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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

  Humans aren’t the only mammals swimming in the summer Bay. Dolphins are making regular visits, too.       From April to September, these sleek swimmers are being spotted from Virginia’s Northern Neck into the Potomac River and up all the way to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.      Over 1,400 ballots were cast in the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project’s contest to name two new adult visitors — newly called Mac for Potomac and Chessie...

Two of 10 National Heritage Fellows 

 

     The Old Line State is rich when it comes to art and culture. At least that’s the way we see it by having not one, but two Maryland artists named recipients of the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships. Only 10 were chosen nationwide.      Decoy carver Rich Smoker of Marion Station and Linda Goss of Baltimore have both been awarded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.      The pair are the latest in a long line of...

Beyond nostalgia, these icons remind us of ­Poseidon’s power

 

     Traditions — if you’re going to keep them — need renewing for each new generation, sometimes sooner. But how often do you want to read another lighthouse story?      So when Thomas Point Lighthouse beckoned University of Maryland journalism student Brad Dress, our summer intern, had to make a case to me to get his story.      There was news, he proclaimed, the first structural reconstructuon in the century and a half this...

Gov. Hogan gearing up for Bay battle

 

     We soon may see how much clout GOP Gov. Larry Hogan has in Washington Republican circles.      Last week, the Democratic-run U.S. House upped to $85 million next year’s allocation for the Chesapeake Bay Program.      As we know, the Trump administration wants to gut the Bay program and other watershed restorations around the country. The White House said okay to about $7 million, but no more.      You may recall from civics...

Potomac gives up 376,933 pounds

 

     Giant tires, propane gas tanks and shopping carts bogged down with mud.     Trash-picking volunteers found this trash and more in the littered waters of the Potomac River at the 31st annual Watershed Cleanup. The Alice Ferguson Foundation initiative sent out 9,745 volunteers between mid-March and late-May. They scooped 376,933 pounds of trash into garbage bags.      This is 30,000 more pounds than last year’s total, according to program...

For 457 Hondurans, Prince Frederick Rotary’s simple solution is salvation

 

      “Water is the driving force of all nature,” Leonardo da Vinci said.       Yet 663 million of us do not have access to safe, clean water, according to thirstproject.org.      In Honduras, 457 people now have access to water that is safe to drink, cook with and bathe in, thanks to a partnership between two Rotary Clubs, Prince Frederick and La Paz, Honduras.      They joined to give a $5,000 grant to Honduras Compassion...

Ghoulish but good for your garden

 

      When I think of the predators of caterpillars, I think of birds and lizards. But a more common killer is the Braconid wasp. These tiny wasps find soft-bodied caterpillars including cabbage worms and hornworms and firmly attach eggs to them. The developing wasp larvae live off the caterpillar without killing it until it develops into a chrysalis. At that point the wasp larvae mature and burst out of the chrysalis, killing the developing butterfly or moth. The wasps then go...

$4,000 to Charting Careers Students

 

     Charting Careers not only mentors underserved Annapolis young people. It also awards scholarships to help them reach their goals. In this its inaugural year as an independent program, it invested close to $4,000 in local teens.       Charting Careers began as an educational and mentoring program for Box of Rain, a nonprofit founded in 2003, to bring kids onto the water each summer. Now as its own nonprofit, Charting Careers continues to help youth envision...

Fashion Delivers $135,000 for ­Chesapeake Kids

      A high-spirited crowd of 350 had a lot of fun and raised a lot of money during the 11th annual Fashion for a Cause, bringing in nearly $135,000 for Chesapeake kids. Held June 6 at Porsche Annapolis, the annual event raises funds and awareness for the Hospice of the Chesapeake program that supports children living with and affected by advanced illness and loss.       Serving as the event’s emcee was Andi Hauser, host of WUSA9’s Great Day Washington...

Choose organic, as many flowers are sprayed with toxins

 

      Flowers have been used in cooking since antiquity. The flower is simply another edible part of a plant. They have been enjoyed not only by the royal and the wealthy but also by our frugal agricultural ancestors. Before the 16th century, most parts of a plant — shoots, leaves, roots and bark as well as flowers — had uses. They were used to make food, drink, medicine, fragrant concoctions and flavored vinegars.       Who hasn’t plucked the...