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A 4,000-mile cycling trek for cancer awareness led this young couple to the altar

2nd Star Productions updates this classic with color-blind casting

Aquarium names baby loggerhead

Find it in our new Coloring Corner

Small gardens can yield big rewards

It’s the critical link to your fish

Guillermo del Toro’s moody gem is a love letter to Gothic literature

Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska: Madame Bovary) isn’t some silly girl with dreams of romance. The only daughter of a rich businessman, Edith wants to be a writer.     Then European aristocrat Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston: High-Rise), reduces her to one of her heroines. She swoons over his romantic speeches. She sighs gazing into his eyes. She trembles at his touch. Sure, his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain: The Martian) is a little odd. Yes, Thomas is broke, with only a...

Maritime historian Richard Dodds tells us how the era of recreational boating rose and flourished

From lighthouses to skipjacks, amphibious landings to speedboats, all that and more is in Richard Dodds’ portfolio as Calvert Marine Museum’s Curator of Maritime History. Inside the Solomons museum, runabouts, cruisers and speedboats that look both modern and classic illustrate how that chapter of maritime history rose and flourished in Southern Maryland. Visit the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis this weekend, and you’ll see the vast diversification of their descendants. It...

Young-of-the year index way up

Fish are jumping on Chesapeake Bay. The thousands too small to take home are good news for the future of rockfishing. In this year’s survey, juvenile striped bass approximately doubled the long-term average, 11.9. This year’s index found an average of 24.2 juvenile fish per sample. That’s the eighth highest on record, according to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which has conducted and analyzed samples since 1954.     From that good news, you can...

30,000-horsepower Healy makes the nation’s first solo visit

Satellites snatch glimpses of the North Pole effortlessly, but human visits remain a rare achievement — and a dream. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy reached the pole on September 5. Healy’s was the fourth ever visit by a U.S. surface vessel and the first to reach the pole unaccompanied.     Healy, the nation’s newest high-latitude vessel, is a 420-foot, 16,000-ton, 30,000-horsepower icebreaker. Reaching the pole required plowing through ice more than 10 feet...

USS Calvert carried thousands into three warsVeterans Visit Their Ship’s Namesake

Veterans of the USS Calvert (APA-32) and families visited Calvert County, their ship’s namesake, for the first time, on a day that coincided with a blustery nor’easter.     The veterans meet annually, this time in Baltimore, where they toured Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard, where the amphibious assault ship was built. They also visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.     Commissioned in October 1942, the Calvert served in Operation Torch, the...

You’re missing out on the fun if you don’t have a boat

It’s almost impossible to look out over our Chesapeake Bay without also gazing at a graceful waterman’s workboat or anglers in a skiff speeding to the next honey hole, a family in a cuddy or cabin cruiser slowly trolling for trophy rockfish or heading for dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Sometimes all of them at the same time.     The plain fact is that if you live in our area and don’t have a boat, you are missing out on enjoying one of our nation’s...

Annapolis-AACo partnership provides free drive-through flu shots

We’re already seeing the reminders at the pharmacy, the doctor’s office, on TV. It’s time to get a flu shot.     On Wednesday, Oct. 21, if you live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County, you can get your shot without leaving your vehicle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.     From 11am to 6pm or until the 1,000 doses are used up, free shots are given on a first-come-first-served basis to all over six months old.     ...

Will you be his next Toaster?

Who was the Poe Toaster?         No one is fessing up to being the mysterious stranger who visited Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place at Westminster Hall every year on his January 19 birthday, beginning sometime in the 1940s. The hatted stranger, dressed in black but for his white scarf, would lay down three red roses, raise a glass of cognac to Poe’s memory and disappear, leaving the open bottle and the flowers on the memorial.     ...

I couldn’t agree more with Jeffrey H. Horstman’s Oct. 1 letter, Save the Ugly Oyster. Science tells us that this creature is a real champion in cleaning the Bay’s water. At a time when great effort and expense is being undertaken to clean up the Bay, it makes no sense to remove any oysters from its waters. Instead, we should be doing all we can to increase the oyster population.     Those watermen who have harvested oysters in the recent past have been...

Fourteen new charter captains earned their certificates in the 12-week Charter Captain Course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge.         The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E.L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because of its quality instruction and thorough coverage. The school is Coast Guard-approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six-...