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Smithsonian’s Year of Music comes to SERC

Traffic flows freely over the new Fishing Creek Bridge

Your chance to discover treasure
Fourth-graders and family visit national parks free

Lionfish “Taking Over the Atlantic”

Youth soccer pays dividends      Six graduating high school seniors each were awarded $2,500 scholarships in the annual Anne Arundel Youth Soccer Association 2019 essay contest. The scholarship is open to any graduating senior attending college or trade school who has played at least one season in AAYSA, the county league for Anne Arundel County. Essays are judged blindly by local educators and community soccer commissioners. The scholarship is funded by the league’s annual...

You don’t need a license to catch a dozen, but you’ll need a little luck

    I had just set the last of my four lines when the first run occurred. Surprised at the suddenness but carefully fingering the cotton line, I looked out of the corner of my eye for the net.     Despite my pressure on the string, my quarry continued to move away. My heart beat faster, too. One does not want to blow the first opportunity of a seemingly perfect morning.     The crab bite at first light is almost always the best, assuming of course that the tides...
Take them off the wanted poster and into the kitchen
     The cheery bright yellow flowers of the common dandelion have been maligned by herbicide companies. The plant is on the wanted poster for people who want perfectly green lawns. One of the best ways to rid your lawn of dandelions is to eat them.      Dandelion is our form of dente de lion, which is French for tooth of the lion, referring to the downward facing teeth of the leaves. The dandelion is a bitter green best gathered in spring and summer. All parts of...
A former hitman fights for his life in this ­fantastic action romp
      Semi-retired assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is having a bad run. Declared excommunicado for making a hit at a hotel where hitmen find refuge, Wick is under contract. With $14 million on his head tempting his former colleagues, he has one hour to get out of town.      To survive, he’ll have to fight his way through New York and travel round the globe to seek the Elder, the hitman society honcho to whom he has pledged his allegiance. It won’t be...
What to do with your household’s excess baggage
      The first few weeks of spring have many of us reenacting the role of the mole in The Wind in the Willows — dusting, sweeping, whitewashing and in the mood for a major home turnover.       We’ve sorted our trash situation — pun intended — with Bay Weekly’s What’s Your Recycling IQ (www.bayweekly.com/node/48213). Now let’s consider household items that have become more burden than boon.       What to...

Can Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method work for you?

      Do you dream of getting organized? Do you own a stack of books on organizing? Have you made attempts to declutter, only to be frustrated? Did you jump for joy when Netflix announced the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series? Marie Kondo has made a huge contribution to home organizing, and her concepts can be helpful to people trying to declutter.   Everyone needs to be responsible for their own space and things        This principle doesn’t need...

How to manage too much 

     You need more than one T to explain the Homo sapiens distinction. We make not only Tools but also Toys, Trinkets and Technology.      Animals make tools and maybe toys. As crows and their raven cousins seem to enjoy some leisure time, I wouldn’t doubt that they make entertaining toys as well as useful tools. But piling invention on invention sky high is not a habit that even the smartest birds and apes seem to have acquired.       We...
  Asbury Mardi Gras Raises Funds for Calvert Hospice        Asbury Solomons’ 16th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser on March 2 raised $5,770 to support Calvert Hospice. More than 68 Asbury residents attended along with their guests, according to Pat and Barbara O’Neal, the event’s organizers for the last six years. The Chesapeake Swing Band entertained everyone through the evening, creating a festive atmosphere. The Asbury Dining Department provided a...

Expect congestion in downtown Annapolis

        Annapolis welcomes thousands of friends and family of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for Commissioning Week activities, beginning May 17. The entire week leading up to the May 24 commissioning ceremony brings heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking limitations, maritime traffic restrictions and increased security.          With more cars and pedestrians, you’ll need to give yourself extra time to...

 

It’s a heavy order, but you need to do it

       It’s a mouthful. But you probably need to swallow the draft Phase III Watershed Implementation’s lumpy title for the sake of knowing what Maryland planners have in store for our Chesapeake.          What we’re talking about, in case that title doesn’t tell you, is what’s coming to help us reach the 2025 “ultimate restoration deadline” the EPA set back in 2010. In essence, each state has...