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A record in words and pictures

 

I forget what life was like pre-Liliana, even though I had 35 years of it 

 

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

Back Creek living shoreline credited with clarity

 

37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

 

Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

     In Daylight Saving Time’s second week, my internal clock is catching up. In the morning, I can rise lazily with the sun just after 7 o’clock. But morning by morning I’ll be rising earlier as sunrise accelerates minute by minute. Those folks on the Eastern Shore whose job is releasing the sun are working faster every morning. We’ve gained 17 minutes of early light since setting our clocks ahead.      Later evenings make me think it...
Murdock Did It His Way Re: An Annapolitan’s ­Skeleton Revealed in New Book,  March 14, 2019 —  www.bayweekly.com/node/47694       I enjoyed the March 14 story about Billy Murdoch and his father Gilbert, the Annapolis-born rogue back in the 19th century. You call him a ne’er-do-well, and you may be right considering he was a bigamist and did time for bad checks. But he lived quite the life that today’s couch potato guys could admire, from...

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

     There’s nothing like the sound of a chainsaw to catch Judy Taylor’s attention.      That’s because following it may lead her to an opportunity that could keep her husband Larry Taylor happily engaged for hours at a time. When he disappears into his woodturner’s equivalent of a man cave, magic happens.      A bear of a man at 76, he launched Taylor Turnings (www.taylorturnings.com) in 2008 to have an outlet for his hobby....

Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

      I am waiting. Every spring, I wait for my two osprey to return to their nest along Maryland Route 4 near Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. I call them my osprey because I watch their progress on my commute home, and each year I note whether they are able to raise young. It is an interesting show with daily installments.      This year, I also wait to see if the pair will be more successful than in 2018, when they didn’t manage to raise any young.  ...

This time of year, they’re on the move

     In deciduous forest areas throughout the eastern U.S., an early spring rain gets eastern box turtles on the move as males start looking for females.      How do reptiles mate when they’re encased in hinged shells that can close completely and tightly? Mating works because in males the hinged bottom part of the shell, the plastron, is slightly concave.       After mating, the female can delay fertilization for years until the...

New effort to protect Chincoteague ponies

      Those wild ponies roaming Assateague Island have been around since the 17th century after surviving a shipwreck, as the story goes. They’ve withstood wars, hurricanes, drunk drivers and tourists trying to feed them potato chips.       But four centuries after their arrival, the Chincoteague ponies may be falling victim to another scourge: climate change.      A deadly fungus linked to the warming climate led to the deaths of seven ponies...

Your ideas wanted

      Speak up on what improvements our state roads need — sometimes desperately). Maryland Department of Transportation is seeking comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which includes state, regional and local plans.        What you’ll help decide is how to use federal funds over the next six-years in the state transportation budget. That means money for maintaining, operating and expanding highways, transit,...

London Town joins UNESCO’s Slave Route roll

       Another historic Chesapeake site joins UNESCO’s roll of Sites of Memory.        On the United Nations’ list, ­Historic London Town and Gardens joins Historic Sotterley Plantation, Annapolis’ City Dock, Baltimore’s Fells Point and dozens of other sites nationally as part of the Slave Route Project. The project commemorates the nearly 12 million African people forced into the Middle Passage of the transatlantic...

$10K helps make veteran-service dog matches

      Trained to retrieve items, alert their partner to important sounds such as a doorbell or alarm, operate light switches and seek help in an emergency, service dogs help many veterans and first responders with disabilities achieve independence. Partnering with a service dog is free.        But preparing those dogs is an expensive and specialized business. The cost of the dog, medical fees and training can run close to $25,000.       Now,...

And learn to politely disagree

       A debate on Asian oysters engaged Sunderland Elementary School students in reading, writing and speaking — skills the world’s first universities considered essential for leading and for promoting the best ideas.       Rising to the challenge, students went beyond arguing pro or con.      “Teams got a graphic organizer and a list of social roles to play — restaurant owner, waterman, environmentalist and scientist,...