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Annapolis student’s song proves Nothing Is Impossible

      What’s a bored second-grader to do early in the morning before heading off to school? Write a story that becomes a podcast and then a track on an album, of course.        At least that’s how the story goes behind the song What the World Was Called Before Us, the creation of Windsor Farm Elementary student Liam Heist.

People and groups making a better world

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams  
A Thanksgiving story for my grandfather
Searching for My Grandfather      One year after I graduated from college, I moved to Ecuador to reconstruct my memory of my grandfather. I think I was afraid what might happen if I allowed his memory to be lost.

Prayers and a reflection for the feast 

     Native peoples have lived in symbiotic harmony for many generations with the North American continent. Learning its treasures and confronting its challenges they have lived on this land. They are hunters, gatherers, farmers, warriors, artisans, and they live in loving families based on organized tribal groups. These are honorable, sharing friends. Let us recognize these indigenous peoples and their diversity.

Can you find this Star of David?

    Here’s a trivia question for you. What is the only United States government building with a Star of David on the front? Clue: it’s in Annapolis on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy.      Before 2005, Jewish naval midshipmen were marched to a local synagogue for services. That trek became unnecessary when the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel was completed — with a ­Jewish star on its front.

Two men who were there reminisce

      The Battle of the Bulge was the last major offensive push of Hitler’s war machine. What happened in the six weeks between December 16, 1944, and January 28, 1945, ranks among the most significant battles of World War II. 
18 men, 11 white and seven black, will be honored together
      After four years, three months and one week of fighting, the Great War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of that day: Armistice Day.        Two million American men volunteered for service during that war; another 2.8 million were drafted. Among those were 315 Calvert Countians.

Tina Simmons has found the final resting place of 339 Anne Arundel WWI soldiers

      Remembering World War I veterans comes naturally to Tina Simmons. She spends many of her days hunting for them in graveyards. A teenage obsession to weed through the intricate genealogical questions of her family history has led her on an almost 30-year journey of scouring every inch of Anne Arundel County to account for the resting places of those who volunteered to fight in The Great War.

Students keep stories of verterans alive and fresh

     Southern High School history teacher Jennifer Davidson will do just about anything to talk to a veteran. She admits to tracking them down in grocery stores and parking lots to charm them into speaking with her freshmen classes. Her dedication helped the Veterans Oral History Project earn the Four Rivers Heritage Area Heritage Partnership of the Year award for an outstanding regional partnership in heritage interpretation, preservation, stewardship and education.

Friendly and fearful ghosts grapple over marine sanctuary

       The Ghost Fleet emerges from the graveyard of Mallows Bay on the Potomac River at low tide. More than 200 wrecks wallow here in the nation’s, and one of the world’s, largest and most densely packed repository of old wooden ships.