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Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

Dark-eyed juncos make their sudden appearance

Look at oyster restoration as a saga and this week’s story as an episode

Fourth-generation apprentices in clock repair 

Maryland’s behind the curve

Learn what you want now for spring planting

      Feeding our winter bird population is a pleasant chore. It’s a treat to observe birds close up in feeders. One of the nicest feeders I have enjoyed was a clear plexiglass one that stuck to the outside of my kitchen window. As I washed dishes, I could really observe winter birds closely, especially Christmas-card cardinals.       I keep suet feeders filled, as well as suspended tube feeders with thistle seed for goldfinches. Platform feeders and hopper...
Colonial Players unleashes female star power past and present
      Playwright Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky is a humorous, heartwarming and thought-provoking play about ­Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer at the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s and early 1900s.       Leavitt figured out how to measure the distance between Earth and the stars despite not being able to touch the famous Harvard telescope because she was a woman. At Colonial Players, Gunderson’s play receives a respectable treatment, with...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legend and a feminist icon; Which makes this middling biopic more the shame

      On paper, Ruth Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) seemed a rising lawyer marked for success. One of the first women accepted into Harvard Law School, she was the head of her class and made Law Review. But in the 1950s’ legal climate, Ginsburg ranked as either a nasty know-it-all the men wouldn’t like or a pretty lady the lawyer-wives would see as a threat. Wouldn’t she rather be a nice housewife, she’s asked and turned down wherever she applies. The only job...
From electric to plug-in to hybrid, there are more ways than ever to drive clean
    By now, we all know about the ­Toyota Prius.     I’m talking about the world’s best-selling gas-electric hybrid: a car that uses both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. You can drive it just like any other car yet use much less fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that today’s Prius gets 52 miles per gallon in a mix of city and highway driving, compared to 32 miles per gallon for the similarly sized, similarly powerful, gas-...

Here’s how, each week, we assemble a winning hand

     What have the cards dealt us this week?      The drama of journalism is that you never know what hand the world will deal you.      Certainly, some stories are planned in advance; typically ones that take lots of thought, digging and assembling are in process long before you see them in print. Next week you’ll read a story on an experiment in oyster restoration that took so long to develop that contributor Bob Melamud has been working on...
New Quilt of Valor Warms ­Centenarian Kermit Dyke        Faith and Freedom in Calvert County has awarded its first quilt to World War II veteran Kermit Dyke, 104 years young, on December 22 at the Asbury Retirement Center in Solomons. Mr. Dyke started his career in 1932 as a sergeant in the California National Guard and retired in 1962 as a full colonel from the U.S. Air Force. LCPL Charles Hendrix, USMC, and PFC Esther Tippet, U.S. Army, wrapped the quilt around Mr....

Ornithologist Bruce Beehler delves into his northward journey with spring’s songbirds

     Traveling via car, canoe, bicycle and on foot, Bruce Beehler, a Smithsonian ornithologist, wildlife researcher and lifelong adventurer, followed migrating birds for four months. Starting in late March 2015, he watched birds as they crossed into the U.S. at the southern border and as they traveled through the American heartland to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.        Here Beehler shares some high points of the experience. Meet...

Young builders hone their skills with bricks and blocks

      If you need help building something new, ask a kid.       LEGOs provide endless stimulation to kids’ creation. That’s why Wayne Speight of Speight Studio Architects created GALO — the Greater Annapolis LEGO Open.     “Our contest started with just 11 kids,” Speight said. “We used to hold it in our studio conference room. Because of the contest’s popularity, we moved it downtown to the Maryland State...

Not all white animals qualify 

      A white deer is often sighted near Tracys Landing. A white-winged house sparrow lives around Ego Alley in Annapolis.       These animals have some normal colored areas and normal eye pigmentation, so they are not true albinos. Albinos have lost the gene to create pigment; they have no pigmentation anywhere. Their eyes reveal the pink of the blood vessels of the retina. They are usually fragile creatures that have a short life.       Animals...
Mobile Dental Van visits Deale
      Can a bright smile determine a bright future? Yes, say organizers of a free dental health fair Saturday in Deale.       SoCo Connect, formerly the South County Huddle, arranged for a visit from the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van for children up to age 12. Kids board the dental office on wheels, designed to be especially friendly and comfy, for a complimentary two-minute visual screening. Then families can head into the Deale Library...