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Clump is good; common is bad

Bamboo comes in two basic forms, clump and common. Unless you are prepared to build barriers to restrict the spread of common bamboo, use only clump bamboo for landscaping.     Unlike the common bamboo that propagates itself by producing rhizomes underground, clump bamboo produces very tight-growing clumps and can only be propagated by divisions. Some of the clumping bamboos enlarge by only a few inches a year, while some of the more vigorous forms of clumping bamboos will...

Bay Theatre Company’s one-man show will put you in Hound Heaven

Had it with political wrangling? Fed up with wasteful government spending? Yearning for a simpler, more primal existence? Then you’re set to enjoy The Bay Theatre Company production of Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake.     Matthew Vaky — the versatile, voluble star of this one-man tour de force —he portrays 10 characters in the mammalian circus. Chief among them are Kerr (a bisexual performance artist),  Sen. Therm Pooley (R-VA) and Pooley’s dog Lucky...

Only the strongest of this year’s Lyrid meteors will pierce the glare

The waning gibbous moon rises around midnight at week’s end and shines bright through dawn, which puts a damper on the annual Lyrid meteor shower, peaking in the dark hours of Thursday/Friday and Friday/Saturday.     Even under ideal conditions with no competing moonlight, the Lyrids tend to max out at 15 to 20 meteors an hour. But any meteor bright enough to pierce the moonlight is likely to catch your attention as it streaks through the sky. Additionally, many of the...

Good slasher fun is marred by lectures about the good old days.

Wes Craven (My Soul to Take) wants you damn kids to get off of his lawn. Also, the director wants the You Tube generation to show some respect for old-school slasher films.     In the reboot of the Scream franchise, the curmudgeon director sets out to prove that fusing old-school scares and new-school pop culture smarts are his forte. Craven’s got a point. When he focuses on the gore and the fun, he makes a smart, scary flick.     Ten years after the last...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Our March 15 article on Friendship United Methodist Church Sunday schoolers raising enough money to buy two pregnant cows, through Heifer International, for impoverished Third World families, has gotten a lot of attention on the church bulletin board and in our Sunday bulletin. Pastor Byron Brought — who dressed up as a cow to celebrate the achievement — has mentioned it and the donation at least twice from the pulpit. –Jay Lounsbury,...
Dear Bay Weekly:     Join us in celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, from 4 to 8pm. You’ll meet an oyster rancher, paddle a kayak, spin wool, listen to music and a nature reading and drink some slack wine.     At the 7:30pm closing ceremony at sunset, we’ll gather on a spot overlooking the St. Mary’s River, and I’ll read The Journey, a reflection that begins …     When the sun sets on my river, and the wings of...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I want to congratulate both you and Margaret Tearman for her excellent article on Pepco’s Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway MAPP Project on April 7.     The article covered a complex topic in a very readable way and in a fair, balanced manner.     It is a public service when an article like Margaret’s informs the public accurately about a topic that generates a lot of fear and concern and that involves high stakes....
Dear Bay Weekly:     Sadly I must tell you Mr. Oliver T. Owl passed away on the morning of April 17.     When I visited with Oliver at the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary, rehabilitator Sandy Carr said he was doing well, eating the meat she was offering him. He seemed alert and checking everything out from his perch in an aquarium in her clinic. I had an opportunity to stroke his rear neck feathers — oh, so soft — and he didn’t seem to mind....

Now It's Your Turn!

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir   On a hot day in early summer 2010, Team Bay Bougheys went seeking Isabella at Cunningham Falls State Park in Western Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. A swim in Little Hunting Creek — our second stop along the trail to find Isabella — was inviting. But we were on a mission, and our sweaty three-person team persisted in our mile-and-a-half quest.     We Bay Bougheys — husband Jon...

The Rescue of Mr. Owl

God works in very mouseterious ways –from ChrisMouse: The Real Story of Silent Night, by Anon E. Mouse The lump of feathers on Nutwell-Sudley Road was an owl. Rescuing Mr. Owl took five guardian angels.     Once husband Jim and I recognized the lump as an owl, we turned around to block traffic, thus becoming Angels No. 1 and 2.     I waved drivers around while Jim went back home for our forgotten cell phone and the blanket we wished we’d had when we...