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Three-year plan places 50 bikes at nine different spots around town 

Instruments play a new tune at orchestra fundraiser

Growing corn is a-mazing

Annapolis tries adding bicycles to its traffic flows and woes

Beer and wine come to Quiet Waters

Version 2018 blends old with new

       Annapolis Market House has been trying to reinvent itself — and failing — since the old Market House closed at the end of 2004.        Version 2018 has just opened, drawing me back to a scene I visited in 2013 to review Amsterdam Falafel House, the first business to open in Market House that year. A lot is old about the new Market House, but what’s new makes it a place I want to patronize.       My impression, when...

Nationally certified red-carded firefighters go wherever it burns hottest

       Montana. Colorado. Texas. California. In all those hotbox states and more, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Services are sweating to control fires that have already burned more than five million acres of land and wrecked thousands of homes and businesses.         Nationwide, says Monte Mitchell, Forest Service state fire supervisor, we’re part of a “dynamic system where when one geographic area has shortages, other...

Nine-and-a half-incher sets an unofficial record

         The minimum keepable size for Atlantic blue crabs is five to five and one-quarter inches, depending on the season. Crabs that size are ranked as smalls. Mediums range up to six inches, large six and a half and jumbo up to seven. Crabs seven inches and up are ranked as behemoths, also called heavyweights or whales.           So what do you call a blue crab measuring nine and one half inches tip to tip?   ...

In Tangier Island, journalists and authors can’t seem to resist the tale of a vanishing people

         The latest is a new book, Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift, who spent 14 months documenting the tiny, storied island in the Bay that may be America’s first casualty of climate change.          The 1.3-square-mile island off of Virginia, inhabited since the 1600s, loses swaths of shoreline each year to rising waters.          Swift, an ex-newspaper reporter who has written...

Historic Sotterley Plantation harvests potatoes to feed the hungry 

The historic Sotterley Plantation is sitting on 200,000 square feet of potatoes — ready for harvest.           On St. Patrick’s Day, Hollywood, Marylanders stepped up to plant more than five acres of red and Yukon gold potatoes, reserved for donation.           Facility manager Joe Goldsmith is reviving the 1703 plantation’s working fields with hay and kale as winter cover crops. Summer...

Show your love for the Patuxent

         Your creative mind can earn you some cash this fall. Design the best float for the Patuxent River Appreciation Days parade, and your group or organization can win $300. Second and third places net a nice hunk of change as well.          Held annually on Columbus Day weekend, PRAD celebrates all the river means to Southern Maryland. The parade wraps up the festivities Sunday afternoon.     ...

Enter the World Food Day Poetry Competition 

         Art is a powerful force for change. Art can raise awareness, inspire thought and even drive action. So maybe, just maybe, a poem can fight hunger.          “I think it can be a real effective tool in raising the public’s awareness to the cause,” says local poet Hiram Larew.          In that hope, Larew convinced the United Nations’ Food and...
Fun and frolic fund SPCA’s humane works
         Ten-year-old dog fortune-teller ­Elizabeth Nolan held her client’s furry paw and looked deep into his eyes. “You are a small dog with a big heart. You make people happy. I see kibble in your future,” she told him before being rewarded with excited puppy kisses and a $5 donation for the SPCA.          Dog fortune-telling was one of the delights and oddities at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s...
Activist Teens Are Organizing Against Gun Violence        At the March for Our Lives rally that I spearheaded this spring, I promised that I would not give up the fight to solve gun violence in our schools and our community. I’ve upheld that promise since, attending various town halls and speaking with politicians. On August 15, we went a step further by hosting a bipartisan roundtable to discuss school safety.          I invited federal,...

Reflections on young writers, children and grandchildren

      This week’s paper is full of stories written by kids who were babies not so very long ago. Not that the tenderness of their youth earned any slack for this summer’s three young women interns.       The oldest at 21 is Cassiopeia, aka Cassi Whitehead, a Severn School grad entering her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh. Rising juniors Ellie ­Pesetsky, a Calverton School graduate, coincidentally also at the University of Pittsburgh, and...