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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive

Giant Atlantic sturgeon spotting hopeful signs

      A sturgeon is not a pretty fish. It’s long and bony with a sharp, upturned snout and whiskers. A prehistoric fish, they have been around for more than 100 million years. Once, Atlantic sturgeon were common in Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, the biggest fish that swam here in modern times.       But they are exceedingly rare, an endangered species all but wiped out by pollution, low oxygen and overfishing to collect their eggs for caviar....

Boxes for unused or expired ­medications 

      Spring cleaning on your mind? Here’s where to drop your unused or expired medications when you clean out the medicine cabinet or first aid kit.       Anne Arundel Medical Center has installed two medication disposal drop boxes to help you safely declutter your pills and potions. Find them at MedPark Professional Pharmacy, Suite 170 in the Medical Center’s Sajak Pavilion, and at Arnold Professional Pharmacy in Arnold.       The new...

Fight back; report the holes that caught you

      Have you got it in for potholes? Is it a personal vendetta, avenging the damage they’ve done to your vehicle?       Report those injurious potholes to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.       With saturated ground from record-setting precipitation from 2018 and continuing into 2019 — plus the freeze/thaw cycle of this transitional time of the year — potholes are popping up everywhere. DOT...

Get your free Buffer in a Bag

     We sing the praises of nature frequently here in Chesapeake Country. We know that plants and trees do important things like provide oxygen, wildlife habitat and natural beauty.       Trees also keep our watershed clean by intercepting rainfall, of which we have had more than our share this season, and reducing its impact by allowing water to penetrate the soil instead of running off into streams. You can give the Bay watershed a helping boost by adding more...
Southern Alumni Scholarship Fund: $1,500 awards to four graduating seniors from Southern High School’s Class of 2019. Apply by March 15: [email protected] Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: $1,000 awards to two graduating seniors from schools including Northern High School, Southern High School, South River High School and private or charter schools in the southern Anne Arundel County area or current college student living in area with history of community...

Nowadays they’re the talk of the town

     When you live in Chesapeake Country, oysters are your neighbors.      You can’t help running into them. Oyster culture is woven into the fabric of our lives. That’s true in both senses of the word.       Chesapeake oyster culture rose in response to this precious natural resource, there for the taking in apparently limitless abundance. The culture grew to encompass watermen, boats, harvest tools; buy boats, oyster houses,...
Thanks for Helping Get the Word Out       Thanks for all you do for our shared Bay and environment, including publishing Kathy Knotts’ excellent story on our Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Maryland History lecture at St. John’s College discussing climate change and the Chesapeake.       We had a very good turnout of about 100 people, many from water communities.  Archaeologist Stephanie Sperling had excellent data and documentation...

Trouble all over again in 2019

      The 2019 rockfish season is going to be challenging. Last year signaled population problems with warning signs we hadn’t seen before.       First was the unexpected failure of the trophy season. Fishing boats crowded Bay waters on the opener, but few reported legal catches. The opening day catch-and-release tournament held by Boatyard Bar and Grill — attended by well over 100 boats and crews — had only about two or three qualifying...

Growing of the green will add cheer to damp, cold March 

      I remember as a kid sitting in a field of clover searching for one with lucky four leaves. Finding one never failed to make me feel like I was about to come upon a pot of gold.      To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day horticulturally, you can grow the traditional shamrock plant, Oxalis regnelli, which usually is found in grocery stores and nurseries around this time of year. Its bright-green color and white flowers are cheery on damp, cold March days....

A feminist superhero makes a strong debut 

      Long before Thanos snapped his fingers to eradicate half the universe, a female soldier in an intergalactic war was seeking her destiny. Vers (Brie Larson) has great power, in the form of powerful photon beams that shoot from her hands. But is the newest member of the Kree army ready for battle?       Her commander, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), fears she’s too emotional. Vers tries ever harder to impress him, with little success.       Her...