American Legion Post 206 historian seeks and shares the stories of those who served

High-schoolers’ oral history project revisits Vietnam through the stories and memories of its veterans

From a time of war to a time of peace

Greene Turtle switches to paper — on request

This nocturnal neighbor hides in plain sight in our own back yards

High schoolers take on English ivy

Group painting session focus of Muddy Creek Artists Guild’s latest spring show
      A single photo inspired a special feature of the latest show of the Muddy Creek Artists Guild a self-described “roving band of intrepid artists.”         Guild photographer Jennifer Fletcher of Harwood had her camera in the right place at the right time.         The lonesome locally named Hillbilly Shack perches on pilings in the marsh plains of the Eastern Shore. After a day of clamming, Fletcher saw a storm in...

Human acts affect the health of the planet 

      Lichen, the gray-green growths on tree trunks and rocks, are a symbiotic organism of algae and fungi. The algae produces the food through photosynthesis, and the fungi provides the nutrients, water and foundation for growth. Their presence on the shady side of tree trunks and rocks is a sure sign the air is clean.        From the late 1960s to the mid ’70s, I was involved in studies and lawsuits concerning air-pollution damage to Christmas trees in...

This year brings prime opportunity to catch a giant fish

      Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter …       Those words, sung long ago by the Beatles in their popular anthem of hope, Here Comes the Sun, couldn’t be more appropriate than right now. Warmer temperatures have arrived at last, and the trophy rockfish season opens Saturday, April 21. Alleluia!        This year promises to be a smashing experience. The big chill of these last few months means one...

Lack of communication is downfall and ­salvation in this tense flick

       Predatory aliens roam Earth, hunting humans by sound. Even whispers can lead to a brutal death. Evelyn (Emily Blunt: My Little Pony: The Movie) and Lee Abbott (John Krasinski: Detroit) are working hard to keep their family life quiet.  Sand is spread on trails from the house to town. Wooden floors are painted so everyone knows where to step to avoid creaks. Shoes are banned from the house as are all items like plates or cutlery that could make telltale sounds....

This wonderful production gives us deep emotions and high elation 

        A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway in 1975 and set records by running for more than 6,000 performances. The production now running at Compass Rose Theater, scheduled to close May 20, deserves to set records of its own.          Led by director Lucinda Merry-Browne and choreographer Liz Tenuto, Compass Rose’s abbreviated cast of 11 — the original cast was 17 — is stocked with triple threats; each is a unique...

Join Neil Simon and local talent for this lovely and ­nostalgic stroll

 Spring has been dragging its feet across the region, but it’s sprung in Twin Beach Players’ production of Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon’s lighthearted 1960s’ comedy about the first days of marriage between a free spirited bride and a buttoned-up groom is charming and full of laughs. This smart and masterfully written script sets up silly and wonderful situations fueled by lots of love — and too much Ouzo.         ...
A Bay Weekly conversation with Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley 
      Before running for mayor of Annapolis, restaurateur Gavin Buckley ran in high heels and a skirt during a men-in-high-heels sprint at the 2015 Annapolis Fringe Festival. That was nothing out of the ordinary for the South African-born Buckley, who grew up in Perth, West Australia.          Ever since coming ashore in Annapolis in 1992, Buckley has been a proponent of all things local, the arts and West Street. He has exerted influence through his...

Start training now to be ready

        You could celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos and Mexican beer. But one Southern Anne Arundel County fitness center is hoping you will also celebrate fitness and health this May 5.        Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club in Deale is sponsoring its first 5K that day, taking runners on an easy, picturesque path along Rockhold Creek.        Training is underway, as witnessed by the rising number of weekend walkers and runners on...

Learn from nature writer Lynne Cherry how to get past “motivated avoidance”

      The woods near Lynne Cherry’s girlhood home were her “whole world.” She spent her free time there, inspired by the plants and wildlife to hone skills that would become her livelihood and mission: drawing and writing. When the woods were razed for development, a fire ignited in Cherry’s youthful heart that burns still. Her life’s work has been to ignite that fire in other young hearts, because kids, she says, are hugely instrumental in...

Edgewater teen raises big bucks with 5K fundraiser to fight angioma

      Seventeen-year-old fundraising phenomenon Zachary Brown has walked his way to $100,000 over the past five years.        The South River High School junior earned recognition as one of Maryland’s two top youth volunteers of 2018. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards presented Brown with an engraved medal on April 5.        After suffering two strokes at the age of 10, Brown was diagnosed with cavernous angioma, a blood...