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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

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...

Help make this World War I legacy a National Marine Sanctuary

A World War I legacy on the Potomac River needs your help to achieve protection as a National Marine Sanctuary.     Mallows Bay, on the coastline of Charles County, is the final resting place for 88 World War I wooden steamships of the U.S. Emergency Fleet. The ships were built between 1917 and 1919 to supply European and American troops.     “It was a social endeavor unlike any in American history,” says Don Shomette, author of the book Ghost Fleet...

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We haven’t had such fun with squirrels since the days of the great Bill Burton. The dean of Maryland outdoor writers, Burton chronicled his battles of wits with bushy tails, as he called them. He patterned his story-telling on the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies formula. Despite the contraption he installed to deter them, he’d usually come out the loser while his squirrels got fatter, smarter and happier.     The game has changed. Since Dennis Doyle’s Sporting...

Yellow perch are the first panfish of the emerging spring season

My rod tip was arced over so hard that the tip entered the water off to the side of the skiff. The drag on the tiny spin reel was groaning as it released a few yards of four-pound-test mono into the current and an unseen fish made its best effort at an escape. I pushed my slender stick up high to avoid fouling the line on the brush tips poking out of the water where the fish was heading.     The water boiled as the fish neared the surface at the far shore. A glint of gold...

Attack overgrown plants before this year’s growth starts

If you have overgrown plants that are smothering the house or taking over the landscape, now is the time to strike. Hollies, yews, viburnums, forsythia, azaleas, rhododendrons and many more take well to hard pruning. Butterfly bush should be pruned very hard, to within inches of the ground, every year.     The only plants you can’t prune severely are conifers such as junipers, cedar, pine, spruce and fir. These species do not form adventitious buds, nor do they have latent...

An actor playing Willy Loman descends into madness as he fixates on revenge

Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti: Shahrzad) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini: Shahrzad) wake in the middle of the night as their house crumbles. In the midst of producing Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman, they must make time to find a new home.     A costar seemingly solves their problem by offering an apartment in a building he manages.     There the last tenant, and her profession, come back to haunt Rana and Emad. A former client looking for...

Boys will be boys, but their parents can be hell

"My whole life is in there!" That’s the quote of the night as Alan becomes tragically detached from a part of his body — his cell phone — in Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning God of Carnage, playing through March at Compass Rose Theater. In his playbill notes, director Steven Carpenter quotes playwright Reza as saying of her plays: “They are funny tragedy, but they are tragedy.” Indeed.           ...

Scandalously good in the nearly nude

By doing nudity-in-the-round while preserving the players’ and audience’s modesty, Colonial Players accomplishes the nearly impossible. Without revealing too much, let’s just say that in Calendar Girls, a dramedy based on real events, a traditional ladies’ club hits pay dirt and headlines with a fundraising calendar featuring themselves tastefully dishabille in domestic poses, cellulite and all. They hope for a purse large enough to refurnish their hospital’s...

Black on the Shore in the early 20th century, as painted by Ruth Starr Rose

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ruth Starr Rose believed she had been “suddenly transplanted into a fairy world.”     After Wisconsin, rural Talbot County under the dominating influence of Chesapeake Bay must have been quite the surprise. Certainly her mother was taken aback by their new home, Hope House, a run-down Georgian mansion and tobacco plantation that had belonged to General George Washington’s aide de camp Tench Tilghman. She had gotten nothing...

African American Waterman Eldridge Meredith

Captain Eldridge Meredith is the newest Admiral of the Chesapeake. The 90-year-old waterman was awarded Maryland’s highest environmental honor by Gov. Larry Hogan in recognition of his lifetime’s dedication to the Bay.     “For over 80 years Captain Meredith has worked the Bay as a waterman, charter boat captain and Kent Island seafood restaurant owner,” said Vincent Leggett, director of Blacks of the Chesapeake Local Legacy Project. “A third-...