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12-year-old may get to name Mars Rover

      Seventh-grader Amelia Ashley of Owings loves comets, even though she’s never seen one. This space-obsessed Northern Middle School student may soon be a part of a mission to another celestial object she’s never actually seen. 
     The Oyster Recovery Partnership–a grassroots organization devoted to saving the Bay’s dwindling oyster population–just keeps growing. And this week, the partnership (ORP) announced that 2019 was a record-breaking year for oyster-shell recycling.
London Town’s Immersion Day is lesson in colonial-style survival
      From runny noses and dry skin to icy car windows and high heating bills, winter provides plenty to complain about. Add to these annoyances the drastic decline in opportunities to do so many things we love on the Bay, and the chilly months seem downright unbearable.      But visit with the 30 or so volunteer reenactors who recently spent an entire weekend living like it was 1771 at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater and you’ll quickly put this thought to rest.


Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

     A good book is a treasure. Thanks to author Mary Rockefeller, a new treasure that tells the story of Calvert County schools now adorns book shelves.       Early Schools of Calvert County Maryland, Rockefeller’s first book, details the history of schools from the era of one-room schoolhouses to a century after the Civil War.

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

     I recently lunched with my oldest friend, whom I’ve known since the first grade. The meeting brought up many memories, mostly of high school and college. I enjoyed the learning, but those days were punctuated by the stress of succeeding so I could have a “good future” and the anxiety of paying for it.

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.            While an extra Monday off work or school may feel like a chance to relax and veg out, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was actually put in place for you to follow his example—making it a day “on,” not a day off.
     When I wrote my first story for Bay Weekly in the beginning of my senior year in high school, the Gingras name had already been mentioned in the paper’s pages.

I grew up alongside you

     Build it and they will come. That’s what we said — my mother Sandra Martin, my stepfather Bill Lambrecht and myself — back in these same end-of-the-year days in 1992, 27 years ago. If it worked for Kevin Costner, it would work for a family of journalists wanting to start their own free community newspaper.       So we built it, and come they did, writers, readers, advertisers, friends, loved-ones for the better part of three decades.
We had our first in 1993; 2020 begins another
      The year was 1993, and change was afoot. Sandra Olivetti Martin had finished managing a weekly in Washington and had turned to freelancing. Alex Knoll had earned his M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and joined us in Chesapeake Country. I was just off the campaign trail after covering the winning election of Bill Clinton.       There was hope in the air (unrelated to Clinton talking all the time about Hope, Arkansas, where he was born.)
I never could get away from Bay Weekly
      “Why don’t you come intern at Bay Weekly?” editor Sandra Martin said from behind her instructor’s desk at University College, where she taught editing to me and a classroom of students. It seemed an innocent enough suggestion to this then-20-something-year-old in search of a career back in the mid-1990s.