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Into gifts that can change lives

Six small ways Chesapeake neighbors are making a better world 

Play Santa in ways that matter

How to sing Messiah for St. James’ sing-along

Coming our way from Kootenai National Forest, Montana

You can catch a fish, but take care not to catch hypothermia

My homes are united by festivals, but oh for an oyster!

     I could use a fried oyster right about now. Or one freshly shucked by Shady Side’s Gross watermen.      I long for any kind of seafood, for Armenia is a landlocked country. We do have river trout, but they can’t compete with the bounty of the Chesapeake now that there’s an R in the month once again. As my friends and neighbors get ready to spend a crisp, clear afternoon at the Captain Avery Museum for this year’s Shady Side Oyster...

Bay Weekly’s Guide to the Boatshows

     The United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows are the biggest in the country, and probably the world.       This year’s shows are bigger than ever, show president Paul Jacobs says, with “the largest sailboat show we’ve ever had and the biggest powerboat since the 2008 recession.”      In five acres at City Dock, 200 sailboats tie up along 1.6 miles of floating docks on October 4, then slip away on October 9 to make...

Screenwriter Rodney Barnes hits the comic shelves with Falcon #1

     When Rodney Barnes hung out at the Eastport corner drugstore reading comic books, he could dream of becoming the mind behind a comics superhero.      He was a hard-working kid. “I think I washed dishes in every restaurant in town,” he says. “I also shucked oysters, crabbed and worked the concessions at Navy stadium.”      But in off hours, he was one of four musketeers united by their love of comic books. “Back then...

Orb-weavers put on early fall displays

     The chill in the air has sent nature’s insect and arachnid world scurrying to get in those last meals. Suddenly we start seeing long-legged and acrobatic guests in our gardens and window frames.      Many of Bay Weekly’s Facebook followers sent us their favorite photos of garden spiders. Mainly of the orb-weaver variety, these garden and door-stoop visitors are striking in their white, yellow, black and orange stripes and spots.   ...

Contest makes bookmarks messages of harmony 

     Can a bookmark promote peace? That’s the hope of the Maryland Judiciary, which has a big stake in the outcome.      With kids setting their creativity to resolving conflicts, maybe they can.      They’ll have their chance at the 12th annual Student Bookmark Art Contest in honor of National Conflict Resolution Day, October 19. Young artists will use crayons, colored pencils and creativity to make bookmarks showing ways of resolving or...

Honoring history’s witnesses

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. –Kahlil Gibran        Know an interesting tree? Annapolis’s Trees of Distinction program recognizes trees that have stood witness to significant changes within the community; their presence often defines a neighborhood. The program also aims to thank the citizens who maintain and care for these noteworthy trees.      Nominate distinctive trees based on four categories: Size and/or age; Unusual growth...

A memorable run at family landmark

     Ted Levitt, proprietor of Chick & Ruth’s Delly on Main Street in downtown Annapolis, spent his last day at work doing what he always has: seating customers and smiling a lot.       On Sunday, September 17, he ate cake to celebrate his retirement from the business his parents founded in 1965. Ted worked at the delly from his teens, learning from his dad Chick and mom Ruth how to provide good service and make the place memorable. After his parents...

We’re not the only ones that bite at that delicacy

     Flipping my bait over the side, I spooled out line, letting my bait disappear into the shaded depths and off the down-current side of the Bay Bridge pier. The tide had been moving for under an hour; the gentle current was just slow enough to allow my hook to sink to where I hoped the rockfish were holding.      Eventually I felt a tiny tap-tap. Trusting that the bite was coming from a nice striper jetting off with its prize — not some white perch eating...

This year’s roots and leaves will improve next year’s soil

     Don’t pull those annuals! When cleaning up the garden, either mow them down or prune them out. Allow the roots to remain in the ground to rot and leave behind nutrient-rich organic matter for next year’s crop. After the roots rot, they will leave behind tunnels for the roots of next year’s crop to follow penetrating deeper into the soil where there will be more water and nutrients.      The best way to clean the garden is to set the cutting...
Time to Remember Rachel Carson
     I read Are Our-CIDES Killing Mother Nature in Bay Weekly’s September 14 Our Say and thought of marine biologist, author and environmentalist Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring, written while she lived in Maryland. It was published 55 years ago last month.      The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons is hosting the play A Sense of Wonder: Life and Works of Rachel Carson. Actress Kaiulani Lee lives in Arlington, VA, (often teaching at George...