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Agricultural program grows at Phoenix Academy

They’re out to trap cast-off ­monofilament line

Party on the river for the river

As rivers twist and wind through Chesapeake Country, so do cyclists raising money to help them.     The third annual Ride for the Rivers brings dozens of bike enthusiasts to Discovery Village in Shady Side this year to raise funds for the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. Riders choose from three courses, a 10-mile family fun ride, a 40-mile ride or the challenging 100-kilometer (60-mile) route traversing southern Anne Arundel and northern Calvert counties.     The routes...

SPCA’s popular Walk for the ­Animals postponed

This rainy year you’ll have to wait till June.         Mayday 2016 wasn’t a fit day out for dogs or people, according to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, which looks out for the welfare of all sorts of beasts.     Thus you’ll have to wait until June 19 to Walk for the Animals on this big 25th year.     The annual fundraiser supports the 2,500 homeless animals that enter SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s shelter...

Whence such a name?

What happened across the Bay at Kent Island to give Bloody Point and the Bloody Point Lighthouse that chilling name?     Nobody knows — for certain.     How’s that?     “Many of the names of locations have been lost over time due to the fact that ownership changes hands,” explains Maya Davis of the Maryland State Archives. “Often time new owners change the name of the property.”     Nonetheless,...

For riverkeeper and restaurant, a recipe for success

The pirates and the riverkeeper know how you like to have fun. The recipe goes something like this:     Open the Pirates Cove Dock Bar after six month of winter. Roll up the shades. Pull out the tables and chairs. Hire waitstaff solicitous that all glasses are full. Stock the bar. Bring out the Guinness, the RAR Naptown Brown, the juicer and vodka for Aar-Ange Crushes, the tequila for margaritas, the rum for Pirates Punch.     Hire a band. All the better, make it...

Southern Maryland’s Highland Fling

As 400 pipers piped, 70 Highland dancers pranced and eight rugby teams scrummaged — without injury — 7,000 nostalgic denizens of the New World got in touch with their Old World Celtic roots at the 38th Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering.     That’s an all-time record.     “People seem to have so much fun. That’s what’s kept us going,” say Mary Beth Dent. Dent founded what is now the oldest Celtic...

Plants are survivors

The spring of 2016 will be remembered as a short spring and a very short summer followed by a short fall — all within four weeks between March and April. Those 70-degree days in mid March stimulated the vegetative buds in many woody ornamentals to swell, causing the winter bud scales to drop to the ground. This left the buds susceptible to damage by freezing temperatures.     Some Bay Weekly readers have reported buds on their hydrangeas turning brown and drooping,...

Abundance is the rule on the Argentina Plains

The first bird to approach our floating decoy spread was massive. Its seven-foot wingspread and three-foot beak were also signals that the the creature was not among our intended species. Our guide, Federico, emphasized the situation by whispering, “No tiro, est un jabiru.”     I stumbled with my Spanish, so our guide tried his English. “No shoot, is the bird that brings the babies.”     It was a stork. And big enough to carry quintuplets...

Who watches the watchmen?

The Avengers have united twice to save the world. Collateral damage has been considerable. Cities have been razed, which makes the team controversial.     Some still think of the Avengers as heroes. But fear of the omnipotents is growing. After another mission goes wrong, killing civilians, the governments of the world decide that the time of freelance superheroes has come to an end. The Avengers must submit to a multi-government regulatory committee or be classified as hostile...

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

How lucky are we?         Having lived the first half of my life landlocked in America’s great Midwest, I look at the Chesapeake each day with gratitude and awe.     Now comes the time when fair days invite all of us children of the Chesapeake to do more than look.     Of course some of us are heartier than others. The Chesapeake and its many rivers are always there. Beachcombers and dog walkers go out in all seasons, even...

Teens compete in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta

The future of competitive sailboat racing is in good hands, judging from the teenage competitors in the Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta.     “It’s really exciting to move up to the keelboats,” said Kate Riley, 16, a sophomore at Severna Park High and the only female skipper among the seven crews racing. “We didn’t win, but we got better and better and ­finished second in the last race.”     Nearly 30 sailors from seven...