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Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 

Growing and thriving over 43 years

Honor the memory of the enslaved

Eastport’s Community Backpack Fest supplies 400 kids

Having had his moment, DeJuan Neal wants more

Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

      Hosts of Memorial Day gatherings pray that the rain gods will stay away. Maybe their prayers will be answered. Or maybe not. So it’s a good idea to have activities that can be moved inside if need be. Best not to use a room with a crystal chandelier or a fish tank. These games can quickly be moved back outside when the sun returns.   Cornhole      Everyone knows this game, though some know it as Bean Bag Toss. Invented in 1883 as a way to bring...
Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
     My hero was killed in action, one of 416,000 lost in World War II. I’m sure there were thousands of others who lost their heroes during the war. Before the last of the Greatest Generation join them, I want to tell Pelli’s story.       My western Pennsylvanian village of about 300 had an adult baseball team. My uncle John was the team manager. The ballfield was near our house, and I was constantly there with my uncle, so I got to know all the...
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
     Here’s another tern to look sharp for in Chesapeake Country.      Caspian terns visited Chesapeake Country in late April ­(www.bayweekly.com/node/48319). They have now moved on to their northern nesting grounds. Forster’s terns have moved in after spending winter along the southern coastline of the U.S. They are one of the more common terns along the Chesapeake and especially in the marshy areas of the Eastern Shore.      ...
Following the great white shark
     On the afternoon of Monday, May 20, the organization OCEARCH tweeted us about something not seen before: verification of a 10-foot-long great white shark in Long Island Sound.      The same 500-plus-pound predator, named Cabot, was tracked recently in Delaware Bay on its way northward, according to OCEARCH, the organization that tags sharks and collects data on their movements.      Cabot was nowhere near as big as Mary Lee, pinged early in...
Anne Arundel students place in contest
     They weren’t fan mail letters, but they did net their writers a reward. Anne Arundel residents Vivien Kaplan and Storrie Kulynych-Irvin both received prizes for their submissions to the 2019 Letters About Literature contest.       Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress program coordinated by Maryland Humanities, asks students to write to the author of a book, poem, short story, essay or speech to express how the work changed their view of...

The votes are in

     Bay Weekly readers have been looking closely at you, you two-dozen mothers paired with your sons and daughters in our 2019 Like Mother, Like Child 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 counted, the top four winners are, in alphabetical order: Krystle...
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive
     We cannot enter summer through Memorial Day’s gateway without reflections that ought to make life and its pleasures dearer. Life ended in its sweet springtime for most of the 41,892,128 men and women lost in U.S. Military Service during Wartime between 1775 and 1991. To that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs figure, add 6,915 more lives lost in our Global War on Terrorism since 2001.       Each of those millions was a life infinitely important in...
Youth soccer pays dividends      Six graduating high school seniors each were awarded $2,500 scholarships in the annual Anne Arundel Youth Soccer Association 2019 essay contest. The scholarship is open to any graduating senior attending college or trade school who has played at least one season in AAYSA, the county league for Anne Arundel County. Essays are judged blindly by local educators and community soccer commissioners. The scholarship is funded by the league’s annual...

You don’t need a license to catch a dozen, but you’ll need a little luck

    I had just set the last of my four lines when the first run occurred. Surprised at the suddenness but carefully fingering the cotton line, I looked out of the corner of my eye for the net.     Despite my pressure on the string, my quarry continued to move away. My heart beat faster, too. One does not want to blow the first opportunity of a seemingly perfect morning.     The crab bite at first light is almost always the best, assuming of course that the tides...
Take them off the wanted poster and into the kitchen
     The cheery bright yellow flowers of the common dandelion have been maligned by herbicide companies. The plant is on the wanted poster for people who want perfectly green lawns. One of the best ways to rid your lawn of dandelions is to eat them.      Dandelion is our form of dente de lion, which is French for tooth of the lion, referring to the downward facing teeth of the leaves. The dandelion is a bitter green best gathered in spring and summer. All parts of...