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Would you survive being stranded on Mars? Sixteen middle and high school students would. In a joint program at All Saints Episcopal and Broadview Baptist churches, both in Sunderland, these teens learned how.     Master Gardener Sherrill Munn, who is youth leader at both churches, took the example of Matt Damon in The Martian to teach high schoolers gardening from the soil up. He played Survival Technical Advisor, Mars Mission Control in the program designed with Mary Burke of All Saints.

Re: This Library’s Always Open: Take a book, leave a book; August 25, 2016;

We appreciate the coverage of the First Little Free Library in North Beach, our Little Yellow Barn! Our Little Library has had quite a few customers, especially children!     I got a chuckle that my daughter Tiffany was credited in the photo as being me. Told her she looks more like me every day! –Gary Stevens, North Beach

Re: The Secret Treasure: How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis; August 18, 2016;

I read about the Calvert Mansion at Riversdale in last week’s Bay Weekly and their exhibition of copies of old masters formerly in the possession of the Stier Family at Riversdale. I hadn’t been to Riversdale in ages, so I went and was very much gratified to see the great restorations — and the old masters. Received a comprehensive tour too. Well worth the $5. Recommended! –Frank Allen, via email

Re: Like Moths to a Flame: Turn on a light to observe National Moth Week; July 28, 2016;

I loved the article Like Moths to a Flame in the July 28 Bay Weekly.     About one week later my daughter, Maggi, had a large luna moth fly onto her pant leg on our front porch late one evening. Then, it landed on the side of the porch. Two days later, a wild-looking Pandora sphinx was spotted by Maggi in the same location. She got these great pictures that I hope you will enjoy as much as we did.

Movements of the Moon Day 4: Thursday, June 16, 2016 Time: 0700 EDT Position: 41° 42.7 North X 68d° 32.6 West or about 63 nautical miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.

    Thank you for including the 2016 Mayo Beach Public Open Days (most Sundays thru September and Labor Day) in the Bay Weekly calendar. The first Public Open Day was on Memorial Day, and it went forward in spite of the lousy weather forecast. When I stopped by late in the afternoon, there were still about 75 people in the park enjoying the beach and the playground.

Now is not the time to become complacent in Bay cleanup

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, June 4 to 12, is a good time for each and every one of us to stop what we are doing and realize what we have. Chesapeake Bay is a remarkable resource that provides something very special in our lives. It is more than just a pretty view, an occasional fishing trip or a crab cake. Its presence permeates our lives. Like arteries in a living body, the rivers, streams and marshes of the Bay bind us together.

It doesn’t look like the Severn River will meet its federal water quality cleanup goals by EPA’s interim deadline in 2017.     The Severn River’s No. 1 pollution threat is from stormwater runoff, which dumps nitrogen and sediment pollution in the river after storm events. Major sources of stormwater runoff are impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs, patios, driveways, graveled areas, parking lots etc.

We look for the best actors to fill the roles in our shows

We are writing regarding the review of our production of The Philadelphia Story that was recently published in Bay Weekly and posted on the web. 2nd Star respects that everyone is entitled to their opinions, we very much appreciate all of the excellent reviews we have received from Bay Weekly staff in the past, and we certainly don’t expect every review of community theatre to be glowing.

Actors shouldn’t be bound by stereotypes

Mediocre reviews happen. It is the nature of ­theater. Some works are hits; some are misses. Some misses even get reviewed as hits and, certainly, vice versa. In considering the February 11 review of 2nd Star Production’s A Philadelphia Story, it is safe to say the Jane C. Elkin offered a meh assessment. Again, it happens.