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Follow the Oregon Trail to track this noble fir

     For 49 years, the Christmas tree that glitters from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol has been cut from a different state.       This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is, for the first time, a noble fir. The enormous 80-foot fir was cut on November 2 from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The 35-year-old tree stood at an elevation of 3,500 feet. 

Two men who were there reminisce

      The Battle of the Bulge was the last major offensive push of Hitler’s war machine. What happened in the six weeks between December 16, 1944, and January 28, 1945, ranks among the most significant battles of World War II. 
18 men, 11 white and seven black, will be honored together
      After four years, three months and one week of fighting, the Great War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of that day: Armistice Day.        Two million American men volunteered for service during that war; another 2.8 million were drafted. Among those were 315 Calvert Countians.

Tina Simmons has found the final resting place of 339 Anne Arundel WWI soldiers

      Remembering World War I veterans comes naturally to Tina Simmons. She spends many of her days hunting for them in graveyards. A teenage obsession to weed through the intricate genealogical questions of her family history has led her on an almost 30-year journey of scouring every inch of Anne Arundel County to account for the resting places of those who volunteered to fight in The Great War.
Hope For All asks you to give — thoughtfully
     As the temperature drops, Chesapeake Country’s needy citizens depend on our help to stay warm.        Aha! you might think: Time to get ride of all my old clothes. Not if you want to do some good. Before you take your worn jeans and old T-shirts to donation boxes, the charity-driven folks at Hope For All suggest you think about the needs of people in need.
What We’re Thinking in Chesapeake Country Anne Arundel shifts from economy to crime and drugs       Crime and drugs are the most important problem facing Anne Arundel County, according to an October survey of 655 countians by the Center for the Study of Local Issues at Anne Arundel Community College. Nearly a third, 31 percent, call those threats their biggest issues. 
Anne Arundel ­Conservationist of 2018 En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns that honor       Community involvement, environmental preservation and family: These are the qualities that make a conservationist.        En-Tice-Ment’s Deana Tice earns recognition as the 2018 Conservationist of the Year, chosen by the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District because of her commitment to community growth.

Let someone else do the cooking

      Perhaps this is the year you’d prefer to give thanks for not cooking? Bay Weekly has gone hunting to report where you can eat out on Thanksgiving and what’s on the menu.   Brian Boru Buffet-served carved turkey, giblet gravy, ham, roast beef, filet of fish with lemon, shepherd’s pie; multiple side dishes; pecan and pumpkin pie, traditional Irish bread pudding.

Race (or just stroll) for good causes to win prizes, bragging rights and justify your share of Thanksgiving stuffing and pies.

Friday November 16 Dashing Through the Snow 5K See the SPCA’s Lights on the Bay displays up close running with the Annapolis Striders, with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line. Choose from a Fun Run of 2.2 miles or stretch your legs for a full 3.1-mile route. Gates open 5pm, $55/carload or $15/person, rsvp: http://bit.ly/2Ppp5Dd. Saturday November 17 Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey

Friendly and fearful ghosts grapple over marine sanctuary

       The Ghost Fleet emerges from the graveyard of Mallows Bay on the Potomac River at low tide. More than 200 wrecks wallow here in the nation’s, and one of the world’s, largest and most densely packed repository of old wooden ships.