wildermuth, 19, Mayo

I love people, and I love the Chesapeake.
    In my year of writing for Bay Weekly, I have wanted to make my own column. Something unique, something bold, something that digs into the DNA of the region. I’ve bought a nice camera and gained huge inspiration from Humans Of New York, the online blog that captures the essence of New York with daily interviews, randomly chosen from its interesting inhabitants.
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You’ve got muscle

This single day carries a heavy weight.    
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Tirrell Smith, 20, Glen Burnie

When my dad my passed, it was hard.  But even widowed, Mom has always been there for us. Financially or not, she’s there to uplift her kids. And that’s what’s important because everyone needs to hear that one sweet word for their mom.
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Graham Hays, 18, Riva

My friend Hugh and I just laid hands on a 26-foot, 1970s’ Catalina 27 fixer-upper. Barnacles infest the rudder and hull, and there are stains and chipped paint. This summer we plan to haul the boat out of the water and repair it. Then we will take it on Fleet Week. Six friends will man this ship and take to the Bay for a whole week, sailing from port to port.
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