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Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

      A fiction writer imagining a character destined to become a key figure in Bay oyster restoration could save much time by basing the depiction on real-life Allison Colden, a fisheries scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

     Indian Creek High School senior Chinyere Ukeje (or Chi Chi, as she prefers) has a title to defend.       Last year, fellow Indian Creek student Cayla Turner represented Maryland at the Poetry Out Loud national finals.      Now it’s Ukeje’s turn. She takes the stage Saturday, January 19, in the Poetry Out Loud regional finals. She will be up against 39 other Maryland high school students competing to win this prestigious national contest.

People, commerce suffer

      It’s Groundhog Day early for the many federal workers in Chesapeake Country. Unless they had booked time where warm ocean breeze blows, no good news continues about ending the government shutdown.       A report this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot gets beneath the rhetoric to show the impact not just on people but also on Maryland taxpayers and businesses.

Maryland’s behind the curve

      Maryland earns a less-than-satisfactory grade of C– for progress in adopting clean energy and putting the brakes on global climate change. At the head of the domestic class are California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Internationally, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden are setting the pace.          Top among the things we could do better is developing a clean energy economy.

Port of Leonardtown Winery takes Governor’s Cup

       Awards season in Hollywood rewards performance of one kind. Here in Chesapeake Country, we’re rolling out the red carpet for performance of another kind: wine making.          Last August, 80-some state wineries put their best wine forward in hopes of earning the esteemed Governor’s Cup. The Cup is the highest honor in the annual wine competition hosted by the Maryland Wineries Association.
     Harry Potter in a museum? Hard to believe, but we’re about to hit the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Yes, those Hogwarts pupils are grown-up wizards now. The yearning for simpler magical times might be enough to draw one to the New York Historical Society, where the British Library exhibition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic is entering its final weeks.
From electric to plug-in to hybrid, there are more ways than ever to drive clean
    By now, we all know about the ­Toyota Prius.     I’m talking about the world’s best-selling gas-electric hybrid: a car that uses both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. You can drive it just like any other car yet use much less fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that today’s Prius gets 52 miles per gallon in a mix of city and highway driving, compared to 32 miles per gallon for the similarly sized, similarly powerful, gas-fueled Toyota Corolla.

Ornithologist Bruce Beehler delves into his northward journey with spring’s songbirds

     Traveling via car, canoe, bicycle and on foot, Bruce Beehler, a Smithsonian ornithologist, wildlife researcher and lifelong adventurer, followed migrating birds for four months. Starting in late March 2015, he watched birds as they crossed into the U.S. at the southern border and as they traveled through the American heartland to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. 

Young builders hone their skills with bricks and blocks

      If you need help building something new, ask a kid.       LEGOs provide endless stimulation to kids’ creation. That’s why Wayne Speight of Speight Studio Architects created GALO — the Greater Annapolis LEGO Open.
Mobile Dental Van visits Deale
      Can a bright smile determine a bright future? Yes, say organizers of a free dental health fair Saturday in Deale.