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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

Mail carrier starts a new route

     What’s the retirement plan of a man who has driven more than one million accident-free miles on the job? For Julian Ralph Easterday III and wife, Ruth, the answer is jump in their Dodge Roadtrek and hit the road for a few thousand more. A million if they are lucky, Easterday says.       Their goal is to visit every national park in America. So far, they’ve already camped at about a quarter of them.      August 1 marked the end of...
Three classics on the job
     For your after-work leisure hours, Bay Weekly Moviegoer Diana Beechener chose three classic takes on hating, loving and obsessing about work.    9 to 5       Three overworked and underpaid women office workers rebel against their chauvinist boss. Once they’ve pushed him out of the picture, Violet, Judy and Doralee (Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton) pretend to make changes to the workplace in his name. Will this new and improved office...
Help this native do its pollinating job by avoiding insecticides
     Our local bumblebees number 20 species. Varying from the size of a honeybee to about an inch long, they are classified by the length of their mouthparts, proboscis and tongue.      Bumblebees, our native bee, are very important for pollination.      Bees eat pollen as a protein source and nectar as an energy source. As the nectar thieves collect their pollen, they pollinate the flower.       The size of a species’...

How many roads is just right?

      Build too many new roads, and development will overtake Calvert County in the next two decades. Build too few, and the future is gridlocked. How much road construction — hence commuting time — is just right? That’s the question Calvert County transportation planners are asking.             The best prep for answering that question is reading the revised Transportation Plan now online. But commenters...

Vanishing islands to be restored from Baltimore Harbor dredging

      Since Bay Weekly was young in the 1990s, we have watched as fast-disappearing Poplar Island, a getaway for Franklin Roosevelt, was rebuilt with the dredge spoils form Baltimore Harbor. Over the years, 34 million cubic yards of materials from the harbor bottoms have dramatically expanded the landmass off Tilghman Island, and we’re told now that the project is about done.             Up front, we’ve been...

You can have salad days in fall as well as spring

     With August comes your second chance to grow fresh lettuce for your salads. Growing a variety of lettuces makes a wonderful blend of slightly different tastes and textures.      Lettuce seeds don’t germinate well above 85 degrees. Start new seeds indoors in midsummer or in the shade, where it’s cooler, to transplant outdoors. If you haven’t started seeds, you can buy starts at many garden centers.       There are four basic...
Marrying rich isn’t the same as marrying well in this clever horror flick
      The wedding hosted by the Le Domas family for their youngest son Alex (Mark O’Brien) and his bride Grace (Samara Weaving) was fabulous. It’s the Le Domas wedding night tradition for the newcomer to draw a card at random and play a game with the family. She selects Hide and Seek.      This turns out to be a tragic selection. That card requires the family to hunt her down and sacrifice her to Satan. Talk about bad luck!       ...

We’ll soon be dividing shares of a diminished striped bass pie

     Once again our rockfish are in trouble. They have been overfished, commercially and recreationally for some time. The overall Atlantic population, including in the Chesapeake, has become depleted and the larger fish of the species seriously so. That is an accepted fact, based on thorough studies by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.      When I call them “our rockfish,” I am not merely being possessive. Most rockfish, including those...
Bay helps explicate nature’s calendar 
      Yes, the return of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is one sure sign summer is turning a corner. Still, I commiserate with King Henry VIII, his queens and his subjects. Summer of 2019 has plenty of hot days to come.       You already knew that, didn’t you?      This morning’s Washington Post (I still take my print newspaper with coffee) put a more analytical perspective on our common-sense notion of August.     ...
Charlotte Hall Vets Take a Fishing Trip       The Lothian Ruritan Club held its annual Take A Veteran Fishing trip on August 15. The club arranged for three charter boats to take 12 veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces and currently reside at the Charlotte Hall Veteran Home for a three-hour fishing trip. The day began with an Anne Arundel County police car escort from Veterans Home to Skippers Pier restaurant. The Deale Fire House flew an American Flag from a ladder...