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Your 2017 guide to finding fall fun

Beaches, marsh and mountains blaze with color

This week we bring you 50-plus ways to revel in the new season

Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 

In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

A missive 20 years delayed sent me into my future

Bats have a colony of mothers

Who knew that bats make excellent mothers? You and I do, thanks to Maryland Department of Natural Resources bat biologist Dana Limpert, who speaks highly of the brown bat.     “They take excellent care of their young. If a baby falls out of the roost or is injured, the mother will recognize its calls and rescue it.”     Myotis lucifugus is small, about three and a half inches with a wingspan of nine to 11 inches and weighing less than half an ounce....

Hunting license fees add 126 acres to ­Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Conservationists have reason to celebrate at funding for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s growth by 126 acres.     Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore, is home to one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, earning its ranking as a Wetland of International Importance.     As well as marsh, it has two more major habitats, forest and shallow water. A sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, it...

Anne Arundel County Library adds bilingual children’s books

To inspire love of reading in every child, the Anne Arundel County Public Library has added bilingual children’s materials, dividing 500 copies of 100 titles among the county’s libraries at all 15 branches. The World Languages Collection supplements the library’s Spanish bilingual books with new board books in Urdu, Chinese and Vietnamese, the top four languages spoken by families in county public schools.     “The library is for everyone in our community...

Feed new plants or warm the soil

Like air, soil is slowly warming. When soil temperatures are below 60 degrees, soil microorganisms are rather inactive and plants have fewer nutrients to absorb. As the soils warm, the microorganisms become active and more nutrients become available.     The conventional gardener can readily solve this problem by side-dressing with a water soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro or by sprinkling calcium nitrate, ammonium sulfate or a complete fertilizer near the plants and...

With resident rockfish season, ­fishing becomes catching

Trophy rockfish season ends Monday, May 15. On Tuesday, May 16, the second Chesapeake Bay rockfish season begins. At the change, the size limit changes from one fish of over 35 inches to two fish 20 inches or larger, only one of which may be longer than 28 inches.     Legal fishing areas are limited to the main stem of the Chesapeake from the Hart-Miller Island Dike south to the Maryland-Virginia line plus Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound; and the Chester, Choptank and Patuxent...

This mother-daughter comedy is good for a few laughs

Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer: Inside Amy Schumer) is a train wreck. Fired from her retail job and dumped by her boyfriend, she’s reduced to posting selfies on Instagram. Her digital success has not earned her friends, so her only willing companion on a non-refundable trip to Ecuador is her mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn: The Banger Sisters), the one person who has never told her no.     A bit of a shut-in who still takes care of Emily’s agoraphobic man-child of a brother...

There's still time to fill the kids' summer with fun — and just maybe fill your days with peace.

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs A safe, fun and nurturing environment We welcome campers of all families and faiths and invite you to explore our 40+ full- and half-day programs for ages 3-18 to see how we can meet your family’s needs. Our weeklong camps cover all the bases: sports camps for those who like to be active … creative arts camps for the artistic … academic camps to satisfy STEM interests. For kids who like a wide mix of activities, we have...

Tail-wagging fun at annual fundraiser

Thousands of humans and their canine companions hit the trails at Quiet Waters Park Sunday for the 26th annual Anne Arundel County SPCA’s Walk for the Animals. The unseasonably warm weekend made for some thirsty pups and their people. But that didn’t stop them from joining the 5K run and walk.     The fur was flying all morning as dogs – both large and small, fluffy and fuzzy – strutted their stuff along the park paths. Bay Weekly’s pet-loving staff...

Captain Preston Hartge keeps Smith Bros. tugboats chugging along

Drive down Galesville Road, and everything seems unassuming and in its proper place. The old churches, the auto shop, the town hall, the post office, the country bungalows and older homes, the boats in yards: the ambiance is old-school and peaceful.     At Woodfield Road, a small sign with an arrow points to Smith Bros. but doesn’t say what Smith Bros. does. Drive down a couple of residential blocks until you are head on with Hartge Yacht Yard, and another small Smith Bros...

Look up; they’re all around you

Drifting high across most landscapes this time of year, sometimes to altitudes of 16,000 feet or more, are airborne travelers that few people notice, though the fliers may number in the thousands.     They are spiders seeking new ­territories.     These ballooning or sailing spiders are generally the smaller of the many spider varieties and are borne aloft by winds on gossamer filaments, usually three, spun by the spider, forming a pyramid canopy that can...