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Library program aims at preparing young readers

     Long before children can learn their ABCs, they can learn to love reading. Reading early and often improves language and vocabulary skills and helps shape lifelong learners. That’s the aim behind a new early literacy initiative from the Anne Arundel County Public Library.      The program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to read books with their children. One thousand books is an easier goal than it might seem. 

The stories behind the businesses in your community

AFC Urgent Care Providing the best patient experience possible, when you need it most      AFC Urgent Care, formerly Doctors Express, is a well-established full-service urgent care center. Husband Rick and I opened our center in Edgewater over five years ago to bring the best possible urgent care to people in and traveling through this centrally located community. 
Your 2017 guide to finding fall fun
     Summer lingered a little longer this year, thanks to Gov. Hogan’s decree that public schools start after Labor Day. We had 13 weeks of sun, fun, beaches and boats. With the children settling back into their routines, we can now look ahead to Chesapeake Country’s best season. 

We asked, and you delivered, with great nuptial photos and wedding day memories.

  Stacie ‘Jaya’ and Ivan Balaguer Married April 9, 2011, in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Plan ahead — and don’t sweat the small stuff

I got ordained as a wedding officiant after a very bad ceremony a decade ago. In the midst of the ceremony, I thought I had a stroke as none of what the celebrant was saying made any sense. It was as if he was picking random words from a dictionary and tossing in Biblical references.     My wife reassured me that she was as clueless as I was.     Thank God, I didn’t have a stroke! was my first thought. My second was, I could have done a better job.     I have been doing weddings ever since.

Why does the groom always stand on the bride’s right?

It’s usually because that’s where the nearest exit is.     No, just kidding. The groom’s position is a tradition dating back to medieval times. It is also why many European countries drive on, according to us, the wrong side of the road.

Experts in their field offer their help and services for your big day

Best Connection Travel The practical side of paradise

There's still time to fill the kids' summer with fun — and just maybe fill your days with peace.

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs A safe, fun and nurturing environment

Inspiration and tips plus the pros to tackle your jobs, inside and out, big or small

Come spring, it’s time to escape the cave. Throw off the blankets, open the drapes and let the sun shine in. But even the tidiest home looks a little dingy after a winter of hard living.     It’s time to clean, paint or wallpaper, wash the windows, replace the drapes, rearrange the furniture, bring out the wicker, throw on new pillows, lighten the art and service the air-conditioning. Outdoors, there’s even more to be done to home and garden. Painting, planting and planning for outdoor living are have big plans for your spare time.

Attractive ways to keep kids' minds and bodies active when school is out

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs A safe, fun and nurturing environment