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Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

A 2018 high school grad explains how America vanquished its most numerous bird

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Your growing plants get hungry, too, as they start to produce
 

It has left our lives filled with holes
 

Seeing Turtles Re: I Know Why the turtle Crosses the Road: ­www.bayweekly.com/node/43504       Eastern box turtles and terrapins are not the only turtles among us. Snapping turtles are our neighbors, too, as witnessed by Dennis Distler and the folks at Annapolis Hyundai.                                          My Calvert County Nightmare       I live in...

Live-lining can beat chumming — without the stink

      Placing the hook just in front of the dorsal of a small perch, I lowered it into the water off the side of my skiff, drifting not far north of the Baltimore Light. My live bait jetted down, seeking the bottom 20 feet below. It never reached its destination. It was intercepted by a hungry 10-pound rockfish that was about to make my day.        The line poured off of my reel while I lightly thumbed the spool. The big striper swam ever deeper with the small...

Mother Nature takes care of her own

      I am frequently asked what kind of fertilizers should I use for hollies? … yews? … roses? … azaleas and rhododendrons? Fertilizer manufacturers have brainwashed the public into believing each species of plant requires a special fertilizer.        The Bay Gardener has spent many years conducting research on the nutrition of ornamental plants. As a result of some of my early research, I developed Osmocote 18-6-12, a fertilizer that...

A technophobe gets one heck of a system update in this entertaining thriller

       Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green: Damnation) is married to a bigwig in the tech industry, with a self-driving car and an automated house. Grey doesn’t like automation. He prefers to drive vintage cars and restore them for rich ­buyers.        The mismatched couple is stranded on the wrong side of the tracks after an accident in the self-driving car. Attacked by a band of high-tech muggers with genetic enhancements, Grey is paralyzed and...

2nd Star’s production has it all: unique characters, intertwining stories and beautiful music

       Ragtime began as a novel. Next, E. L. Doctorow’s historical novel published in 1975, was made into a movie.  In 1998, it opened as a Broadway musical with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Set at the turn of the century, it follows the lives of three sets of people: an upper-class white family represented by Mother (Heather McMunigal); an African-American community represented by Coalhouse Walker (Carl Williams...

Get to know a local icon

      Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is an iconic image of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay. It provides a reassuring mark for mariners. Its image is routinely borrowed for art and souvenirs. It was the runner-up image on the Maryland state quarter. A national historic landmark, it holds the distinction of surviving as the only light of its type in its original Chesapeake location.        Get to know the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, as I have as a tour guide, and...
A day on the Bay is therapy at its best
      A sunhat on her head and a content grin on her face, Fran Eppig takes a deep breath and relaxes.      “This is perfect. Just beautiful,” she says to her fellow sailors on the 43-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran Dreamweaver.       Eppig, diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, is a strong woman. She’s a triathlete, having partnered with her two daughters in the Wildflower Triathlon in Bradley, California. Fran did...
A living fossil spawns again
       Horseshoe crabs are more closely related to scorpions than to our blue crab. They are living fossils virtually unchanged over 250 million years. They were on earth before the dinosaurs.       The horseshoes spawn at the highest tide of the spring along the water’s edge wherever they live. Delaware Bay has the largest horseshoe population in the world. Each year a massive spawn occurs along its shores. In some areas, there are so many that you...

Burgers, candidates, EZ Pass, mulch, crab picking

Back in the Burger Biz  18 months after fire, Cheeburger focusing “on the things we do best”       In the small hours of a Thursday in September of 2016, the smell of smoke raised the alarm at the Festival at Riva shopping center. Firefighters responded to find smoke billowing from the rear of Cheeburger Cheeburger.        The blaze remained in the burger joint’s kitchen, but smoke tore through three adjoining businesses as well, causing...

There’s so much good to do and see during Chesapeake summer

       Sports bettors have some odds worth their while in the race between the tortoise and the hare, for it may tip in unexpected ways. The race between either species and vehicular traffic is no contest. The car, truck or bus always wins.        I stopped my car for my first turtle this week. The eastern box turtle was big, its russet-on-olive shell rising to a dome of four or so inches and stretching over six inches, by my quick measure. So it was a...