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Volume 15, Issue 14 ~ April 5 - April 11, 2007

This Week's Features:

There’s More Than the Tailgate to the Marlborough Hunt Races

These horse races are brought to you by a fox and the hounds

by Aubree Stafford

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Spring’s Last Rites for Calvert Country Market

Rural County to be left with no farmers’ market

by Margaret Tearman

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Keeping Score on those
Public Figures

At first checkpoint, Costa holds his ground while Reilly takes his belt in a notch

by Bethany Rodgers

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The Music Scene

Jonathan Edwards: From “Sunshine” to Cruising America's Waterways to Annapolis. reviewed by Theodore Thimou

Camp Cooking from Scratch

Almost everything tastes better when it’s cooked on a wood fire

Ughhh, this tastes like pasture pie! But it’s good, though. Awful good!

In hunting and fishing camp, or any kind of camping among men, not infrequently one is chosen by drawing the short straw to serve as camp cook. It’s a thankless chore.

Chesapeake Spring Planting

Get coles in the ground now

Plant cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radish, kohlrabi and collards early for a bigger harvest this summer. Early planters also include onions, peas, Swiss chard, beets, Chinese cabbage, celery and lettuce. These salad favorites grow best in cool weather; most are generally immune to late frost damage, especially without mulch. Heat released from the ground during frosty nights provides adequate protection.

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Wind Power vs. Wildlife

Clean-energy turbines could be more bird friendly

It is ironic that non-polluting, renewable wind energy, long touted as a potential savior in the fight to stop global warming, is getting a bad rap for killing wildlife. High profile examples such as at California’s Altamont Pass — where outdated, oversized wind turbines kill some 1,000 birds of prey each year — plague the growing wind power industry — even though more modern, better-sited wind farms kill far fewer birds.

—Dan S., via e-mail continue reading...

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A Show from Horizon to Horizon

East to west, sunset to sunrise, there are plenty of sights to delight

Sunset falls at 7:36 Saturday and a minute later each night, revealing Saturn almost directly overhead. A bright, steady light between the winter constellations of Leo and Cancer, the ringed planet makes an easy target before setting around 4am in the northwest. continue reading...


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Fish Processing Tools 101

Two knives and a scaler cut the work of cleaning fish

With fishing season upon us, make sure your gear is in shape for the coming months of fish fries, fish barbeques and extraordinary fish dinners. Begin with knives and fish scalers.

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Voyages of Dicovery

Yellow Buoys Signal Better Bay Forecasts Ahead

New system to provide real-time picture of wind, waves and water-level elevations

Our trawler Bright Pleiades is trundling up the Bay off Smith Island. We’re ticking off the green and red buoys that define the main shipping channel when we spot a buoy of a different color. Banana-yellow, it’s embossed with four mysterious letters: CBOS. Continue reading...

Way Downstream

Another loss in the Bay: underwater grasses down 25 percent from 05 … Averages are deceiving: South River grassesfail while Susquehanna Flats grasses thrive … With a lot of help from its friends, Potomac River loses 103 tons of trash cleaner … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: If we catch all the sharks in the ocean, we’ll have plenty of cownose rays but fewer scallops, oysters, clams and crabs.

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Ode to Bay Spring: A World Worth Wordsworth

This week, we intended to give you 10 Reasons Everybody’s Feeling Better Than We Felt on Groundhog Day. But describing near ecstasy with so measly a number is like comparing a match to sunrise.

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Letters to the Editor

We welcome your opinions and letters – with name and address. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to [email protected]. or submit your letters on line, click here

  • Green Fund Misses the Point: Corporate Agriculture
  • Good Advice Lives on On Line

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Bay Reflections

The Passing of Maryland’s Tobacco Calendar

What does Spring care about an old barn?

by Elizabeth Ayres

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Curtain Call

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Dining Guide 2007

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News of the Weird

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Free Will Astrology

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