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Before you vote them in, read their words on the Bay
 

8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

What to do when skunks move into the neighborhood

The catching is still good if you can stick with the search

From pot to rooting medium to placement, these plants have ­special needs

The law is a two-way street for drivers and for cyclists

I’m one of those bicyclists that motorists love to hate.     I own a nice car and put about 10,000 miles on it each year. But my bicycle is my primary form of transportation. On it, I put almost 2,000 miles a year. I rode my bicycle twice across the United States, once from Seattle, once from San Diego. I run a bicycle tour business in Annapolis called Annapolis by Bike. I have taken and led countless rides through Southern Anne Arundel County. And I have commuted to work...

Can the Bay Gardener solve it?

About 30 years ago, I began to build up my garden with compost and leaves. Every few years, I would gather and put down about three feet of leaves to rot and be tilled into the 50-by-50-foot garden space. The garden now has a beautiful loamy soil. I have been planting with wonderful results for about 20 years.     About six years ago, I collected the leaves and put them down but did not plant for two years. I gather the bags of leaves, mostly oak, from neighboring houses....

White perch are ready to bite

White perch are ready to bite The day had turned ideal, overcast with virtually no wind and a full flood tide. I was busy tying on a bright-colored, one-sixth-ounce spinner bait and, while I couldn’t see my buddy Moe in the bow, I could hear him grunt, “Another one … bigger than the last.” I hurried to pull my knot tight. Of course in my haste I botched the operation and had to cut the lure off and start over.     After getting the knot right, I was...

Will the Boötids show or no?

Friday’s new moon provides a dark backdrop for the annual Boötid meteor shower, which peaks after sunset that night and before dawn Saturday. Most years the Boötids are a modest shower, topping out at a dozen meteors an hour. But every now and then, it storms.     This meteor shower was first recorded in 1916, when English astronomer W. F. Denning counted more than 100 meteors an hour. “Large meteors came in quick succession from a radiant in the region between...

You can take the boys out of Jersey, but you’ll never take the Jersey out of the boys

This is a true story.         Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza: Boardwalk Empire) knows there are only three ways to get out of Jersey: Join the army, join the mob or get famous. Tired of being a two-bit hood for local mob boss Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken: Gods Behaving Badly), he starts a band with his brother and fellow small-time crook Nick (Michael Lomenda). When they’re not in jail or pulling robberies, the three play at local clubs and dancehalls. But...

Teen players give you hope in youth and humanity

An all-teen cast draws a fine line between the real and unreal in Twin Beach Players’ Harvey. We’ve known Elwood P. Dowd since 1944, when Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway, but most notably in James Stewart’s 1950 movie incarnation.     In all those years, nobody has ever seen Dowd’s best friend and constant companion, a six-foot-three-inch tall white rabbit named Harvey.     Dowd describes Harvey as a pooka...

Before you vote, read up on ­candidates for governor and Anne Arundel County executive

The candidates we elect in this Primary have excellent chances — often 50-50 — of holding the Chesapeake’s future in their hands for the next four years.     This Primary season, we bring you top candidates’ views on the environment, expressed in their own words.     Under constraint of space, we’ve limited our scope to top offices: governor and Anne Arundel County executive. Other top offices — the Board of Commissioners who...

Four giants of yore sail up the Patuxent

Tall ships ruled the sea during the age of exploration. Tall ships discovered America, brought colonists to Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and brought the British to wage a couple of wars.     In 1812, the new United States Navy was short on tall ships. British naval strength towered over ours, bringing big guns to the fight. Our Navy used flotillas of small, everyday boats to run up the rivers in defense. The small ships took advantage of the Bay’s landscape while the...

Good earth still open for gardeners

On a farm in St. Margaret’s, land that had been in sod has sprouted raised beds for a new community garden. The one-half-acre space gets full sun, has good fencing to keep out the deer and plenty of water. Thanks to the dedication of the farmers and members of Grow Annapolis, those with shade-bound yards now have a place to go — not just to raise food, but also to make new friends. And the Seznec family, which owns and runs Hollywood Farm, benefits from the added diversity the...

You’re never too young to compete as a triathlete

Bay-area dads had a Father’s Day blast watching their kids dive into the 2014 Truxtun Park Triathlon in Annapolis. My dad was blown away as his two daughters crossed the finish line after a 100-meter swim at the park pool,  five-mile bike ride and one-mile run along the Silopanna Trail and halfway around the track at Bates Middle School.     I earned second place in the 10 and under age group. My seven-year-old sister Alders, just off training wheels, also did well...