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I have told my children many stories about the way life in Annapolis was back in the 1960s and ’70s. I grew up in a neighborhood where there was water access at the head of a creek: Romar Drive on Aberdeen Creek. I remember catching crabs off the community pier pilings the first week we lived here. When I caught my first doubler, I was shown the difference between a male and a female. “You can’t keep the female.

On February 28, 1994, my granddaughter was born six weeks premature in Anne Arundel Medical Center. Katie weighed less than five pounds and had a mild case of jaundice. Because she was such a preemie, for four weeks they kept her in the hospital, where she was initially connected to several devices. I credit the nurses and staff at the hospital for their excellent skills and care in ensuring that she survived those early weeks.
Andrew Irwin Leventhal and I plunged into the 37-degree Potomac River while the air temperature was 38 degrees. We dressed in matching black Washington Capitals hockey jerseys as Andrew enjoys following the team.     Because of high tide, strong winds and recent rains, there was no beach to plunge from. The 200 or so plungers had a narrow entryway over boulders and muddy water.     I screamed the entire time.

As a former resident of Maryland, I am writing to express my concerns about pollution devastating the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrogen and phosphorus, common in fertilizers, fuel excessive algae growth that leads to hypoxia, which is bad news for fish in the Bay.

This time of year, even Congress takes a worldwide view

With Capitol Hill intractably divided, juggling the fallout of the midterm elections, the CIA Torture Report and local law enforcement controversy across the country, it seems an unlikely time to turn our attention abroad toward foreign aid.     Yet that’s what Congress did.     On December 15, the Senate joined the House in unanimously passing the Water for the World Act. According to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, 750 million people lack access to clean water.

Once before, I had a run-in with these dragons. I was visiting my son when we were attacked by mosquitoes. Suddenly a swarm of about 20 dragonflies arrived, and the mosquitoes were quickly devoured.     Just this week I had a similar experience. My wife noticed a great many dragonflies that she mistook for small birds.

Fourteen students graduated from Charter Captain Courses after earning their certificates in the 12-week course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge. Graduation was on the Dorothy Megan paddle wheeler at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.         The course, started in 1951 by Capt. E. L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved captain school in the area. The school is Coast Guard-approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six pack) license and up to 100 gross ton Master’s Near Coastal license.

However you play it, natural gas export is a high stakes game

     The biggest development proposed in Southern Maryland history looks much like a high-stakes game, with scenic Cove Point at the center of the board. At stake are millions of dollars in tax revenue, thousands of new jobs — and a quiet way of life Calvert County residents hope to preserve.

In 1937, 30-year-old school teacher Harriet Elizabeth Brown successfully sued Calvert County Schools for paying her about half as much as an equally qualified white teacher: $1,100 a year for white teachers, compared to only $600 for African American teachers. She surely never imagined that students of today would be inspired by her actions, much less that they would develop award-winning History Fair projects documenting her pioneering success. Yet that is exactly what has happened.

    Last Wednesday was not an ordinary day. It was 9/11 2013.