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At 99 years, he’s made more history than he can remember

Putting names and faces to the concept we honor

Bay Weekly among nine Four Rivers winners

See the place and its portraits this weekend

In Virginia Beach, the challenge of a dead whale

Make more of your retirement years

     In life, the first act is always exciting. The second act … that is where the depth comes in.          For advice scripted in the movies, that pronouncement from the 2010 movie Grown Ups is worth considering.          Now that you’re newly retired — or are planning your retirement — you’ll have time that needs filling.        ...
Will there be a surprise ending?
     Every story has a beginning. Bay Weekly’s is now so long ago that it has to begin Once upon a time …       Once upon a time a family, transported to Chesapeake Country and agreeing as Capt. John Smith said, “that heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for [hu]man habitation,” we imagined that if you wrote well about that “very goodly Bay,” people would read your stories.      So we — son...
Valuing Bay Weekly Re: Your Say; Just What Goes into James and Poplar Islands? www.bayweekly.com/node/50403        I just read this week’s [Sept. 19] tome and wanted to share a few thoughts.       I noted the civility of the first writer in Your Say as he commented on a couple of issues in a previous article and your kind response to his letter. Then, I ran into the ranting gobsmack of Kelly Kelly of Facebook. Noted you are no longer on Kelly’s...
Photo camp focuses on tweens
      Young people today know their way around a smartphone camera. But do they know how to handle the real deal? The Deale Elks Lodge and Muddy Creek Artists Guild are looking for teens and tweens (grades five thru eight) to join the 3rd annual Elkie Artists three-day photography camp to learn the ropes of photography beyond the selfie.       No experience is necessary and all the supplies — including a camera — are provided. Photographers must...
A new job for our versatile oyster 
      What can’t an oyster do? It builds communities for underwater life, it filters its surrounding waters and feeds many species, including humans. Now scientists at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge are putting it to work to help fight shoreline erosion.      That’s a problem worsened by climate change, which has led to a rise in water levels in the Bay. Indeed, scientists say the Chesapeake has some of the fastest...
Where and when to find autumn’s peak colors
       Eventually we will bid the hot and humid summerlike weather goodbye, and the landscape will explode with vibrant colors of orange, red and yellow. Kids will be jumping into newly raked piles of leaves, and we’ll all fall back to Eastern Standard Time and grab that extra bit of sleep.        Autumn officially arrived the early morning of Sept. 23. Now all across Chesapeake Country the leaf-peepers are waiting for the signs.    ...
Little but loud
       The blue-gray gnatcatcher is a very common tiny bird. They are a light bluish-gray with a white ring around their eyes and two white vertical tail streaks, seen when they flare their tails.      In Maryland, only the hummingbird and kinglet are smaller. But unlike those birds, the gnatcatcher is an alert complainer. Gnatcatchers have high-pitched, nagging calls that seem to follow me as I try to take a quiet walk in the woods. They are also known for...
Herbs for teas, flowers for crafts, weeds for compost
      A welcome respite from the garden is around the corner. Until then, there are lots of chores to prepare for fall and winter. Harvesting what you’ve grown will allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labors when the winter winds blow.       While you’re harvesting herbs for the kitchen, as I described last week, don’t forget the herbs for making teas. The mints for making tea include spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, orange mint and double...
Spanish mackerel mix with blues and rock
      Ed Robinson had cranked his three-quarter-ounce gold Kastmaster metal spoon to about 10 feet from our boat when the water exploded in spray and foam. His drag started screaming, and he could barely hold his rod above the horizontal. When he managed to lift the tip to leverage some line back, it was again jerked down, and the howl emanating from his reel resumed.      We had been chasing flocks of seabirds on Man O’ War Shoals just southeast of Baltimore...
Brad Pitt journeys to the ends of the solar system to get over his daddy issues
     In the near future, space remains the final frontier. Bases have been established on the moon and Mars, but scientists are still trying to make contact with intelligent life beyond our stars. Decorated astronaut Cliff McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) volunteers to lead a mission to the outer orbit of Neptune to send signals into deep space.       Apparently true to his vows to not return until he’s made first contact, Cliff is hailed as a dead hero.  ...