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Oysterman hauls up archaeological treasure

A big jug was not what waterman Simon Dean of Solomons was expecting to haul up from the bottom of the Patuxent River in his oyster tongs. As a committed young waterman in partnership with wife Rachel to work the water and — with a new venture, Solomons Island Heritage Tours — introduce visitors to the estuarine experience, Dean knows his Chesapeake.     But nothing had prepared him to harvest a botija.

Senator Ben Cardin wants a system that’s fair and easy to understand

Everybody hates taxes, yet we want more and more services from government.     Trying to balance those two forces, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin wants to change our entire tax system, which he regards as out of whack, not to mention unfair.     The system he’s espousing essentially taxes us when we spend money rather than siphoning it from our paychecks, earnings, dividends and capital gains. Cardin is a Democrat, but many Republicans agree with him. So does Bill Gates.

How a 60-something heart-attack survivor found fitness and friendship riding with the Fab Brew Crew

About 5pm on a Tuesday afternoon, I pulled into the nearly empty parking lot of the Inn at Pirates Cove in Galesville.     Where was everyone?     I had expected the place to be teeming with cyclists.     Had I come to the wrong place at the wrong time on the wrong day? Confusion joined doubts that had been growing since I decided to check out the cycling group I heard of from friend John Hoffman.

A poetry finalist in Maryland’s Young Authors competition

Of the hundreds of entries submitted in the statewide Young Authors competition, a Shady Side Elementary third-grader is a finalist in the poetry division.     Elianna Joelle Coon’s poem “Fall Is …” caught the eye of judges.

Cover some miles with Kevin Detwiler to aid Marylanders with disabilities

Kevin Detwiler, a contestant in April 25th’s Walk, Run & Roll at Historic St. Mary’s City, rolls with the punches with positive outlook, determination, stamina and lots of exercise.     Thirty-six years ago on a March day, then seven-year-old Detwiler got hit with the punch that changed his life. On a bike outing with his family, Detwiler was struck by a car, suffering traumatic brain injury. Doctors feared a permanent vegetative state.

To buy the right bulb, you need to be an engineer

In the electrical department of a local big box home improvement store, I couldn’t help but overhear a woman mumbling, “When did things become so complicated?” I drifted in the other direction to avoid the drama.     Then I realized she wasn’t talking about her love life. She was trying to buy a light bulb. There were no sales people in sight. I’m not sure if I was motivated by human kindness, ­chivalry or the need to show off my knowledge from 40 years of electrical engineering. Whatever my reason, I volunteered to help.

“We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world.”

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is finally set to launch its next phase, thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Merrill Family Foundation, run by the three children of the late Capital and Washingtonian publisher Philip Merrill.     “This comes from two things: our love of sailing and our love of Annapolis,” Cathy Merrill Williams said.     “We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world,” she said.

All you can eat plus sides of local culture at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Oyster Roast

With a toothpick set in the corner of his mouth, Kenny Wilde offers up jive with fresh-shucked oysters.     “The toothpick helps to keep a cigarette out of my mouth,” says Wilde, K-MAN to his followers.     Wilde works construction most days, though he still holds a Tidal Fishing license so he can harvest oysters. “I went out a few times this fall,” he says. “Enough to remind me it’s hard work.”

Sailors ­battle winter monsoons and South Pacific trade winds in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

When Joni Mitchell wrote the curious lyric, But clouds got in my way in her haunting melody “Both Sides Now,” she could have been talking about the Volvo Ocean Race. From Spain to Capetown … Capetown to Abu Dhabi … Abu Dhabi to Sanya … then the 5,264 nautical mile Leg 4 challenge from China to New Zealand, the race has been an endless struggle to navigate around and through the clouds.     The oceans make the weather on the planet earth, and clouds are born in that nursery. So are the winds.

Rotary program looks to end world conflict

Rotary International is working to make world peace a reality.     Helping work toward that goal, the Rotary Club of Annapolis is now recruiting for the Rotary Peace Fellowships, a program that helps up to 100 fellows earn professional development certificates or master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution.     Launched in 2002, Rotary’s Peace Fellowship program prepares scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world with academic and practical training.