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Hoe them out and bury them — or eat them

White perch make good sport and better eating

Scout lures wood ducks to Franklin Point State Park

Wood ducks are swamp-loving birds, so Shady Side, with its historical nickname The Great Swamp, ought to be the kind of place they’d like. All the more so Franklin Point State Park, 477 acres of wood and waterfront on the Shady Side Peninsula, where humans are welcome but not common.     Wood ducks are welcome, too. To add curb appeal to the park, Boy Scout Reggie Scerbo, 18, of West River, has built and installed seven nesting boxes that satisfy the requirements of the...

There’s room in the inn at local churches

Christmas is upon us; New Year’s to follow. It’s time for new beginnings.     Just ask Oliver Sellman, now of Severna Park, who made a tough choice one Christmas season and, in the process, turned his life around.     It happened in 2008, at a church along the Baltimore-Annapolis corridor, where Sellman was among the guests receiving shelter and spiritual support through Arundel House of Hope.     Each year more than 75 Annapolis and...

Good health or the Lemming Effect?

Charging into a nearly freezing body of water in the middle of the winter is a tradition for people around the world. Frequently, the plunge is made on New Year’s Day.     The first New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge is credited to Coney Island, New York, in 1903. Founder Bernarr Macfadden believed that a dip in the ocean during the winter could be “a boon to stamina, virility and immunity.” The Coney Island Polar Bear Club takes ocean plunges every Sunday...

Maybe, just maybe, you will

We expect great things this time of year.         No wonder, for the winter holidays set expectations high.     December 21’s winter solstice promises us that, Big Picture, everything will turn out all right. Despite the gathering chill, we will not spin off into the frozen blackness of space. Light now begins its slow gain. Sunset moves later day by day from its earliest, 4:44pm on December 12, until by January 1 we have gained 10 minutes of...

Timeless ideals well told and beautifully sung

“Camelot, located nowhere in particular, can be anywhere,” wrote a scholar on Arthurian times. Fortunately for us it resides until January 22 in Annapolis at Compass Rose Theater.     Director Lucinda Merry-Browne’s rousing revival takes a scaled-down approach to this Broadway blockbuster, proving that less is more. A cast of 10, a seven-foot grand piano grandly played and a spare set bring this passionate and humorous classic to life.    ...

For too many families in Calvert County, winter weather brings a slew of concerns, including how are they going to heat their home?     For the 10th year, Chesapeake Church’s Summit Men Ministry stepped up to meet this need.     On Saturday December 3, more than 130 Summit Men’s group members armed with trucks, wood splitters and cutters, axes and willing hands and spirit cut and loaded 92 truckloads of wood and delivered it to 46 less fortunate...

Santa’s a gardener himself, so he knows what’s on your list

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the yard The branches were bare and the ground frozen hard. The roses were dormant and mulched all around; To protect them from damage if frost heaves the ground. The perennials were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of compost danced in their heads. The new-planted shrubs had been soaked by the hose; To settle their roots for the long winter’s doze. And out on the lawn, the new fallen snow; Protected the roots...

Fly south for angling adventure and comfort

Icicles hang off my skiff, parked on its trailer in the side yard, as leafless tree limbs thrash the skyline and an icy rain falls, mostly sideways. It’s a grim picture, unless you adopt a southern perspective.     With crude oil under $50 a barrel, airlines are reviving some sweet deals for an angler with a yen for warmer climes and gamer fish. Florida has some fares under $70 (Fort Lauderdale, each way). Even San Jose, Costa Rica, can now be economically reached, often...

An inoffensive cartoon that will keep small children quiet for 90 minutes and that might give their parents a few laughs

Koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey: Kubo and the Two Strings) loves theater. He has achieved half of his dream. He owns a theater, but he has no audience.     Facing foreclosure, Buster makes a desperate decision to host a singing competition. To draw local talent, he plans to offer a $1,000 prize. But his secretary types $100,000 by mistake, and soon the whole town turns out to win a fortune.     Surely he can raise the money later, Buster decides, so he...

A cookie lasts only a moment in your mouth, but Christmas cookies stay with you forever in memory.

Four Generations of ­Santaphant and ­Camelclaus When I was a small child, I remember my mother turning our living room bookcase into a beautiful display of gingerbread and sugar cookies all carefully decorated with many colored icings and sprinkles. As we got older, my sisters and I spent hours each year rolling, cutting, baking and icing a big batch of Mom’s sugar cookies. We had many holiday cookie cutters, including a Christmas tree, Santa Claus and reindeer. Our favorites were...