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Our heritage, our legacy

 

Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

Larry Taylor gives dead wood a second life

Dedicated as osprey parents are, their chicks need luck — and good weather — to survive

This time of year, they’re on the move

Love is in the water

       It’s not just people who engage in an elaborate courtship with gifts of roses and chocolates, explains scientist Dr. J. Sook Chung. Maryland’s blue crabs also have their tricks in choosing a mate.       “They do a beautiful dance to attract a mate,” says Chung, an expert on crab reproduction at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.        A female crab mates...

Discovering the place and the truth behind the legend

      From 19th century art to 20th century children’s books to the Disney animated movie to the sultry song Fever, the forbidden love story of Pocahantas and John Smith is embedded in American romantic legend.        The narrative changes depending on who is telling it: Europeans or Native Americans. For the real story is very different from the myth.        For starters, the leading lady in the drama was named Matoaka and also was...

2019 love stories get no help from SweetHearts

       Valentine’s Day is estimated to generate more than $1.8 billion in candy sales. Most popular of those candies are conversation hearts, the little hearts with cute sayings on them: Be Mine, Marry Me. Even heart-shaped boxes of chocolates were overtaken by the little sugar hearts.          Now SweetHearts, the most popular brand of the most popular Valentine’s candy, are no longer being made.     ...

Join in a multi-media celebration starting with a book of poetry about a boxer

      “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  –Dr. Seuss             Imagine a book club with 500,000 members.          That’s The Big Read, a nationwide book connection program aiming to expose people to new kinds of books, challenge our ideas and bring the community together in shared passion for...

High school junior wins Anne Arundel County’s William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

       Mackenzie Boughey stands out in a crowd.           That’s how I first saw her: Leading her peers and thousands of demonstrators at the Annapolis March For Our Lives rally as I reported my first story for Bay Weekly in 2018.          This is why I want to be a reporter, I thought, to see influencers like Boughey fire up their community and make real changes.    ...

College now runs community matching service

        For 18 years, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center connected would-be volunteers with local causes and helped nonprofits fill a myriad of needs.          Now it is closing its doors.          Due to a lack of sustainable funding, the Volunteer Center could no longer operate as a standalone nonprofit.          Not that the job is finished. Far...

Find a home for local history treasures

      Are you seeking a place to show off museum-worthy relics? If you have historic documents, photos or memorabilia connected to St. Clement’s Island or the Colton’s Point area, your treasure may have found its future.          The island museum seeks pieces to create a new exhibit. On its Community Day February 8, (10am-4pm) museum staff will scan photos and documents, or photograph objects and people for potential new...

A Dutch Solution?

       With climate change at the door like the big bad wolf, who are you gonna call? Down in Hampton, Va., they may have figured it out: Hello, the Dutch.          Who better to help coastal communities cope than the Netherlands, a land that was covered by swamps 2,000 years ago? Fine minds and industriousness have enabled this densely populated nation to flourish as a result of dikes, dams, floodgates and pumping stations. Oh, and...

Courtship is in the air for bald eagles

      Winter is the time that American bald eagles in Maryland start courting and making nests to raise a new family. The courtship period can be very dramatic. I have witnessed the drama only twice.      Several years ago in late December, while driving back to Annapolis from Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, I could hear two eagles screaming at each other. When I finally located them, they were a couple hundred feet in the air and flying at one another. As they...
Peter Jackson uses technology to breathe life into 100-year-old history
      In 1914, the men of the United Kingdom were called to war. They signed up by the thousands, men and boys as young as 14 joining the British armed forces with hopes of distinguishing themselves.       They thought it would be an adventure: their chance to become like the heroes they read about in books.      The reality, however, was different.      Trench warfare unlike any the world had ever seen was a filthy, dangerous...