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U.S. Powerboat Show back to its former glory

I built the General Lee in less than a week — and raced it, too

Temptation awaits at the Boat Show

Great Schooner Race, Volvo Ocean Race set sail

Good neighbor provides trailside rest area

Keep him in the lab and out of my kitchen!

Calvert Marine Museum’s snakehead settles into life in solitary confinement

  Two years ago, the Calvert Marine Museum put a new inmate in the tank, a snakehead fish, as the showpiece of the museum’s invasive species exhibit. “It was a good example because there was a lot of press on it a few years back,” says Ken Kaumeyer, the museum’s curator of estuarine biology. Though the fish hasn’t attempted a jailbreak, Kaumeyer isn’t ready to declare it a model prisoner. Originally, the snakehead was to be part of a larger exhibit,...

Week 16: Junior Thrives

  There is only one baby osprey this year, Olivia usually has three each year, but she has been having her trials of late. Last year, she lost all her babies when a windstorm toppled the nest into the water and the chicks drowned. This year, some sort of mishap occurred with her initial eggs. Junior is growing by leaps and bounds and is well attended by his parents. I see his little tousled head poking up above the nest every day now as his mother feeds him fresh-caught fish. When he...

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  Another Member of the Osprey Fan Club Dear Bay Weekly: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading the weekly Osprey Saga by Michael Koblos. These are amazing birds. –Peg Richardson, Lusby   Loving Rivers Dear Bay Weekly: Thank you for the excellent June 24 editorial, “Love a River,” reminding us of the role of our rivers and our history, followed by the feature about mapmaker Dave Linthicum’s passion for the Patuxent. What better time than summer to...

Bay Weekly’s 2010 Summer Book Guide

  Ahhhh, summer. The season synonymous with vacation: that hard-earned leisure time when we finally give ourselves permission to retreat and, for a short respite, do nothing. Or, at least, do very little. Wherever your retreat — a sandy beach, a cool blue pool, fresh pine-scented mountains or as far as your backyard hammock in the shade of the big old oak tree — it’s better with a good book. Bay Weekly’s 2010 Summer Book Guide helps you pick the right book. To start...

With more books and more formats than ever, only time stands in your way

  My husband worries that you’re not reading books. He worries because he’d like to be writing books. As a Washington newspaper correspondent, he’s an endangered species because everybody knows you’re reading fewer newspapers — and shorter stories — though not less news. So here he is in the age of tweets, with many more words still in his computer. Books are his hope of last resort — if only you’ll read them. But you’re not, according...

Rod maker George Pavlik had agonized over this rod —
the perfect stick for casting to white perch

  My skiff had drifted a good distance from the cove’s rip-rapped edge by the time I glimpsed the slight flash. It was the gold/green hue of a big white perch, deep and near the rocks. Arcing my spinner bait out over the growing distance, I got it close to the mark.  - I gave the lure just a second or two to get down, then started to crank. The fish must have hit it on the drop, because I was immediately solid. It felt like a good one. Playing it gently, I kept a good bend in...

The statues of Easter Island have front-row seats for solar eclipse

  Early risers Friday might catch the last of the waning crescent moon low in the east in the 90 minutes before daybreak at 5:48. Ten degrees to its left, glows Aldebaran, the bright red heart of Taurus the bull.  Later that same day, as darkness settles in after 8:30, Venus appears above the west horizon. The bluish light of Regulus shines about one degree to the lower left of Venus, but there is no comparison, as the so-called evening star shines more than 150 times brighter than...

Week 17: Coming Along Fine

  Olivia is rearranging the furniture again. She’s been tugging and pushing and bringing in new twigs and slowly widening and, at the same time, lowering the edges of the nest in preparation for Junior’s growth and ultimate venture into flying. In the end, the nest will be as flat and broad as she can make it. The feeding goes on, and Junior keeps growing. It takes about eight weeks from hatching to flight, so we have a ways to go before Junior takes to the air. Sometime in mid...

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  -What’s Up with the Fish Nets? Dear Bay Weekly: On July 4, we were enjoying the Bay and went by fish nets. We were shocked there were so many dead rockfish that we got the camera and took a picture. Is this because they did not work the nets due to the holiday? Or is this just normal net business? –Curious boaters, Linda & Matt: outat45@cox.net Editor’s reply: We’ve never seen dead fish in a fish net. Perhaps readers can supply an answer? - Feeling the...

Chesapeake Field Guides travel with you by iPad or iPhone

  Chesapeake Bay? There’s an app for that. Last week, the Chesapeake Bay Trust released an iOS application called Chesapeake Field Guide. If you’ve ever been out of doors and wondered what that bird call is or if that plant is dangerous, answers are now only a tap away. “It’s a fantastic tool for people to learn about the Bay, with thousands of images at the palm of your hand,” says Alex Hance, executive director at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “The core...