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Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

(Yes, We’re Still Here) 

     At the dawn of a new decade, Bay Weekly begins anew. On January 1, Chesapeake Bay Media (CBM) took ownership of this esteemed weekly paper—the pulse of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.       When the close-knit family who created Bay Weekly decided to close the doors after almost 27 years, we at CBM felt we could breathe new life into the beloved tradition they built over the decades, keeping the community feel that readers value.   ...
      When its doors reopen in the spring, visitors to the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport will find state-of-the-art, high tech exhibits that encourage them to reach out and touch things.        “It’s been more than a decade since Annapolis Maritime Museum opened with new exhibits after Hurricane Isabel,” says Alice Estrada, president of the museum. “The lifespan of exhibits is eight to ten years, so we are overdue.”...

Anne Arundel Libraries erase more than $754,000 in old fines and fees

      Got a stack of overdue young adult novels or children’s picture books that didn’t quite make it back on time over the holidays? There’s nothing to fear if they were checked out from an Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)– your fines have been erased.       The library system just announced that going forward, all children’s and teens’ books, movies and music are now fine-free. The library has also waived $754,637 in...
     When I wrote my first story for Bay Weekly in the beginning of my senior year in high school, the Gingras name had already been mentioned in the paper’s pages.      I wasn’t only following in my grandpa’s footsteps; I was also driving his car. Not the car’s he’s famous for, the one that led him to these pages. That one has resided in the Baltimore Museum of Industry since 2012, when I was 11 years old. With license plates that...
These intelligent birds have plenty to talk about
      The winter brings feathered visitors from the north to the Chesapeake Bay. For anyone that lives near the water, it becomes obvious that waterfowl are suddenly more common as they escape the frosty north.      One of the largest of these birds is the common loon. It is thinner and sleeker than a Canada goose, but about the same length. In the water, it sometimes barely has its back showing, and when it dives it is like a submarine slipping underwater. The...

 

Alliance festival invites you to be inspired by movies

      Instead of kicking back and watching Netflix on a cold January evening, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hopes to entice you out to Maryland Hall for an evening of movies at their second annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.       Now an annual fundraiser for the Alliance, the January 23 festival presents 14 short films. They aim to inform, inspire and ignite possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the...

Consider “wood-air bathing”

      Even though I welcome winter as a respite from gardening, it doesn’t take long for me to begin looking at buds swelling or early bulbs poking through the ground. As I wander outside on mild days, I start to notice our trees and forests more intently. Tree trunks stand out against the winter sky. The differences in bark and circumference of tree trunks is illuminated when the leaves are gone. Do we notice what our tall sentinels do for us every day?    ...

 

One man tries to bring justice to Alabama

      Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx: Robin Hood), Herbert Richardson (Rob Morgan: Stranger Things) and Anthony Ray Hinton (O’Shea Jackson Jr.: Godzilla: King of the Monsters) sit around gossiping on a lazy Sunday.       It’s all incredibly normal – except the three men in question are sitting on death row in Alabama.         The news of the day from Walter is that he’s met a new attorney. Bryan Stevenson (Michael B....

That’s the 2020 prospect 

      Happy New Year!       2020: a new year, a new decade and, in the words of friend Louise Dunlap — a Bay Weekly reader since Volume I, Number 1 — new challenges and new hope.       My hope in introducing Bay Weekly Volume 28, Number 1 is that we continue to bring you enlightenment, entertainment and resources to improve your life, your family, your community and our shared place in this world, Chesapeake Country. This, our 1,...
Start at home to preserve species from extinction
      It was sobering to read National Geographic’s October issue on animals that have recently gone extinct or will be extinct in the next few years. Large mammals like the northern white rhino, with only two females remaining, are done in by poaching. The smallest dolphin, the vasquita, is dying off as by-catch of gill nets.       Most of the thousands of animals threatened with that permanent disappearance suffer from habitat loss. They have no place to...