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A Bay Weekly conversation with Allison Tracy of Smithsonian ­Environmental Research Center
Tour the county from Hole in the Barn Door to Mariner's Compass

Waging a fight against Japanese stiltgrass

Two more recipes to round out your menu with summer’s best from Bay and garden
      Good as Enticing All Natural Steak & Mushroom Sliders from En-tice-Ment and Windermere farms are, summer’s garden is too good to be ignored. So to balance your menu — and the recipe you’ll read with our story The Proof Is in the Taste on page 4 — here are a pair of recipes from the 2019 Governor’s Buy Local Cookout and Cookbook.      On a steamy July night, both were deliciously light and flavorful. One’s an appetizer...
Remembering Valerie Lester www.bayweekly.com/node/49440       Many thanks for your lovely July 11 editorial Women of Many Faces about my friend Val Lester. As you may remember, Val and I first knew each as young children, long ago, in Jamaica, BWI. Her parents and my parents were good friends, Val and I formed a lifetime friendship, she moved to Annapolis because of that friendship and our daughters are friends.       Val died peacefully, feeling that she...
Design, landscaping upgrade entrance to historic community
     A welcoming garden of dogwood and magnolia trees, roses and hydrangea now adorn the gateway corner to the Clay Street community in Annapolis, the area around the Whitmore Parking Garage along Clay Street and West Washington Street.      These are the main entrances to a historic African American community that has been “county- and state-owned since urban renewal,” according to Erik Evans, executive director of the Annapolis Arts District, which...

Arts Alliance show celebrates the elements

      Weather plays out in high drama on the Bay’s big stage. In stormy weather, clouds sweep the sky in roiling 3D Technicolor, complete with sound and light effects.       In calmer weather, the blue sky repeats itself in blue water. Sunrise and sunset pull out their rainbow palettes. Sun and moon dance in gold and silver shimmers on the water.      No wonder artists are inspired by the drama of weather on the water.      ...

Local family adds meat to your Eat Local repertoire

     Fourth-generation Anne Arundel County farmer Deana Tice wants to bring out the carnivore in your locavore.       “Most families don’t have the farm connection any more. Everyone needs to know where food comes from and how it’s raised,” she says. So Tice has made it her mission to “share our farm and agricultural lifestyle as much as possible.”      The best way she knows is getting people to taste the...
Hire these scary-looking longfellows to eat your mice
     I  have been seeing comments about black rat snakes getting into bird-nesting boxes. A smooth support with a critter guard will generally keep them out.     The rat snake, a great climber, can easily climb a roughened wooden pole or bridge a three-foot gap. They are very muscular and can move in a straight line or in rectilinear patterns and push against objects in serpentine fashion. They can also climb straight up a tree by wedging into the bark. This is a...
Colin Rees explores changing seasons
     Birds led Colin Rees — a former environmental advisor for the World Bank — to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. There he discovered a wider love, of the natural world, so strong it led to his latest book, Nature’s Calendar: A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Sanctuary.       An avid birder, Rees has followed the migrations and behaviors of birds around the globe. For his latest project he narrowed his focus to all the flora and fauna within the...

Hoisting sails teaches life skills

    As the Woodwind drifted from the sunlit waters of the Annapolis marina, seven young sailors prepared to sail the 74-foot schooner into the Chesapeake Bay and back.      The crew — a mix of preteen boys and girls garbed in bright-green T-shirts — hailed from Brendan Sailing, a local school teaching life skills to children with learning differences. Many of the children have autism, ADHD and dyslexia.      When hoisting sails, they learn...
There are many good bugs ready to help you and your garden thrive
     Before you spray your garden for those pests that seem to sample everything you like to grow, learn who the good guys are, as they will be your allies in the long run. The less insecticides you use, the more a natural balance of predators will occur. There are many good bugs out there ready to help. It may take some time, as they need to be encouraged.       Integrated pest management is a method of identifying pests, evaluating the damage, finding the...

The day’s beginning and end are fine times to fish in summer 

     The light wind brought a welcome coolness to my cheeks as I drifted ever closer to the ripline at the mouth of the river. I lifted from the live well a struggling spot already pinned just in front of the dorsal with a light-wire 6/0 circle hook. It was full dark on a very quiet evening, and I was by myself.      One of the better times to fish in summer’s heat is after dark. You will have scant company. And on the right night with the right tide there...