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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive
A former hitman fights for his life in this ­fantastic action romp
      Semi-retired assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is having a bad run. Declared excommunicado for making a hit at a hotel where hitmen find refuge, Wick is under contract. With $14 million on his head tempting his former colleagues, he has one hour to get out of town.      To survive, he’ll have to fight his way through New York and travel round the globe to seek the Elder, the hitman society honcho to whom he has pledged his allegiance. It won’t be...
What to do with your household’s excess baggage
      The first few weeks of spring have many of us reenacting the role of the mole in The Wind in the Willows — dusting, sweeping, whitewashing and in the mood for a major home turnover.       We’ve sorted our trash situation — pun intended — with Bay Weekly’s What’s Your Recycling IQ (www.bayweekly.com/node/48213). Now let’s consider household items that have become more burden than boon.       What to...

Can Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method work for you?

      Do you dream of getting organized? Do you own a stack of books on organizing? Have you made attempts to declutter, only to be frustrated? Did you jump for joy when Netflix announced the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series? Marie Kondo has made a huge contribution to home organizing, and her concepts can be helpful to people trying to declutter.   Everyone needs to be responsible for their own space and things        This principle doesn’t need...

How to manage too much 

     You need more than one T to explain the Homo sapiens distinction. We make not only Tools but also Toys, Trinkets and Technology.      Animals make tools and maybe toys. As crows and their raven cousins seem to enjoy some leisure time, I wouldn’t doubt that they make entertaining toys as well as useful tools. But piling invention on invention sky high is not a habit that even the smartest birds and apes seem to have acquired.       We...
  Asbury Mardi Gras Raises Funds for Calvert Hospice        Asbury Solomons’ 16th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on March 2 raised $5,770 to support Calvert Hospice. More than 68 Asbury residents attended along with their guests, according to Pat and Barbara O’Neal, the event’s organizers for the last six years. The Chesapeake Swing Band entertained everyone through the evening, creating a festive atmosphere. The Asbury Dining Department provided a...

Expect congestion in downtown Annapolis

        Annapolis welcomes thousands of friends and family of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for Commissioning Week activities, beginning May 17. The entire week leading up to the May 24 commissioning ceremony brings heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking limitations, maritime traffic restrictions and increased security.          With more cars and pedestrians, you’ll need to give yourself extra time to...

 

It’s a heavy order, but you need to do it

       It’s a mouthful. But you probably need to swallow the draft Phase III Watershed Implementation’s lumpy title for the sake of knowing what Maryland planners have in store for our Chesapeake.          What we’re talking about, in case that title doesn’t tell you, is what’s coming to help us reach the 2025 “ultimate restoration deadline” the EPA set back in 2010. In essence, each state has...

See photo contest winners

     Alan Wilder’s photo of a cormorant trying to snatch another bird’s fish won first place in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2019 Save the Bay photo contest. The win earns him a coveted spot in the organization’s 2020 calendar.          The annual contest promotes awareness of conservation issues related to the Bay, so all photos include a body of water within the watershed.        ...

One of Mother Nature’s wilder whims

       At North Point State Park looking for little blue herons, I was distracted by a female cardinal looking for insects in a nearby tree. Cardinals are generally seed-eaters but tend to look for insects when they have nestlings, so I thought she might lead me to her nest. Instead, when she was about 10 feet away, she grabbed a bright green beetle but immediately dropped it.          As the beetle landed on the ground at my...

Weapon for the blue cat invasion: Your skillet

        It’s been a stealthy arrival, but they’re here, those voracious blue catfish. Like snakeheads, the Chinese invaders menacing the Chesapeake Bay watershed, blue catfish have climbed to alarming proportions.          The threat they pose by outcompeting other species is another story, but herein we describe one effort — by University of Maryland Extension — to cope.       ...