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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.

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.”

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.

$1,000 scholarship ensures that Alice ­Murray’s good deeds live on

Alice Murray was a woman of good works: Operator of the South County Emergency Baby Pantry; a voice in the Community Action Agency and the Anne Arundel County Food Bank; volunteer nurse at the flu clinic. She was all these and more.     “Alice was a dedicated community activist whose main focus in life was devoting her time to people in need of any services,” Owensville Primary Care CEO Sylvia Jennings said. “She was an outstanding human being.”

St. John’s College grad Ahmet Ertegün made good — very good

Annapolis has been the hangout of many famous people. William Paca. Charles Carroll. George Washington. Kevin Spacey. Barbara Kingsolver. Ahmet Ertegün.     Who?     Your ears, at least, know Ahmet Ertegün by the lasting impact he made on American popular music. If you like Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, the Drifters, John Coltrane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and countless other musicians and bands, thank Ertegün.

Is artistic talent genetic or a matter of upbringing? Father-daughter painters Peter and Lisa Egeli say “Yes”

You probably know families with a run of talent. History is full of them, in both pure brainery and in hands-on and physical achievements, from sports to art, music to politics.     It makes you wonder. Does talent follow bloodlines?     Father Peter Egeli and daughter Lisa Egeil, a pair of Southern Maryland painters, are just two in a family deeply rooted in the arts.     Peter’s parents, Bjorn Egeli and Lois Baldwin Egeli, were both painters. All of their five children were artists.

Musicians start young and work hard

Allison Reisinger plays chords on her violin, tuning as she waits for her call. When it’s time to show her stuff, she steps onto the stage, a picture of confidence and concentration. Faculty judges sit below, pens ready. Allison takes a deep breath and lifts her instrument to her shoulder. Her fingers and bow slyly dance across the strings.     Reisinger, of Annapolis and now a senior in violin performance at the University of Maryland, is again looking ahead. The outcome of this graduate program audition could determine the future of her musical career.

From 9/11 to St. Patrick’s Day

Among the lives changed September 11, 2001 were my Southern Maryland family’s. Our change was for the better.     “How would you feel if I learned how to play the bagpipes?”     My firefighter husband Bill had never picked up a musical instrument in his life — and he’s starting with the bagpipes?

One man is the difference between life and death for creatures great and small

Deep in the maze of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, St. Francis of Bay Country gives sanctuary and modern medicine to the creatures of our wild. From tiny to the mighty, all are welcome — within the guidelines of federal and state agencies and six permits that control the work of Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center.     “My main thing is that every life form has a right to live,” says Ron Wexler, whose lifelong calling is giving “the helping hand that makes the difference between life and an ugly death.”