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Plant scientist Bert Drake warns that in Earth’s changing climate, plants are odds-on winners. It doesn’t look so good for us.

Alana Johnson: In her own words

A higher price than we’ll like paying

The big fish are here, with anglers on their tails

Otherwise, you’re planting trouble

This pollution is endangering our night skies

Dear Bay Weekly:     Your Home and Garden Guide [March 31] was a great edition, practical and perfect this time of year. I’ve been gardening since I was knee high and my father gave me my first square-foot plot for radishes I have some good-old Italian-American bean varieties that came with my family from Italy. Now I want to try the purple Gita bean the Bay Garden wrote about, if he can tell me where to find them. –Carlo Brunori, Hillsmere Editor’s note: We...
Dear Bay Weekly:     As frequent visitors to Chesapeake Bay, we enjoyed and appreciated Margaret Tearman’s [April 7] story called Power Play, in which she dissected Pepco’s proposal to build an electricity tunnel under the Bay and a big building in Calvert County. We can tell you from many years as Pepco customers, they are not to be trusted when it comes to service, responsibility and the environment. Plus, it seems like Calvert County is doing more than its part in...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Just wanted to tell you that Companion Canines for Independence fundraiser Sails & Tails on April 9 was a smashing success. Everyone was happy, and we grew a lot from last year. Next year we’ll grow even more. Already thinking and planning.     Thank you again for all you did. Aries Matheos’ story in your paper [March 24: HELP is a Four-Legged Word] helped us reach a lot of people who otherwise would not have known about...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Janice Booth’s appreciation of Elizabeth Ayres’ book Invitation To Wonder: a Journey Through the Seasons (April 7) was just lovely. Made me want to read the book! Again! Kudos to both writers. –Maggie Koehler, Huntingtown

An action fairytale pits a little girl against the big bad wolf.

Once upon a time there was teenager named Hanna (Saoirse Ronan: The Way Back) who lived alone in the woods with her father Erik (Eric Bana: The Time Traveler’s Wife). They spend nights reading by the fire, living off the frigid land of Finland and training in the art of the kill.     Sweet little Hanna is a blond-haired, blue-eyed killing machine. Strong as a man, capable of using just about anything around her as a lethal weapon and boasting the endurance of a soldier,...
Accessorize Affordably     Great style does not have to equate to big dollars. Keep a current issue of Bay Weekly on hand for monthly savings coupons.     Magnolia Shoppe is a home furnishings and accents boutique. We offer unique furniture at fair prices and beautiful home accessories, changing with the season, including lamps, mirrors, pictures and table-top accents. As well, we feature a ladies’ line of sterling silver jewelry, handbags and fashion...

Plus triumphs in words and deeds

Eighty degrees on April 4! With sweat on our brows, women in sleeveless dresses and men in shorts, summer insinuated itself into early spring — and into our hearts and minds.     Midafternoon, editorial production stopped on this week’s issue. (Only the next day’s cold snap brought us back to the here and now and this paper into your hands.) We fast-forwarded in time to Memorial Day’s issue six weeks hence. Two whole months away, the calendar says. But...

Expert Advice for Getting the Most from Your Lawn, Garden and Yard

PRUNING Fruit Trees     Pruning is the most effective method we have to improve fruit quality. A yearly early spring trim minimizes flowers, forcing better quality fruit.     Trees should be well established before you begin pruning and training. Begin a year after transplanting.     A well-trained fruit tree looks like a Christmas tree, with two to three well-developed bottom branches 30 to 36 inches above the ground.     The angle...

Electricity will cross over rivers and tunnel beneath the Bay — if given a foothold.

Whether it’s wind turbines in Annapolis, Western Maryland or Ocean City, or power poles and pathways in Calvert, the debate keeps coming closer. Do you want affordable, reliable and accessible power? Or do you want to protect the environment, starting with your own backyard?     In the court of public opinion, Calvert County won against local electrical provider Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, SMECO, bringing down dozens of behemoth power poles.   ...