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Sketches of Annapolis Primary candidates

Scarce as candidates are, Annapolis’ chambers won’t be empty come November. Thirteen Annapolitans have stepped up, enough to fill all eight council seats and offer Primary voters a choice in the mayoral race and in two of the eight wards.     The nine in competition answered questions and stated their views in an 11th-hour forum sponsored by local chapters of the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Enough likely voters showed up that the Heritage Baptist Church parking lot looked like a revival was on the calendar.

Do we care who runs this town?

What do we want our capital city to do for us?     Smooth our commuter visit by land and sea?     Give us places to go and things to do, by day and night?     Provide a walkable historic core?     Give us model environmental integrity in lighting, noise control, stormwater and waste management?     Maybe just stay green?     Without doubt, we want a good place to live and do business where we’re proud to bring visiting family and friends.

Launched from Wallops Island, LADEE on its way to lunar orbit

Was your eye on the sky at 11:27 Friday night, September 6?     Did LADEE’s takeoff burn an arc into your vision and memory?     LADEE — short for NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer — is intended to be a close observer of the moon.

Public transportation on the move in Calvert County

Calvert County has 750 miles of roads, led by Rt. 2/4, which unwinds like a wide ribbon down the county’s center. That temptation to put the pedal to the metal is made for cars, as is most of modern-day Calvert County.

Travel Maryland with your pets

You work all week and want to relax on the weekends — get away perhaps? The only thing keeping you on the leash at home is you can’t bear to leave your furry friend behind.     Your problem is solved by Visit Maryland’s new directory of Fido-friendly destinations. The list includes places throughout Maryland where both you and your pet are welcome to visit, stay or play.

Head to a new place, and the fishing gets better

It was in the middle of the week and we had our Norfolk spot for live lining caught by 7am. Jumping up on plane, we headed toward the Bay Bridge. It was already too late. The concrete supports where we had had such great luck a day earlier had two skiffs anchored at each, and our third and fourth choices were being eyeballed by a couple of approaching charter boats.

Cove Point Lighthouse to open for overnight accommodations

Flappers and molls, zoot-suiters and swells resurrected the Roaring ’20s at Calvert Marine Museum’s Bugeye Ball. Over 200 museum supporters styled and gambled, drank, danced and devoured the cuisine of Ken Upton’s Creative Kitchen Annapolis.     Their good time means you and your family can book a weekend this summer at the Cove Point Lighthouse Inn, pretending you’re the family of keepers who kept the light shining for 184 years, starting with James Somervile.

Antiques may yield arts center — someday

Dale Thomas, proprietor of Nice & Fleazy Antiques in North Beach for 42 years, is in the early stages of planning his exit from the densely packed store that’s a must-stop on every antiquer’s list.     “I have made it quite public for a long time that I think this would make a perfect center for performing arts,” says Thomas.     “But as for anything immediate, it is not.”

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater breaks ground on a new high-tech lab

There’s a new Smithsonian going up. Instead of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this Smithsonian is rising out in the country southeast of Edgewater.

In lean times, two Annapolis black history memorials win much-needed state support

In these times of withered wallets and skeletal budgets, African-American history has scored in state money. Two Annapolis landmarks — the Alex Haley-Kunta Kinte Memorial at City Dock and the Maynard-Burgess House on Duke of Gloucester Street — are slated for money toward renovations and repairs. Their $36,000 and $100,000 respectively are fractions of fractions of the state’s $425 million budget proposal for Anne Arundel County.