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Smithsonian’s Year of Music comes to SERC

Traffic flows freely over the new Fishing Creek Bridge

Your chance to discover treasure
Fourth-graders and family visit national parks free

Lionfish “Taking Over the Atlantic”

Thunderstorms on the Bay

 

      Our Chesapeake Bay is not among the world’s most dangerous places to sail. It is not the Somali coast or Cape Horn. But in an instant, a peaceful outing can confirm the old saying that sailing is often hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.      Spring and summer thunderstorms are as common in our region as steamed crabs and backyard barbecues. They form most often along the boundary between a cold front and a warm front as well as in the...

Carnivorous plants latest Maryland transplant

     Nearly 150 years ago, Charles Darwin wrote a book about carnivorous plants that included sketches of the tentacles they use to trap insects.       That evolution has taken a while to reach us. Now, climate change is the likely culprit. The first insect-eating plant has been discovered on the Eastern Shore near Nassawango Creek in Worcester County.      A local botanical enthusiast, Chase Howard, identified the dwarf sundew in wet, sandy soil and...
Connect History to Life Racial justice essay contest        Exploring the Civil Rights Movement and racial justice to find personal connections could win Anne Arundel teens $5,000. Their challenge: Write a 700- to 1000-word essay exploring the connection between a past event and a present-day issue of race and class, reflecting how history informs our times and their lives.       The competition is part of The Equal Justice Initiative’s Community...

Maryland testing digital license plates

      Will the Maryland Department of Transportation unscrew license-plate tradition? Digital plates that resemble electronic tablets are now in a two-year trial run on 20 test vehicles.      Maryland is one of the first states on the East Coast to enter the pilot program. Arizona, California and Michigan already allow the technology.      Reviver, a private company, makes the digital Rplate. The plates update instantaneously with new tags. They can...

We’re meeting our reduction goals, Bay Foundation says

     Of the six Bay states, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia produce roughly 90 percent of the pollution.     To control Bay pollution, the EPA Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint of 2010 sets limits for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. By 2025, all Bay jurisdictions must have in place the practices and policies necessary to meet the Bay’s pollution limits.      As the blueprint moves into its final phase, no state is completely on track, says the...

The votes are in

 

      Bay Weekly readers have been looking closely at 14 fathers paired with sons and daughters in our 2019 Here’s Looking at You, Dad lookalike competition. They’ve compared and contrasted for build, face shape, nose, cheekbones, eyes, lips and eyebrows, teeth and smile. And, as you’ll see, they didn’t let gender bias cloud their decisions.      With the votes in and counted, the top two vote-getters are Carl Harris Jr. and...

Rocky Mountain elk repopulate much of their Atlantic range — but not Maryland

 

     European settlers arriving in North America encountered huge populations of eastern elk. These thousand-pound members of the deer family ranged from Louisiana to Canada.      Have you ever wondered how the Elk River and Elkton were named? Elk were quite plentiful in Maryland.      By 1870, America’s last Eastern elk was shot in Pennsylvania.      Elk had certain qualities that made them easy to hunt. They were courageous and...

Keep in mind what we celebrate — and why

 

      Bursting in a fog of smoke and a cacophony of shrieks and thunder, Fourth of July fireworks must shiver the viscera of anybody — combatant or unlucky civilian — who’s felt the real clamor of war. Since the Chinese invented gunpowder in the ninth century, the world has been roiled, ruled and ruined by its fulminant power.        We who oooh in delight at the color show detonated by the blasts are on the other side of an unbridgeable...
Grateful for Milkweed Seeds       Thanks to Helena Scher for your generosity in sharing your milkweed seeds.      We have lots of land. Some years we have lots of butterflies, but others not so many. From what I’ve read, milkweed seeds are one of the best answers.  –Charlene Shelton, Tracy’s Landing         Editor’s note: The Sheltons were one of dozens of gardeners who received milkweed seeds collected and...

With big fish around underwater structures, your only hope is that your line will withstand the abrasion 

 

      I felt just the slightest tap 16 feet down, and set the hook. First there was a solid resistance. Then everything just went to hell. My rod slammed down hard, almost hitting the gunnel as I did my best with one hand to keep the heavily arced shaft somewhat horizontal. As my other hand was steering the boat away from an impending collision with a Bay Bridge support, there was little else I could do.      Eventually, under relentless pressure from the fish, I...