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Lionfish “Taking Over the Atlantic”

Dam Snakeheads Nabbed in Migration

 

     If there’s slight consolation in Chesapeake Country’s invasion by snakeheads, it could be that more of them are hightailing it north up the Susquehanna.      That’s the report from Conowingo Dam, where 81 of the toothy Asian marauders were apprehended in the dam’s fish lift so far this spring, according to a partnership including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which oversees fish passage. That compares to just one...

Avoid the masked bandit if you can

 

     A late noise startles you awake. When you turn on the lights, a masked animal gives a rolling growl as it sulks away. That raccoon is back.       Raccoons have learned to live among humans as well as in deep wilderness areas in Alaska and isolated desert areas. They inhabit every state in the U.S. except Hawaii. They are adaptable and clever animals. Raccoons in studies can solve a three-step problem and, when retested three years later, ...
Wounded Warrior Wins Don Backe Memorial CRAB Regatta       The Annual Don Backe Memorial CRAB Regatta on Saturday, June 15 was one of the best in memory with strong competitors, good winds, sunny skies and the new Annapolis Yacht Club Sailing Center as its venue.        “In the decades the club has hosted and organized the Don Backe Regatta, we have not seen a more competitive group of sailors and exciting racing in Annapolis,” said principal race...

Zombie movies get a quirky comedy sendup 

 

      In the sleepy town of Centerville, everything seems routine. Police Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and his Deputy Ronnie (Adam Driver) ride lazily through the streets, stopping at the local diner for coffee and checking on a farmer’s missing chicken.      But when zombies start munching through the town populace, Robertson, Ronnie and a Scottish undertaker with a penchant for samurai swords (Tilda Swinton) are the town’s — and the human...

Chumming ground-up baitfish lures the big fish to you

 

     Though my buddy and I had been doing very well drifting fresh soft-crab baits around the Bay Bridge structures, that tactic was going to be short-lived. Soon we would have to search for rockfish over much wider areas. For that kind of fishing, the soft-crab approach is not very effective.      “Guess we’ll have to go chumming soon,” we said, almost in unison.       This technique can be very effective and efficient, not...

They’re tasty and good for you 

 

      Our native berry has minimal disease problems. It doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s good for you and tastes great. Eating them puts you in harmony with native Americans, who foraged them for centuries.      There are three species of blueberries, each with many cultivars. The most common are highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), native to the East Coast and parts of Michigan. Lowbush blueberries (V. angustifolium) grow wild on rocky...
Carl Harris Jr. and Elle Harris When I gave birth to Elle three years ago, the first thing I said when the doctor gave her to me was “OMG! She looks just like him.” These two are inseparable. They are twins who share priceless, unconditional love for each other. –Leslie Parker                       Mark Kahler, Bowie, and  Ashley Kahler, Brooklyn As the family story goes, Dad would have loved a son, but instead he...

A record in words and pictures

 

     What, besides 50 percent of our DNA, do our fathers give us?      That’s the question we explore in words and pictures in this week’s Father’s Day edition of Bay Weekly.       In words, we balanced two stories, one looking at an old son’s sustained devotion to his father, the other exploring a new father’s devotion to his daughter.      Perhaps not surprisingly, both value the same quality:...

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

 

      I took my daughter strawberry picking. This season the strawberries were as luscious as they were plump. Their tart sweetness is not to be underrated; they are that good. Boy, did Liliana agree.      She took well to the juicy pulp. No sooner than I would drop the fruit onto the cardboard picking tray than she would grab one and take a bite with her two and a quarter teeth. Her cute, sunshine-yellow shorts that my wife had picked out for her had become imbued...

47-inch visibility is half-century record

 

     “It was a wonderful day,” said 95-year-old Bernie Fowler of the most challenging Wade-In of his 32 years testing the water clarity of the Patuxent River. A nor’easter had set in with light rain, fog, 90 percent humidity and wind up to 20mph.      “It was pouring down rain when we left the house. Still raining when we got down to Jefferson Patterson Park. Then all of a sudden it lightened up, and we had no more rain until after the wade-...