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Agricultural program grows at Phoenix Academy

Next time you cruise down Cedar Park Road in Annapolis during school hours, you may well do a double-take as you pass the field next to Phoenix Academy. You’re likely to see rabbits munching greens in a sturdily built hutch, hear nanny goats bleating or glimpse teens carefully weeding a row of curly-leafed kale. Three years after a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education was launched at this K-12 Anne Arundel County public school, there’s plenty of evidence that impressive hands-on learning is going on both within and outside the school walls.

They’re out to trap cast-off ­monofilament line

Girl Scouts Noel Pockey and Ashley Whicher are working to save the Bay from used fishing line.     When anglers toss line torn from their reel, the unbreakable and almost invisible plastic monofilament a death warrant to critters. The line ensnares animals, birds and fish, trapping the life out of them. The entangled fishing line continues its havoc, putting swimmers and boat propellers at risk — until it finally degrades 500 years later.

Local artist takes you 15,000 feet for this Commissioning Week highlight

Never in real life will you see the Blue Angels as Joe Barsin captures them in his iconic graphic on Bay Weekly’s cover. For the Annapolis artist’s eye encapsulates the whole of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week in a single soaring moment.

National Aquarium answers marine life SOS

Stepping inside the National Aquarium in Baltimore is like diving into the ocean depths: amazing creatures swim by your face inches away.     In the Blacktip Reef exhibit, you meet Calypso, perhaps the aquarium’s most famous resident, a 500-pound green turtle with only three flippers.

As the South Riverkeeper, I am ­helping to make the river healthy for my children and yours

Not too long ago, I was working in consumer-protection litigation. After law school, I took a job suing banks and shady lenders on behalf of consumers. That wasn’t where I really wanted to be.     In law school at the University of Maryland, I had earned a certificate of concentration in environmental law. When I graduated in 2010, environmental law jobs weren’t as plentiful as I had hoped. So I sued banks instead.

Every crab pot needs a turtle excluder

You consider yourself a law-abiding citizen, sensitive to the environment and the creatures that share the Bay with us. So imagine your horror when you discover your crab pots have been putting the Maryland state reptile — the diamondback terrapin — at risk, and breaking the law while doing it.

Since 1946, these Navy fliers have been delighting audiences with their aerial feats

On May 24, 25 and 27 the Blue Angels return to Annapolis for Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy.     Since 1946, the Blue Angels have been delighting audiences with their stunning and death-defying flight demonstrations and aerial feats. Here’s how their 70-year history began.

Party on the river for the river

As rivers twist and wind through Chesapeake Country, so do cyclists raising money to help them.     The third annual Ride for the Rivers brings dozens of bike enthusiasts to Discovery Village in Shady Side this year to raise funds for the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. Riders choose from three courses, a 10-mile family fun ride, a 40-mile ride or the challenging 100-kilometer (60-mile) route traversing southern Anne Arundel and northern Calvert counties.

SPCA’s popular Walk for the ­Animals postponed

This rainy year you’ll have to wait till June.         Mayday 2016 wasn’t a fit day out for dogs or people, according to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, which looks out for the welfare of all sorts of beasts.     Thus you’ll have to wait until June 19 to Walk for the Animals on this big 25th year.     The annual fundraiser supports the 2,500 homeless animals that enter SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s shelter each year.

For riverkeeper and restaurant, a recipe for success

The pirates and the riverkeeper know how you like to have fun. The recipe goes something like this:     Open the Pirates Cove Dock Bar after six month of winter. Roll up the shades. Pull out the tables and chairs. Hire waitstaff solicitous that all glasses are full. Stock the bar. Bring out the Guinness, the RAR Naptown Brown, the juicer and vodka for Aar-Ange Crushes, the tequila for margaritas, the rum for Pirates Punch.     Hire a band. All the better, make it The Eastport Oyster Boys.