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8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

What to do when skunks move into the neighborhood

The catching is still good if you can stick with the search

From pot to rooting medium to placement, these plants have ­special needs

Volunteers hoof it across the country, picking up litter and lecturing on waste

  Jeff Chen doesn’t like trashy people. He’s willing to take steps to remedy his dislike. As one of the founders of Picking Up America, Chen is committed to riding our roadways of litter and pointing out American’s wasteful tendencies.  “It was an idea I had in 2006 when I was an intern in Yosemite Park,” Chen recalls. “I did a pretty epic hike to the top of Half Dome and on the way noticed some trash. On the way down, [my friend and I] picked up...

Scooping up suspended plant matter and algae, a typical menhaden filters seven gallons of water a minute, dwarfing even the oyster

  Also called pogy, mossbunker, fatback, bugmouth and about 25 other names, they are all the same creature, menhaden, and the most important fish that swims in our Chesapeake. The fish with many names is also an essential resident along the Atlantic seaboard because it is a main ecological building block for our entire marine food web.  A schooling, silvery fish about 15 inches long with an enormous mouth and weighing a pound or so, it is bony, smelly and poor tasting. But everything...

Look low in the west after sunset for your own UFO

  The great astronomer-novelist Arthur C. Clark once said, “If you’ve never seen a UFO, you’re not very observant. And if you’ve seen as many as I have, you won’t believe in them.” A few hours after sunset, you may very well spot your own unidentified flying object hovering above the horizon or perhaps zipping through a stand of trees.  While it may be breathtaking, fans of the X Files and Area 51 conspiracy theorists will likely be disappointed....

How the Bay Blues Festival helped me ditch the blues

  Some girls view a first date with excitement. I view first dates with dread. What if he’s a poor conversationalist? What if I have nothing to say? What if he collects the skulls of all the women he’s dated? Admittedly, I need to stop watching Silence of the Lambs.  I drove to the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium parking lot to meet Jack for our first date, 2009’s Bay Blues Festival, my stomach was churning and I was considering exit strategies. In a blind panic, I called...

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  Russell Got It Right (Except the White Hair) Dear Bay Weekly: I think Amy Russell’s article on me [“A Time to Reap, A Time to Sow”: May 13] turned out very nicely! Or at least, I did after I got over my shock at seeing all that white hair in the cover photo. And the timing was certainly perfect. I had a very successful open house this past weekend — parking even got to be a problem — and most of the customers said they’d come because they saw the...

A little boy gives you a big chance to fight childhood cancer

  Luca Assante will be three years old on June 20. He and his two sisters, Isabella and Gabriella, live with their parents Lucy and Vinnie in Annapolis, not too far away from Grandpa Ray and Grandma Geraldine. Or from Lucy’s sister and her kids. Aunt Maria and Uncle Sal live in Dunkirk. The other dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins are spread out, many in Italy. They are part of a large, loving family, a family that understands the need to stick together. Especially for the children...

After nine years, Don Hooker compiles the Bay Blues Festival’s greatest hits and biggest catastrophes

  If there ain’t pain, there ain’t the blues. Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival CEO Don Hooker knows this fact intimately. It took a painful lot of work and more than a little suffering on the side for Hooker to turn his charitable idea into a juggernaut fundraiser. Looking back at nine years of festivals, Hooker talks about the logistics, lunacy and love of music that have sustained him and the festival for nearly a decade.   Track 1: History Repeating Since founding the...

But thanks to sycamore anthracnose, they are suffering and won’t fill out until this summer

  During the past weeks, a number of Bay Weekly readers have expressed concern that something is killing the sycamore trees in their yards and in forests. The defoliation and the dead leaves that are dropping to the ground are due to a disease called sycamore anthracnose. This disease occurs only when we have a cold, wet spring like this year. The fungus that causes this disease attacks the newly emerging growth at the tips of the branches. Just as the first young leaves begin to mature,...

How are you planning on celebrating?

  Have you encountered any American bison lately on the Maryland range? Such a sighting would have been more likely had you been around a few hundred years ago. Like gray wolves, wild bison have been pushed out of Maryland. People did the pushing, people who believed this land was made for you and me.   I note this extirpation because this is a big week for rare, threatened and endangered species. Upcoming are Endangered Species Day, on May 21; International Day for Biological...

The Blue Angels’ support plane, Fat Albert, has a few tricks up its wings

  -“The current temperature is about 65 degrees with clear skies. The wind is calm,” Captain Edward Jorge, aircraft commander, tells his crew as he starts the pre-flight brief just minutes before his plane, Fat Albert, starts the Blue Angels’ show. The six-man crew hangs on to Eddie’s every word, digesting the information, with stone-cold focused faces and the occasional nod. Wind speeds, coordinates and the course are detailed too rapidly for a civilian to catch,...