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Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

Understanding plants' nutritional needs is the key to good gardening

     This year’s fruit on my American hollies is very heavy. That gives me a job to do. Unless I give them additional nitrogen by mid-September, their foliage will be yellow-green instead of a rich dark green that will better show off the bright red berries.      Plants that produce a heavy set of fruit tend to have lighter-colored foliage. This happens because the nitrogen in the plant is mobile. If the roots cannot obtain sufficient nitrogen from the soil...

Killer clowns and childhood traumas populate this fearsome thriller

     In the sleepy town of Derry, Maine, six-year-old Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott: Fear the Walking Dead) goes out to play in the rain and is never seen again. It should be shocking, but Derry’s children tend to disappear.      Georgie’s older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher: The Book of Henry), isn’t so quick to forget. Bill has the support of his friends, the self-dubbed Losers’ Club, a ragtag band of 11-year-olds who are mercilessly...

Women fight their Civil War as ­battlefield reenactors in this comedy with conscience

       How aptly Colonial Players’ season-opener reflects current events the company could not have predicted a year ago, when Doris Baizley’s Shiloh Rules was booked. As the nation continues to struggle with issues left over from the Civil War, this light-hearted 2009 drama is art imitating life in a world where art imitates life: the venue of battlefield reenactors. It’s called Shiloh Rules because in this game, as in battle, there are no rules (that...

Volkswagen’s dirty deeds could mean cleaner school buses in Maryland

     Now that school is open, drivers have plenty of behind-the-bus time to consider whether these yellow icons are ready for a makeover.      Would you rather idle behind a diesel bus or an electric one?       If your answer is electric, you’ve got an intuitive grip on the Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign.      The campaign targets “our aging fleet of toxic diesel...
After 60 years, Eva Brann is St. John’s longest-serving tutor
     When school opens this fall, 88-year-old Eva Brann — renowned philosopher, author and long-time Annapolitan — begins her 60th year of doing what she loves best: discussing the great works of western civilization with the Johnnies.      When Brann came to St. John’s as a tutor in Greek and Latin in 1957, the college’s Great Books program, known as the New Program, was just 20 years old. Brann became then-dean Jacob Klein’s “...

College junior DaJuan Gay ­campaigning to bring people ­together and make positive changes 

     DaJuan Gay began his junior year at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with more on his mind than his challenging curriculum.       At the age of 20, when most college kids anticipate the social life of school, Gay focuses his extracurricular activities on his run for Annapolis Alderman in Ward 6. On September 19, he hopes to win a seat on the Annapolis City Council. He is running against Shaneka Henson, also a first-time candidate.    ...

Graduates learn Bay stewardship

     Is this fall your semester to go back to school to train as a Master Watershed Steward?      The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy is looking for a few good men and women to join its 10th certification class. Training, beginning in October, includes class time and field sessions in managing stormwater and restoring waterways.      Recent graduate April Florey did her capstone project on a neighbor’s flooding yard. Trevor Dehar...

What makes milk chocolate?

     The NPR report that “seven percent of adults still think that chocolate milk comes from chocolate cows,” got me thinking.       Breed and coloration can factor into milk production, reports Anne Arundel 4H-er Patricia Williams, who notes that Holsteins are the best milking cow. A single Holstein produces some 2,674 gallons of milk each year.      But neither the cow’s color nor her breed affects the color of the milk....

Anne Arundel County Public Schools opens solar farm

     Schools in Anne Arundel County welcomed back students this week with a lesson in renewable energy.      Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the fifth largest district in Maryland with approximately 82,000 students, has gone solar.       A 1.4-megawatt ground-mount array, developed and constructed by Standard Solar, now sits on six acres of school system-owned land at the Fort Smallwood complex in Pasadena.      “We have...

Those school supplies last a lifetime

     Once the ritual of going back to school is no longer yours, it falls into the realm of nostalgia.      Most bad memories fade, courtesy of pain’s blessed inability to be recalled in its actual intensity. The third-grade bully, the looming memory test on the mathematics tables and the hours of confinement are more likely to stay in the past as facts than to haunt the present.      The good memories, however, awaken with each new school year...