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The stories behind the restaurants — and the people who make them

This old west melodrama could do with more bullets and less monologues

Is there a smarter way to package our takeout?

Now at home in Maryland Zoo

Should we give up plastic bags?

Make a habit of carrying out lunch, and you’ll be as bad as Jonas

The one that got away

Perhaps at birth I got an extra dose of the hunter-gatherer gene. Maybe it was early exposure to a rural life with family and friends who thought fishing a desirable skill. Whatever the reason, I have a strong affection (perhaps compulsion) for the sport.     As a result, I will be troubled, sometimes relentlessly, if I’ve experienced angling failure.     Such is the case after a misadventure three long months ago, affected nothing of any significance and...

Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mars beckon in the west

The moon wanes through morning skies until new moon on the 11th. Before dawn Friday you’ll find Luna barely two degrees north of bright Jupiter. Early Saturday the moon joins brilliant Venus and much dimmer Mars, forming a tight triangle easily within the view of binoculars. Use them to scan the eastern horizon a half-hour before sunrise for fleeting Mercury.     Those binoculars will come in handy at dusk too, as Saturn appears very low in the southwest before setting...

Clean up to improve next year’s crop

Tomato blight attacks your tomatoes by way of the leaves. The blight starts at the bottom of the plants and progresses upward. The lower leaves turn yellow-green, and oblong spots with concentric rings in the middle appear mid-leaf. Soon the leaves brown and fall. Plants are weakened and, without shade, fruit sunburned. So you don’t want to give the blight a foothold, for it will spread.     If you have tomato plants still in the ground, destroy any that are...

The script is deader than the zombies

In a deserted strip club, teen Scouts Ben (Tye Sheridan: Dark Places) and Carter (Logan Miller: Take Me to the River) are slow to realize that the pole dancers are dead — make that undead.     With zombies invading their hamlet, the boys make it their mission to save the hot senior girls. Along the way, they grope naked dead people, fight zombie housecats, stop for a few selfies and never much worry about the likelihood that everyone they know is dead and seeking their...

Lighthouse keeper John White returns to his one-time home after four decades

In John White’s boyhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, schools and water fountains were separated for whites and colored. Rising from the final years of segregation, he could not imagine his future self, as the first black man in command of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, ushering in its 100th year of service in 1975.     He got a glimpse of his future when his two older brothers were drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War.     In 1969, the year he...

Celebrated Chesapeake writer and advocate Tom Horton on the state of our beloved estuary

Excerpted from a talk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s 50th anniversary lecture series (Editor’s note: Horton’s words have been rearranged in the shape of this story) You can’t keep Tom Horton out of the water. He grew up on the Eastern Shore, fishing, playing and paddling in Chesapeake waters. For 50 of his 70 years he has made a living of writing about the place he loves most. So paddling 500-plus miles around the Delmarva Peninsula, ocean and Bay is...

Mermaid and Bride of Frankenstein top Homstead’s Critter Crawl

Critters pranced, bolted, held back and had to be dragged, but — despite the name — none crawled at the Critter Crawl at Homestead Garden’s Fall Festival. Twenty-nine costumed dogs were strutting their stuff, as were their owners, often wearing pared costumes. A terrier wore prison stripes for bad behavior, a shepherd sprouted reindeer horns, a pit bull turned into a frog.     In the end, judges from Homestead Gardens and Bay Weekly gave top honors to cuteness...

Greenstreet Growers uses land wisely

For using land wisely so as to preserve it for future generations, Greenstreet Growers is Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year. Greenstreet Growers has been at the forefront of agriculture in South County since 2000, growing bedding annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for both retail and wholesale customers. In those years it has installed soil-saving, pollution-reducing innovations including grassed waterways, heavy-use area protections...

Franklin Point State Park opens after 17-year wait

Keeping South County rural seems to be a motto with might behind it.     A former ground of contention is opening as Franklin Point State Park. After stalwart citizens and former Gov. Parris Glendening blocked development, the former Deep Creek airport sat untouched for over a decade thanks to shrinking budgets and a critical wetland habitat the county seemed to not know how to best use.     The 477-acre peninsula bordering Chesapeake Bay, Deep Creek and Flag...

Three-man crew includes fishing expert and Deale marina manager

When you’ve used up your week’s worth of Dennis Doyle’s fishing tips, tune into WNAV Boat Show Wednesday afternoons at 2 on 1430fm (99.9am in Annapolis). With Captain Dave Hanson retiring after 14 years and more than 700 shows, the radio Boat Show has a new crew. Host is Hanson’s decade-long co-captain, Rick Franke, a familiar name in the Annapolis maritime community as former general manager of the Annapolis Sailing School. He holds a 100-ton Inland Master’s...