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With this issue, we enter Chesapeake Country’s favorite season

Teens compete in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta

I’m eager to learn the skills and expertise employed by sailors for centuries

Memories of boats little and big

Whenever the weather lets you

Mermaid and Bride of Frankenstein top Homstead’s Critter Crawl

Critters pranced, bolted, held back and had to be dragged, but — despite the name — none crawled at the Critter Crawl at Homestead Garden’s Fall Festival. Twenty-nine costumed dogs were strutting their stuff, as were their owners, often wearing pared costumes. A terrier wore prison stripes for bad behavior, a shepherd sprouted reindeer horns, a pit bull turned into a frog.     In the end, judges from Homestead Gardens and Bay Weekly gave top honors to cuteness...

Greenstreet Growers uses land wisely

For using land wisely so as to preserve it for future generations, Greenstreet Growers is Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year. Greenstreet Growers has been at the forefront of agriculture in South County since 2000, growing bedding annuals and perennials in commercial greenhouses for both retail and wholesale customers. In those years it has installed soil-saving, pollution-reducing innovations including grassed waterways, heavy-use area protections...

Franklin Point State Park opens after 17-year wait

Keeping South County rural seems to be a motto with might behind it.     A former ground of contention is opening as Franklin Point State Park. After stalwart citizens and former Gov. Parris Glendening blocked development, the former Deep Creek airport sat untouched for over a decade thanks to shrinking budgets and a critical wetland habitat the county seemed to not know how to best use.     The 477-acre peninsula bordering Chesapeake Bay, Deep Creek and Flag...

Three-man crew includes fishing expert and Deale marina manager

When you’ve used up your week’s worth of Dennis Doyle’s fishing tips, tune into WNAV Boat Show Wednesday afternoons at 2 on 1430fm (99.9am in Annapolis). With Captain Dave Hanson retiring after 14 years and more than 700 shows, the radio Boat Show has a new crew. Host is Hanson’s decade-long co-captain, Rick Franke, a familiar name in the Annapolis maritime community as former general manager of the Annapolis Sailing School. He holds a 100-ton Inland Master’s...

Is this “Reefer Madness”?

We’re looking forward to fields of marijuana amid the corn and soybeans in Southern Anne Arundel County.     That’s one implication of the semiannual survey Anne Arundel County opinion just released by The Center for the Study of Local Issues at Anne Arundel Community College.     Medical marijuana is riding a high, according to the survey, with 69 percent in favor of allowing its planting, processing and sale in Anne Arundel.     ...

A cover crop of winter rye is the ultimate in nutrient recycling

Planting a cover crop in your garden is good for the soil. It also contributes to improving the quality of Bay waters. Soil should never be exposed to rain and wind. Most of the brown, muddy water you see while boating on the Bay is colored by soil that has washed from adjoining lands or streams.     As soon as you finish gardening in late summer and fall, plant winter rye in your garden. Winter rye is a great scavenger plant because it absorbs all available...

Perfect your cast to battle with autumn’s big fellas of the Bay

Our skiff was slowly drifting off of the Western Shore, just below the Bay Bridge, pushed by a light northwesterly wind along with the beginnings of a falling tide. My eyes were glued to some strong arches on the fish-finder indicating we were passing over a pod of good fish holding close to the bottom in about 20 feet of water. Bending on a 3/0 Half and Half (a Deceiver-style fly with a Clouser-type head) in chartreuse and white, I lifted my stiff nine-foot rod and started to cast.  ...

There’s a great spy story in the middle of this bloated epic

James Donovan (Saving Mr. Banks) knows how to strike a deal. The insurance lawyer is used to haggling for his clients. Though his expertise is litigation and payouts, Donovan is asked to defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance: Wolf Hall), an accused spy.     The Cold War colors the case, and soon Donovan is the second most hated man in America, right after Abel. People threaten him in public, shoot at his home and terrify his family. The CIA tails him, pressuring him to break attorney...

If you don’t love this show, I will personally refund your money

What do you expect from an iconic musical winner of five Tonys, a Grammy and an Oscar? A show so revered it cemented the careers of Shirley Jones and Robert Preston, and launched little Ron Howard to stardom?     At 2nd Star Productions, expect the perfect delight of screen and vinyl.     The Music Man tells a story as old as human nature about opportunism and naiveté, exceptionalism and jealousy — with humor. It’s nostalgic and sweet without being...

The view was breathtaking — until the sun set, leaving us alone with a guide we didn’t know

It was late afternoon when I caught up with Sharon in the hotel bar. She was the roommate assigned to me by the travel company that ran my 1974 trip to Spain and Portugal. A teacher from New Jersey, she was older than me by 15 years, and, I thought, more worldly wise.     She was chatting with a man whom she introduced as Robert, a ­fellow American. “He’s an archeologist,” she told me. “He’s working on an old castle that’s not yet open to...