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Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

And trust

     Many analogies come to mind when processing the end of Bay Weekly Part 1 — the first 27 years. How do you define letting go of your baby when it is a business? Emotions run from grief to excitement and relief.      I haven’t been part of the team since the beginning, but I did get swept up in the early years — 1996 to be exact — when I met and subsequently married co-owner Alex Knoll. Lately, I have sat on the sidelines watching him...

I was a young writer in adventureland

     I came to Bay Weekly in 2004, early in my career, following a desire to write and see my words published. After a summer internship, I worked on staff as a senior writer and assistant editor, and for four years, contributing to one of the most thoughtful, interesting, well-written local publications I’d known.       From that summer internship, I knew I actually loved writing when afternoons flew by as I typed away at my desk, shaping my stories and...

Work for a newspaper

      Do you know how to hide crematorium ashes when training a cadaver dog? Do you know how to bake a Smith Island cake? Do you know where to go for the best nativity play in Calvert County?       I do, and it’s all thanks to Bay Weekly.        I was just supposed to write the calendar.  That was the job I signed up for when I met with Sandra Martin in a small Deale office. Five days a week, writing up local events and organizing...

We’ve been a united group

      It’s been one of my best career times working for Bay Weekly over the past eight years. Nearly all work and writing of my previous endeavors had been solo performances. In this position, I have known what it is to work with a united group. That was a gratifying experience. To work in a congenial, cheerful group with such exacting goals and far-sighted ideals was a pleasure!       Editor Sandra Martin and her son Alex Knoll were the most empathetic...
 
My job and my family are both parts of me, and at Bay Weekly each got equal respect and compassion
      Bay Weekly has a long wooden table where we all gather round to eat lunch together nearly every day. We celebrate birthdays and special occasions with cakes and pies. We tell our stories that can only be shared in person. That table has witnessed a lot of milestone moments for our office. Back in the fall, though, it witnessed our most heartbreaking meeting.        My stomach lurched that day we were told that the paper was closing at the end of 2019....
I grew and spread my wings in this supportive environment 
      Bay Weekly newspaper has shaped me into the woman I am today.        I come to you now as a successful young woman and member of the community actively involved with local causes and a member of two boards. (For which I pay a price: This is the first year in many that I have worked most holidays and not spent as much time with friends or family.)        I rediscovered Bay Weekly newspaper as I sat on a bench at a local restaurant...
Bay Weekly filled the bill 
      A little over a year ago, I found myself in a tough spot. Due to sudden, unforeseen life changes, I needed to reinvent myself and start over.       At the top of the list was getting a job.        I saw an ad for a writer at Bay Weekly and submitted my resume. I was a regular reader of the paper and had been a reporter in a former life, so it seemed like it could be a good fit.      After what I thought was a promising...
But we always slowed for a lunch
      “At lunchtime, we pull out a tablecloth, spread it on the conference table and we all eat together,” I said. “It’s delightful.”       I had been working at Bay Weekly for a month, and whenever anyone asked me about my new job, I told them about how we shared our midday meal and talked about our editorial calendar, sales strategies, and weekend plans. As often as we spoke of work, we discussed of family, home repairs, favorite...

And to many of us

      When I learned of Bay Weekly’s eminent closing I, like many of you, met the news with melancholy. This paper is like a family member to many in its readership; we take for granted that it’s always going to be there.       I know I cannot give Bay Weekly total justice, but at least I could convey how special the publication is to me.      After all, this is the very same paper where I wrote about the eventful story of my...

Annapolis goes greener — with your help

      Add the City of Annapolis to the list of localities working to reduce their plastic footprint. Mayor Gavin Buckley signed a pledge encouraging all Annapolitans to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastics.          “We all know that there is far too much plastic waste. It’s in our landfills, in our waterways, polluting our oceans. We all have a responsibility to make the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate...