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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

A story of special devotion to the least of creatures

     Patricia Terrant of Blue Angel Rescue in Lusby — featured in the August 28 Bay Weekly — is in the process of a difficult rehab of a baby squirrel. It appears to Pat that the mother squirrel tossed the little one from the nest when it was about two weeks old, or less. At that age, the baby was about the size of the last joint of her thumb. For several weeks, she has been hand-feeding it a homemade nutrient solution. But the little one is barely growing and appears...

There’s no better time to experience this graceful sport

     It was a still morning, and the early chill of fall was in the air. Stripping about 50 feet of line from my fly reel and allowing it to pile on the deck at my feet, I stretched successive sections of the thick strand between my hands to lessen its coil memory while reversing the pile of line to my right side. It was an old habit, and I didn’t have to think much doing it.     As I scanned the rocky shoreline, my thoughts went back to when I first worked this...
In return, your kitchen garden will flourish
     This time of year is a great time to add native perennials — or any perennial. Native perennials have the added value of providing pollen and nectar for our native bees.      Why are bees so important? If you enjoy big juicy tomatoes, strawberries, squash, and pumpkins, then you’ll get higher yields and even an increase in fruit size by encouraging native bee populations. I’m referring to bees, not wasps, as important pollinators.  ...
A woman finds her stride in this surprisingly emotional comedy
     Brittany (Jillian Bell) is jogging in place, metaphorically. While her friends are flourishing with families and careers, Brittany still parties every night and works the same dead-end job she’s had for years. It’s not the life she wants, but it’s the life she thinks she deserves.       Brittany is the “funny friend,” her roommate and pals’ code for fat. The label shapes her whole sense of worth. Men don’t want...

A Killer Comedy

     Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace ran for 1,444 performances on Broadway. Even better known was the 1944 film adaptation starring Cary Grant. The production now appearing at Colonial Players nods to both, with director David Carter cleverly balancing the look of an old black-and-white movie with the impact of live, and in this case hilarious,  theater.      Because the show has been a staple at professional, community and...

Smithsonian’s Year of Music comes to SERC

     “We call it eelgrass music,” says Jeff Holland from his office on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. “Eelgrass seems an apt descriptor for the genre of ethno/eco-music we’re trying to create as part of the effort to build music into the legacy of the Bay.”        Holland works with the Arundel Rivers Federation as Riverkeeper for southern  Anne Arundel waterways. An inveterate...

Traffic flows freely over the new Fishing Creek Bridge

     The troubles a new bridge can pose are nothing new to Chesapeake Beach. In the 1950s, the newly built Chesapeake Bay Bridge lured visitors away from the historic resort to Ocean City. The move to the suddenly accessible Eastern Shore cost the town many of its tourism dollars.      Half a century later, Chesapeake Beach recreated itself as a popular resort with a boardwalk, water park, spa hotel, restaurants and marinas       Then came a second...
Your chance to discover treasure
      Chesapeake Country is once again the setting for a picking pair living out dream jobs. This time, you can be part of the treasure hunt. Your valuables take center stage on Sunday, Sept. 15, when Appraisal Roadshow comes to Owings. Todd Peenstra and Steve Gouterman are on hand to educate you on the worth of your item and regale you with its history.       “We provide two values,” Peenstra says. “First, fair market or wholesale value. Second,...
Fourth-graders and family visit national parks free
      Autumn invites us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park, trail or national monument. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free.       For the fifth year, fourth-grade children can get a free pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas. The Every Kid Outdoors program is a partnership between the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Forest...
Planning for spring starts now
       Money is one of the best fertilizers you can give a garden. You can get some for your garden from Calvert Garden Club. The condition? You’ve got to be a county non-profit seeking to help protect our natural resources and encourage conservation.       That’s the theme of this year’s grant cycle, when garden plans compete for awards up to $1,500.  Over the past six years, the 80-year-old club has added $10,000 in financial...