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Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants

 

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

AACo Lifeline 100 donates $33,250

       Seven local non-profits will start the year with a little something extra in their pockets, thanks to proceeds from the sixth annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Bicycle event last fall.          More than 800 cyclists of all ages and abilities pedaled around B&A and BWI Loop trails to help raise money for area charities.         Awards ranging $1,000 to $11,000 went to Anne Arundel...

Even small patches do heavy lifting

        A little green can go a long way.                Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that even small patches of urban forest are effective for managing and infiltrating stormwater.          Assessing patches of urban forest in Baltimore, researchers found these areas — no matter how small — infiltrate stormwater at similar rates as rain...

In the glow along Chesapeake Bay

      In these deflating times, holiday lights offer a sure-fire pick-me-up, explosions of brightness that dazzle the senses and trigger images from a peaceful past.          We’ve seen no more compelling light presentation this season than the 25th annual Lights on the Bay holiday show at Sandy Point State Park, sponsored by SPCA of Anne Arundel County.          After dinner is a fine time, we...
We live in unpredictable times
     2019 has been unusual for our local flora and fauna. The wet and cool spring delayed plant growth and bird nesting. The osprey along the Patuxent River were two to three weeks late hatching. The bluebirds in my yard tried to hatch a first brood in early April only to have their eggs freeze. Later, they had two successful broods.      I had made spring plans to visit the Great Swamp in New Jersey, but it rained for the entire week, and the roads were flooded....

Note that some were written before the good news of our sale to Chesapeake Bay Media. 

Writers      This week of giving thanks I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to have been a contributing writer for Bay Weekly. In the past two years, I have learned a lot about topics ranging from Frederick Douglass to Pocahontas, Tangier Island to Thomas Point Shoal Light, stream restorations to the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.        I often started work on a story thinking I knew something about the subject and once underway found out how much...

And give each of us better lives

     I would like to reflect on this past year and give thanks to Sandra Martin, editor of Bay Weekly, for giving me a soapbox and allowing me to continue with a gardening column that Dr. Francis Gouin started. He was a great gardener and professor with a lot of wit and wisdom and one whose shoes I could never fill.      I always felt a kindred spirit with The Bay Gardener, as compost was his big love. When I married my husband I told him I had a big pile of...
Greta Gerwig brings Alcott’s classic up to date in this charming adaptation of the book
     Jo March (Saoirse Ronan: Mary Queen of Scots) sits in a New York publisher’s office, listening to a man tell her what women want to read. Though he has not read her submission, he says her stories need more thrills, they need more romance — and no matter what, the woman needs to be married or dead at the end.       Jo bristles. In the 1860s, there’s not much prospect for women but marriage and death. But she was raised differently. Along...

And thinking ahead 

     Some 14 years ago, I began to write the Sporting Life column for Bay Weekly newspaper. While I had published a few freelance magazine articles as I neared retirement in my then-current career, a regular writing gig was a new endeavor. Both I and my editor in chief at Bay Weekly, Sandra Martin, wondered how it would evolve.       Well, these many years later, I have to say, it has gone quite well — and in some ways that, for me, were completely unexpected...

To tell a good story

     The winter holidays give us such a good excuse to do what we like best: Tell stories.       Who has time (or patience) to read news as the year rushes in multiple celebratory climaxes toward its end (and more parties)?      Winter solstice, Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza all come to us over the course of this week’s issue, and many of us have to try to stop to pay them some attention.       We need to pay them...
So Barn Quilts Are What Those Are Re: Calvert’s Barn Quilt Trail, Nov. 21, www.bayweekly.com/node/51390       Thank you Bay Weekly and Bill Sells for enlightening me about the quilt designs in place throughout Calvert County. I pass two of them each day on my commute and wondered what their purpose was. It took a free newspaper to explain the cause, whereas the county paper I subscribe to never mentioned them. –Allen Delaney, Prince Frederick   North Beach...