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Cool high-summer recipes from Maryland’s 2014 Buy Local Cookbook

Many local chefs and restaurants are on the bandwagon

Satisfy thirst and more at the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show

Great Spangled Fritillary

Buying local? Try vinegar lulled for five months in a skipjack’s hull

When fishing is good it is very good; When it is bad, it’s still pretty good

Seek bluegill, or bream, in sweetwater when the dogwood blooms

It was warm and sunny, a lovely day with a light, early morning breeze coming out of the southeast. I hadn’t seen a day like it in some time, and from the last weather forecast, I knew that I might not see another for perhaps longer still.     Hurrying, I slid my squat, blue dingy into the back of the pickup and filled it with tackle, battery and an electric motor. Then I headed for the Eastern Shore. Fish Are Biting ...     Up to now, the rockfish bite...

Follow the Big Dipper

The sun sets a little before 8:00 this week, with full darkness coming almost an hour later. By that time, the great bear Ursa Major is almost directly overhead. The third-largest constellation, Ursa Major has been seen as a great she-bear by ancient peoples from Greece to India, Babylon to North America. In the modern age, when the few bears most of us see are captive in zoos or performing in circuses, we are more familiar with the seven stars of the bruin’s hind-quarters, a grouping...

A G rating takes the teeth out of this lion and cheetah documentary

Cheetah mother Sita stalks an antelope in the tall grasses of the Kenyan savannah. She chases her quarry, closing the gap between them with bounding strides. Sita leaps, claws out, and lands upon the antelope’s hindquarters.     And cut!     The director returns to Sita later, face smeared with blood, feeding her hungry cubs. The antelope, curiously, is nowhere to be found.     African Cats is an entertaining, if bloodless, look at the lives...

I’m sorry to see you go

Like newspapers — I mean the print variety — politicians are news one day and fish wrap the next. That was not the case with William Donald Schaefer.     On a Maryland scale, Schaefer was God in his heavens. We might not think of him everyday, but if we ignored him too long, the thunder would roar — and lightning might strike.     So I got in the habit of reckoning his existence. When he was out of office between 1995 and 1999, I could feel his...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Thank you for Heather Boughey’s great article about the Maryland Park Service’s Park Quest program in Bay Weekly’s April 14 edition [http://bit.ly/hecAhd].     Her first-person adventures as part of Team Bay Bougheys showcase the fun, excitement and outdoor challenges that other families experienced last summer during Park Quest. We look forward to reading about Team Bay Bougheys’ adventures again this year on our...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I enjoyed reading Peggy Traband’s story about Mr. Owl [Creature Feature, April 14: http://bit.ly/gZhs2Z], who was rescued from Sudwell-Nutley Rd. I was sorry to learn he did not survive, despite the work of the Davidsonville Wildlife Rehabilitation Center [Correspondence, April 21: http://bit.ly/he2k8q]. I sent the story to my daughter, a senior at Cornell University, who is studying to be a rehabilitator. –Weems Duvall, Churchton

We stand with our feet in the water and our hands dirty from digging in the earth.

If you’re a mechanic, you open a garage. If you’re a cook, you open a restaurant. If you’re a horsewoman, you open a stable. If you’re newspaper people, you open a newspaper.     You do what you know. That’s why we — husband Bill Lambrecht, son J. Alex Knoll and I — opened New Bay Times, on 1993’s chill, rainy Earth Day.     Back then, the decision wasn’t so apparent. Bill — whose hardworking parents...

From their yards to yours, Master Gardeners protect Mother Earth’s stability and sustainability

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. –Karel âapek, 1931 There are gardeners — and then there are gardeners. People whose love, whose devotion to gardening runs so deep they can’t keep it to themselves. It’s more than a hobby. It’s a passion. They have to share it, teach it.     Because what they’re giving is something big:...

Locally grown and ethically treated livestock brings meat you can trust to your table

Growing your own veggies is one thing; raising your own livestock is entirely another.          That’s the lesson of my friends’ rabbits.     Back when Earth Day was a bright new idea, green pioneers Janice and Phil turned their mildly urban garage into a high-rise rabbit warren. Chemical-intensive factory farming had scared the health-minded couple away from grocery meat. Home-raised rabbit seemed the sustainable solution.  ...

Recent storm spares freshwater marsh

Just over a month ago, a new sand barrier was topped off with 60,000 plants of native grass to protect the fragile Cove Point freshwater marsh in Calvert County from the open Bay. Mother Nature had breached the barrier in 2004 and 2006, and once again this month, she has proved that she is in charge.     With driving rain, powerful wind gusts and waves over seven feet, the Bay saw Victory-at-Sea conditions on Saturday April 16. At the Gooses Reef Buoy just north of Cove Point,...