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Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

Dark-eyed juncos make their sudden appearance

Look at oyster restoration as a saga and this week’s story as an episode

Fourth-generation apprentices in clock repair 

Maryland’s behind the curve

10 Reasons to Remember Him

     1. Dick Lahn, who died November 22 at the age of 76, was really smart. Way back in 1967, at a League of Conservation Voters’ lecture, he saw the light: “I was working as a mathematician for NASA, and suddenly I knew that protecting our environment was what I really wanted to do.”      2. When Dick Lahn put his mind to a problem he always found the solution. He always made it fun and shared the credit with others.      3. Dick...

Galway Bay makes a splash big enough to celebrate 20 years

      It takes an Irish boat and crew to ferry beer across the Chesapeake. They won’t be dying the Chesapeake green — as the Irish of Chicago dyed the Chicago River for St. Patrick’s Day — but they’ll be transforming the Bay into an Irish Channel to bring Galway Bay its special 20th anniversary brew.        In December of 1998, Irish-born Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke revived the warm and friendly nostalgia of Galway Bay...

What should we do to push back the tide?

      Dozens of islands in Chesapeake Bay were home to human populations, farms, forests, even a few stores and hotels, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, islanders migrated to the mainland. Now all but two of these offshore islands have disappeared or no longer sustain the communities that once thrived in isolation.       Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Islands is a new book about one of those islands,...

More damn dam debris

      Unless you’re a driftwood enthusiast, the news from Conowingo Dam is troubling. Again.       At the end of the rainiest November ever — in what could be the rainiest year in recorded history — dam operators announced last week that all the flood crest gates would be opened “until further notice.”       We know what gushes downstream into Chesapeake Bay from Conowingo, but for those who might have...
Planning for spring starts now 
      Calvert Garden Club awards mini-grants of $100 to $1,000 to local non-profits to Plant Calvert from River to Bay.       Last year’s theme was Beautifying Calvert County, and a $1,000 grant was awarded to the youth group of All Saints Church in Sunderland for Project Spudnik. Inspired by the movie The Martian, they made their own soil in growbags and grew vegetables in it.        In four years, $8,000 has been awarded...

It took a neighborhood to make this book

      After years of swapping stories and researching their shared history, a group of Arundel-on-the-Bay residents have finally published their collected neighborhood history in a fully illustrated book.      The Amazing Story of Arundel-on-the-Bay: 1600s to Today began as a group of neighbors who set out to disprove a stereotype: that their community was an all-white summer enclave.       “We discovered that that really wasn’t...
Chesapeake Country kids repurpose rubbish as art
      If you want something done right, ask a kid.        That’s what the Maryland Department of the Environment did. Since 2001, high school students have celebrated America Recycles Day by competing in the annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest. The contest tests students’ sculpture skills. Their medium? Recyclables only.      This year 62 entries from 23 Maryland schools were on display. Five students from Chesapeake Country...

Snow geese abound in the air and on the ground

      Each year, vast flocks of white geese with black-tipped wings come from the tundra of Canada to spend the winter on the Eastern Shore. These are snow geese.      They are fairly large birds, and a flock can contain so many — several thousand birds — that it looks like a vast noisy white curtain being lifted as they take flight together. These flocks rise in the evening and morning, as they spend night in water, ponds or bay tributaries, and in the...

Freak warm days may be too good to be true

      From the front window, I saw the trees about my house were finally still. The sun was shining at last, the forecast was for 60 degrees and one more day on the water suddenly looked possible. After all, rockfish season was still open.       I had covered my skiff for the winter just days before, but that wasn’t a problem. One of the benefits of my super-simple winterization system is that it takes only minutes to pull the cover off and reconnect my...
Three women fight for power and position in this fascinating dramedy
      In the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) doesn’t want to be bothered with financing a war or running her country. Suffering from gout and fear of being unloved, she prefers to stay in her chambers, shouting at servants and playing with her 17 rabbits — one for each child she’s lost.        Anne’s best friend is more than happy to run the country for her. Fiercely loyal to the concepts of the monarchy and England...