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Your guide to Chesaeake Country's freshest produce and more!

Cool high-summer recipes from Maryland’s 2014 Buy Local Cookbook

Many local chefs and restaurants are on the bandwagon

Satisfy thirst and more at the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show

Great Spangled Fritillary

Buying local? Try vinegar lulled for five months in a skipjack’s hull

When fishing is good it is very good; When it is bad, it’s still pretty good

Owls battle and soar in this beautiful tangle.

Soren (Jim Sturgess: 21) is a young barn owl from the forest of Tyto. The dreamer is just learning to spread his wings when he and his brother are kidnapped by agents of the Pure Ones, an evil flock of hawkish owls who snatch owlets for conscripts. It’s up to Soren, bolstered by bedtime stories about legendary heroes, to escape brainwashing and fly to the Guardians of Ga’Hoole to mount a rescue. His quest for help may forge Soren as a legend himself, as he strives to free the owlets...

Don’t welcome them!

If you thought the Japanese beetles (aka ladybugs) were bad last year, get ready for worse this fall, when invading stinkbugs join the Japanese beetles. This is the worst year I have ever witnessed for stinkbugs. Stinkbugs are harmless to humans and pets, but they are a nuisance and difficult to control. They derive their name from the foul odor they release when you squeeze the abdomen. It reminds me of smelly dirty socks with a slightly sweet odor.  I have hung a fly-swatter outside so...

The heavenly bull’s glare

As darkness settles, the bright glow of Jupiter pierces the east-southeast horizon, by far the brightest light in the sky, as the moon spends this week waning through pre-dawn skies. The gaseous giant is high in the south at midnight, and as dawn nears, it sets beneath the western horizon. Around 10pm, the star Aldebaran rises in the east. The red glaring eye of Taurus the bull is one of the oldest recognized stars within one of the oldest recognized constellations. Among the paintings found on...

Sometimes the crab catches you

  The sudden pain was excruciating. The Jimmie I was attempting to free from my net was not particularly large, but it had closed its pincer firmly across the tip of my middle finger and was bearing down with unbelievable pressure. Just a moment’s inattention, and I’d been caught like the rankest amateur crabber. It hurt like hell. I yelled out in agony. My right hand held the crab net that had captured the rascal, and I couldn’t let it go without adding even more...

A lot of factors explain this puzzle

  Summer solstice is still more than a week away, but the sun rises its earliest of the year just before 5:40 Monday the 14th. While solstice is the longest day of the year, it marks neither the earliest sunrise nor the latest sunset, which falls a week after solstice. This is due to several interacting factors cumulatively called the Equation of Time. Earth spins on its 231x2-degree tilt of rotational axis, which causes the changing seasons. It also affects the time of day that the sun...

Each week’s assortment of vegetables will be a new lesson

Bay Reflections -       -by    Driving down Solomon’s Island Road, I looked out the window with new appreciation. The traffic of Annapolis behind me, I spent the 20-minute drive pondering the crops that flourished along my route and wondering which of them would be in my box. “Is that corn? I wonder if I’ll get corn.” “Maybe that’s lettuce? I wonder if I’ll get lettuce.” Oh, the mysteries of belonging to Community...

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  A Second Grader’s Plea Dear Bay Weekly: Please reduce, reuse, and recycle. Please reduce using plastic. If you do, you will save oil. Please reuse broken toys. You can make them into something else. Please recycle paper. You can save trees. We need to save the environment. Please reduce, reuse and recycle. –Steven Calabrese, Second Grader: St. Leonard Elementary School - The Story Behind This Week’s First Letter Dear Bay Weekly: I am a second-grade teacher with Calvert...

Goats, sheep clear the way for endangered turtles

  Drive north past Baltimore into Carroll County on Maryland Route 30, and you may rub your eyes and wonder if they’re playing tricks on you. No, your imagination is not running wild. Those are goats and sheep grazing alongside the highway. But they are not just any goats and sheep. They are state contractors, hired to mow the lawn — and save the turtles.  - The Turtles Several years back, the Maryland State Highway Administration purchased land along the old Hanover Pike...
  I am a racecar driver. I am a swordsman. I am a gangster. I am an alien. I have saved the world. I have played in front of thousands. I have found the princess in another castle. I have found the cake. I have done all of this from my basement.   I am one of millions of explorers in the strange world of video games. Among my fellow gamers, I am young at 18. The average gamer is 35, according to the Entertainment Software Association, and has been playing for 12 years. We’re...

Here’s how to plant for summer and autumn harvest

  I was recently asked whether I prefer snow peas, sugar peas or shelling peas. For eating in salads, I prefer snow peas. For cooking Asian dishes, either snow peas or sugar peas are acceptable with the exception that snow peas tend to be crunchier when not cooked to death. But for eating as a single dish or adding to American style dishes, shelling peas are hard to beat. It takes time to shell peas, but the flavor of freshly harvested shelled peas that are steamed and not boiled is...