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Letter from the Editor

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.
Will there be a surprise ending?
     Every story has a beginning. Bay Weekly’s is now so long ago that it has to begin Once upon a time …       Once upon a time a family, transported to Chesapeake Country and agreeing as Capt. John Smith said, “that heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for [hu]man habitation,” we imagined that if you wrote well about that “very goodly Bay,” people would read your stories.
Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future
     On one thing, prophets and folk singers agree: There is a time for every purpose under ­heaven. September 2019 doesn’t seem to have yet decided what kind of month it wants to be. But in the tides of human affairs, this uncertain month is a time for making big decisions.       Three of the big ones made or pending nowadays affect the future of three key inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. That means they also affect the quality of our environment and economy. 

But the breaking season — and Bay Weekly — are full of fall fun

If you’re so swept up by this busy world that you’ve got no time for more, please don’t read this week’s special Fall Fun Guide, 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer.     There’s so much more here that you’d feel overwhelmed.
Snapshots of the jobs we do
     Nothing ever gets done without work. The older I get, the more — though grudgingly — I acknowledge the accuracy of the sentence to toil imposed on us in Genesis. God the Father gave his laboring creations the Sabbath off.       America was not so generous. Even one day off was hard won.
Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 
      Yes, the return of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is one sure sign summer is turning a corner. Still, I commiserate with King Henry VIII, his queens and his subjects. Summer of 2019 has plenty of hot days to come.       You already knew that, didn’t you?      This morning’s Washington Post (I still take my print newspaper with coffee) put a more analytical perspective on our common-sense notion of August. 
Sounds Fishy
     I hope you like catfish.      They’re the new fish du jour on the Chesapeke menu. Tasty is the rating they usually get — especially when the taste and words are on the lips of people responsible for making lemonade out of these piscatorial lemons. “Tastes good,” Gov. Larry Hogan pronounced blue catfish as served at his annual Buy Local Cookoff last month. 
That’s what binds us to our animals
     “I could do worse than come back as Elsa’s dog.”      Grandmother Florence Martin’s half-aspiration comes back to me whenever I reflect on the relationship between human and dogs. It has been illuminating and, in a dog-legged kind of way, predictive.       It also has something to say about the relationship between her and my mother Elsa Olivetti Martin.