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You’re never too young to garden

As a child in west central Florida, I was lucky to have a father and grandmother who were into plants. Dad introduced me to the bottlebrush shrub that lived beside our neighbor’s constructed pond. The sharp scent of its leaves, its fuzzy, flouncy red flowers and the way its seedpods all clustered together like rock candy on a stick fascinated me.

Here’s how they played in 1993

At the Galesville Hot Sox reunion game on Saturday, April 25, you’ll see baseball at its best, as community sport and social.     That’s what Bay Weekly founders Sandra Martin and Bill Lambrecht saw on a summer’s day in 1993:

One online link to 180 Anne Arundel charities

For 24 hours — from 6pm May 5 to 6pm May 6 — the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County will host the Great Give 2015. The Great Give is an online fundraising event created to raise awareness and generate mission-critical funds for 180 local charitable causes.     Last year, the Great Give raised $675,467 in a day, allowing local nonprofits to continue to provide valuable services to our community.

Snapshots from Earth Day 2015

Bay Weekly celebrates 22 years this week. On April 22, Earth Day 1993, we appeared as the Paper Committed to the Chesapeake.     Like so many, Bay Weekly’s founding family was drawn to Chesapeake Bay. But all of us together exert tremendous pressure on this place we love.     How are we doing in finding a sustainable balance?

And ads are half-price

After you’ve filled up on the substance of this week’s issue, you’ll be ready for dessert. We’re serving cake to top off the celebration of our 22nd birthday on Thursday, April 23.     Bay Weekly is always free, but only on this day of the year is your second ad — of any pair — free. Single ads are the best bargain of the year, too, at half-price. Place your order in person, by phone or email — with payment — any time up to 5pm April 23 to enjoy this birthday gift.

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.