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More libraries and more to do at them
      Three revamped libraries are underway to enrich Chesapeake Country. Today’s libraries look very different than those of yesterday.       “For at least the past 20 years, public libraries in America have been in the midst of a revolutionary transformation,” explains Skip Auld, CEO of Anne Arundel County Public Library. “Our new Annapolis Library will kick off a renaissance of public library services, resources and programs in Anne...

Herbal teas to keep you well

      Prevention is the best medicine. Winter colds can make you miserable and spread quickly, causing sleepless nights. Some simple things you can do are to wash your hands frequently and try not to rub your eyes or face. Coughing or sneezing into the crook of your arm is better than in your hand.        Building up your immune system is also important so as not to succumb so easily to a virus looking for a new home.       Research in Israel...

Wildlife photographer Jack Turner captures nature’s hidden gems

      Many of Maryland’s hidden gems, its wild wetland birds and animals, are not-so-obvious treasures that few of us fully notice. Unless you’ve the fiery curiosity of youth coupled with the unusual desire to brave hungry mosquitoes, gnats and biting flies, you’ll usually be unaware of the many species of hawks, herons, owls, kingfishers, waterfowl and even the eagles that reside and flourish among the Chesapeake’s wetlands.       John...

Two lovers battle nearly impossible odds to reconnect from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain

     After World War II, Poland is a wrecked nation trying to regroup under Soviet occupation. To remind his countryfolk of their cultural greatness, composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) sponsors a trip into the country to learn about traditional folk music and dance. With government agent Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), he forms a folk arts troop celebrating Polish traditions.        The star of the show is young Zula (Joanna Kulig), a singer with secrets. Zula and Wiktor...
Community Care ­Available to All Bay Community Health is South County’s only practice offering primary care and behavioral health in the same location         Bay Community Health — formerly Owensville Primary Care — makes sure every neighbor receives care, even those without insurance.         The non-profit practice provides medical and behavioral health services to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Certified...

Get out and take a walk 

      Researchers at the University of Innsbruck in Austria compared the emotional wellbeing of walking outside in a natural setting to the same amount of exertion on an indoor treadmill.  Each group took emotional assessment tests before and after the exercise. Both research groups felt better. But, as you probably guessed, people that walked outdoors felt calmer compared to the indoor group and more relaxed for hours after. Some wellbeing affective changes lasted for days...
Help for keeping your resolutions in 2019
       Still full swing with the resolutions you made the other night, the one that welcomed in the unpredictable, unique year 2019?       Spur of the moment is such a good motivator. When the horns are blaring, pans banging, cheers rising, balls dropping, nothing seems simpler than changing your life for the better. Stepping up a fitness routine, altering your diet from cookies to salad, resisting the temptation to smoke. These are manageable ideals at...
PG Shelter Volunteer Training Packed       Kudos to the animal-loving Bay Weekly readers who showed up at the Prince George’s County animal shelter in Upper Marlboro three days before Christmas. I was nervous heading to the shelter this morning, but my hopes were high. Bay Weekly and its readers made me proud :-)      Thanks for running my letter Dec. 13.  Everybody working together is going to really make a difference.       I should...

Make 2019 your year to start a garden

      I recently returned from a vacation to Greece, specifically, the remote island of Ikaria in the northeast Aegean Sea. My ancestral home, it is designated a Blue Zone by National Geographic’s Dan Buettner.       The world’s five Blue Zones have high concentrations of centenarians —without problems like heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer. Research has shown that these Blue Zones have certain things in common.      ...

Being in shape is not an option for sportspeople; it’s a necessity

      As I walked down a row of cornstalks a half mile long and firmly grasping the seven-pound shotgun in my arms, my breath in the 10-degree air was coming a little harder with each step. I slowed my pace to keep abreast of my two partners, and we continued to push out that last narrow growth of corn, all that remained of a crop that was in the final stage of harvest. We strongly suspected a bunch of big ringneck pheasants were moving just in front of us.      I...