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Fishing poles have joined the check-out collection of a second Anne Arundel County Library, Eastport-Annapolis Neck, this year after the Mountain Road branch proved last year that library users want to fish.             Carroll, Frederick and Harford counties have also added tackle to one library each under the Department of Natural Resources and the Aquatic Resources Educational Program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program helped fund the program.
“To teach meditation to a group of people who are afraid to close their eyes, you have to be prepared,” says Di Goodman, owner of Ruah Yoga Studio of Annapolis, of teaching yoga in two Anne Arundel County jails. After passing through security, she and two instructors-in-training lead six to 12 students in basic yoga poses, including the tree and downward dog, along with quiet meditation.
In need of dental attention but putting it off due to expense, lack of insurance or time to find a practice? Head to Waldorf this weekend for free dental care thanks to the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy.             Line up early as the queue of patients often begins the night before. Doors open at 6am July 27 and are often closed a few hours later as capacity — some 1,200 adult patients — is reached.
On July 20, the town of North Beach gained a new beach access wheelchair. The wheelchair has a PVC pipe frame, making it lightweight and easy to maneuver on sand.             You can’t miss its bulging, balloon tires. The chair even has an umbrella attachment for sunnier days.

The itchiest time of year

A few weeks ago, my youngest son went into our Shady Side backyard to help his father with outdoor chores. Within minutes, he was back inside, legs covered from ankles to knees with bites.             Clearly it’s summer time in Chesapeake Country, and the mosquitoes have arrived.

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio raced across America with local support

The race to end polio has stretched farther than Race Across ­America’s 3,000 miles, all around the world. It has lasted longer, 39 years instead of a week. But this year’s race brings the killer closer to eradication. In its third year racing, Team Rotary Race Across America’s Polio raised an all-time high of $1 million to destroy the dread disease in its last strongholds, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Upper Marlboro woman serves on ship 10 times her age

    For America’s 242nd year of independence, Seaman Anansa Wargo, a 2014 graduate of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, celebrates aboard the venerable USS Constitution.     She is part of a handpicked Navy crew of 77 serving on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Famously known as Old Ironsides, the Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate. The 220-year-old ship, anchored in Boston, was named by President George Washington to honor the Constitution of the United States.

Follow patriotic history along 560 miles of land and water

    In the British Invasion of the 1960s, the Beatles and the musicians who followed that foursome transformed American music and culture, mostly peacefully.     The British Invasion 150 years earlier was waged by soldiers who sailed up the Chesapeake Bay, advanced along the Potomac, Patuxent and Patapsco rivers and eventually burned the White House and Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Armenia glories in a fresh flush of independence

    As Chesapeake Country celebrates the Fourth of July, raising beer bottles and crab mallets to the heroes of America’s Revolutionary War, so here in Armenia — where I’m serving as a Peace Corps volunteer — people are celebrating a revolutionary action of their own.
    From San Antonio, a Fourth of July fireworks accident offers a cautionary tale for coming festivities.      You never know when you’ll end up in proximity to a wild child or beer-soaked fellow who blew a chunk of his paycheck on colorful boomers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina or one of those states that sell real fireworks.