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Look for Chessie Ruckus and his partner Officer First Class Jake Coxon in Annapolis

A barking good time for all at Quiet Waters Park

Becoming a Riverkeeper was my way of helping change ­people’s lives

After three years in Chesapeake waters, Pride of Baltimore II resumes her voyages of goodwill

Byway meadows help pollinators thrive

It’s just a game for Senior Olympic billiards player Blaine Jacobs

Artists bring their Pearls to Annapolis for a high-stakes hunt

The Pearls are going public in a high-stakes scavenger hunt for their effigies, with a real string of pearls rewarding success at the finish.     To wear this string of pearls, you’ll have to find paintings of Pearl properties hidden around downtown Annapolis from June 21 through 23.     The hunt was inspired by Lee Boynton, founder of Paint Annapolis, who recruited artists to paint the Pearls.     “It’s really a win-win...

Dragons race to end hunger

Move over canoes, kayaks, racing sculls and paddleboards. There’s a new boat on the Bay.     Dragon boats, a craft perfected in southern China over two thousand years ago, are racing in North Beach this weekend. The brightly painted long boats take their name from the head and tails of dragons adorning stem and stern. A team of 16 to 20 rowers power the boats, with one drummer setting the rhythm.     When the spectacular boats gather to race, excitement...

Goodbye cicadas

Back on May 19, I spotted a few cicada shells — golden brown empty casings — scattered in my Huntingtown yard.     On May 21, I saw my first teneral adult, emerging milky white from a matching cotton-like casing.     Then, I saw a few adults — black in their new exoskeleton with eerie red, beady eyes — crawling around the patio.     After that, I saw nothing else. I could hear cicadas but not see them.     ...
I’ve spent my life on the Chesapeake Bay, working in recreational and commercial fishing industries. Yet I never gave much thought to tugboats, their captains and crews in the Baltimore Harbor. That changed last winter. Editing Captain Bill Eggert’s new book — Gentlemen of the Harbor: Stories of Chesapeake Bay Tugboats and Crews — I became fascinated by the tugboat industry on the Bay, its history, people and contributions to Maryland’s economy and commerce....

Imagination, creation take bloom and flourish

Imagination makes Annmarie Garden grow. This month, the Garden grew a bit more, adding a new space to inspire children and honoring a founding visionary.     Giant wooden scissors snipped a multicolored ribbon at the dedication of the Garden’s new John Dennis Murray Arts Building,     As president of Friends of Annmarie Garden, Murray helped to create the garden in 30 acres of woods. Murray, who died last year, also oversaw the addition of the garden’...

Despite Christ-like parallells and overwrought action scenes, this Superman is a fun action romp

Krypton’s advanced society is about to go extinct, doomed by bad environmental choices. As the planet falls apart, Jor-El (Russell Crowe: Broken City) and his wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer: Touch) conclude the only hope for the people of Krypton is sending their son Kal to a new world with the genetic information of every one of the planet’s citizens. They settle on Earth, hoping their son will lead this new world to greatness and avoid the mistakes that killed Krypton.   ...

You’ll enjoy it in the moment and in the ­stories you create

We couldn’t have better weather for Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days, a state of motivation that culminates this week in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 22.     June is showing us her best side with mild temperatures, comfortable humidity, ticklish breezes, honeyed air and cloudscapes racing across blue skies.     To do our part of the celebrating, we’ve recruited Heather Boughey to tell a campfire story.     As Bill Burton...

Supermoon comes just days after summer solstice

Thursday, June 20, is Midsummer’s Night, the shortest night of the year, with barely nine hours of darkness. Then, at 1:04am Friday, the sun reaches its northernmost position above the earth, marking the astronomical beginning of summer for us in the Northern Hemisphere. It is our longest day, with more than 14 hours 54 minutes of sunlight.     In Latin solstice means sun stand still, and like a pendulum at its apex, the sun appears to pause, rising and setting at almost...

It’s not big plants you’re after

Last fall I met a Bay Weekly reader who had perfected the art of growing big tomato plants. Without testing the soil in his 1,500-square-foot garden, he spread half of a bag of 10-10-10, about 20 pounds. While planting his tomatoes, he added a handful of urea fertilizer, which contains 46 percent nitrogen. He used the same planting method for peppers.     His tomato plants grew to five or six feet tall, but they produced only a few small tomatoes late in the summer.  ...

I hunted 14 species of game birds; a lion hunted me

When a herd of zebras loomed up in the sweep of our headlights, I began to believe I was in Africa.     As we’d landed at Johannesburg Airport after dark and loaded up for the two-hour drive to our lodge at Kroonstad, those zebra were my first sight of the wild Africa I’d come for.     The next morning I saw much more. As we motored to our first game-bird shooting area, plains antelope gathered behind farm fences along the road. Ostriches roamed at...