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Rockfish, oysters and menhaden face a bleak future

Action is needed to rescue our iconic species

Performers make the magic happen

His friend made it a book

Electric cars take over City Dock

Scary snakes are more believable than the story 
     Mara (Alice Englert) follows the dogma of her father Lemuel (Walton Goggins), the preacher of an Appalachian Pentecostal community that proves their faith by handling venomous snakes.        Lapsed believer Augie (Thomas Mann) wants Mara to leave the mountain with him for the bigger world. She fears that people off the mountain are under the devil’s sway.       Mara’s pregnancy tests her faith. She knows she can’t marry...

Cast of pumped teens leap with energy into newpaper’s good old days

      Back when everybody read newspapers, early morning hours brought the newsboys out, each huffing and puffing with a fresh, hot paper in their hand. Talent Machine’s teens reprise those days in the company’s newest production, Newsies, a musical that delivers.             This 1992 Disney revival leaps through some fiery hoops but lands squarely on its feet. The cast, energetic and pumped, is riddled with tan...
        Amelie was a well-received 2001 movie about a young girl in Paris whose penchant for whimsy could not be stopped by a misdiagnosis of a weak heart. As she grows up, Amelie finds that orchestrating good luck for those around her is fun, but there is also that little matter of finding her own happiness.             Reworked for the stage, Amelie lasted just 56 performances in 2017, but it lives on in local theaters...
That’s what binds us to our animals
     “I could do worse than come back as Elsa’s dog.”      Grandmother Florence Martin’s half-aspiration comes back to me whenever I reflect on the relationship between human and dogs. It has been illuminating and, in a dog-legged kind of way, predictive.       It also has something to say about the relationship between her and my mother Elsa Olivetti Martin.       Elsa treated her dogs — most of them...
A Little More Light on Lighthouses Re: Restoring a Landmark: After more than a century in the water, keeping Thomas Point alive is no easy task, ­www.bayweekly.com/node/49354 … and  Revisiting ­Lighthouses: Beyond nostalgia, these icons remind us of ­Poseidon’s power, www.bayweekly.com/node/49351         I wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful article Restoring a Landmark that was published in the July 4 edition of Bay Weekly. Writer...

Second-hand animals can make first-class pets

      You’ve decided it is time to bring a four-legged family member into your home. Congratulations! It’s a great decision.       You probably know whether you are looking for a dog, cat or other companion animal. But you don’t know where to start. Maybe you visit a shelter or a rescue. Maybe you start looking on social media.      You see lots of little faces in need. How do you know which is right for you?      The...

This golden retriever earned his rank

      I have reached the age where people more often want to tell me what to do than not. One of those topics was about a new dog. I was instructed to get a dog on the small side to up the likelihood that folks would volunteer to watch him in the event I wanted to be away for a while. My preference has always been toward a dog hefty enough to wrestle. Now, however, we are in new territory with a seriously high-spirited Welsh terrier.       But the story I want to...
Where to frolic with your four-legged friends
     Dogs need some time to be dogs. Here’s where you can take them to run and frolic leash free. (Most of the public parks in Bay country allow dogs but require that you keep them on a leash.)      For off-leash play, dog parks offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Two parks have dog beaches for water-loving canines. Keep your furry friend on best...

Canine athletes compete in Flying Disc Dogs Open and Ultimate Air Dock Diving

     The two swimming pools at Hog Dog Productions Farm in Millersville are the scene of intense canine competition.      The field was packed at last weekend’s canine dock diving and Frisbee event at the 33-acre farm. Forty-eight dogs leapt into dock diving in the competition pool and 65 pups into Frisbee competition.      “The dogs compete for placement and titles, as well as the chance to go to the national championships,” said...
Where to turn for help and to help
AACo. Animal ­Control Shelter  The county’s central location for lost pets reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually finds new homes for about 1,500 pets. As part of Anne Arundel County Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination and $20 microchip clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville; 410-222-8900; www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol; open Tues.-Sat.   Blue Angel Rescue Wildlife...