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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

STEM program combines ­engineering and fun

Hallie Zlokovitz dips her fingers into a tub of sticky, greasy toilet ring wax and stuffs it into what looks like a film container. At the next table, Emily Ernst has pushed her sleeves up above her colorful bracelets so that she doesn’t get the wax on them. Kathryn Willhite takes sandpaper to the motors that power her Sea-3P0 model.     Wait, SEA-3P0? At first glance, the object in question appears to be little more than gold-painted PVC pipes. But once Willhite adds foam...

Rivers and creeks need floodplains to absorb and trap runoff

If you’ve ever biked or driven down Muddy Creek Road in Edgewater, you may have caught a glimpse of its namesake: a small stream called Muddy Creek, roughly half a mile south of Mill Swamp Road.     Six months ago, Muddy Creek was a wreck. Its steep banks dropped 10 feet to the streambed below, the result of decades of erosion. This spelled trouble whenever storms broke, sending water rushing through the channel in a raging torrent of sediment and pollution headed straight...

April is Adopt an Owl Month

Do you give a hoot about owls?          Having declared April as Adopt an Owl Month, Calvert County Parks is asking you to step up to protect the raptors, specifically the northern saw-whet owl and the barn owl.     Maryland Department of Natural Resources puts the northern saw-whet owl on its list of Highly Imperiled species in the latest state Wildlife Action Plan. Barn owls are listed as High Risk of Extinction.     The northern...

School-age artists wanted to paint, draw and win prizes

Horses hold a special place in both the American heart and American art.     Though not native to our continent, horses resonated with the great painters of the early American West — George Catlin, Karl Wimer and Frederick Remington — as symbols of primal power. Look in many middle schoolers’ notebooks or any art gallery, and you’ll see the tradition continues.     Horse-crazy teens reared on National Velvet, The Black Stallion, My Friend...

Space America Museum director turns his focus to film thriller

A murder at a Department of Defense facility and the theft of top secret files leads to the discovery of a dangerous spy organization operating in our nation’s capitol.     Such is the plot of Fatal Deception, The Archuleta Files, a film written by Alan Hayes, of Owings, who also heads the production company, Spaceman Productions LLC.     Hayes is best known in Calvert County as the director of the Space America Museum in Prince Frederick.   ...

Consignment auction raises funds for Anne Arundel County Young Farmers

Farming for Our Heritage is printed on T-shirts proudly worn by young farmers of Anne Arundel County. Their love of the soil and its bounty is inherited from parents and grandparents.     For many, it’s a heritage as close as it is deep. “Many of the members are active on their own family farms,” says Mark Hopkins, one of about 20 Anne Arundel County Young Farmers ranging in age from 18 to 35. Most work in farming part-time, usually keeping a job while raising...

Look who’s inviting your community to play(s)

Masterpiece Theater doesn’t tempt me with its behind-the-scenes insights into actors assuming character. I want my characters in character, just as I met them, preserving their fictional illusion.     Community theater is a different story, with a local angle.     Show after show, familiar faces transform like Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces. (Don’t know Hugo? You have a gap in your childhood.) One of those faces may belong to your office mate.  ...

The fish are willing — but is the caster able?

I hung the first rockfish almost an hour into my early-morning effort. The strike wasn’t violent; more a sudden stop followed by a long struggle. I had to put my electric motor into reverse to separate the fish from the structure and bring it onto the side of my boat.     That fight established the pattern of all the fish I was to catch that day. Each insisted on remaining in one area as opposed to running for deep water. They stayed as close to the bottom as they could. I...

Many will bloom again in your garden, but some are destined for compost

If you received Easter plants, you’ll be able to plant some of them in the garden to enjoy again next year. Others are best recycled by composting them.     Replant: Potted tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses can be planted in the flower garden. Don’t wait until the plants have died back to the ground. As soon as the flower petals have dropped, transplant them by digging a hole 10 to 12 inches deep, place a couple inches of compost in the bottom of the hole and...

What is the acceptable human cost for our security?

If you could kill a terrorist by drone strike, would you? If a child was in the kill zone, could you still launch the missile?     Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren: Woman in Gold) has been obsessively tracking a terrorist. With his location finally pinpointed, she plans an elaborate capture, coordinating her British action with Kenyan and American forces.     Complications force the capture mission to be abandoned. Powell wants to go for the kill with a...