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Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 

Growing and thriving over 43 years

Honor the memory of the enslaved

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

Having had his moment, DeJuan Neal wants more

Zombie movies get a quirky comedy sendup 

 

      In the sleepy town of Centerville, everything seems routine. Police Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and his Deputy Ronnie (Adam Driver) ride lazily through the streets, stopping at the local diner for coffee and checking on a farmer’s missing chicken.      But when zombies start munching through the town populace, Robertson, Ronnie and a Scottish undertaker with a penchant for samurai swords (Tilda Swinton) are the town’s — and the human...

Chumming ground-up baitfish lures the big fish to you

 

     Though my buddy and I had been doing very well drifting fresh soft-crab baits around the Bay Bridge structures, that tactic was going to be short-lived. Soon we would have to search for rockfish over much wider areas. For that kind of fishing, the soft-crab approach is not very effective.      “Guess we’ll have to go chumming soon,” we said, almost in unison.       This technique can be very effective and efficient, not...

They’re tasty and good for you 

 

      Our native berry has minimal disease problems. It doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s good for you and tastes great. Eating them puts you in harmony with native Americans, who foraged them for centuries.      There are three species of blueberries, each with many cultivars. The most common are highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), native to the East Coast and parts of Michigan. Lowbush blueberries (V. angustifolium) grow wild on rocky...
Carl Harris Jr. and Elle Harris When I gave birth to Elle three years ago, the first thing I said when the doctor gave her to me was “OMG! She looks just like him.” These two are inseparable. They are twins who share priceless, unconditional love for each other. –Leslie Parker                       Mark Kahler, Bowie, and  Ashley Kahler, Brooklyn As the family story goes, Dad would have loved a son, but instead he...

A record in words and pictures

 

     What, besides 50 percent of our DNA, do our fathers give us?      That’s the question we explore in words and pictures in this week’s Father’s Day edition of Bay Weekly.       In words, we balanced two stories, one looking at an old son’s sustained devotion to his father, the other exploring a new father’s devotion to his daughter.      Perhaps not surprisingly, both value the same quality:...

I forget what life was like pre-Liliana, even though I had 35 years of it 

 

      I took my daughter strawberry picking. This season the strawberries were as luscious as they were plump. Their tart sweetness is not to be underrated; they are that good. Boy, did Liliana agree.      She took well to the juicy pulp. No sooner than I would drop the fruit onto the cardboard picking tray than she would grab one and take a bite with her two and a quarter teeth. Her cute, sunshine-yellow shorts that my wife had picked out for her had become imbued...

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

     “It was a wonderful day,” said 95-year-old Bernie Fowler of the most challenging Wade-In of his 32 years testing the water clarity of the Patuxent River. A nor’easter had set in with light rain, fog, 90 percent humidity and wind up to 20mph.      “It was pouring down rain when we left the house. Still raining when we got down to Jefferson Patterson Park. Then all of a sudden it lightened up, and we had no more rain until after the wade-...

Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

     Volunteers with Spa Creek Conservancy and Back Creek Conservancy followed in Bernie Fowler’s footsteps on June’s second Sunday, wading into Annapolis area creeks to check clarity in four locations.      “We definitely were inspired by Bernie’s wade-in,” said Kevin Haigis of CapitalSUP and a former board member with the Spa Creek Conservancy. “We want to get people onto the water, and this is a good way to engage the public....

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

     Thinking only of a promise he made to his late father, Joseph, a determined Brian Earley stripped his black Towson University jacket from his shoulders and barreled through the rain and wind to the beachy shore.       Brian was a lifelong swimmer, starting at the family home on the Severn River, then at Anne Arundel Community College and later Towson University, where he became an All-American competitor. As his father’s health failed, he couldn...

In Chincoteague, Treatment of Ponies Completed

 

  You don’t have to have Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague on the bookshelf to wonder about the storied ponies of the Virginia island town. That’s why we’ve kept you abreast since seven of the wild creatures died of a fungus-like disease they’re calling swamp cancer. The news is that last week, the herd received the third and last of an expensive vaccine to protect against the disease and the fatal lesions it can cause. We know this because of...