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USPS is big-footing our place names into oblivion

     Bristol is a town barely in Anne Arundel County. It’s also barely clinging to an identity as a town, if the U.S. Postal Service has its way.     The name Bristol is recognized as authoritative in the county’s southwestern corner by most maps, by the U.S. and Maryland Geological Surveys, by the Maryland Department of Planning, by countless county databases and by the Maryland State Highway Administration’s maps and big green highway signs.

Holiday shop now open at Bunting Online Auctions

      Like the Ireland boys you read about last week [Teens Donate 4-H Hog to Charity:  http://www.bayweekly.com/node/51320 ], more Chesapeake Country kids are using what’s close at hand to lend a helping hand.

Rotary accepts grant requests thru Nov. 30

      Crabbing has slowed down for the season, but the benefits of this bounty are still being felt.          Funds raised at the Rotary Club of Annapolis’ giant annual crab feast are now available for organizations that support the local community. If you’re a local non-profit and in need of funds, consider applying for a Crab Feast grant.

Downtown Annapolis dangles three hours of free parking

      For the month of December, the City of Annapolis and Annapolis Parking offer three hours of free parking at metered spaces to attract diners and shoppers downtown.          The catch? You’ll need to download and use the ParkMobile app — available on iOS and Android.          Free parking continues seven days a week Nov. 29 to Dec. 31.
A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
     Oysters are a victim in the climate crisis, by most accounts, and ours in Chesapeake Bay waters are feeling it like their bivalve brethren elsewhere.      West Coast oysters are hurting from changing ocean chemistry. In New Orleans’ French Quarter, eateries are scrambling to live up to their reputations as Gulf of Mexico oysters die, smothered by the billions of gallons of Midwestern freshwater rolling down the Mississippi River.
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass
     Calvert County’s mysterious new trail is not hidden, but you need a map or a guide to find and follow its course. Along the trail in plain sight are 17 wooden-framed images each with a design painted in an array of color combinations. Each has its own designation, like, Mariner’s Compass, Sawtooth Star or Farmer’s Daughter. The designs are so different that, despite being mostly fashioned on 8-by-8 or 4-by-4-foot frames, they don’t seem to have a central theme. 

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

    Microstegium vimineum. It’s a mouthful to say. A more common name for this uninvited guest to the Bay region’s forest floors is Japanese stiltgrass. On the first day of November, a cool crisp fall day, three nature-lovers — including myself — inspected a local infestation of the grass in the Severn Run Natural Environmental Area in Gambrills.

Environment and history will shape Annapolis City Dock 2024

    Imagine a visit to the Annapolis City Dock five years from now.     If now continues unto then, that jewel of our capital city National Historic Landmark District — called “one of the most intact and authentic colonial towns in the entire nation” by Preservation Maryland — will be a parking lot that floods with ever-greater frequency.

Pig earns $7,000 for Hospice

      Teen brothers TJ and Colby Ireland devised an appetizing way to give thanks to a Chesapeake Country charity.          They raised a hog for the 4-H livestock auction at the Calvert County Fair. Instead of keeping the money, the Irelands donated it to Calvert Hospice.          The brothers, ages 16 and 14, wanted to help hospice because of the help it had given to their family.

Area locations make the switch to new paper cup

      You’ll skip the Styrofoam when you order coffee at the Dunkin’. The multinational chain — which most of us still think of as Dunkin Donuts — announced its commitment to get rid of all expanded polystyrene cups in its global supply chain by mid-2020.          Dunkin’ locations in Annapolis, Arnold, Edgewater, Lothian and Severna Park have already made the switch from foam cups to a new, double-walled, paper cup.