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19th-century ne’er-do-well fathered Australian cricket legend

These flying cigars eat their weight in pesky bugs each day

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Young builders hone their skills with bricks and blocks

      If you need help building something new, ask a kid.       LEGOs provide endless stimulation to kids’ creation. That’s why Wayne Speight of Speight Studio Architects created GALO — the Greater Annapolis LEGO Open.     “Our contest started with just 11 kids,” Speight said. “We used to hold it in our studio conference room. Because of the contest’s popularity, we moved it downtown to the Maryland State...

Not all white animals qualify 

      A white deer is often sighted near Tracys Landing. A white-winged house sparrow lives around Ego Alley in Annapolis.       These animals have some normal colored areas and normal eye pigmentation, so they are not true albinos. Albinos have lost the gene to create pigment; they have no pigmentation anywhere. Their eyes reveal the pink of the blood vessels of the retina. They are usually fragile creatures that have a short life.       Animals...
Mobile Dental Van visits Deale
      Can a bright smile determine a bright future? Yes, say organizers of a free dental health fair Saturday in Deale.       SoCo Connect, formerly the South County Huddle, arranged for a visit from the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van for children up to age 12. Kids board the dental office on wheels, designed to be especially friendly and comfy, for a complimentary two-minute visual screening. Then families can head into the Deale Library...
Calvert Food Pantry reaches out
       Does the government shutdown have you feeling pinched at the grocery store? In partnership with End Hunger in Calvert County, the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry is opening its larders to ease families trying to manage without paychecks. In January the pantry has added Tuesdays 1-3pm and Saturday the 19th, 10am-noon.      If the shutdown continues, days and times will be added as needed, according to Director of Community Care Debbie Weber.    ...
Evelyn’s adds to its gallery of produce
      The fruits of Brandon Stalker’s labors are visible inside and outside his West Annapolis restaurant.        Inside Evelyn’s, food is organic, local and sustainably sourced.        Outside, tall stalks of asparagus shoot from Evelyn’s front lawn, a giant pear sculpture nests on the corner of Annapolis Street and Gidding Avenue and a lustrous eggplant shines in vegetative virtue.       The sculptures,...
Only 2 of 13 indicators improve for a high D 
      Record rainfall increased pollution and reduced water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay, decreasing the score in the State of the Bay report, put out by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The score dropped one point to 33, equivalent to a D+.       “Heavy rains caused extended high flows in the Susquehanna River, which flushed debris, sediment and other pollutants into the Bay,” reports Alison Prost, CBF’s Maryland executive director.   ...
More libraries and more to do at them
      Three revamped libraries are underway to enrich Chesapeake Country. Today’s libraries look very different than those of yesterday.       “For at least the past 20 years, public libraries in America have been in the midst of a revolutionary transformation,” explains Skip Auld, CEO of Anne Arundel County Public Library. “Our new Annapolis Library will kick off a renaissance of public library services, resources and programs in Anne...

Herbal teas to keep you well

      Prevention is the best medicine. Winter colds can make you miserable and spread quickly, causing sleepless nights. Some simple things you can do are to wash your hands frequently and try not to rub your eyes or face. Coughing or sneezing into the crook of your arm is better than in your hand.        Building up your immune system is also important so as not to succumb so easily to a virus looking for a new home.       Research in Israel...

Wildlife photographer Jack Turner captures nature’s hidden gems

      Many of Maryland’s hidden gems, its wild wetland birds and animals, are not-so-obvious treasures that few of us fully notice. Unless you’ve the fiery curiosity of youth coupled with the unusual desire to brave hungry mosquitoes, gnats and biting flies, you’ll usually be unaware of the many species of hawks, herons, owls, kingfishers, waterfowl and even the eagles that reside and flourish among the Chesapeake’s wetlands.       John...

Two lovers battle nearly impossible odds to reconnect from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain

     After World War II, Poland is a wrecked nation trying to regroup under Soviet occupation. To remind his countryfolk of their cultural greatness, composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) sponsors a trip into the country to learn about traditional folk music and dance. With government agent Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), he forms a folk arts troop celebrating Polish traditions.        The star of the show is young Zula (Joanna Kulig), a singer with secrets. Zula and Wiktor...