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Photographer Jay Fleming documents life on — and in — the water

Mack the Lab is Maryland’s chief apiary sniffer

High school band tops in Maryland

Clear skies forecast for this weekend’s Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Jeanne Kelly’s Encore Chorale proves music can reverse aging

Building a safe place to launch lives

If an extraordinary day comes your way, grab your gear and get fishing

Friend and neighbor Frank Tuma and I were enjoying a combination shakedown cruise and yellow perch outing on the Magothy River. At Beachwood Park, we noted a number of anglers milling about with about as much success as we were enjoying, which was none. No one seemed to care. It was enough to get out on the water.     Tossing minnows, spinner baits and small spoons separately and in combination, then just about everything else in the tackle box, we worked over shoreline spots...

Meeting the parents is a real nightmare

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya: Sicario) is a successful photographer with a promising future and a beautiful girlfriend. Rose (Allison Williams: Girls) is hip, culturally aware and unafraid to call out other people’s racial biases. Still, Chris is nervous when Rose wants to take him home to meet her folks.     Rose promises her parents are as liberal as they come. They voted for Obama! They protested in the 1960s! They’re supporters of the ACLU! Hoping that Rose is right,...

Attractive ways to keep kids' minds and bodies active when school is out

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs A safe, fun and nurturing environment We welcome campers of all families and faiths and invite you to explore our 40+ full- and half-day programs for ages 3-18 to see how we can meet your family’s needs. Our weeklong camps cover all the bases: sports camps for those who like to be active … creative arts camps for the artistic … academic camps to satisfy STEM interests. For kids who like a wide mix of activities, we have...

You’ll wish you could leave the kids home and go to camp yourself

It’s going to be a long hot summer.         Hot is a bet. When February runs to the 60s and 70s, what can we expect in June, July and August? In this era of wacky weather, we might have snow for Labor Day. But I’m betting on a hot and humid summer with plenty of storms.     Long is a fact. By executive order of Gov. Larry Hogan — acting on the revenue-rich idea of Comptroller Peter Franchot — summer vacation now runs through...

Wolverine finally finds his purpose in this excellent action drama

In the year 2029, mutants are dying out. None have been born in decades, and survivors hide from the world. They live on in comic books that fictionalize their powers and exploits.     Logan (Hugh Jackman: Eddie the Eagle) used to be a comic hero. He was called Wolverine when he worked with the X-Men, before he abandoned the fight for truth and justice. Logan now works menial jobs, saving money to buy a boat and escape to sea with his mentor, powerful psychic Professor X,...

Books — and Bay Weekly — in Bloom at Calvert Library

Writing a book is hard enough using words. Trade in words for flowers, and it’s harder still.     So far, I haven’t proved I know how to write a book. I do know how to write a newspaper. That’s why Bay Weekly is my entry in Books in Bloom, Calvert Garden Club’s second annual words-to-flowers display at all four Calvert libraries.     To make my case to Calvert Library director Carrie Plymire, I argued that we record our stories in...

Join the Armstrong family in ­recycling kids’ sporting gear

The Armstrong family is sporty. Children Elizabeth and Lachlan have been playing sports since they were preschoolers. As piles of used sports equipment stacked up, the Edgewater family made a plan.     “Sports equipment is expensive,” says 14-year-old Elizabeth, who plays basketball for the South River Shooters. “When we thought about all the sporting goods our family and friends’ families have, we realized that if we put in the effort, we might really...

The popular chain helps anchor Annapolis Towne Centre

Hard to believe it’s been eight years since the Annapolis Towne Centre (ironically in Parole) opened its many tenant doors, expanding the retail topography of the greater Annapolis landscape. Here, as in Waugh Chapel, developers Greenberg Gibbons have made a success embracing the build-it-and-they-will-come methodology.     There has been a fair amount of evolutionary turnover, but the big boys — anchors Whole Foods, Target, P.F. Chang’s and Brio Tuscan Grill...

Check out Calvert Marine Museum’s new otter and otter cam

They are otterly adorable. The two North American river otters, 14-year-old Chumley (aka Squeak) and year-old Chessie-Grace (aka Bubbles), love to romp and play throughout their habitat at the Calvert Marine Museum. Now you can see what’s going on behind the scenes in their indoor habitat when you can’t see these furry mammals in-person.     A newly installed otter cam lets you experience remotely what’s up with these museum favorites seven days a week. Log in...

98-year-old Simeon Booker reported — and made — Black History

Simeon Booker has “changed the course of this nation.” Thus says Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, one of 17 bipartisan sponsors of a bill to honor the 98-and-one-half-year-old with the Congressional Gold Medal.     The highly respected and award-winning journalist, now a resident of Cove Point in Calvert County, “used his pen and pad to shed light on the plight of African Americans and propelled the issues of civil rights, equality, and justice to the world...