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Letter from the Editor

Valuable lessons from Bay Weekly ­Christmases past
     Everything I know about gift-giving I learned at Bay Weekly’s many holiday parties over 27 years. From hand-to-mouth subsistence years, we grew flush enough to rent a hall to thank the growing numbers of people — always an encouraging mix of old and new — who made and delivered our earnest young paper. 

And to you, thanks to ­Chesapeake Bay Media

Two months ago, I told you that the story of Bay Weekly as we know it was coming to an end.     Founders J. Alex Knoll, Bill Lambrecht and I — my family — had turned on a bright idea and poured 26 and one half years into keeping it powered. Exploring Chesapeake Country, weekly for 1,355 issues we have found new stories, met new characters and persuaded new advertisers that our paper could indeed help them prosper in their business. Week by week, we created our legacy.
The Season’s Bounty is at your fingertips
     As we edge into the winter holidays, I’m all for celebrating. Bring on the lights: stock up on candles, lay the fire, untangle the strands. Unbox your household icons. Gather the evergreens. Touch up the season’s grayscale with highlights of red and green.     Mother Nature deserves a rest, and she is going to sleep. All the liveliness we’ll get this time of year depends on us. Fortunately, it’s a challenge many of us are up to.
Good food; good friends
     When is the right time to begin celebrating the winter holidays?       November 1 is rushing it for me. But that’s when I saw crane trucks lifting giant faux evergreen wreaths onto the facades of shopping centers in both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties. With lots to make jolly with lights and wreathes, the town of Chesapeake Beach also starts early.
Putting names and faces to the concept we honor
     The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 101 years ago ended the War to End All Wars — which ironically became known as World War I. Over the century, Armistice Day evolved into Veterans Day, a day to honor all who have served, the survivors as well as the dead and the wounded.      That’s a lot of people.
You’ve asked if you can help. The answer is yes …
      Well what do you know! It’s Bay Weekly as you’ve known and enjoyed us returning to you for the 1,351th time this week. Doing what we’ve always done as well or better is the promise we’re keeping through December 26.        Then? I’ll tell you more a few lines down. For a little longer, let’s stay in the here and now.
This time of year, we’re in touch with two worlds
     These mid-autumn days sing a siren song. The blazing trees, the ticklish breezes, the sunbaked smell of Concord grapes, wraithful mists and the Harvest Moon break open human hearts like pumpkin shells.      This morning’s pastel sunrise shimmering on the spread satin of the Chesapeake summoned me as strongly as love.      It’s no accident, I think, that we celebrate Hallowe’en this time of year.
Let’s celebrate the partnership of writer and reader
     For this year’s Fall Fix-up feature, I’m finally able to gloat over my kitchen remodeling. Not only is my kitchen done; so is my story relating blow by blow that achievement for you.
Chesapeake centers keep us almost as smart as Big Nate’s Gina
      Journalism is a nosy business. “Curiosity is a writer’s greatest asset,” said outdoors writing great Bill Burton, our columnist from his retirement from The Evening Sun in 1993 until his death in 2009. At Bay Weekly every one of us — from writers to delivery drivers to ad reps — is driven by curiosity’s itch.
We count our blessings achievement by small achievement
      John Hiser took to heart Bay Weekly’s August 15 report that blue catfish had invaded Chesapeake Bay.       “We’re at the point as decision-makers, and as citizens, where we need to decide whether this is important enough to do something about it,” Smithsonian Environmental Research scientist Matthew Ogburn told Bay Weekly.