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Bay Weekly’s Labor Day parade of working people

Navy football coach Ken Niumatololo is already back to work for the new season

The closest you can get to World War II

Policy for success takes more than good luck

What kind of doublespeak is that?

Dale and Debbie Jones want you to know what you eat, where it came from and how it was raised

What are you eating and where did it come from? That’s Dale and Debbie Jones’ mantra.     On Windy Willow Farm in Sunderland, the Joneses raise pastured, grass-fed beef, lamb and goat. Theirs is a relatively new business venture: they’ve been selling meat for only two years. Spend just a while talking with them, and you know what they do is more than a business. It’s a mission.     “This was my grandparents’ farm, and it is...

Preparing for disasters natural and unnatural

The zombies are coming!         Well, maybe.         Actually, not likely.         But just in case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the ever diligent government agency that tracks all things vital to our health — has published guidelines so that you’re prepared if the unlikely happens. Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse has been added to the centers Public Health...

And the ghosts of showtimes past

It is evening in downtown Annapolis. The courtyard of the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre on Compromise Street is alive with people. Above their heads, in bold letters, the marquee spells out Chicago ...     Annapolis’ outdoor musical theater is in performance.     The brainchild of Joan Baldwin, a visionary who loved the challenges of making new ideas work, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre opened 43 years ago in the abandoned historical Shaw Blacksmith Shop...

And the best lure for catching them

The sun was high in the sky when I arrived at my fishing hole. Easing my skiff up to the shoreline on my electric motor, I put a little extra sunscreen on my face and arms while the water settled. The day looked to be a hot one.     A strong flood lapped high on the rock riprap along this likely looking stretch of white perch territory.     Flicking my favorite spinner bait shoreward, I focused on working a series of short erosion jetties in hopes of securing a...

Peaches don’t like them any better than we do

Perfect-looking peaches will be hard to find this summer. Stinkbugs are already spoiling the fruit.     I started thinning peaches when most were the size of marbles. At the beginning of the peach-growing season, some of the fruit already had two to three sting marks on the skin. As the thinning period progresses, peaches almost the size of golf balls are showing three to four sting marks. Immature green and mature gray stinkbugs crawled on my arms and down my neck as I worked...

Let the waxing crescent guide you through the heavens

As the sun sets near 8:30 Friday, look for an ever-so-slender crescent moon hugging the west-northwest horizon. Just two days past new phase, only about five percent of the lunar disk will be illuminated. To spot this sliver of moon, you’ll need an unobstructed view of the horizon, and binoculars may help you to pick it out from the lingering glare of dusk.     The next night, the waxing crescent moon is higher above the horizon at sunset, and now more than 10 percent of...

Po and his band of martial arts friends make feathers fly in this fun sequel

After becoming the famed Dragon Warrior in his last film, tubby panda warrior Po (Jack Black: Gulliver’s Travels) is living large. He trains, signs autographs and eats, while enjoying a partnership with the legendary Furious Five — Tigress (Angelina Jolie: Salt); Viper (Lucy Liu: East Fifth Bliss); Praying Mantis (Seth Rogen: Paul); Crane (David Cross: Running Wilde); and Monkey (Jackie Chan: The Karate Kid). Their days are spent training and protecting the Valley of Peace.  ...

101 Ways and counting

I haven’t yet worn out my personal copy of 101 Ways to Have Fun: Your Indispensable Guide to Summer. But its pages are already dog-eared to mark the many spots I want to revisit.     Fireworks, for example.     With three nights of fireworks, July 4’s celebrations must be memorized — or checked and re-checked — lest you show up at the right place on the wrong date. So I’ve devised a mnemonic. My ABDCs remind me Sunday, July 4 is the...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I find your short stories delightful and always a good read. In the latest issue, I was happy to see the name of a contributor who once worked with me, Jean Trott. I wonder if you have a phone number or email address so that I may contact her?     Thanks so much. –Chris Kamenoff, Annapolis Editor’s note: Thanks to Bonnie Lefkowitz for compiling and editing Summer Memories.
Dear Bay Weekly:     I was just beside myself with delight over the latest Bay Weekly with the Summer Memories story, as I know some of the people and places.     I especially like Ann Park’s memory as I built an addition on the house and also worked on the Sinyard boarding house — now a bed and breakfast — where she and her family ate $1 chicken dinners.     And I loved the story from the fellow [J.C. Bowie} who had a john boat...