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A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

The fish are there

The plan was made in haste late in the evening. Get up early enough to catch a good moving tide, launch the skiff, bag a quick limit and be home by 10am. All seemed possible, as we had limited out in 20 minutes the afternoon before. We had a good idea the fish would still be on hand in a spot where we had been the only boat on the water.     When we splashed my boat a little after 9am, we had already secured an ample supply of fresh menhaden for bait. Since the previous day...

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter gather in the glow of twilight

As the sun sets, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury emerge in its wake. These three planets will spend the coming week in one another’s company, playing a celestial game of leap-frog low in the west-northwest after sunset.     While these planets appear just a few degrees from one another, they are actually hundreds of thousands of miles apart. All the planets, earth included, travel along the same plane — called the ecliptic — as they orbit the sun. Every so often two...

Ghosts and baseball lovers unite

If you see a ghost at Anne Arundel County’s newest ball field, don’t shriek and run away. Instead, ask the ghost about his story, because it’s sure to be a great one.     The county has just bought Wilson Park, the home of Hot Sox Field, from a family who inherited the Galesville farm of a freed slave ancestor, Henry Wilson.     In 1928, the farm added a baseball field, where South County baseball lovers traveled on Sundays to cheer the...

Don’t let road work spoil your trip

Memorial Day is the official start of summer and the unofficial start to traffic madness as everyone bolts to the beach.     The summer weather is also prime time for road work, making for a congested combination.     Beat the summer traffic with the Maryland State Highway Administration’s e-Road Ready brochure, which lists all the work zones by county, and their expected finish date: www.roads.maryland.gov/oc/RoadReady2013.pdf.

Online auction helps kids in need

Make memories with your kids at a National’s game. Learn how to ski. Surprise the women you love with a Pandora bracelet. Show off your hockey puck autographed by Capital Nicklas Backstrom — all while helping Calvert County children in need.     Children’s Aid Inc. gave over 160 kids backpacks filled with schools supplies thru Operation Backpack. The charity also helps struggling parents pay for kids to play sports.     Do your shopping at...

The beloved franchise trades Sci-Fi for action in this bombastic sequel

After a routine mission goes awry, the Enterprise is called back to Earth and cavalier captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine: Rise of the Guardians) is demoted for his disregard of the Prime Directive. Kirk’s disciplining is put on hold, however, when terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch: The Hobbit) brings Star Fleet to its knees.     With many commanders dead or injured, Kirk is reinstated to his ship and tasked with chasing down Harrison deep into Klingon space,...

Free deposits and free withdrawals keep this bank solvent

Last year, Bruce Michalec’s bank gave away $1.25 million. It was his busiest in 27 years, but 2013 is on track to break the 2012 record. That’s because hunger and need are the forces that drive the growth of Anne Arundel County’s central food bank.     Hunger is an everyday thing, says Michalec, whose bank started small back in 1985 with “a truck, a freezer and a place to put it all.” That first place was a building rented from the Cedar Grove...

It’s worth the work to attract these birds to your backyard

The goldfinches in my back yard are a real treat this year, borrowing their brilliant yellow from the Maryland flag our Preakness winner will wear.     I’ve tried luring them with plastic, tube feeders in past years to no avail.     This year, I hung two white, mesh feeders, or socks, filled with nyjer seed, and watched the bright birds flock to them.     Goldfinches are attracted to sunflower seeds, but they prefer the nyjer seed imported...

Celebrate with a Maryland original, the Black Eyed Susan

The 138th Preakness race runs this Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore. Maybe you have tickets and are watching the race from the infield where you can enjoy the party crowd and headliner Pitbull. The Kegasus is no longer invited to this party. Maybe you’ll be watching the race from the comfort of your living room or attending a party with friends.     However and wherever you choose to celebrate, Finlandia Vodka, the official vodka of the Preakness,...

SERC scientist triples blue crab population

Chesapeake Country has a Green Giant. Tuck Hines may not be green as Kermit or big as Andre the Giant, but his work to save the Bay’s blue crab population has earned him Washingtonian Magazine’s gigantic title.     When the Bay’s blue crab population fell to 255 million, Hines and his Smithsonian Environmental Research Center team convinced Maryland Department of Natural Resources to change harvest regulations.     His determination paid off....