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Photographer Jay Fleming documents life on — and in — the water

Mack the Lab is Maryland’s chief apiary sniffer

High school band tops in Maryland

Clear skies forecast for this weekend’s Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Jeanne Kelly’s Encore Chorale proves music can reverse aging

Building a safe place to launch lives

Up close and personal with nature’s most ­powerful birds

His talons are long. This six-week-old osprey already has the equipment he needs to fend off foes. But biologist Craig Koppie goes barehanded into the nest.     For Koppie, working with raptors has been a passion since he was a boy.     “I come from a family of pilots,” Koppie says. “Everybody has some kind of thrill for flying or fondness for nature, and I’ve been fascinated with flight ever since I knew about airplanes. Instead of...

Monofilament catches more than fish

How often do you consider how your actions impact the environment? If you fish, the answer should be, every time I go out on the water.     Discarded fishing line is a small issue with big consequences. Every year, birds and other wildlife are injured or killed by monofilament line.     Working with osprey at Patuxent River Park, naturalist Greg Kearns witnesses this tragedy firsthand.     “Every year I find at least one nest where a chick...

Mr. Burrito finds his forever home

You’re working late one night, taking out the last can of trash when a large moving shadow across the street catches your eye. After pushing down the initial urge to run back inside, you recognize not a big rat or a small dog but a rabbit. Still, something isn’t adding up. This rabbit is much too large to be a garden-variety cottontail. A rabbit this big, and with a floppy ear, is bred to be a pet.     You approach with caution, careful not to spook it. But it is...

Father George Asigre explains the significance of the holiest of ­Christian holidays

For every Christian church, the six weeks of Lent are a time of preparation. On Easter morning, worshippers arrive at a church burst out in celebration. Bay Weekly You’re celebrating your first Easter at Severna Park’s St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish … Father Asigre I’ve been a diocesan priest for 25 years, mostly in my native Ghana. In 2015 I came on sabbatical to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and I’ve been working in different parishes while training at...

Create Easter masterpieces the way my Polish grandmother did

My Polish grandmother who came to America as a young teenager brought with her an old tradition that my family still enjoys: making Polish Easter eggs.     Saturday evening before Easter finds an assortment of family and friends around our table decorating eggs the old-fashioned way, by making designs of melted wax on the eggs and then dipping them in Easter egg dyes. We use the tablets that come with the kits instead of the onionskins that Grandma used for color. The results...

Sorry, but you’ll have to catch your own fish

When you want to check out a book to read, you probably wouldn’t head to your local tackle store. Yet if you want to catch a fish, you might start at the library. Specifically, the Anne Arundel County Library on Mountain Road.     Fishing poles are the latest addition to the library’s multimedia collection to, in the words of County Library chief Skip Auld, “educate, enrich and inspire our customers.”     The poles go on loan April 12, as...

More drop-off boxes, more space in closets, more community funding

Clean out your closets and support the Calvert County D.A.R.E. program in one fell swoop. Nine new donation boxes bring Calvert’s textile recycling locations to 16, making it easier for citizens and earning more money for the county.     “Instead of these resources being landfilled, the profitable and recyclable textiles are sold on the market for reuse by others or for fibers,” explains Calvert County Recycling Coordinator Bill Teter.     Mid-...

Support the Chesapeake with your license plates

Buying a new vehicle this spring comes with extra benefits to the Bay. Bay-area dealers are competing for the next three months to see who can send the most customers off their lots with Treasure the Chesapeake Bay license plates.     Sales of the iconic specialty tags benefit the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Trust, which turns that money into grants to get kids on field trips, trees planted and gardens sown across our region. Every 20 Bay plates sold translates to 10 kids on field...

Balancing valid interests — without falling off the tightrope

In 90 days of deliberations since Jan. 11, the 2017 Maryland General Assembly told us a lot about the state we’re in. It’s a message bigger than the sum — and subtraction — of the parts of the hundreds of laws passed or the 2,000-plus bills bypassed this year.     By their actions, our lawmakers defined Maryland as a sovereign state vis-a-vis the federal government, balancing independence with the interdependence of the union. One place you see that...

Use light-tackle techniques for the fairest fight

If you want the best odds for hooking up and landing the most and the biggest migrators in the early trophy rockfish season, then troll. A wide spread of big baits with multiple heavy-action trolling rods spooled with 30- to 50-pound line will give you a definite edge.     For many anglers, however, the trophy-sized rockfish deserves to be challenged on light tackle. There is nothing certain about tangling with a giant ocean-running striper on medium-weight spin or casting...