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The 3,100-mile charity challenge ends in Annapolis this week

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Downy woodpeckers’ handiwork provides nesting cavities for themselves and other birds, but don’t let your house become their home 
       Would you believe that during its spring breeding season, the innocuous-looking, six-inch downy woodpecker can be a home wrecker, targeting our houses?       You bet it can, and for reasons far transcending its habitual foraging for insects lurking in tree trunks, small branches, weed stems and plant galls. The rhythmic drumming we hear on wood, metal and even vinyl siding is central to the springtime territorial, nesting and mate-attracting activities...

Businesses team up with ­Generosity Feeds

       Nearly 34 percent of Anne Arundel County young people struggle with food insecurity — having reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable and nutritious food. Local businesses recently joined forces with the nonprofit group Generosity Feeds to help ease those hunger pangs.         “Nearly one in five kids go hungry every day in the U.S.,” says Ron Klabunde, founder and CEO of Generosity Feeds. “With partnerships...
February 26, 1926 - March 14, 2018
     Lefty Kreh was the consummate angler, having dedicated most of his life to salt- and freshwater fly fishing and to promoting his and all aspects of the sport. In the process, he became Maryland’s and America’s international fly-fishing personality.        A guide, instructor and mentor to American presidents, congressmen, foreign dignitaries, industry CEOs, actors, authors and just about anyone who was anyone, Kreh also took as much time to...

No-till gardens make the best use of resources

       Plowing or rototilling your garden each year causes all sorts of problems. Turning up your garden destroys the soil structure, dries out the soil and destroys organic matter. It also contributes to the formation of a compacted subsurface layer of earth called a pan and destroys tunnels and channels that roots of new plants can follow, promoting deeper rooting and greater drought-tolerance.        It also exposes dormant weed seeds to light, which...

Great popcorn cinema

      Humanity eventually defeated the interdimensional monsters known as kaiju with the help of giant robots called jaegers. Though the apocalypse was averted, the world was devastated. In the chaos of massive rebuilding, criminals raid scrap yards to get rich on the black market.      One of the best scrap yard raiders is Jake Pentecost (John Boyega: Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Jake’s father Stacker Pentecost was a legendary jaeger pilot who gave his life in...

They’re holding us elders accountable

       Generation by generation, civilization by civilization, kids have tested the faith of their elders. How safe can the world be in the hands of longhairs and fades, pink-hairs and Mohawks, Gen-Xers, Millennials and iGeners?       In our time, we elders are testing the faith of our children and grandchildren.       The Never-Again generation tells us we’ve failed them — and the larger world entrusted to us. They don’t buy...
March 15 Bay Weekly: Antidote to a Snowy First Day of Spring        What a wonderful issue to read on this wintery first day of spring. Your March 15 paper pushed all of the buttons for me, starting with the Rev. Lowcock-Harris’s eloquent plea for trees. Our local Calvert County commissioners recently permitted plowing down a last bit of forest near the county seat for a fast food business which I, pointedly, will never patronize in honor of those lost trees.  ...

Local students are stepping up, speaking out and marching for a safe education

       Right here in Annapolis, students are assembling behind their colleagues in Parkland to speak up for their right to a safe education.        Mackenzie Boughey, a sophomore at the Severn School in Severna Park, watched with rising unease as the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, overwhelmed television and social media. First she felt horror. Then inspiration.         Seeing people her own...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s ­Chesapeake connection

       The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, have a patron saint to inspire them as they reconstruct their terror and grief into a national cause, rallying students around the country to end gun violence. Their school’s namesake was a champion for social justice activism for most of her long life.       In her greatest achievement, she also has an intimate connection to Chesapeake Country, where our own students March...

Students give up spring break to help save the Bay

     Think back a few years. What did you do with your time and talents during spring break from college days? Be careful now. Maybe you shouldn’t answer in front of the children. Fortunately for those of us who love the Chesapeake Bay, a new generation knows how to break from the past and spring into action.       Since 2009, college students from campuses across the country have travelled to Chesapeake Country for Alternative Spring Break. They forfeit a...