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BAY BULLETIN Bay Bridge Ice Injures

Driver, Coast Guard to Enforce Mask Directive, Eastern Shore Scenic Byway, No Sock Burning, Moll Dyer Rock Moved, Recycling Foam Products page 4

FEATURE: A Field Trip to Jug Bay page 6

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Virtual No More: Gear Up for 2021 Summer Camps Summer camp. Two words that are full of hope.

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UMMER, because this February has been, well, a test of our wintertime patience. Snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, we’ve seen it all. The groundhog was brutally honest when he predicted lots more winter.

Given the milder winter seasons we’ve enjoyed the past couple of years, who knew that this year we’d have to print a warning about the danger of falling ice on the Bay Bridge and local roads (page 4)? It’s no wonder summer in Chesapeake Country is sounding pretty good right now. I’d take beach traffic backups over shards of ice flying off car roofs any day. CAMP—that’s a word that offers even more hope. Camp, the hallmark of childhood summers! Whether it’s a sleepaway week in the woods, or a

day camp focused around specialized activities like sports, music, horseback riding or boating, camps offer kids a chance to be totally immersed in a new environment with their peers. It’s the quintessential out-ofthe-classroom learning opportunity, more experiential than academic. Especially in 2021, this kind of adventure is welcome. For kids and parents who have been weathering online learning for almost a year now, the chance to get out and do couldn’t come at a better time. While some camps did operate last summer with modified procedures, many did not. A large number of families, already dealing with virtual learning fatigue, faced a long, wide-open summer of entertaining their kids. We all muddled through, of course.

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Jug Bay Field Trips ................... 6 Camp Guide ........................... 8 BAY PLANNER ....................... 14 CREATURE FEATURE............... 16 GARDENING.......................... 16 SPORTING LIFE....................... 17 MOON AND TIDES.................. 17 MOVIEGOER.......................... 18 NEWS OF THE WEIRD.............. 19 CLASSIFIED........................... 20 PUZZLES............................... 21 SERVICE DIRECTORY............... 23 ON THE COVER: PHOTO COURTESY NAPTOWN SINGS! AND PLAYS!

As we celebrate African American History month, I am reminded of one of our own who made a significant contribution to society. The person who comes to mind is Harriett Elizabeth Brown, an educator in Calvert County. Ms. Brown, with assistance from NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, challenged the established policy of paying white teachers double what they paid black teachers. Ms. Brown showed her leadership as she became the lead plaintiff in this case in the fight for equal pay. Not only did she exhibit leadership, she showed commitment, spirit, will, persistence and confidence in this endeavor. Her desire to see this change paid off in 1937 when Calvert County settled the case in her favor. Taking a stand on this issue helped all of Maryland’s black teachers and influenced other jurisdictions to change their discriminatory practices. So, in 2015, one of the first actions of the legislatively appointed Harri-

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in this process will go a long way toward replicating “the HEB spirit.” Finally, let us do all work together to make the new facility and space a reality. Let it be a place where youth will have positive opportunities and experiences that will help them grow up healthy and responsible. And let it be a place where adults will have a safe, comfortable and convenient place to participate in community groups and cultural events.

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et Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force was to recommend that the old SMECO building be named the interim Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick’s new community center. We are now at the point where 27 acres on Fairground Road has been purchased by the county for a new and better Community Center and Park. All of Calvert’s citizens will have an opportunity to suggest what will be offered in the new facility and space on a survey that is presently being conducted by the Parks and Recreation Department. I encourage everyone, both young and old, to seize the opportunity to let your voices be heard by completing the survey at https:// www.calvertcountymd.gov/2828/ HEB-Community-Center-Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is April 30th0th. I also encourage your active participation in expressing your feelings about the need for the facility and space and the financial support needed to build it. Please advocate at upcoming events, hearings and activities about the new Prince Frederick Master Plan. Your involvement

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planning for? In our CBM Bay Weekly early-bird camp guide (page 8), we’ve highlighted a range of fun, safe experiences for local kids. And since we know some camp organizers are still in wait-and-see mode, we’ll continue to track additional camp opportunities as they solidify through the spring. When it comes to camps, there’s cause for optimism. Little by little, Marylanders are getting vaccinated and COVID-19 cases are beginning to slow. The glimmer of a return to a more predictable life is on the Chesapeake Bay horizon. And so is summer. p

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My family embraced hikes and park picnics, along with splashing in the pool and boat rides at Granddad’s house on the Magothy. Still, it’s encouraging to see our options beginning to open up. Many favorite camps are forging ahead with their summer offerings. They’ve now had a full year to plan for a pandemic-safe experience. Social distancing tactics and stringent cleaning protocols are the norm by now, and even young children are well-programmed to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and leave 6 feet between them and other people in public. My 5-year-old has adapted so well to wearing a mask to preschool that I often have to remind him that it’s okay to remove his mask once we’re back in the car. So which camps can you begin

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FALLING ICE DAMAGES CARS, INJURES DRIVER ON BAY BRIDGE

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Transportation police warn drivers to look out for falling ice, as February’s numerous winter storms continue. Photo: MDTA

Ice flying off cars smashed multiple windshields in the days following the ice storm. Photo: Holly Pelley.

Masks must now be worn on ferries and other commercial boats that carry passengers. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry already has a mandate in place. Facebook photo.

MASKS ON COMMERCIAL BOATS: USCG TO ENFORCE NEW CDC DIRECTIVE BY MEG WALBURN VIVIANO & CHERYL COSTELLO

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ot everyone has heard of it yet, but the U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a nationwide order issued this month requiring masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The Feb. 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order requires “all persons traveling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.” It also requires vessel operators to “use best efforts” to ensure everyone on board wears a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration they’re on the boat. The order gives examples of “best efforts” that include boarding only those who wear masks, informing people of the federal mandate, monitoring people on board for mask-wearing and disembarking anyone who refuses, and giving advanced notice

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lying ice has become a major hazard on the Bay Bridge and the roads around it after last week’s ice storm, and state transportation police are warning drivers to be alert after—not just during— winter weather events. Around 3:20 p.m. Friday afternoon, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police say a vehicle was struck by a piece of ice on the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident caused a lane closure on the bridge that backed up traffic for nearly five miles, beginning on Ritchie Highway and heading south. While several drivers in the area reported ice falling from the bridge structure above them, MDTA Police say it’s unclear whether the ice blew back off of another vehicle or came down from the bridge itself. One person we talked to says the trouble began hours before that driver was injured. Michaela Catherine Simmons, a resident of Cape St. Claire just a few miles from the Bay Bridge, tells Bay Bulletin she drove across the bridge a couple of hours before the big accident. Simmons reports it took her an hour and 40 minutes to get from her home to Stevensville on the other side of the bridge. “While I was on the top of the bridge at a dead stop there were large chunks of ice that fell on the roof of my car. It was

so loud it sounded as if I had hit the car in front of me or the car in front of me had hit the car in front of them. It was really scary once I realized that’s why there were large piles of ice in the left lane of the bridge.” During last week’s winter storm, from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday, National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington reported ice totals up to 0.25" in the areas around the Bay Bridge. That’s in addition to the combined 1.5" of snow and sleet from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. In a statement, MDTA says, “During natural weather events, snow & ice can accumulate on the Bay Bridge. Crews continuously monitor the bridge. Stay alert for changing traffic patterns. MDTA will proactively close lanes temporarily as a safety precaution. Remove ice & snow from your vehicle before driving.” Numerous other cases of ice strikes on windshields were reported in areas near the bridge over the weekend and through Tuesday, most of them coming from the roofs of the vehicles in front of them. Holly Pelley of Pasadena had her windshield smashed and her car’s roof and hood damaged, thanks to ice flying off the roof of a minivan ahead of her on Route 100. “I wasn’t even close to the vehicle,” she tells us. “I braked, but not soon enough I guess… I was glad my 4 year old was not in the vehicle and I could safely safely make my way to the shoulder.”

and adding signage for awareness. The Coast Guard is charged with enforcing the order, and in a Marine Safety Information Bulletin, USCG says “owners, operators, and crew of vessels that fail to implement the mask wear order may be subject to civil or criminal penalties from the CDC.” The Coast Guard writes, “Vessels that have not implemented the mask requirement may be issued a Captain of the Port (COTP) order directing the vessel’s movement and operations; repeated failure to impose the mask mandate could result in civil penalties and/ or criminal action.” Some passenger vessels in the Chesapeake region are already following mask mandates, like the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Delaware River and Bay Authority Spokesman James E. Salmon says, “Since the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve required all of our passengers aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to wear masks and will continue to do so.” The directive doesn’t only apply to ferries, though. Charters and tour boats are also included, and watermen may also be affected. Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD 1st District), who represents Maryland’s Eastern Shore, says the order needs clarification. “This mandate is overly broad and leading to unforeseen frustration… Our watermen are completely outdoors, often numbering no more than three per

vessel, and have been working together without interruption since the beginning of this pandemic – they are at extremely low-risk by the nature of their work.” Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association President Troy Wilkins calls the directive “ridiculous,” saying he hasn’t seen one waterman wearing a mask on board since it was issued. “I heard one person say that they get on a boat with a few guys and they have to wear a mask, and then driving in the car back home you don’t have to,” Wilkins tells Bay Bulletin. But he acknowledges if Coast Guard enforcement does take place on the Bay, that may change things. “If the Coast Guard enforces it, it could impact our business.” Some commercial vessel operators Bay Bulletin reached out to weren’t aware of the directive, others told us the mask mandate simply isn’t necessary. Captain J.C. Hudgins, Virginia Watermen’s Association president and operator of an eco-tours business on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, says, “With all of the vaccinations and social distancing going on, it looks like that is having a pretty good impact so far. My opinion is I don’t think it is necessary. I ran my eco-tours all summer with just social distancing on board and didn’t have any problems.” Anyone who wants to report a vessel not following the order, or anyone with questions about the order can email the Coast Guard at wearamask@uscg.mil.

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BAY BULLETIN CHESAPEAKE SCENIC BYWAY DESIGNATED “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD” BY MEG WALBURN VIVIANO

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aryland’s Eastern Shore was already home to the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway, a designated route running from Kent Island to Chesapeake City, and now the Shore is celebrating an even bigger national honor. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) “America’s Byways” just announced the establishment of the Chesapeake Country All-American Road, a more than 400-mile route from Chesapeake City to Smith Island on country roads along the Chesapeake Bay’s edge. The Chesapeake Country All-American Road is one of 49 routes newly added to the National Scenic Byways Program. It’s the first time new All-American Roads and Scenic Byways have been added since 2009. The nonprofit group Scenic America initiated the push to bring back the federal program, allowing for new route nominations and government funding. The program recognizes roadways with “notable scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, and archaeological qualities.” And it will give the Eastern Shore a significant boost in national visibility and tourism funds. “The National Scenic Byways Program brings new jobs, tourism, and other benefits to communities along these scenic roads, which are often located in parts of the country where such resources are desperately needed and

harder to come by,” says Scenic America President Mark Falzone. And that desperate need is underscored by the serious blow the COVID19 pandemic has delivered to small towns that depend on vacationers, festivals, and events. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) was among the lawmakers leading the charge to pass The Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act, restoring the program and $16 million in funding. “The inclusion of the Chesapeake Country All-American Road in the National Scenic Byways network will open new doors for federal funding that can help Maryland communities preserve, showcase and monetize their historic, cultural, natural, recreational and tourism resources,” says Senator Cardin. The All-American Road designation expands the Shore’s nationally-recognized byway from only a two-county stretch to the entire length of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. And it’s a more prestigious title, elevating the significance of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway. Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism’s Marci Ross tells Bay Bulletin, “An All-American Road must demonstrate two nationally significant intrinsic qualities and it must demonstrate its appeal to international markets… The designation is a recognition of the one-of-a-kind authentic stories and experiences that are found only on and around the Chesapeake Bay.” The Eastern Shore counties and towns the Chesapeake Country route will pass through welcome the news with open arms. “The All-American Road designation simply tells people what we already know. The Eastern Shore of Maryland is a very special place,” said Cassandra M. Vanhooser, the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Talbot County. “Not only is this national designation a source of tremendous community pride, it will help us present our assets in such a way that visitors can more easily experience them.” The previous Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway only recognized Queen Anne’s and Kent counties; the new All American Road (left) extends to Crisfield and Smith Island. Map: Maryland Scenic Byways

Workers relocate the Moll Dyer Rock from the Old Jail Museum to Tudor House, home of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society. Photo: Town of Leonardtown.

MOLL DYER ROCK RELOCATED BY JILLIAN AMODIO

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woman, a healer, a loner, a witch? Moll Dyer, an early settler of St. Mary’s County, in what is now Leonardtown, was different and misunderstood. For those simple reasons, she paid the ultimate price, her life. As she fled her humble cottage one cold winter’s night, she sought escape from the torches and clubs that were being wielded by her neighbors. Seeking refuge in the frozen woods, the same place where she spent countless hours collecting plants she used to heal those who had now turned against her, she eventually succumbed to the elements. It was here in this forlorn corner of the woods that she secured her place in history, as solid and permanent as the rock to which she clung. This weekend, a local historical society hopes to rewrite her history and protect the physical reminder of her story when the Moll Dyer Rock is relocated. While little exists by way of historical records, Dyer likely began her life in Devon, England. In the mid-1600s she and her two brothers travelled first to the West Indies as indentured servants prior to settling in Maryland. While in the West Indies she learned about the herbal med-

Dyer earned a reputation as a healer, offering locals herbal remedies to various maladies. Suspicions grew and she was suspected of witchcraft. icine and practices that she would later bring with her to Maryland. Once in Maryland, Dyer settled on a plot of land in a humble cottage where she kept to herself. Some legends speak of a large white dog that was her only companion. Knowing little about her, the colonists regarded her with immediate suspicion. Dyer earned a reputation as a healer, offering locals herbal remedies to various maladies. While she may have helped See ROCK on next page

Maritime Museum Sock Burning Canceled BY KATHY KNOTTS

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Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway reaches Chesapeake City on the C&D Canal. Photo: Jennifer Schmidt

he Annapolis Maritime Museum’s beloved annual welcome-to-spring sock-burning ritual will have to wait another year. Despite the organization’s hope that they could resume the beloved tradition, the annual Oyster Roast & Sock Burning typically scheduled around the spring equinox will not go on as planned. The museum announced last week that after closely monitoring the pandemic guidelines of both the county and the state, it feels it had to cancel the event. “We are deeply disappointed to cancel this long-standing, quirky tradition, and rite of spring, for a second year in a row,” stated Alice Estrada, President/CEO. As the current restrictions stand in Anne Arundel County, this event that typically accommodates roughly 500+ guests would now be limited to just 100 guests. While these restrictions may fluctuate, the community’s health and safety are paramount, the museum stated in its release. This quintessential Annapolis custom includes a roaring bonfire upon which guests burn their old winter socks, followed by live music, oyster-shucking competitions, nautical exhibits, and feasting on oysters. The museum says it has several programs on the horizon including a grand re-opening of new exhibits in April 2021 and remains hopeful about hosting summer concerts beginning in June 2021. February 25 - March 4, 2021 • BAY WEEKLY • 5


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ease some people’s pain and symptoms, suspicions grew and she was suspected of witchcraft. The winter of 1697 was brutal, pairing intense cold with a particularly deadly strain of influenza. Widespread starvation and illness pushed the colonists towards hysteria and desperation. While some sought solutions, others sought someone to blame. Colonists from surrounding plots of land approached Dyer’s cottage in the dead of night, carrying clubs and flaming torches, intent on ridding their town of the suspected witch. As her cottage was set ablaze, Dyer escaped and fled into the freezing winter wilderness. Several days later a young man looking for his cattle came upon Dyer’s frozen body. She was draped over a large rock. When her body was removed it is said the imprint of her hand and knees could still be seen. The townspeople declared the rock cursed, an eternal punishment cast on the town. For decades locals have perpetuated the myth saying that touching the rock can bring illness or misfortune. In 1968, a local reporter by the name of Philip Love asked landowners if they could lead him to the rock. The rock was located and in 1972, with the help of local National Guard members, the nearly 900-pound boulder was moved to the old jailhouse, now the site of the Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown. There the rock has suffered erosion from the elements and at times mistreatment by tourists. At the urging of resident Lynn J. Buonviri, author of Moll Dyer and Other Witch Tales of Southern Maryland, and with the support of Peter LaPorte, executive director of St Mary’s County Historical Society, the famed Moll Dyer Rock is being moved once more, outside of Tudor Hall Manor, the historical society’s headquarters where it can be more safely preserved. The historical society hopes to honor Dyer’s existence rather than to merely continue the folklore. A virtual dedication will be held Feb. 26 at 1pm (www.VisitLeonardtownMD.com). The ceremony will begin with a reading of a poem about Dyer written by Janis Russello, followed by several speakers, and culminating with an official proclamation declaring Feb. 26 Moll Dyer Day.

Walter Reiter, director at EPS Industry Alliance, with the EPS recycling bin in Crofton. Photo by Matthew Liptak.

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Foam Recycling Made Easier BY MATT LIPTAK

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t’s been one year since the ban on expanded polystyrene foam products (EPS) took effect in Anne Arundel County. The ban primarily targeted single use food containers like cups, plates, bowls, clamshell, egg cartons etc. Yet, expanded polystyrene remains abundant in packaging material around the region thanks to a booming online retail market that is shipping products from all over the world to our doorsteps. Most municipalities do not accept foam packaging in curbside recycling programs because EPS breaks down into smaller segments, which would contaminate the recycling stream. So what’s a well-intentioned consumer to do to keep foam out of our environment? The EPS Industry Alliance in Crofton, a trade organization representing polystyrene companies, has a solution for those mountains of foam packaging that have nowhere to go: they will recycle it for you. “At our Crofton location, we collected over five tons in 2020, up 67 percent from the previous year,” says Betsy Bowers,

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the alliance’s executive director. “It is exciting to watch expanded polystyrene recycling grow, as we see more people taking advantage of community drop-off locations.” EPS, like many plastics, has been considered a culprit in pollution, with littered coffee cups and food containers a common eyesore along highways and in our waterways. The state of Maryland has also now implemented a ban on those containers similar to Anne Arundel County’s. Like other plastics, foam materials can absorb toxins and then release them in waterways, impacting wildlife. EPS has its defenders though, who cite its versatility and effectiveness. Recycled EPS can be turned back into foam products, but it can also be turned into harder plastic materials such as benches and trim or molding. “We just put in our recycling bins two years ago,” says Diana Gentilcore, Sustainability Director with The EPS Industry Alliance. “Now consumers can drop them off 24/7. We always encourage recycling. We’ve done a lot to help advance that—make it easier for businesses and consumers to recycle expanded polystyrene. I think it’s very important because it can go into a lot of other useful products.” Gentilcore reports many regular visitors to the recycling center, dropping off polystyrene collected in neighborhoods and offices, including the Maryland Department of the Environment and the United States Department of Agriculture. Anyone can drop off their EPS at the Crofton site—as long as it does not contain foam peanuts which are not recyclable. When the bins are full, the organization stores the material in its office, until the recycler’s truck arrives on Wednesday mornings. “We’ve really watched it grow,” Gentilcore said. “People are very happy and grateful that they can recycle their foam.” The EPS Industry Alliance’s EPS drop off bins are located in the parking lot of 1298 Cronson Boulevard in Crofton, just off Route 3. p

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ver the last year, the pandemic has led us to appreciate the lessons and healing value of the natural world. For Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, the lessons continue even when school buildings are closed. Jug Bay has long been an integral part of local education. Countless school children have waded through its marshes, hiked through its woods, and explored the natural habitats of this tidal area along the Patuxent River. It is one of the state’s hidden gems when it comes to education and research, protecting about 1,700 acres of freshwater wetlands, tidal marshes, forest, meadows, and fields, which together form a robust ecosystem and home to a variety of native plants, mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians, and even beneficial microbes that are essential to the health and sustainability of our local ecological community. Last spring Jug Bay was planning to host nearly 1,500 children in their spring field trip season, but when COVID hit and schools closed down, the staff had to quickly change their plans. With outsidethe-box thinking, coordinating safety policies, and creating virtual opportunities, Jug Bay was able to continue their mission of education and exploration in ways that cater to the needs and comfort levels of the community. Instead of large groups of children on a school-sponsored field trip, Jug Bay now offers small in–person “pod” experiences. Originally intended for homeschool pods, the park stresses that these field trips are for anyone who wants an outdoor environmental experience. The field trips have been shortened from four hours to two, limiting the need for shared meal times or numerous bathroom breaks. The trips are led by Sarah Kempfer, Jug Bay Education Coordinator and Naturalist and other volunteer naturalists trained to offer deeper insight and understanding to the intricacies of the natural world. She hopes others will join the cause of volunteer naturalists, encouraging children to See JUG BAY on next page


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Above: Volunteers help with a river clean up at Jug Bay. Field trips are ongoing at the sanctuary and open to all. Left: Jug Bay offers Explorer Kits to enhance self-guided tours. Photos courtesy Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

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explore the natural world. Local mother Stephanie Cornett says she recently took eight homeschool children on an in-person field trip in October. “One of the best field trips I’ve been on,” she says. “The guide was beyond patient and kind. The content was fun and the hands-on activities kept them engaged.” Although the visitor center remains closed to the public at this time there are audio guided tours that include a downloadable document that uses text, images, and an audio playlist to help ensure visitors get the most out of their time at Jug Bay. Families can also check out an explorers’ bag to enhance a self-guided tour. The bag includes binoculars, a bird identification book, information about the marsh boardwalk, a scavenger hunt, and a leaf identification game. For those who may not be ready for in-person visits, Jug Bay offers multiple

ways to experience the sanctuary from the comfort of your home. Kempfer states that “some of the schools that would usually bring children in person to Jug Bay have been doing our field trips virtually. We bring them along on a live virtual tour where we may use nets to search for tadpoles and salamander larvae or take them on a journey along the marsh boardwalk. The kids have an opportunity to ask questions live and have myself or a naturalist volunteer answer in real time.” Courtney Gibson and a friend recently had their children take a virtual field trip and found it to be an incredibly insightful experience. “We had a great time. So much to explore and great for the younger and older kids.” There are also several pre-recorded virtual tours on the park’s website as well. Kempfer said after a recent live virtual field trip one young boy was so inspired that he couldn’t wait to go outside on his own and enjoy further time exploring nature on his bike. Regardless of how children, families, or individuals choose to explore Jug Bay, Kempfer wants people to consider their environments. “We want to give people a chance to be immersed in nature and spend time being in the elements, building connections with nature and encouraging a love of nature and environmental stewardship. Kids are spending a lot of time indoors and online and we want to help them reconnect with the natural world.” p

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nnapolis Area Christian School welcomes summer with a variety of camp options designed to keep kids delighted and engaged. Programs such as SAT prep, robotics, and coding stimulate the mind while outlets like cheer-dance fusion, photography, video production, and cooking tap into a creative side. Sports options include a combine competition, football, basketball, and lacrosse. The AACS program has more than 30 camp offerings for kids ages 3.5 to 18 years. The school offers the Eagle Experience, which includes Biblical-based character building in Eagles Explorations camps, with weekly themes like Jumanji and Christmas in July. Annapolis Area Christian School honors who they are as Christian educators, coaches, and mentors and welcome all to their camps. AACS serves more than 800 K-12 students on four campuses in Anne Arundel County. Since August, in-person instruction has continued without community spread thanks to comprehensive preparation efforts and pan-

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demic protocol compliance. Summer camps will follow all CDC and state pandemic recommendations. One parent says, “Your kids will come home tired and happy every night.” Annapolis Area Christian School Upper School, 109 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn & Annapolis Area Christian School Middle School, 716 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis Contact: 410-519-5300; www.aacsonline.org/summer Cost: $135-$365, Dates: June 21-Aug. 6 Students need to provide: See specific camp info for details.

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nnapolis Sailing School—the first sailing school for adults in the nation—is offering sailing camps for kids. Kidship Sailing Camp is open to kids ages 5 to 15. A safe, fun way to get outside and learn to sail, the camp teaches kids how to control their boats. Kids will get the chance to spend hours a day having fun out on the water while learning a bit about why boats work. Started in 1959, the school developed its own vessel—the Rainbow 24—to

train students in the 1960s. These workhorse vessels still are in use today and are the mainstay of the school’s fleet. Two new sailboats have been added this year, helping Annapolis Sailing School continue to teach sailing in a relaxing, fun way. Annapolis Sailing School, 7001 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis Contact: 410-267-7205; www.annapolissailing.com/youth-sailing/ Cost: $295-$625 Dates: June 14-Oct. 15 Students need to provide: Towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, lunch, bathing suit, and a change of clothes

Annapolis School of Seamanship Junior Captains Course

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ids get the chance to get out on the water and have fun this summer while learning essential boating skills from licensed professionals. The Annapolis School of Seamanship — known as “America’s Boat School” — is again offering its popular powerboating courses for kids. “Students will learn to operate a small powerboat safely and confidently,” says Mark Talbott, operations manager at the Annapolis School of

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Join us for new hybrid camps that combine hands-on learning with activities from home! Register at calvertmarinemuseum.com/camp. Don't wait! Camps fill up fast!

JR. PALEONTOLOGISTS Entering Grades 5 - 6 June 28- July 1 SHARKS! SINK YOUR TEETH IN! Entering Grades 3 - 4 July 12 - 15 PIRATES & SCALLYWAGS Entering Grades 1 - 2 July 26 - 29 MARSH DETECTIVES Entering Grades 1 - 2 August 9 - 12 Each camp has two days of on-site experiences and two days of virtual learning. Visit our website for details!

new new this this year! year! SINGLE DAY PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER! Join us for special morning programs in July and August. Topics include:

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Seamanship. “They will learn about docking, maneuvering, running on plane, navigational markers, safe operation, water sports safety, man overboard recovery and weather.” Founded in 2002 by professional mariner and U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain John Martino, the school is considered a leader in the education of professional and recreational boaters. Just like the adult classes, the kids’ programs—known as Junior Captains courses—are taught by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed instructors. The Junior Captains Course is an on-the-water program that puts kids at the helm of a small powerboat. By the end of the program, students will gain confidence operating small, single outboard powerboats. To make sure each student gets plenty of time at the helm, course attendance is limited. The ratio of students to instructors is an impressive four to one. Each Junior Captains course is open to kids ages 11 to 15. Kids leave class with more than a great summertime experience. Upon successful completion of the course and additional homework assignments, students will receive their Maryland Safe Boating certificate, which meets all mandatory boating education requirements in 49 U.S. states. Annapolis School of Seamanship at Annapolis City Marina, 410 Severn Ave., Annapolis Contact: 410-263-8848; www.jrcaptains.com Cost: $495 per student Dates: June 14-Sept. 4 Students need to provide: Lifejacket, water bottle and sun protection.

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Calvert Marine Museum

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um’s camps. Campers will join museum experts for behind-the-scenes tours as well as hands-on activities and crafts. Open to kids in grades 1-6, the camps at the museum will be in a hybrid format this year. The museum is slowly expanding on-site programs and developed camps that keep kids and staff safe during the ongoing pandemic. The camps include two days of in-person activities and two days of virtual participation with at-home activity kits. Shark Camp! is making a reappearance this year and attendees of the popular program will get an exclusive look at the upcoming exhibit, Sharks! Sink Your Teeth In. Kids who attend Shark Camp! will also get to work with a paleontologist studying sharks. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons Contact: 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com Cost: $75 w/discounts for museum members Dates: June 28–Aug.12 Students need to provide: A sense of adventure along with a refillable water bottle, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

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n-tice-ment Stables offers small, private groups to teach equestrian skills in a fun, family atmosphere at Obligation Farm. The camp prides itself on teaching children every aspect of horsemanship from riding to the total care of the horse. Non-equestrian activities are also offered for the children’s total enjoyment. Camps are certified by the State of Maryland. For children ages 5-7, the stables offer a half-day camp. All camps are for beginners to intermediate level. The camp in June also offers a session for advanced riders. On Fridays during summer camp, demonstrations are held so that kids can show off their new skills. Held at 3p.m., the events are open to parents, guardians, family and friends. En-tice-ment Stables at Obligation Farm, 4016 Solomons Island Rd., Harwood Contact: 410-798-4980; www.enticementstables.com Cost: $400 full-day camp (8:30am4:30pm); $250 half-day camp (8:30amnoon); Note: First payments due by March 15. Dates: June 21 – 25, advanced, intermediate & beginner riders; July 12 – 16, July 19 – 23 & August 9-13, beginners & intermediate riders. Students need to provide: Please wear riding attire (long pants or chaps and boots or hard sole shoes with a heel); bring your own helmet; bring shorts and tennis shoes (no flip flops or sandals) or comfortable clothes for when not riding — other activities may include painting, so wear old clothes; bring a lunch, lots of drinks/water, hat and sun protection.


Safe Harbor Annapolis

Junior Tennis Camp Summertime tennis lessons for kids of all ages in the heart of the Eastport community.

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illie Pad Studios offers unique experiences in art making. Campers will work with materials like glass, clay, and metal to create sculptures and functional art objects. The camps are not only fun but can be challenging in encouraging kids and teens to think creatively. Lillie Pad strives to offer campers experiences they cannot find elsewhere in Anne Arundel County and the processes taught to campers are often new to them. Courses offered include Lillie Pad Studios glass fusing, blow molds, hot glass sculpting, glass flameworkspaces and practices social distancing. ing, resin casting, glass casting, weldClass sizes are kept small to allow for ing and ceramics; all camps are for ages individualized education. 11 and up. Lillie Pad Studios, 295 Charles Lillie Pad Studios has several safety Hall Rd., #2103, Millersville measures in place based on CDC and Contact: 443-494-8008; www. government requirements and reclilliepadstudios.com/summer-art-camp ommendations. The camp requires Cost: $250-$375 mask-wearing, hand-washing, and Dates: Aug. 10-Sept. 2 temperature checks. Studio spaces, Students need to provide: Varies detools and equipment are sanitized regupending on class; see website for details. larly. The camp features open-air studio

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townsings.com/summer-camps-andclasses/ Cost: $150-$300 Dates: June 21-Sept. 3 Students need to provide: Smiles.

Naptown Sings! and Plays!

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ummer camps with Naptown Sings are filled with music. Students of all levels and abilities—no experience necessary—have the opportunity to learn to sing, drum, play various instruments and participate in fun musical activities. At full-day camps, kids ages 6–11, will learn an instrument: piano or ukulele or guitar, the instrument depends on instructor availability for your camp week. Younger campers, ages 3-6, will be immersed in a world of music exploration, from instrument playing to rhythm and melody. An outdoor, half-day music camp is also available this summer. Students

will learn ukulele and world drumming, and participate in fun musical activities such as games, ice breakers, talent shows, freeze dancing, music and movement and more. Highly qualified instructors ensure a well-rounded educational experience and an exciting week. In addition to group instruction in voice and instruments, students make friends, play games, and have an all-around musical good time. Campers will be grouped into two groups of eight students each, in separate parts of the building. Virtual camps are also available. Kids can learn an instrument from anywhere. Naptown Sings! and Plays! Studio,141 Gibralter Ave., Annapolis Contact: 410-279-3208; https://nap-

marina in historic Eastport is the setting for a weekly kid’s tennis camp this spring and summer. Grab your racket and come out and play! Tennis is a great way to maintain health, fitness, strength and agility. It also believed to have social and psychological benefits. Starting kids in the sport early is a great way to keep them engaged in this popular activity. Players may be divided into separate groups based on skill level. If a class is canceled due to rain, a makeup class will be held Friday of the same week. All students will learn the foundations needed for developing advanced strokes. Intermediate players will learn basic singles and doubles strategy for match play. Summer camp includes 90 minutes of tennis instruction, games, and one hour of swimming. For the younger kids, it may also include pickleball. No experience is required. Camps are based on age and sessions vary depending on the time of the year. Spring

camps run a half-hour to an hour daily and summer camps will run from 9:30a.m. to noon. Safe Harbor Annapolis, 519 Chester Ave., Annapolis Contact: 410-267-7205; www.mearsannapolis.com Dates: Spring sessions May 25-June 10 (T & Th, ages 4-6 ages 6-8); summer sessions June 21-Aug. 30 (daily, 9amnoon, ages 4-12+) Costs: Spring sessions $60-$110 w/discounts; summer camp $235 w/discounts Students need to provide: Racquet, water bottle, swim suit, hats, and a life jacket (if camper is a non-swimmer). 

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25

The Presence of the Enslaved Join historian Willa Banks for a thought-provoking talk about the newly discovered evidence of enslaved persons living at the house and the known experiences of domestic servants in America. 2pm, free, RSVP for Zoom link: https://hammondharwoodhouse.org/.

Feb. 27 & 28: The Little Mermaid.

Tween Improv Night Play improv games, no experience necessary. 6pm, RSVP for link: www.calvertlibrary.info.

Café Scientifique Elvia Thompson of Annapolis Green talks about electric vehicles, how they work, how their adoption reduces air pollution with resulting climate and health benefits, and how to select the right electric vehicle for you. 6:15pm, RSVP for Zoom link: annapoliscafesci@gmail.com.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering The College of Southern Maryland hosts this virtual event for girls to interact and engage with female engineers, educators and role models. 6:30pm, RSVP: https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/.

Making Cents of Your Dollars Join the nonprofit CASH Campaign for Maryland in an interactive webinar to learn why a spending plan will help build your financial health and the tools to successfully create it. 7pm, free, RSVP: www.mdcashacademy.org.

Dolphins of the Chesapeake Bay The Maryland Natural History Society presents Amber Fandel and Lauren Rodriguez, members of the DolphinWatch team, to share what they have learned about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in

this research effort. 7-8pm, RSVP for link: www.marylandnature.org.

Cook with John Shields Learn to make some warm meals for winter with Chef John Shields; recipes included after registration. 7-8pm, RSVP for link: www.hcplonline.org.

Maritime Winter Lecture Writer and editor Lenny Rudow talks about the changing fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay including the decline of rockfish and the fish that are now being found in local waters; hosted by the Annapolis Maritime

Museum. 7-8:30pm, $10 w/discounts, RSVP for link: www.amaritime.org. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26

Film Screening Watch and discuss Black Men in White Coats, a documentary from Dr. Dale Okorodudu, on the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. Discussion info TBA: www.calvertlibrary.info.

St. John’s Lecture Series St. John’s College hosts a virtual film seminar with Cordell Yee; tonight’s film is Casablanca. 8pm, www.sjc.edu. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27

KIDS Children’s Book Author Author and illustrator Don Tate hasn’t always been a lover of words. As a child, he struggled with reading. Books didn’t hold his attention. In this session, Don will discuss his journey from shy, reluctant reader to celebrated author and illustrator of more than 80 books for young readers. (ages 6-10). 10am, RSVP for link: www.aacpl.net.

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Feb. 27: Clay At-Home.

Learn from other gardeners on how they manage to develop their landscape or start a kitchen garden on a tight budget. 10-11:30am, RSVP for link: www.calvertlibrary.info.

Clay At-Home Learn about creating your own clay space at home for hand building with Clay on the Bay artist Elizabeth Kendall, plus how to find, make, and use essential hand building tools and tips for a safe, clean space to work in your home. Hosted by SoCo Arts Lab. 11am-1pm, free, RSVP: www.socoartslab.org/.

Mulch Matters & Gardening for Birds Master Gardeners present Zoom workshops on types of mulch & how to avoid slow tree death by mulch volcano, then see how birds flock to gardens for shelter & food. 11am-12:30pm, RSVP for link: www.aacpl.net.

It’s a Family A-Fair: African American Family Festival This virtual festival includes various workshops, performances, story-


tellers, crafts, and a virtual marketplace with vendors selling culturally relevant African and African American goods and products. 11am-2pm, www.pgparks.com. FEBRUARY 27 & 28

The Little Mermaid Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs its revival based on the 1837 Hans Christian Anderson classic tale in a live performance with choreography by Artistic Director Emeritus Dianna Cuatto. Live audience capacity is 150 and masks must be worn; performance will be recorded for virtual audience. Sa 2pm & 6:30pm, Su 2pm, Westin Annapolis, $33 w/discounts, RSVP: https://balletmaryland.org/. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28

AACo Farmers Market 10am-1pm, 257 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis: www.aacofarmersmarket.com/

Sunday Market 11am-2pm, Honey’s Harvest Farm, Lothian: https://honeysharvest.com/.

from his daughter. 3pm: www.sjc.edu/ annapolis/mitchell-gallery/

Virtual Soup & Science Join the Friends of Jug Bay for a virtual talk on the importance of deer management, with Thomas Baden of Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation. 2-3pm, RSVP for link: www.jugbay.org.

Black Lives Matter: Past, Present, and Future Discuss African Americans who put their careers on the line for the movement, those who are currently making a difference in the movement and who recently came out of the shadows for the cause, and those who are making their voices heard to keep propelling the movement for generations to come. 6pm, RSVP for link: www.pgparks.com MONDAY MARCH 1

Grow with Katie Katie Dubow talks with garden designer Linda Vater of Potager Blog, about essential steps for preparing your gardens for spring in a Facebook Live event; hosted by Homestead Gardens. Noon, www.facebook.com/homesteadgardens.

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An Irresistibly Elegant Tea Party Join an online cooking class with Chef Alba to create bite-sized fancy tea sandwiches and a sweet dessert; hosted by the Captain Avery Museum. 2-3:30pm, $25, RSVP: https://captainaverymuseum.org/.

Interview with Jennifer Bodine Learn the backstory on the work and creativity of A. Aubrey Bodine’s photography exhibited in salons and the “Brown Pages” of the Baltimore Sun

Join University of Maryland Extension Family & Consumer Sciences educators Mona Habibi and Erin Jewell for a four-part series. Dining with Diabetes is a national program designed for adults with type 2 diabetes. 6:30-8pm, free, RSVP for link: www.calvertlibrary.info. TUESDAY MARCH 2

Get a Handle on Debt Join University of Maryland Extension (UME) Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Priscilla Graves to learn about paying down debt faster, when to receive your credit report and identifying what matters to you and brainstorm a plan to help you achieve

your goal. Sponsored by CASH Campaign of Maryland. 4:30pm, free, RSVP: www.mdcashacademy.org.

Bridges to the World Film Festival Al-mowaten (The Citizen) explores the challenge of an Arab immigrant trying to find the American Dream in New York City during the 9/11 attacks. 7pm, Zoom link: www.WorldArtists.org.

America’s First Daughter

Bestselling author Laura Kamoie discusses the history behind and writing of her novel, America’s First Daughter, about the contributions, sins, and sacrifices of the eldest daughter of our nation’s third president. From Monticello to Jefferson’s White House, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph shaped the legacy of a nation. 7-8pm, $15 w/discounts, RSVP for link: www.annapolis.org. WEDNESDAY MARCH 3

Mar. 2: America’s First Daughter.

Commission, talks about Maryland’s native brook trout and coldwater fishing opportunities. 7-9pm, RSVP for Zoom link: rybeer@gmail.com.

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Learn ways to track your dollars, create a spending plan that works for you and set powerful financial goals. Sponsored by CASH Campaign of Maryland. 11am, free, RSVP: www.mdcashacademy.org.

Author William G. Thomas speaks about his book A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War and the enslaved families of Maryland who filed hundreds of suits for their freedom in this virtual lecture, part of Historic Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative. 7pm, free, RSVP: www.sotterley.org.

KIDS Nature Play Day Get the kids outside for fun and exploration around the sanctuary. Dress for the weather (ages 6-10). 1-3pm, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, $6/person, plus $6 vehicle fee, www.jugbay.org.

Women in Aviation Panel Learn about the many roles and career paths from women in aviation featuring student pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers and more in this virtual Teams event. 6-7:30pm, RSVP for link: www.pgparks.com.

Free State Fly Fishers John Neely, member and chair of the Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory

Feb. 27: Mulch Matters & Gardening for Birds.

THURSDAY MARCH 4

KIDS Sea Squirts Children (ages 18mos-3yrs) join in story time and a carryout craft all about boats. 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm & 4:15pm, Calvert Marine Museum, free w/admission, RSVP: www. calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Volunteer Naturalist Training Share your love of nature with the next generation by learning to lead small groups of school age students through the wetland, woods, and stream during field trips and summer camps. 1-4pm, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, RSVP: www.jugbay.org.

Mitchell Gallery Book Club Take an online tour of the Bodine exhibit, followed by a discussion of After the Photo-Secession: American Pictorial Photography, 1910-1955 by Christian A. Peterson, led by photographer Don Dement. 2:30pm, RSVP for link: www. sjc.edu/annapolis/mitchell-gallery

Virtual Green Drinks Annapolis Sample four wines from Great Frogs Winery and listen to Chris Eberly of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership talk about migratory birds, plus music by Dan Haas; tasting kits available for pickup after registration. 7-9pm, $40, RSVP for link: www.annapolisgreen.com. p

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n the winter, the Chesapeake Bay hosts millions of waterfowl that have escaped the frozen north. Along with the ducks, geese, grebes and loons come gulls. Some of the gull species are not usually seen

here except in the winter and some are exceptionally rare. The most delicate of these visiting gulls is Bonaparte’s gull. Named for a French ornithologist, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, nephew to

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ow is a good time to walk around your garden and see how your azaleas are doing, if you have them. There are deciduous azaleas that lose their leaves during the winter, such as the Exbury, the Northern Lights series, flame and PJM cultivars. They will bloom in the spring with flowers but will not produce leaves until the flowers finish. Nearly all the other azalea cultivars grown in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area are evergreen. If you look at your azaleas now and notice that most of the leaves that were there earlier have fallen off, then you can be assured that your plants are hungry for nitrogen. Especially if you notice yellowing and red leaves developing at the bottom of the past season’s new growth. If the only leaves remaining are the ones attached near the top of each branch just below the flower buds, your plants are hungry. Spring flowering plants only stop growing when the temperatures are below freezing. Above freezing, the buds are expanding and in need of nutrients. So, if you had used compost or fertilizer such as 10-6-4, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate or Holly-tone, after the first frost in late fall, your azaleas would be covered in leaves. The flower buds that were initiated last August are expanding by developing their petals and sex

organs. Nutrients are needed in the soil for this to occur. Most ornamental plants require a lot more nitrogen and potassium than phosphorus. During fall and winter, most of the previous season’s nitrogen has been used up or is unavailable. Nitrogen is also very soluble and easily leaches out of the soil. Most people mulch their azaleas with bark that is deficient in nutrients until it is completely broken down. If your soil is less than 5 percent organic matter, it has little to no nutrient reserves to feed the roots during fall and winter. Insufficient nitrogen for the roots means insufficient nutrients for the developing flower buds. There must be a reallocation of nutrients for the buds to develop. When the temperatures are above 35 degrees and there is inadequate available nitrogen in the soil, nitrogen is translocated from the older leaves into the developing buds. This results in the lower leaves turning yellow or red and eventually falling off. This defoliation of evergreen azaleas can be prevented by simply fertilizing your azaleas in the fall and early winter after the first frost. A 50 percent organic fertilizer such as 10-6-4 or ammonium sulfate applied at the rate of 1 cup for every 3 feet in height or spread will help prevent leaf loss. Female hollies can also be treated this way. p

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that other Bonaparte, they fly in from their summer homes in northern Canada. Typically, Bonaparte’s gulls fly in tight flocks and feed by delicately dipping into schools of small fish, surface insects, fish eggs and crustaceans. They dive and dip with a rolling cloudlike motion. Their flight patterns are

similar to the kittiwake’s, a small gull in the north Atlantic. In contrast to other gulls, Bonaparte’s gulls are easily identified. They are small, with a wingspan of around 36 inches. The best identifying feature is the wings—white underneath with a thin black trailing edge and a white leading edge followed by a light gray on top. They have short red legs and a pointed red bill, like a tern. In the winter, they have a white head with a small black vertical line or dot behind their eyes but in summer their heads are black and slightly hiked-up in the back. I have only seen one flock with adult summer plumage and that was on the shore of Lake Erie in the early spring. They were likely on their way back to breeding grounds. Uniquely, when at their breeding grounds of Canada, they nest in the trees of the boreal forest. They have one brood of three chicks a year. The chicks mature quickly and start migrating south fairly soon in their life. The largest flock of Bonaparte’s gulls I have seen was a few years ago when several hundred showed up at the Conowingo Dam in December. I have seen smaller flocks along the shore at various locations along the Chesapeake Bay and an occasional single bird. Whenever you spot gulls, try to see if there are any that seem unique or different. They may have come a very long way to be here. p


The yellow perch bite is on and the neds are up in the tributaries. The commercial season has closed on the FISHFINDER Chester so opportunities may be better than normal on all the tribs there. Other waters provide mixed chances but the rule remains: go early and go often. Our normally horrid February weather remains just that, but the hardy angler will prevail. pickerel fishing, as always, is still good despite the temps and they like minnows under bobbers and slowly retrieved spinnerbaits, especially squirrel tail Mepps, soft plastic jigs and topwater baits.

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Hedge Your Bets with Chain Pickerel M y favorite 6-foot light spin rod arced hard over and, as I put my wrist into the strike, I could hear its graphite rod fibers start to creak and groan. When I eased up the pressure a bit, the unseen fish, sensing an advantage, turned and quickly retreated, thrashing noisily toward deeper water and sending my drag singing merrily. I had a chainsides on the line. About an hour past, I had walked up to the edge of the creek and scanned across the water. It was flat, calm, bitterly cold, but no wind, no ice, and the tide looked just about a full flood. The opposite shore, a hundred yards dis-

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tant, was equally as barren, though an early arriving osprey sailed high along its banks hoping to spot an easy meal. Setting my tackle carrier down, a 5-gallon plastic bucket, I plucked out a short, light spin rod and then carefully threaded a couple of wriggling grass shrimps onto my two, 1/16 oz, chartreuse and black shad darts rigged under a bright orange, weighted casting float and pitched it far out over the water. Overturning my empty bucket, I sat on it and waited. After about a quarter-hour of no action, I picked up my spare spin rod, bent a soft plastic, yellow, 4-inch T HURS D AY

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paddle tail onto a small jig head and began casting in the same waters for pickerel. The early days of the spring yellow perch run are like picking a single number to play on a roulette table. The odds are often considerably against you and patience is a must. But chain pickerel can often be a much better bet—a hedge on the perch bite as the Wall Street boys might refer to the practice. The only downside to the chainsides is they’re not anywhere near the equal of perch on the table. Their large quantity of small bones makes eating S U ND AY

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them an ordeal, though their meat is sweet and tasty. The minimum legal size is 14 inches but they are generally released when caught. Pickerel, also known as grass pike, jack pike, and chainsides are a freshwater, predatory fish with a healthy tolerance for salt and are resident in most of our tributaries all the way down to where their waters pour into the Chesapeake. In the early spring, they group up and wait for the schools of yellow perch as they ascend to spawn in the headwaters. A smaller cousin and quite similar to the great northern pike and the muskellunge, they can reach up to 30 inches but are generally about 19 to 20 inches. Slim and toothy, these water wolves feed on smaller perch, and minnows while patiently awaiting their own spawn which will occur shortly. They are very aggressive and great sport to catch. They’ll readily take small surface plugs and crankbaits, soft paddle tail jigs, Mepps and safety pin type spinnerbaits, small spoons, especially those adorned with lip hooked minnows, and live minnows under a bobber as well as, sometimes, anything else you may be using for perch ... so stay ready. p

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double-wide trailer sits on blocks in the middle of a rural Arkansas field. To Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun: Find Space), it’s the beginning of his family’s grand future. He’s spent a decade scrimping and saving as a chicken sexer in a processing plant on the West Coast. Finally, Jacob has enough money to buy a parcel of land in Arkansas. He moves the family across the U.S. with grand dreams of starting a farm that will grow Korean vegetables. To Jacob’s wife Monica (Yeri Han: Secret Zoo), the trailer is the symbol of her husband’s folly and her crumbling marriage. They left Korea with wild hopes of fortune and opportunity in America. They found the only work they could get was in chicken processing, where they labored for a decade to raise a family. Now, they’ve left their Korean community to live in Arkansas, hours away from cities and hospitals. She worries about the people around her and her son David (Alan S. Kim in his screen debut) being able to reach a hospital should his heart condition flare up.

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Monica decides to invite her mother Soonja (Yuh-jung Youn: Beasts Clawing at Straws) to stay with them, as a clutch at the normalcy she misses. But Soonja simply adds more strain. Her grandchildren don’t appreciate her Korean customs and gifts, she causes friction between Monica and Jacob, and she doubt’s the farm’s crops, planting her own beloved minari, a Korean watercress, at a river bank. As the family begins to acclimate to life in Arkansas, they face setback after setback. The water supply is going bad. Bills are piling up. Monica fears she’ll never fit in. The Yis may have planted their roots in Arkansas, but can they flourish there? Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung (I Have Seen My Last Born) finds the beauty and the pain of small family stories in this deeply personal film. Minari is an immigrant story, filled with dashed dreams and slim hopes. It’s a film deeply grounded in the mythology of the American dream and the perpetual hope that comes with facing an uphill battle. Minari is a film that blends the stoic populism of a John Ford film with the rhapsodic shots of nature found in Terrence Malick. Chung isn’t interested in grand drama, it’s the everyday drama of life that fills this story. It’s the buildup of everyday hardships that make the Yis’ story so emotionally deep. The Yis are literally planting roots in foreign soil and hoping they’ll take. Chung

and cinematographer Lachlan Milne (Love and Monsters) work to show the beauty and the struggle of trying to grow something. Though the filmmaking is top notch, what really solidifies Minari as one of the best films of the year is the acting. As patriarch Jacob, Yeun is a blend of bold-faced hope and crushing responsibilities. His Jacob has worked all his life to provide for his family, a horrible grueling labor that leaves him sore and with headaches. He sees this farm as his grand chance to have something to show for all this work. Jacob’s desperate hope contrasts brilliantly with the childlike petulance of Kim’s David. Kim, who before this film had only a Pottery Barn campaign credit, offers a charming, natural performance as the Yis’ youngest son. Old enough to pick up on the tension between his parents, but not mature enough to understand it, his David acts out at every chance. It’s a fantastic piece of natural acting from a child. As David’s foil, Youn gives one of the best supporting performances of the year. Soonja isn’t a traditional grandmother. David, inundated with the ideals of what a grandmother should be, isn’t sure what to do with this woman who smokes, shouts at wrestling matches on the TV, and doesn’t know how to cook. Youn’s performance sparkles with life and charm, she’s a firecracker of a woman. If the winter gloom and pandemic blues are dragging you down, spend some time with the Yis as they try to get their American dream to bloom. Minari is filled with beautiful landscapes, wide open spaces, and most magical of all…hope. Great Drama * PG-13 * 115 mins.




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BY THE EDITORS AT ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION It’s a Dog’s Life Bill Dorris, a successful Nashville, Tennessee, businessman, was 84 years old when he passed away late last year, WTVF-TV reported, leaving $5 million to his beloved 8-year-old border collie, Lulu. Dorris, who was unmarried and traveled frequently, often left Lulu in the care of his friend Martha Burton, 88, who will continue to keep the dog and will be reimbursed for reasonable monthly expenses from the trust established for Lulu by the will. Burton was chill about the whole thing: “I don’t really know what to think about it to tell you the truth,” she said. “He just really loved that dog.”

Annals of Education Concordia University student Aaron Asuini wanted to ask a question in the online art history class he was taking, but when he tried to reach out to the lecturer, Francois-Marc Gagnon, he couldn’t find any contact information in the school’s portal. So he Googled the professor’s name—and found an obituary. The Verge reported Gagnon passed away in March 2019, and although the course syllabus listed someone else as the class’s official instructor, it also noted that Gagnon would be the lecturer. A Concordia spokesperson expressed regret at the misunderstanding, but Asuini is still unsettled about it: “I don’t really even want to watch the lectures anymore. ... I think it lacked tact and respect for this teacher’s life.”

Awesome! Appalachian Bear Rescue is on the lookout for a wild mother bear to foster three newborn cubs found in the crawl space under a home in Sevier County, Tennessee, according to United Press International. Utility workers called to the home on Feb. 13 to repair a gas leak found the “ample caboose of a very large snoozing bear” when they entered the crawl space under the house, the wildlife agency said. “There was no way to safely repair the gas line while the bear was in residence,” so wildlife officials tempted the bear out of her den but found three babies had been left behind. They will remain with Appalachian Bear Rescue until a foster mom is found.

Neighborhood Watch Homeowners in the Quail Hollow neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, have been frustrated by a mail thief since

late 2020, so when Lacy Hayes spotted a car lurking near his mailbox on Feb. 11 and saw the driver, who appeared to be an elderly woman, reach inside it, he took action. Hayes reached through the driver’s window and removed the keys from the ignition. The woman hit him with her cellphone, so he took that too, called 911, then took a picture of the driver and the tags, The Charlotte Observer reported. The driver got away, but neighbor Nicole Kern got online and, using Hayes’ photo and facial recognition software, soon found a match—a man, wanted in Greenville, South Carolina. Neighbors rejoiced when a man with the same name was booked into the Mecklenburg County jail on Feb. 13 on a fugitive extradition warrant and a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer. Police declined to comment on whether the man is also a suspect in the mail thefts. The unnamed criminal was held on $2 million bail.

Desperate Times Police in the Ukrainian village of Hrybova Rudnya determined that the unnamed man who called them Feb. 13 and confessed to seriously injuring his stepfather, made the call in order to get the road in front of his house cleared of snow. Police spokeswoman Yulia Kovtun told the BBC the man insisted that officers would need special equipment to get to him because of the snow, but when police arrived, they found no assault or murder, and the road had already been cleared by a tractor. The man was charged with filing a false report and fined.

Least Competent Criminal Robert Joseph Hallick of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with perjury, forgery and identity theft after applying for a handgun permit using former President Barack Obama’s name, according to court documents. The arrest report also said his application included a letter with a United States of America seal and U.S. Department of State letterhead, along with a $50 check, WTVC-TV reported. In November, Hallick had been denied a handgun permit under his own name due to an active warrant for his arrest in Michigan.

Weird History In an auction in Chesapeake City, Maryland, that closed on Feb. 8, a white wooden toilet seat pilfered from Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Bavarian Alps sold

for about $18,750, The Sun reported. Ragnvald C. Borch, a U.S. soldier who spoke German and French, was one of the first to arrive at the Berghof at the end of World War II. His senior officers told him to “get what you want” from the damaged property, so Borch grabbed a toilet seat and shipped it home to New Jersey, where he displayed it in his basement. Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Auctions said, “This was as close to a ‘throne’ as the dictator would ever get.” Borch’s son put the “trophy” up for auction; the buyer was not identified.

Family Values Joanna Zielinski, 62, of Naples, Florida, was arrested Feb. 11 after stabbing her sister, Laura, 64, multiple times with an EpiPen, according to authorities. Investigators said the two had spent the evening drinking and taking drugs, and Laura fell asleep on the couch. “At some point,” said police, “Joanna went crazy and attacked Laura with an EpiPen,” because “I’m allergic to drunks,” she told officers, and she wanted to sober her sister up. The Smoking Gun reported the EpiPen was prescribed to Joanna, but Laura wasn’t affected by the medicine because it wasn’t actually injected. Joanna was charged with domestic battery.

What’s Old Is New Again The Boston Globe reported on Feb. 15 about the newest hipster craze: typewriters. Manual, heavy, clunky “typers.” Tom Furrier, the owner of Cambridge Typewriter, Boston’s only remaining typewriter repair shop, first noticed the upward sales trend in April 2020. “I was busy beforehand, but COVID raised my business by 40%.” While typewriters can’t take the place of digital communications devices, they’re attractive to young people for creative endeavors that have become popular during the lockdowns: “My customers use it for journaling, poetry, creative writing,” Furrier said. “It’s all about writing without internet distractions, about getting into a zone.” With pandemic restrictions in place, Furrier brings typewriters out onto the sidewalk for customers to inspect, then disinfects them and returns them to the window. Customers “instantly get the typewriter  bug,” he said. Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@amuniversal.com.

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RAY MUDD/MIKE DUNN 410-320-4907

Shady Side: Southern Anne Arundel: 4Br., 3.5ba., 2,800 Churchton: 3Br., 2.5Ba. 2,200+ sq.ft., move Location, location, sq.ft. with views of West River. Built in 2017 in condition. Updated kitchen, family rm. w/ 180 degree waterfront with several upgrades. Open floor plan, gas fp., Lg. addition, formal liv. & din., deck & on point of land. 250ft. pier w/12 deep wa- ceramic floors through out main level, granite stamped patio overlooking .42ac fenced rear ter slips, water & sep. elec. meters, gorgeous counter tops, ss appliances, white cabinets, yard. Walk to community piers, beach, playviews, small 2BR 1BA lg. owners suite, owners bath w/tile shower. ground, boat ramp & more. MDAA453256. cottage needs work. Sold ‘as is’. Community boat ramp. Easy commute to D.C. Great summer retreat. & Annapolis. MDAA453542

GEORGE HEINE 410-279-2817 Arnold; 4br., 3ba., This beautiful home sits on a corner lot. Recently upgraded kitchen with center island and breakfast nook, opens to the family rm. With wood burning fireplace. There is so much more to this beautiful home. This is a must see!!! schwartzrealty.com/MDAA458608

RAY MUDD/MIKE DUNN 410-320-4907 Southern Anne Arundel Co: 6 Br’s, 5 FB, 2HB. Listed below appraised value. Tranquil setting, private pier for small boat or kayak, Waterfront sunroom, family room w/fp., full finished lower level with kitchenette is perfect for inlaws. Easy commute to D.C and Annapolis. MDAA419542.

JOHN TARPLEY 301-335-4225

Edgewater, 3BR, 1BA, hardwood flrs. handmade molding & that 1940s beach cottage charm. 1.92ac, (2 parcels), 169’ water frontage, 200’ pier: 9 slips w/elec., shed & freeze for bait. schwartzrealty.com/MDAA302386

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BAY WEEKLY No. 08, February 25 - March 4, 2021  

A free community news publication serving the Chesapeake since 1993, in Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. Part of Chesapeake Bay Media.

BAY WEEKLY No. 08, February 25 - March 4, 2021  

A free community news publication serving the Chesapeake since 1993, in Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. Part of Chesapeake Bay Media.

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