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The most wonderful time of the year starts now

What our Thanksgiving tradition meant for one immigrant

In Armenia, we say yerakhtapart

Babes Boys Tavern looks beyond freak accident that left one dead

100 years later, a father and son relive the days of the Great War

Your 2017 guide to finding fall fun
     Summer lingered a little longer this year, thanks to Gov. Hogan’s decree that public schools start after Labor Day. We had 13 weeks of sun, fun, beaches and boats. With the children settling back into their routines, we can now look ahead to Chesapeake Country’s best season.       With summer’s humidity wrung out, the air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. Autumn is clearly on the horizon.      This...

Beaches, marsh and mountains blaze with color

     Autumn can be a polarizing season, but I have become quite the enthusiast of this time of harvest, leaf peeping and ubiquitous festivals. I like the hot cider and apple fritters, but what I love most are the seasonal changes we can experience in the natural world.      Chesapeake Country is a fine place to experience those changes. The watershed we call home is an enormous place — over 64,000 square miles stretched across six states and Washington, D.C....
First let me thank you for Bay Weekly’s awesome Pet Tales Aug. 10 edition. I also want to tell you about Hillsmere’s successfull implementation of a Community Cat program to reduce the unowned “community” cat overpopulation. Volunteers rallied with the Anne Arundel Cat Coalition, a non-profit spearheaded by Spay Spa Neuter Nook to trap, spay/neuter and rabies vaccinate 36 cats. Half of the cats, mostly kittens and three friendly adults, were adopted. The rest returned to...

Re: Local Artist Paints in Words; Sept. 14: www.bayweekly.com/node/39982

  Our little man loved your article and the drawing in Coloring Corner, as did I. Thank you. Writer Kathy Knotts is one of the few who really got it right. –Michael Bell,  Southern High School arts department chair

This week we bring you 50-plus ways to revel in the new season

     Autumn comes to us in many ways.      Meteorological autumn, now three weeks past, came with just the right gifts to be welcome. Clear, dry, comfortable days … cool nights that demanded a light blanket … blue skies that made imaginations soar and sent painters scurrying to capture them … clouds that looked gathered for a new entertainment called Cloud Bounce: For benefits like those, we could let summer go.      Astrological...
Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 
     Gentlemen with lethal fighting skills, The Kingsman are England’s modern Knights of the Round Table.      Newest Kingsman Eggsy (Taron Egerton: Sing) is in a period of adjustment. Coping with the loss of his mentor, Harry (Colin Firth: Bridget Jones’ Baby), he’s in charge of stopping global terrorism. He’s also dating a princess (Hanna Alström: Sami Blood).      Eggsy’s life explodes, literally, when his home and...

Fake News, 1644 Style

       Mistaken identities, a hero’s fondness for unashamed exaggeration and the quest for love permeate The Liar, Richard Wilbur’s modern interpretation of Pierre Corneille’s 1644 farce, his most famous comedy. Under the deft guidance of director Steve Tobin, Compass Rose Theater’s production is not only well acted and well staged but also an ageless play you want to watch.             The play...

In Makerspaces workshops, you can make most anything

     My latest project is building a steam engine for a model railroad.       For project-hounds like me, each new ambition means new tools, which are fun but pricey. That’s a big commitment for a beginner. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to try a project, get some guidance and use some tools and supplies before having to buy your own?       Now there is.   Makerspaces? Places to Make       ...
     I have become a pariah in my neighborhood because I asked Calvert Mosquito Control to put my property on their Do-Not-Spray list. However, after attending a bee talk given by the 17- and 18-year-old members of the Northern High School Bee Club, I began to question the whole pesticide problem.      So far, the facts are disturbing. It seems that studies done by scientists — which the government uses for safety guidelines — are done by chemical...
I want to thank you for the extraordinary edition of Bay Weekly — August 10 Pet Guide. I’m holding onto it like it’s my textbook. What a great public service to so many people, giving them concrete, incredibly useful information. I get questions about that stuff all the time and more and oftentimes do not have the information either. –Joseph Lamp, Arnold Animal rights supporter Joseph Lamp is active in Maryland Votes for Animals