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Turning a pop phenomenon into challenging life lessons

Highway medians become home to the birds, bees, butterflies

My guests were not who I expected

Billed as a smart and energetic musical comedy with a pop rock score and immensely likable story, this show delivers

A waterspout may get you if you don’t watch out

Reflections on heroes and superheroes

Who’s that guy on the roof at ATW Hardware & Supplies?

Who’s The Man? He’s the guy Ted Kramer hired to draw attention to his business. The Man has been sitting, standing, lying and climbing onto the roof at ATW Hardware & Supplies on Pike Ridge Road in Edgewater for six years. So it’s a good thing The Man is made of chicken wire and foam rather than flesh and blood. In 2005, Kramer decided something was missing in his then 16-year-old business. “Too many people said they didn’t know where we were,” Kramer...

Brace yourself for the quickening

You might not know it with the cold, gray weather of late, but this week we pass the midpoint of winter, with February 5 marking the first of the year’s four cross-quarter days. January 1 of the Julian calendar marks the new year for us in the modern western world. However, our long-distant ancestors had no such construct, instead looking to the changes in the heavens and here on earth to delineate the seasons and to break up their year. And for many of those peoples, February 2, midway...

Hunting with beagles on the Eastern Shore

Tense silence had settled over the tangled, wooded, bottomland. Then in the distance, Copper’s deep-throated bawl once again rolled across the frozen terrain as he re-located the rabbit’s trail.  A second later, he bayed again. Then Slim’s throaty cry affirmed the scent strike, and with that Jack, Lou and Rocky joined up and threw their rich voices into the effort. Our gang of beagles was in full cry. The chase was on again. The sound of an experienced pack of hounds hot...

They work for you; now it’s time to work on them

Now is the time to care for your lawn and garden tools. Sharpen the lawnmower blades, drain and replace the engine oil, replace or clean the sparkplug and blow the dust and dirt from the cooling fins. When I service my gasoline engines during the winter months, I also like to squirt a few drops of oil in the cylinder head before I replace the sparkplug. If you have an electric mower, all you need to do is sharpen the blade and clear the vents of debris. I have an electric mower that is 41 years...

Need an excuse to den up this time of year? Read on.

We’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. So many that the search is on for explanations. Really excuses. Is it the chicken or the egg? Are we watching movies to prepare for this week’s ever-popular Groundhog’s Movie Review? Or is the mood of the times the compelling force behind both behaviors? If that’s the case, we watch movies for the same reason that we run our annual Groundhog Movie Review on the first Thursday of February: It’s the season for burrowing for...
Dear Bay Weekly: Greetings from an iced-in Charlotte. Typical winter mess down here. Snow, then rain, which all froze, so you can ice skate down our street. All our [transmitter-tagged] osprey are down in much warmer places, and they’re all doing fine. I updated all the maps through the end of 2010. Just a couple of months before the adults head north! There are quick links to the new maps for the youngsters (interesting movements by all, including our S.C. bird, Buck) on the Migration...
Dear Bay Weekly:   In “What’s with That” on January 13, Diana Beechener writes “it’s too cold for even a native Marylander to sit on a pier right now.” I beg to differ. After our afternoon walk, which usually lasts for an hour to an hour and a half, my dog and I go out on the pier, where he enjoys several treats while I have a beer and contemplate the universe. We live just south of Holland Point where Herring Bay meets the Chesapeake. Rain is about the...
Dear Bay Weekly: Thank you Margaret Tearman. “What Goes Around Comes Around” [Jan. 3] was a wonderful, happy news story. I didn’t even know there was a day dedicated to paying it forward. It’s always good to hear about kind and unselfish acts for a change. –Cathy Noone, Baltimore (formerly of Fairhaven) Editor’s note: Bay Bridge toll collections manager Cathy Noone was featured in the story as an intermediary between giver and receiver in paying bridge tolls...
Luna Blu serves authentic Southern Italian cooking in authentic Italian style, at a relaxing pace at well-laid tables in an intimate dining space. For lunch and dinner, choices range from a slice of hand-tossed pizza to escargots in puff pastry to fresh pasta with one of many homemade sauces, to rustic veal, chicken or seafood. A lengthy wine list offers a generous selection and price-range of Italian wines. For the exceptional deal, visit on a Monday or Wednesday night and take advantage of...
Smokey Joe’s is a casual place where you can afford to have a good time three meals a day. Come early for hearty breakfasts and join the fishermen. Come later for great barbecue, chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Most dinners come with two homestyle sides, comfort foods like mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, seasoned fries or potato salad.  Kids get special attention at Smokey Joe’s. Every Tuesday is Family Fun Night from 5 to 7pm, when all...