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Our heritage, our legacy

 

Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

This time of year, they’re on the move

Dynamic Dixieland Band reunites on Mardi Gras in his honor 

       Some called him Doc, some called him Dr. Jazz, others Dr. Circus — and a lucky few got to call him family.        By any name, Dr. Richard Hochman — who died last March at the age of 90 — was a man who made a lasting impression.       “He really could’ve been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time,” Hochman’s son Michael told me. “But he went for a career in medicine instead....

New sunscreen rules on the way

      There’s a ray of good news from Washington, D.C., and it’s about time with so many new cases of skin cancer: The Food and Drug Administration last week released the outline of new rules governing over-the-counter sunscreen.          The rules would force changes in labeling requirements on sunscreens, such as the SPF (sun protection factor). But the big deal zeroes in on what ingredients are both safe and do the job....

New exhibit pays homage to forgotten trailblazer

      In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first African American woman elected to a state senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. In celebration of the Commission’s 50th anniversary, the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis is opening a new exhibition Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.     ...

Apply now for David Glaser Educational Fund

       For Annapolis musicians, gigging is only part of the job. Another big part is looking out for one another.          “It’s a capricious business,” says Matt McConville, the singer-guitarist-songwriter who founded Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians to fill the gaps. Last year, the self-funded nonprofit donated $60,000 to sustaining and supporting a new generation of musicians.      ...

Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.            To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.          To Stowe, Uncle Tom lived the fictional...

Polystyrene ban passes in Anne Arundel

        Say your goodbyes to Styrofoam.               Anne Arundel County passed a bill to ban polystyrene products from any food service establishment by January of 2020.          The success comes eight months after former County Executive Steve Schuh vetoed similar legislation.          “As most of us live around the...

Don’t lose fish to tired old line

      As the 2019 fishing season begins, the most important thing you can do — aside from renewing your fishing license — is also the most affordable: replacing your fishing line. It is also the one thing most commonly ignored.      Working parttime at a local sports store and teaching springtime light-tackle fishing classes at Anne Arundel Community College have given me a window into the equipment habits of a broad spectrum of anglers. Fishing lines,...

Starting from seed can transform your vegetable garden

     Early March is a great time to start your tomato seeds. It will make you feel like spring isn’t too far away. Tomato seeds need 70- to 75-degree temperatures, shallow planting (one-eighth-inch deep) to germinate and sunlight once they’re up. After they get their second set of true leaves, you can transplant them to larger containers.       I like to use a clean chopstick to prick the little seedlings out of their starter tray. Always handle the...
It’s man against nature in this gripping drama
     Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) has timed his survival to the second. The only survivor of an Arctic plane crash, he’s created a strict regimen ruled by the beeps of his wristwatch. Mornings he visits the burial site of his co-pilot to maintain the massive SOS he has carved in frozen snow. Afternoons he grapples up to the highest point he can to hand-crank an emergency transponder in hopes someone will hear him. Evenings he checks his ice fishing lines for a trout to make...

Shakespeare, like, totally amped for the ‘80s

         The plays of William Shakespeare are often placed into more modern settings, and there couldn’t be a better match than The Merry Wives of Windsor and the 1980s. Shakespeare’s comedy stars Sir John Falstaff, who embodies the excess, greed and bombast of a decade that spawned Reaganomics, conservatism and MTV.          With themes of love, jealousy, revenge and wealth, Merry Wives may be one of the Bard’s...