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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
 

Graduation days aren’t the only good news for five lucky — and on-the-ball — local kids. Scholarships from the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians and South Anne Arundel Lions Club are making college a little more affordable. At its annual Scholarship Dinner and Awards night at Pirates Cove Restaurant, the Lions Club, assisted by a West River Improvement Association $1,000 donation, awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students in South County high schools. The...

Animal mystery in the English countryside

      A CNN headline last week roped us in: Raccoon Dogs on the Loose in an English Village. People were told to be on the lookout for these dangerous creatures.      A Daily Mail story warned that the raccoon dogs “terrorize locals and attack animals in Nottinghamshire.”      “BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM,” a villager recalled hearing.      Was this some kind of Brexit madness, lunacy in a land that is dividing itself...

Too fast for my camera to show their namesake inner wings

 

      A small gray-and-blue mirage fluttered wildly around my feet. It stopped for two seconds on a clover flower before taking off again just as erratically. I was trying to get a photo of an opened-winged butterfly, but it was too difficult.       The tiny butterflies are named for the beautiful azure blue of their inner wings. The outside of their folded wing is gray and outlined with with small, dark bars. Their antennae have alternating bars of...

2nd Star Productions’ Gypsy Rose Lee is Vaudeville, baby!

 

     If it’s challenging to walk in the shadow of greatness, treading in two great shadows is daring. It’s an achievement of another order of magnitude to shine your light so brightly as to blend all three images into a moment of greatness. That’s what it was like watching Debbie Barber-Eaton play Rose, as in the mother of Gypsy Rose Lee, the hallmark, powerhouse role for both the late great film star Rosalind Russell and for stage virtuoso Ethel Merman....

Hobbes goes to sea

      Taking a dog out onto the Chesapeake does not seem like a complicated task. I didn’t expect many difficulties from my new pup, Hobbes, as Labradors were bred long ago to accompany fishermen on their voyages. We had complications.       As we would eventually be some distance from land, it was not only prudent but essential that the young, inexperienced pup have some extra flotation.       Fortunately, today there are any number of...

The herb is a balm for many senses

 

      Once you learn how to grow lavender (covered in last week’s column) you’ll want to use it. The French put lavender in everything. They use it decoratively, for fragrance, in medicine, in cooking, in making liquers, in landscaping and for repelling moths. When you purchase a woolen product in France, it usually comes with a small bag of lavender to keep moths out. Lavender can keep its fragrance for many years.       Harvest lavender when the...

It's gonna be a long, long time before you see another biopic this good

     Reginald Dwight (Taron Egerton) is a lonely little boy saved by his ear. Neglected by his mother and spurned by his father, little Reg turns to music. When his grandmother realizes he can copy music from the radio on the piano, she suggests lessons.       As a young man, he learns some harsh lessons: No one is interested in talent without a gimmick; being openly gay will kill his career; no one is going to buy an album from someone named Reginald Dwight....

Summer hits Chesapeake Country

 

     In terms of good timing, Bay Weekly’s annual Summer Guide, 101 Ways to Have Fun, is going to prove its value to you right out of the gate. Our 40 pages of fun hit the streets last Thursday in time for summer’s Memorial Day kickoff. The first week of June runs nose and nose with the first week of December as Chesapeake Country’s busiest and most fun-filled.      In case summer is getting ahead of you, let me remind you of good times that can...

Maryland Real ID: Poorly Conceived and Complicated

 

     Relative to the new rigorously enforced Maryland Real ID drivers license requirements:      This is a poorly conceived and complicated process. I have a PhD and have worked for 40 years in my science profession. I completed all the boxes, assembled the documents and scheduled an appointment at Loveville in St Mary’s County for 12:30 on June 25.      But …       The appointment would not “confirm.”...

Overall health still improving

 

     We’re getting our homework done despite Mother Nature’s agenda. So says the recently released 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.      “While 2018 was a difficult year for Chesapeake health due to high rainfall, we are seeing trends that the Bay is still...