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They’re out to trap cast-off ­monofilament line

News roundup for the week of January 14-20, 2016

On the Roads At Annapolis City Dock, three construction projects combine with annual General Assembly congestion to make walking easier than driving. Updates: annapolis.gov.     The biggest is the replacement of City Dock bulkhead, bringing a lot of noise as well as a lot of construction. Massive steel sheet pile, mostly 69 feet long, are delivered before 6am most mornings, then driven into place by a 20,000-pound vibratory hammer. Of 700 feet total, 270 have been driven, with...

Part diet book, part motivational self-help

After years of dieting and illnesses, Annapolitan Lisa Consiglio Ryan brought her body back in balance with health coaching and a new diet of plant-based, gluten-free meals.     A former educator, Ryan is now a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and has created her own company, Whole Health Designs. Go Clean is the result of her advice and guidance to clients. Part diet book, part motivational self-help, Go Clean offers recipes and shopping tips for every season....

What’s new in Bay Weekly and beyond

If you were as lucky as I was, the days between Christmas and January 4 belonged to a different time zone. In that week, it’s possible to pretend everything’s done that needs to be done.     Not now! 2016 has come out of the gate like a horse on a fast track with a big purse at its end. It’s already run through its first week and speeding through its second. Things are moving.     The biggest is the Maryland General Assembly, which turns...

Watch the moon occult Aldebaran

As the sun sets, the hourglass shape of the great hunter Orion is already well positioned in the southeast. His foot, blue-white Rigel, is to the lower right, while his shoulder, red-orange Betelgeuse, is at the opposite corner to the upper left. The three stars of Orion’s belt point almost straight up from the horizon, and following them up and to the right leads you to Taurus the bull.     Most prominent in Taurus is its fiery eye, the orange-red star Aldebaran. From...

When you can’t fish, practice casting

Looking out my front window on a beautiful January morning, I could see that the sun was shining brightly and the wind calm. My eyes settled on the skiff in the driveway, covered with its blue winter-weather blanket. I mused that with a little effort I could pull the cover, hook up the trailer and be on the water inside of 20 minutes. Then I mentioned the thought to Deborah, my long-suffering wife.     “Great idea,” she said. “It’s all the way up to 35...

What will happen come May?

Cherry trees starting to bloom, tulip and narcissus bulbs sprouting foliage and forsythia starting to show yellow. The record-high December temperatures are raising questions about many plants. Hardly a week passes without concerned neighbors or Bay Weekly readers questioning me. My answer thus far has been to leave things alone and wait to see what happens in the spring.     Some things are certain. Flowering cherry trees and forsythia will have fewer flowers come spring....

Reconsider what you think you know about relationships, sex and power

“Colonial Players might just want to bring playwright David Ives on as a resident artist. Last year, Ives’ witty version of the 17th century French farce The Liar won the company the coveted Ruby Griffith Award from the British Embassy for best all-around production by a Washington-area community theater. Now, Venus in Fur — Ives’ take on a stage version of Venus in Furs, the 1870 novel by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch — is equally entertaining and a...

One man battles nature and the human ­condition in his quest for revenge

In the 1820s, the part of the Louisiana Purchase that became the Dakota territories was a dangerous place. White men seeking furs risked running afoul of native tribes, vicious animals and inhospitable weather. Scout Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street) knows the perils, for he and his half-Pawnee son have spent their lives leading white men in and out of the wilderness to find fortune.     When a trapping party runs afoul of the Arikara tribe, the men...

Bay Weekly's Health Guide provides expert tips for you (and your animal companions)

Be Active When developing an exercise routine, set discrete goals on a timeline and sign up for classes or events to promote accountability. When the going gets tough, remember that doing a little bit of something active — even if it falls short of your greatest goals — is always better than nothing. Keep moving at all costs! Dr. Thomas Sheesley, Owensville ­Primary Care, Owensville: www.owensvillepc.com, 410-867-4700 Create a Wellness Vision Learn how...

A healthy garden for a healthy life

Gardening is the most popular of all hobbies, and for good reason. Gardening gives you hours of relaxation and great satisfaction. It is good exercise. It forces you to go outside, bringing you closer to nature. It can be enjoyed by all ages. Getting children interested in gardening can have life-long consequences. On the other hand, you are never too old to start.     Dorothy Frances Gurney, a poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, says it all in God’s Garden:...