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Fort Smallwood Gets First Outdoor Lighthouse Display 

Abundant vegetables approve of our gardening strategy

 

This delightful horror movie worries a family with a hurricane — and worse 

 

Why risk a big fish when you can respool a reel for just a couple bucks?

 

Woman of many faces hops from one century to the next, bringing to life amazing women of history
 

Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.       At its peak, the population of African American farmers was at 1 million, whom in total owned 16 million acres. Today, there are 18,000 black farmers left in America, who own not even one percent of the farmland in the U.S.       Maryland has seen a steady decline. Only 223 black farmers...

Birds set the highest standard

 

      Fatherhood in nature varies from the seahorse and pipefish, which carry eggs and then offspring in a special pouch, to the praying mantis father that gets eaten by the female after the reproductive act. In many herbivore mammals, like deer, the father does very little parenting. They are not around for the birth or care of the offspring. Herding mammals like bison collectively parent, with the fathers working as protectors. Fox fathers will feed the kits, but...

Good luck on the Bay is not a sure thing, but the adventure is always exhilarating

 

      I felt the light tap-tap on the line of my baitcaster and brought my arm up smartly. The rod jerked down, bending hard, and the line peeled off the reel, howling against a firmly set drag. Then the fish angled the line across a nearby barnacled pier and cut me off. I slumped down in defeat yet again.     This was our second lesson of the day and our fourth lost fish, but it wouldn’t be nearly the last. Tom Schneider, my pheasant-hunting partner, and I had...

This gift of nature is yours for the taking right now

 

     Driving along the highways during most of June, you may see the most delightful flowering native shrub or small tree. The flowers of native elderflower, Sambucus canadensis, have especially stood out this year, like antique edging on highways, where there are wet areas on the margins of woods. The extra heavy blossoming is likely due to the heavy rains last year and a good amount of moist weather this year.       Elderflower’s clusters of dark...

Women make a charming challenge to the boys’ comedy club

 

      The only woman in a field of men, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) is at the top of the late-night game. She has countless awards, uncompromising standards and a massive legacy. She doesn’t have ratings, however.       And she has grown complacent, ready to blame her writers rather than change her dying show to keep up with the times … Until she learns she’s on the chopping block. Then she demands radical revision so she can go out on top...

For the 32nd straight year, Fowler will lead friends and family into the Patuxent to make a point. For the first time, Betty Fowler won’t be with him.

 

      When 95-year-old Bernie Fowler leads people into the Patuxent River on Sunday, the river in his heart will be one neither you nor I can imagine.      For the chain of followers linked arm in arm with the river champion in the annual test of water clarity, statistics tell the story of the river’s woes or redemption. Can the put-upon river with its D-grade report card achieve its Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan targets for 2025?   Fowler...

You’re needed to help heal Maryland’s river 

 

     What are we going to do about it?      That’s the question we can’t help asking ourselves if we look a little deeper into the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.      “The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent,” you read in staff writer Kathy Knotts’ Bay Weekly story last week.      ...
      Nowadays, we all know the name Wendi Winters. The woman who bore that name was the hero who threw herself — and her recycling bin — at the shooter who burst into the Capital-Gazette newspaper determined to kill.      In that moment, she was dying as she lived, for when a thing needed doing, Wendi was the woman to do it.       From 2003 to 2018, Wendi saw to it that people who wanted to get their ­stories into the news had...

SOFO mobilizes community to rejuvenate ­Forest Drive eyesore

 

     The 504-foot fence lining Annapolis Middle School is looking better all the time.      The once-faded, rusty-brown, chain-link fence spiked with barbed wire is now glowing night-black.       Three large painted metal crabs decorate the sections nearest the school. Colored ribbons twirl around the crabs in a rippling rainbow.      After years of neglect, the Annapolis Middle School fence has finally been restored by volunteers...

Patuxent River Park 150 trash bags cleaner

A lot of tires, a large fuel tank, baseballs and footballs plus plenty of bottles and plastic and Styrofoam containers. That kind of junk made up much of the 150 bags of trash found and removed from Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro by 50 volunteers and 10 staffers. “What we can’t so easily see is an even bigger concern than large floating objects,” said park’s volunteer coordinator Shelby Cross. Invisible or nearly so are the microscopic bits shed by Styrofoam...