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Help push our Maryland Day Celebration into the future

George Washington slept here. So did four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Thurgood Marshall, too.     But making history takes more than a few big names.     History is made by being there. The weight of that daily job is carried by multitudes of people whose names are forgotten.

St. John’s College grad Ahmet Ertegün made good — very good

Annapolis has been the hangout of many famous people. William Paca. Charles Carroll. George Washington. Kevin Spacey. Barbara Kingsolver. Ahmet Ertegün.     Who?     Your ears, at least, know Ahmet Ertegün by the lasting impact he made on American popular music. If you like Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, the Drifters, John Coltrane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and countless other musicians and bands, thank Ertegün.

Shoes and books for two good causes

Welcome spring with a little directed indoor pruning that eases your load and benefits two good causes.     Start with books. Books on the Bay — wildlife, climate, ecology, and other natural treasures — are sought by the Chesapeake Conservancy to fill the shelves of Ben Franklin High School in Baltimore.

Is artistic talent genetic or a matter of upbringing? Father-daughter painters Peter and Lisa Egeli say “Yes”

You probably know families with a run of talent. History is full of them, in both pure brainery and in hands-on and physical achievements, from sports to art, music to politics.     It makes you wonder. Does talent follow bloodlines?     Father Peter Egeli and daughter Lisa Egeil, a pair of Southern Maryland painters, are just two in a family deeply rooted in the arts.     Peter’s parents, Bjorn Egeli and Lois Baldwin Egeli, were both painters. All of their five children were artists.

Musicians start young and work hard

Allison Reisinger plays chords on her violin, tuning as she waits for her call. When it’s time to show her stuff, she steps onto the stage, a picture of confidence and concentration. Faculty judges sit below, pens ready. Allison takes a deep breath and lifts her instrument to her shoulder. Her fingers and bow slyly dance across the strings.     Reisinger, of Annapolis and now a senior in violin performance at the University of Maryland, is again looking ahead. The outcome of this graduate program audition could determine the future of her musical career.

From 9/11 to St. Patrick’s Day

Among the lives changed September 11, 2001 were my Southern Maryland family’s. Our change was for the better.     “How would you feel if I learned how to play the bagpipes?”     My firefighter husband Bill had never picked up a musical instrument in his life — and he’s starting with the bagpipes?

Watermen sentenced to year-plus

Four commercial fishermen from Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been sentenced in federal court for illegally netting and selling more than 90 tons of rockfish and pocketing almost a half-million dollars in profits over four years.     The watermen used gill nets, particularly effective gear used in the Chesapeake since 1873. Gill nets snare fish by the gills in a mesh that allows the fish’s head to enter while preventing its body from following. Some 300 commercial gill-netters operate on the Chesapeake.

For years I have traveled throughout Maryland and seen the Maryland State Flag displayed improperly at private residences, on boats, at restaurants, fire departments, government buildings and even the Annapolis Visitors Center. Now that Under Armour has popularized the Maryland colors with their sports clothing it seems to be everywhere. So let’s do the right thing and fly the Maryland State Flag correctly.

One man is the difference between life and death for creatures great and small

Deep in the maze of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, St. Francis of Bay Country gives sanctuary and modern medicine to the creatures of our wild. From tiny to the mighty, all are welcome — within the guidelines of federal and state agencies and six permits that control the work of Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center.     “My main thing is that every life form has a right to live,” says Ron Wexler, whose lifelong calling is giving “the helping hand that makes the difference between life and an ugly death.”

Learn from plantsman Bill Cullina and ­benefit Unity Gardens

This time of year gardeners feel the itch for warm weather. We’re wistful about anything green and have gardening books spread out in inconvenient places in eagerness for another season.     Scratch the itch by honing your design skills with plantsman, author and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens executive director William Cullina. He comes to Annapolis March 7 to talk about the botany of design.