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Fort Smallwood Gets First Outdoor Lighthouse Display 

Abundant vegetables approve of our gardening strategy

 

This delightful horror movie worries a family with a hurricane — and worse 

 

Why risk a big fish when you can respool a reel for just a couple bucks?

 

Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Maryland testing digital license plates

      Will the Maryland Department of Transportation unscrew license-plate tradition? Digital plates that resemble electronic tablets are now in a two-year trial run on 20 test vehicles.      Maryland is one of the first states on the East Coast to enter the pilot program. Arizona, California and Michigan already allow the technology.      Reviver, a private company, makes the digital Rplate. The plates update instantaneously with new tags. They can...

We’re meeting our reduction goals, Bay Foundation says

     Of the six Bay states, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia produce roughly 90 percent of the pollution.     To control Bay pollution, the EPA Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint of 2010 sets limits for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. By 2025, all Bay jurisdictions must have in place the practices and policies necessary to meet the Bay’s pollution limits.      As the blueprint moves into its final phase, no state is completely on track, says the...

The votes are in

 

      Bay Weekly readers have been looking closely at 14 fathers paired with sons and daughters in our 2019 Here’s Looking at You, Dad lookalike competition. They’ve compared and contrasted for build, face shape, nose, cheekbones, eyes, lips and eyebrows, teeth and smile. And, as you’ll see, they didn’t let gender bias cloud their decisions.      With the votes in and counted, the top two vote-getters are Carl Harris Jr. and...

Rocky Mountain elk repopulate much of their Atlantic range — but not Maryland

 

     European settlers arriving in North America encountered huge populations of eastern elk. These thousand-pound members of the deer family ranged from Louisiana to Canada.      Have you ever wondered how the Elk River and Elkton were named? Elk were quite plentiful in Maryland.      By 1870, America’s last Eastern elk was shot in Pennsylvania.      Elk had certain qualities that made them easy to hunt. They were courageous and...

Keep in mind what we celebrate — and why

 

      Bursting in a fog of smoke and a cacophony of shrieks and thunder, Fourth of July fireworks must shiver the viscera of anybody — combatant or unlucky civilian — who’s felt the real clamor of war. Since the Chinese invented gunpowder in the ninth century, the world has been roiled, ruled and ruined by its fulminant power.        We who oooh in delight at the color show detonated by the blasts are on the other side of an unbridgeable...
Grateful for Milkweed Seeds       Thanks to Helena Scher for your generosity in sharing your milkweed seeds.      We have lots of land. Some years we have lots of butterflies, but others not so many. From what I’ve read, milkweed seeds are one of the best answers.  –Charlene Shelton, Tracy’s Landing         Editor’s note: The Sheltons were one of dozens of gardeners who received milkweed seeds collected and...

With big fish around underwater structures, your only hope is that your line will withstand the abrasion 

 

      I felt just the slightest tap 16 feet down, and set the hook. First there was a solid resistance. Then everything just went to hell. My rod slammed down hard, almost hitting the gunnel as I did my best with one hand to keep the heavily arced shaft somewhat horizontal. As my other hand was steering the boat away from an impending collision with a Bay Bridge support, there was little else I could do.      Eventually, under relentless pressure from the fish, I...

These red, white and blue flowers love growing together

 

     Your garden can give you red, white and blue flowers to celebrate our nation’s independence. Plan and plant this year for flowers that bloom near the end of June and early July. Then fashion your homegrown arrangement for a Fourth of July picnic.       For a garden in semi-sun or semi-shade, one of my favorite blue plants is Hydrangea macrophylla Nikko Blue. Under acidic conditions, this hydrangea becomes a beautiful sky blue. The young blooms are...

A guide to fireworks & parades in Chesapeake Country

         Street parades, backyard grills and red, white and blue banners herald the celebration of Independence Day. The crowning touch is rockets bursting in air to light up the skies As John Adams, America’s first vice president and second president, advised, “Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations” crown the celebration of independence in the form of screaming and booming rockets bursting in air to light up the skies. Falling on a Thursday this...

Woody discovers his purpose in this hilarious sequel

 

      After spending his life as the favorite toy, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is in for a rude awakening. His new charge, Bonnie, is a spunky little girl with boundless imagination who loves to play. But she’s not that interested in playing with Woody.       Now, Woody’s left in the closet to watch others have fun.       When Bonnie makes a toy in kindergarten, a pipe cleaner-festooned spork called Forky (Tony Hale), Woody...