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Boys and Girls Clubs helping “to inspire and enable all young people”

Thoughts from a 20-year teacher

When the Dog Star rises, so does the heat

The waning moon rises around 10:30pm at week’s end Friday, with the bright glow of Jupiter trailing just a few degrees behind. By Sunday, the last-quarter moon rises a little before midnight just below the speckling lights of the Pleiades star cluster, which mark the back of Taurus. Ten degrees beneath the moon glares the bull’s red eye, the star Aldebaran, and midway between the two, outlining Taurus’ V-shaped face, are the stars of the Hyades cluster.     The...

Let me start with Lance and Josh

I’ve spent innumerable hours hunting and fishing over the years, probably a good many more than any well-balanced man should have. My love of outdoor sport has always been more of a passion than a pastime, and I’ve had some great company with which to share it.     Many of the friendships formed along the way with sportsmen and sportswomen have stood the test of multiple decades. But my strongest and fondest memories are of the dogs who were there with me. Lance the...

What’s a farm without dogs and cats?

The Gouins have had five dogs and four cats. Yoder, our first dog, was an Appalachian beagle, from near Grantville in the Appalachian mountains. His mother was a beagle and the father, a neighbor’s dog. He was given the name Yoder, which is Mennonite, because we purchased his first dog food at Yoder’s meat market and locker.     Our second dog was a black cocker spaniel named Dixie, so named because we purchased her from a breeder in southern Virginia. She loved to...

Your dog’s name may say more about you than about him or her

We love our dogs. Forty-six million of us share our homes with 78 million dogs. So when the constellation Sirius brings us the Dog Days of summer, Bay Weekly goes to the dogs to pander to that audience.     Chuck or Chester; Cheyenne or Cassie; Mack, Magic, Max or Moe; Nipper or Norman; Roscoe or Rusty; Winston or Whiskey; Brandy or Bourbon; Brown Dog or Bruno; Poncho, Polly, Peaches or Peanuts; Sandy or Sophie; Sugar or Scamp; Snuffy or Sparky; Dexter, Tucker, Cooper or Caper....

An Iraqi soldier finds himself in a Middle Eastern version of Scarface in this well acted thriller

On the eve of the first Gulf War, Iraqi soldier Latif (Dominic Cooper: Captain America) is doing his duty in the skirmishes and dreaming of the day he can leave the military and join his father in the family bookstore.     Sadly, Latif bears a striking resemblance to Uday Hussein (also Cooper), the eldest and most psychopathic son of Iraqi ruler Saddam. When Latif refuses to become Uday’s fiday — body double — he’s flung into a cell. Failing to change...

Beneath the fun and fluff is the true history of Baltimore kids caught at the color line

A good hairspray delivers lasting style that looks sleek and natural, and at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s final musical of the season that’s just what you get.     This story may seem like pure fluff with its comical dance steps and exaggerated hairdos. But it’s based on historical events surrounding a real TV show, Baltimore’s popular teen-dance showcase The Buddy Dean Show, transformed for this script into The Corny Collins Show. It’s a place...

The Making of Bay Area Professional Basketball

Bodies banging, shots falling and clanking. Huffing, puffing and hustling up and down the court. Rookies and guys who’ve played in state and minor league systems, guys who’ve played in Europe for years, guys scouted in summer basketball leagues. All entertaining hoops dreams, all trying to make the cut.     The 28 players on the floor weren’t the only dreamers that hot July morning at Kilby Athletic Center in Severn.     From fretting “man...

Napa, Sonoma ... and now North Beach

You don’t have to travel to California, nor even to Virginia, to get to Wine Country. Maryland is fast making up for lost time as a grape-growing, wine-making region.     “There are 50 wineries in the state, and their production is booming,” said Regina McCarthy, Maryland Wineries’ marketing coordinator.     In Calvert County, old tobacco soils are proving the Patuxent Wine Trail is ripe for the picking.     Eat Drink Go...
A new world record has been set. The largest striped bass ever recorded — 81.88 pounds — was caught August 4 by Greg Myerson of North Branford, Conn., in Connecticut waters. The old record rockfish, 78.8 pounds, was caught by Al McReynolds in 1982.

When you go fishing, you’ve got to be ready to adapt

As we drifted away from the pilings, my son lifted his rod tip to feel if the spot he was live-lining was still down deep. His tip sagged, then his rod bent over and line started to feed out from his drag as we pulled away with the current. “I’m hung up again,” he said. It was all that needed to be said, for it was the third time in the last half-hour that he’d gotten snagged in that location.     As I moved our skiff closer to get a better angle to free...