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Husband Bill has his say on our shared dogs

I’ve given away most of my space in this week’s Letter.          “I’ve had my say on the dogs you and I have shared,” I said to my husband, Bay Weekly co-founder Bill Lambrecht. “Now it’s your turn.”     Bill took the assignment, but his storytelling reflects his day job: 30 years of reporting on D.C. capitol doings.     Read on and you’ll see why he titled his story Capitol...

$6,000 Raised at Breakfast at Sniffany’s Dogs from across Southern Maryland and their two-legged companions breakfasted at the Holiday Inn Select Solomons to raise funds for Calvert County animal rescue groups. The diverse canine crowd ranged from a four-pound Chihuahua to a 170-pound Newfoundland.     The 4th Annual Breakfast at Sniffany’s Brunch and Benefit Auction raised $6,000, enough to give checks for $1,500 each to the Humane Society of Calvert County, Calvert...

Interspecies relationships have shaped history

Brian Fagan, anthropologist and scholar (professor at the University of California Santa Barbara), is the author of this and other interesting and deeply researched books in the field of archeology. The complexity of relationships in his family menagerie inspired The Intimate Bond’s history of how humans and animals have interacted from the Ice Age to modern times.     Interspecies relationships have shaped history as, for example, subsistence farming of meat animals...

Your inner child will want to see it again and again — even without Cousin Itt

“America has loved the Addams Family for 80 years, and now we have a rerun marathon of your favorite creepy and kooky characters in the flesh and blood. They’re all back (minus Cousin Itt) in a surprisingly sanguine musical that celebrates family values through the generations. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production will keep you smiling from the moment Thing cues the overture until the inspirational finale, Move Toward the Darkness.     Gomez (Vince...

This silly send-up of 1960s’ spy films is F.U.N.

Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill: Man of Steel) is a CIA spy with style. Dressed to the nines and armed with charm, he can seduce women with a wink and talk his way into or out of any situation. His unflappable confidence is second only to his intelligence.     So when he’s assigned to extract Gaby (Alicia Vikander: Ex Machina) from East Germany, Solo assumes the mission will be simple. But only after a harrowing chase from a hulking tail do Gaby and Solo make it safely across...

60 years later, this Chesapeake shipwreck remains a cautionary tale

Much has changed in the maritime world in the 60 years since the sinking of the Levin J. Marvel topped the Chesapeake’s disaster charts. The key to maritime safety hasn’t changed — aboard the Levin J. Marvel in 1955 or the recreational craft we use today.     In spite of all of our technical progress, we still rely on the skills, experience and judgment of the person in charge to keep us safe. A captain’s shortcomings can lead to disaster. Arrogance,...

How else to explain such a catch?

Pulling on the trotline one final time to straighten it and ensure proper tension, we dropped the red trailing float and released its anchor into the water, completing the setup. It was just after sunrise, an early start being a necessity when hoping for a good catch of blue crabs. Still, we also knew our job was not going to be easy.     There had been nothing but bad news this season on the local population of jimmies. My friend Frank had invited me on this trip with the...

Annapolis Solar Park tops old landfill

The future for the region’s energy needs is being built upon the trash heaps of our past.     This week, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides signed a 20-year lease for Annapolis Solar Park, giving the green light to build an 80-acre solar project at the site of a closed and capped landfill in Anne Arundel County.     The project, a joint effort of Annapolis Solar Park, BQ Energy and Building Energy Development, will be operational by the end of next year and...

Bay beaches keep a record of natural as well as human history.     Calvert County beaches are larded with nature’s treasures: shells, bone fragments and especially sharks’ teeth that tell a prehistoric story of an ancient ocean teeming with brutes and monsters. Teeth top off at seven inches, which means the Great White Shark that grew them was as big as a boxcar. But even an ancient tooth as tiny as a rose thorn can be a thrilling discovery. Learn about these...

The other side of adventure is always danger

Water has drawn our species back ever since we left its embrace.     In Saharan cave drawings, ancestral swimmers frolic in weightlessness. On beaches and in pools, 21st century kids submerge with the same exhilaration.     Relics of boats dug out of logs or woven from reeds date back at least as far as those cave drawings, 7,000 and more years. On boats, we’ve extended our reach, surpassed our known horizons, sought and lost fortune, advanced our...