This Week's Features:
Maryland Sculptor Toby Mendez unveils his newest work, a larger-than-life statue forged of bronze and copper honoring the men who trained at Solomons during World War II to land on the beachheads of Europe and the Pacific Islands.
by Ben Miller
Drought is stealing farmers’ crops. It’s withering tomatoes and berries on the vine. It’s drying up wells and sending crabbers commuting all over the Bay for their living. Save for the winemakers who toast the drought, Maryland is dancing for rain.
by Carrie Madren
Once more this summer, Bay Weekly’s “Indispensable Guide to Summer on the Bay” brings you 101 ways to harvest the delicious pleasures of summer. Again this year, kids get their own 101 Ways to Have Fun.
Cruelty to animals isn’t such a long step from cruelty to fellow humans
Cruelty among humankind is the utmost of appalling traits according to this old man’s way of thinking. One can rob, cheat, lie, swindle, worship idols, dishonor parents, commit adultery, give false testimony or covet another’s property or spouse, even kill in a moment of passion. But intentionally to be cruel, well, that beats all.
Water by the clock for a greener lawn in drought
The Bay Gardener has never irrigated his lawns nor lost a lawn because of drought. When soils dry during the summer growing season, lawns become dormant. A lawn that starts turning brown should be left alone.
Some Styrofoam gets new life after packaging
Known within the packaging industry as expanded polystyrene and usually bearing the #6 recycling symbol, Styrofoam (the trademark name for Dow Chemical’s product) has long been an environmental bugaboo. Polystyrene contains chemicals known to cause central nervous system damage and other health problems for workers regularly exposed to it. Since it is difficult and expensive to recycle, it tends to clog landfills already teeming with toxic garbage.
New moon coincides with this year’s Perseid meteor shower
Every day and every night, Earth’s orbit crosses paths with errant bits of cosmic dust and debris, which ignite upon contact with our atmosphere. The larger these meteors, the brighter the blaze and the farther they streak. Most times, seeing a single meteor streaking across the sky is a matter of luck.
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How could I deprive my son of enjoying my lovely new shotgun?
I’d had my eye on the beautiful, little 28-gauge over and under for some time. It was light as a feather with 28-inch barrels and an exquisite grain in its walnut stock, unusual in a Ruger. They usually tend toward the plainer grades of wood.
It’s not just crops that this drought’s left a disaster
I spend a good part of my summer evenings sitting on my cliff, staring out at the scenic Severn River and the tree-lined shores of Annapolis.
Maryland recognizes no modern Indians, complicating the repatriation of ancient bones … Life’s no beach on America’s beaches … New deposits in Maryland bank of Open Space and preserved farmland … U.S. House writes Chesapeake Bay into its version of the Farm Bill … California shuts off Navy’s sonar to save marine lives … and last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature: In Australia, death sentences commuted for kangaroos hopping on military bases.
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For a few hours, life’s a circus at The Talent Machine’s Barnum.
reviewed by Bethany Rodgers
Artful, open talk about race relations in Dignity Players’ Permanent Collection. r
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