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et’s call it the Gratitude Issue,” suggested a member of the CBM Bay Weekly team, as we brainstormed our Thanksgiving-week feature story in a staff meeting earlier this fall. It was decided: we would devote the feature space in this issue to expressions of gratitude—appreciation for those in the community who really deserve thanks all year round. It would seem an obvious choice—to express thanks through the Thanksgiving weekend. But the calendar has evolved. Now, this weekend is when people leave behind the turkey leftovers and turn their attention to the flashier December holidays. Festivities! Decorating! Gift shopping! Black Friday, Cyber Monday! Well, Bay Weekly has collectively decided that all that can wait … at least a couple days longer. In this issue, Thanksgiving gets to have its moment. No, it doesn’t come with twinkling lights, catchy songs, or gifts (much to my kids’ disappointment). But it does

come with gratitude. That’s because unlike some other holidays, Thanksgiving is free of distractions. It’s simply about being with your people and appreciating them. This year, being with your people is an incredible blessing all by itself. So many of us missed out on family time last year in our efforts to keep elderly or vulnerable family members safe. While hosting a holiday meal used to feel like a hassle (all that cleaning and cooking!), this year it feels like a privilege. I’ll take this Thanksgiving to appreciate my nearest and dearest: My spouse, for folding laundry, remembering to put the trash out, and bringing home flowers just because. My dad, for reading every article I write and for teaching me how to take care of a car so it lasts 15 years. My kids, for reminding me to put aside my household busywork and play with them. But gratitude goes well beyond our closest family members. There is a whole community full of people who


lucky cat thanks to your article. We have a very sweet cat at the center that would love to find a home. Meet Tootsie. Tootsie came to us with her five kittens. She was a good mother and now that all of her babies have found their forever homes, she is patiently waiting to find hers. She is very sweet, loving and laid back. Tootsie is a year and a half old and gets along well with other cats. Please come by and meet Tootsie and see how sweet she is. If you are interested please email Calvert Animal Welfare League at or

Happy ending for CAWL kitty Just to let you know, Hal’s story has such a happy ending. A lady saw his picture and story and just couldn’t let him stay at CAWL. Hal can be a little moody and she accepted that. Turns out he needed major surgery and had all his teeth removed. She has nursed him through that and they are as happy as can be. At times it hasn’t been too easy for her but she is an angel and didn’t give up. Hal is one

make our lives better. The ones who feed the hungry, find homes for elderly pets, and support special-needs students. And these are the people we’re focusing on in the Gratitude Issue. We invited our contributors—from Calvert County to Annapolis and beyond—to write about the folks that go above and beyond for Chesapeake Country (page 10). At the same time, we at Bay Weekly want to show our gratitude for the contributors themselves—writers, columnists, the wizards behind the puzzles in the back of the paper. The Gratitude Issue allows us to give thanks for them, plus our advertisers (nearly all small business owners who live in your community), and of course—you!—our readers. Thank you for taking the time to pick up a copy of Bay Weekly as you run around town doing your holiday errands. We’re proud to share this community with you. Happy Thanksgiving! p

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ANS leaders said they will choose a new name after seeking input from a broad range of voices. A participant in the 2020 Taking Nature Black conference, hosted by the Audubon Naturalist Society. Photo: Cheriss May, courtesy of the Audubon Naturalist Society.



he Audubon Naturalist Society, one of the oldest independent environmental groups in the Chesapeake Bay re-

gion, announced it will be changing its name to distance itself from its namesake, John James Audubon. “The deliberate and thoughtful decision to change our name is part of

our ongoing commitment to creating a larger and more diverse community of people who treasure the natural world and work to preserve it,” said Lisa Alexander, executive director of ANS. “It

has become clear that this will never be fully possible with the current name.” Audubon was a 19th-century naturalist and artist whose portraits of birds both exotic and mundane captured the country’s imagination. But he also was a slaveholder and fierce opponent of abolition. His name went on to grace the letterheads of hundreds of environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society (ANS, based in Chevy Chase, is not affiliated with the national organization). Many of those groups are now grappling with that legacy as part of a larger effort to diversify their staffs and better connect with people of color. ANS leaders said they will choose a new name after seeking input from a broad range of voices. While there are still no hints at the name, an ANS Facebook post reads, in part, “We will change our name to one that better reflects the growing, rich diversity of the region that we serve and sends a clear message now and in the future: Nature needs all of us.” To read more about the decision to change ANS’s name, visit

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Baltimore is one of five major market boat shows postponed to 2023. Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis are the others.

The Baltimore Boat Show is postponed from January 2022 until 2023, but a new boat show will be offered in Baltimore County this winter. Photo: Mel Guapo.



inter boat shopping opportunities on the Bay will look a little different this year, following a post-pandemic shakeup. The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is postponed until January 2023—but a brand new show will launch at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in

Baltimore County this year instead. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced this week that the Baltimore Boat Show won’t be happening this winter, “as we navigate current market conditions and needs in Baltimore,” Progressive says on the boat show website. Baltimore is one of five major-market Progressive boat shows postponed to 2023 (Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis are the others). NMMA attributes the decision to boat inventory and supply problems, writing,

“This is the result of thorough analysis, alongside exhibitors and NMMA members, of the unique needs and economics of each region spanning date availability to supply chain disruptions to historically low market-specific boat inventory.” At the same time, the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County is holding a brand new boat show January 21-23, 2022, at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. Earlier this month the trades association announced the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, produced by

Maryland boat dealers and featuring “new boats and marine equipment, including sport fishing boats, performance boats, ski boats, cruisers, pontoon boats, cabin cruisers, and more.” The 125,000 square-foot fairgrounds building known as the “Cow Palace” used for events throughout the year will hold boats in a range of budgets. Dealers include: AMPM Marine, Beacon Light Marina, Chessie Marine, Galahad Marine Sales, Honda Powersports of Crofton, Jim’s Marine, MD Boat Sales, North Point Yacht Sales, Pasadena Boat Works, Pete’s Cycle, Pocket Yacht Company, Port Annapolis Marina, PYY Marine, Rhode River Marina, Riverside Marine, Rudy’s Marine, Total Marine, Tradewinds Marina, Tristate Marine, and Waterfront Marine. The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show also promises entertainment, educational seminars, food and drink, and free parking. For more information, visit

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ishing and hunting are time-honored traditions on the Chesapeake, whether you’re a waterfowling weekend warrior or a third-generation waterman. And the harvest you bring home (legally, in season) can make the best Bay meals. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sought recipes from all over the state using local species for a special online cookbook, Wild Maryland. We recently got a lesson in wild game cooking from an Eastern Shore hunter, farmer, and home cook who takes inspiration from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Gabrielle Perret hunts and then serves up dinner for her family. She’s now an author, too—of recipes in Wild Maryland. DNR asked for recipe submissions from all across Maryland, and Perret’s was among those chosen. “This is from a sika deer doe that I shot in October of this year,” she says, unwrapping a package of neatly butchered meat. Perret, who lives in Cambridge, learned to hunt just a few years ago

through DNR’s First Shot program for beginners. She invited Bay Bulletin and DNR’s Megan McGinn-Meals, who came up with the idea for the cookbook, into her home. “Sika deer is very tender,” Perret explains. “It’s very flavorful and I think people really like it because it can often be less gamey than a whitetail deer.” As she prepares the meet for cooking, she narrates the steps: “We’re making country fried venison steak. So the first thing we’re going to want to do is trim off the fat; we’re not going to want any of that on our steak.” Perret pounds out the meat butchered from a local shop, Kramer’s in New Market. She dredges the meat through a mix of flour, salt and pepper and then places vegetable oil in a frying pan. Once that heats up, both sides of her sika deer meat are fried and she adds in a cup of beef broth, which will become gravy. She simmers the pan on low for 15-20 minutes as the gravy thickens. “This is actually my grandmother’s recipe,” she tells us. “She learned it on the first night of her honeymoon going through Alabama … from the resident cook at the inn where she stayed.” Now the recipe is part of DNR’s free online cookbook, which features all Maryland species. “That’s everything from the snakehead fish in our Bay to sika deer at the Blackwater wildlife refuge to the morel mushroom,” explains McGinn-Meals.

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Country fried venison with buttermilk mashed potatoes as seen in the CBM Bay Bulletin video by Cheryl Costello. There are oyster recipes, too—a seafood treat for the holidays. “So there’s something really special about going out on our own land in our own state and coming home with something that you can cook for your family,” McGinn-Meals says. Seven panelists—outdoorsmen and women who love being in the kitchen— judged the recipes. About 100 were submitted and they accepted 75. “I want people to push the envelope with their comfort zone,” says Perret. “I mean I certainly did, learning more about this process and about cooking.”

As for her sika deer steaks, this Bay Bulletin reporter and the DNR spokeswoman both agreed they don’t taste gamey. And you can cut the meat with a fork. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, Perret calls it an easy weeknight meal that you can set and forget. “There is nothing like going out into the field and shooting your dinner, bringing it home and cooking it for your own family,” she says. If you have a special recipe, DNR is still accepting ideas to add to the online cookbook.

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Maryland, Nation Brace for Thanksgiving Travel Surge BY ALEX ARGIRIS, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE


bout 53.4 million people nationwide are expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year, a 13 percent rise from last year and the highest single-year increase since 2005, according to estimates from AAA. “This Thanksgiving, travel will look

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a lot different than last year,” said Ragina C. Ali, Public and Government Affairs manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with

their loved ones for the holiday.” The United States recently reopened its borders to many vaccinated international travelers. Health experts advised against traveling for the holidays in 2020 during the height of the COVID19 pandemic.

In 2020, 90 percent of Marylanders opted not to travel for Thanksgiving, according to a AAA survey. But with the majority of eligible Americans fully vaccinated and the Delta wave beginning to recede, travelers appear more eager to reconnect with family and friends. As of Nov. 8, the 7-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases was 73,312, down from an average of over 164,000 on Sept. 1, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Maryland on Nov. 8 reported a 7-day average of 687 daily cases, down from an average of 1,210 on Sept. 1, according to the CDC. Air travel is expected to nearly double, as AAA is forecasting about 4.2 million airplane passengers, compared to the 2.3 million people who flew over Thanksgiving in 2020. Despite the increase in flying, driving will account for the overwhelming majority of travel this holiday season, with a projected 48.3 million people opting for a road trip. “While airline seat capacity here at BWI Marshall Airport for the holiday time is down between 15 and 20 percent compared with the Thanksgiving period in 2019, we do expect to see strong passenger traffic,” Jonathan Dean, a spokesperson for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, told Capital News Service. Dean advised that travelers give themselves plenty of time for parking, airline ticketing, and the TSA security screening process.

Even with soaring gas prices, AAA does not expect it to deter people from traveling. Gas prices nationally are up over $1.30 from last year. In Maryland, gas prices are at an average of $3.38 a gallon, compared to $2.19 last year. “It would stand to reason that those who missed the annual Thanksgiving gathering last year may be even more motivated than usual to make the trip, despite the additional expense of filling up,” said Ali. “That said, gas prices are a factor that AAA will continue to monitor closely as the holiday approaches.” Bus, train and cruise travel is expected to see a massive jump as well, with about 1 million passengers, compared to 281,000 in 2020, according to AAA. Greyhound bus company conducted a survey of 4,000 of its customers and found that only 3 percent of respondents were not planning on traveling because of COVID-19 concerns, according to a company spokesperson. The CDC is advising against Americans traveling for Thanksgiving until they are fully vaccinated and urging all eligible people to receive their booster shot as well. Families with unvaccinated children are encouraged to drive or choose direct flights to limit the number of stops in crowded settings. Trips that include crowded indoor settings are also discouraged, according to the agency. p

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ISSUE HERE IN Chesapeake Country, there are a lot of people and organizations for which we are thankful—especially in tough times. We’ve asked some CBM Bay Weekly contributors to share with us who or what they are grateful for this season, from pet sanctuaries to pandemic pop-up pantries. The faces, the locations, the details may be different, but they all show extraordinary compassion and make our corner of the world a better place to be. A bit of homework for you, readers: Tell someone in your community why you are thankful for them. —KATHY KNOTTS

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Matthew and Harvey. Photos courtesy Matthew Liptak.

Grateful for Old Dogs with New Tricks BY MATTHEW LIPTAK


’ve written multiple times for different publications about the Senior Dog Sanctuary in Severn. They do wonderful work in protecting and providing for some of our area’s most loveable, and yet unwanted residents—senior dogs. These older canines, at the latest count 25 of them, are well-cared for by the staff, volunteers and foster parents at this no-kill shelter founded by the late Air Force Col. Val Lynch, who had a passion for pooches. I’m thankful for Val and the other folks who have worked at the sanctuary. They understand the true worth of these older dogs—they’re priceless. I know firsthand because just before I came to Maryland four years ago, I adopted a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier at my home in upstate New York. Harvey was a three-time loser. He was given to the Syracuse public shelter because his owner had gone into a nursing home. He was adopted only to be returned to the shelter because the new owners didn’t like his behavior. Over the course of the next two years little Harvey lingered in his cement cell in the shelter, a doggie prison really. He was adopted once more over those two years, but those people also brought him back. The shelter staff loved him, though. He was a spritely and affectionate gentleman. When I walked in the door of the shelter looking for a new friend, I noticed him among the pit bulls and labs and shepherd mixes. He wagged his tail at me hopefully as I passed his cage. I wasn’t sure about Harvey. I had heard Jack Russells could be little terrors. But Harvey was 10. When I asked to see him, he melted in my arms. It was love at first hug. I brought Harvey home to my little one bedroom state-subsidized apartment. When I opened the door and took him off the leash, Harvey immediately ran into the living room and jumped on the futon. The old gentleman had finally found a real home. It was so good to have a companion! I had someone to give a pat of support to or receive a lick of kindness. He was someone to share a few adventures with on my days off work. And we had a few. There was the spontaneous summer road trip into the Adirondacks, when Harvey rode shotgun. We stopped at a roadside ice cream stand among the mountains. I got Harvey his own cup of soft vanilla, which he lapped up with a vengeance on that hot afternoon.

There were also the innumerable walks around the neighborhood and local parks. But mostly Harv and I just hung out together, lounging in the living room after work; him snuggled against my leg, dreaming old-dog dreams. Sadly, Harvey was diagnosed with diabetes over a year after I adopted him. It required daily shots of insulin. Eventually he succumbed to its effects. But our time together was full of precious moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Harvey was one of the joys of my life. I’m thankful Harvey shared part of his life with me, glad we got to watch over each other for part of this ride we call life. And I’m thankful for the folks at Severn’s Senior Dog Sanctuary, who give that opportunity to many of my neighbors each day. Senior dogs are a treasure without a price.

Thankful for Monica Alvarado BY STEVE ADAMS


eaders, you’ve very likely heard about or even seen the smiling face of Monica Alvarado—owner and self-proclaimed “chief bottle washer” at Bread and Butter Kitchen in Eastport and founder of Feed Anne Arundel, a charitable organization that enlists restaurant employees to make hot meals for families in need. You may have caught her appearance on Good Morning America back in September, when she squeezed in taping a segment before returning to prepare hundreds of meals for residents and workers cleaning up from the tornado that struck Annapolis and Edgewater. But as I recently learned after a quick Q&A with Monica about veteran-owned businesses (she claims she joined the Air Force for its uniforms), she’s beyond worthy of our gratitude. Monica told me that bread and butter are two of her favorite things and that the name randomly “popped in my head while in the shower one morning” when she was coming up with a name for her restaurant. She has created a far-from-typical menu because she is passionate about creative cuisine. A one-time food blogger, Monica started making meals-to-go from scratch, using ingredients purchased from farmers at the Anne Arundel County farmers market and selling them while still working full-time at a tech firm. She’s maintained this focus CONTINUED O

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on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in all of her food—for example chorizo, sausage, and scrapple from EnTice-Ment Farms in Harwood and produce from the restaurant’s garden—as well as adding menu items inspired by her staff (for example Salsa de Huevos, which was added after her longtime manager Lupe made it for a staff meal) and hosting pop-up opportunities for others in the cottage food industry. Monica opened Bread and Butter in 2016, after many years of feeling burned out from multiple C-suite positions, so she runs the restaurant in a way that supports a healthy worklife balance for her employees. She sticks to consistent hours so she and her staff can take care of their kids (despite the additional revenue that dinner service might bring), closing during holidays and for an entire “vacation week” each winter, and paying employees on days off. Since Feed Anne Arundel launched in April 2020, Monica and co-founder Ryan Sirmons, pastor at the United Church of Christ of Annapolis, have handed out more than 120,000 meals and supported over 100 restaurants just in 2020 alone. It’s easy to understand the brilliance of a philanthropic program that not only supports both the restaurant industry and the food insecure, but also relies on participants’ expertise to distribute wellrounded, well-packaged complete meals throughout the county. What impresses me the most is how eager Monica is to keep Feed Anne Arundel going and growing—including creating a board to support its management and partnering with county agencies, like the Annapolis Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management, to purchase fridges and freezers that will make it possible for more meals to get to more people. So, why am I thankful for Monica? Because she cares.

Pandemic pop-up pantries were supported by area churches. Photo: Downtown Hope.

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Monica Alvarado. Photo: Steve Adams.

Thankful for Downtown Hope BY KIMBERLY KWEDER


ne of the best things that has happened to me in the middle of a pandemic is finding refuge in a coalition of gospel-centered churches who make Annapolis a better place. I was new to town in April 2020 and living alone. Then I found Downtown Hope and began connecting with brothers and sisters in Christ. I cherish the unity and leadership of the churches in Annapolis and the county who have been involved in setting up and sustaining food pantries, Bible studies, prayer teams, music, live video streaming, missionary outreach, and so much more. I was struck by the sheer magnitude of local need stemming from the pandemic. The Latino community just around the bend from Downtown Hope was hit particularly hard, with a number of families from the Tyler Heights community quickly losing much income. The local community and county leaders agreed pop-up pantries would be the fastest and most efficient way to address their needs. In the Bible, Jesus performed miracles of feeding hungry crowds by multiplying loaves

of fish and bread. In Annapolis, we saw the Lord do his amazing work through a weekly pop-up pantry started at Tyler Heights Elementary School. The pantry was a collaboration across schools, local restaurants, churches and other organizations. This pandemic has left no one unscathed. As I try to look beyond it, there’s so much more to address. I’m grateful to hear of the work being done in disadvantaged communities and I’m exploring ways to help. Downtown Hope is holding a product and clothing drive until Jan. 9 to help families in Robinwood. They’re working on student tutoring as well as helping with small repair projects and listening closely to anything eviction-related to guide people to the right resources. Overall, one of the main reasons I love Annapolis is the church community. When I go across Rowe Boulevard and see the St. Anne’s Church steeple tucked behind the administrative buildings, I see it as a beacon of light despite all the shocking tragedies, brokenness, and the pandemic. Hearing the bells ring as I walk downtown gives me hope, knowing there is a group of caring individuals behind those bells, ringing in cheer and love, guided by Christ’s teachings. Here’s a big cheers to just a few* of the churches who participated in these efforts and are here for the broken and weary and want to walk in the Light: Axis Church, Kingdom Celebration Center, Allelon Community Church, Mt. Olive, Bay Ridge Christian Church, First Baptist of Annapolis, College Creek Church, Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian, Bay Area Community Church, Bridge Church, Light of the World Ministries, i5 Church, Citizens Church of Annapolis, Centerpoint Church, Fresh Start Church, Christ Reformed Evangelical Church, Elevate Church, St. Anne’s, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Edgewater Bible Church, Friendship Community Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, M.L. Faunce. CrossPointe, Harvest Bible Chapel, Faith Photo: New Bay Books. Community Church, Light House Church, Mid Atlantic Community Church, Revive Faith, Redeemer Angelican, Revolution Annapolis, Renovate Life Church, South Shore Church, Severn Covenant Church, Severna Park Evangelical Church, St. Margaret’s Church, John Wesley United Methodist, Downtown Hope, Christ Luthern Church, The House Church 2.0, and St. Andrew’s Anglican. * These are just some of the churches Downtown Hope leaders work most closely with. For more information, contact info@

Thankful for M.L. Faunce:



.L. Faunce won’t sit at any Thanksgiving table this year. But she’ll be the centerpiece of many hearts and thoughts. Many of us will say all the good things we hesitate to say when their recipient is able to hear our compliments. M.L. and I were lucky. We talked about all we’d done together and meant to each other, especially over the first half of this year when we were putting together her book of stories from New Bay Times and Bay Weekly, My Date With an Oyster and Other Tales of a D.C. Girl Discovering Chesapeake Country, for publication by New Bay Books. By then we knew she was dying (a terrible cancer called primary peritoneal took her), so we stayed pretty much at the heart of things. The book was timely. I was grateful for the renewed connection, and grateful—plus a little envious—of the pictures she sent me of sights, often avian, along her tropical morning walks. Little and tough, with a body frame that fit the E=mc2 equation, she ran the streets of D.C. she knew so well as a fifth-generation woman of the city and Congressional staffer. When her job sent her to live in Alaska, she added skiing, often with dachs-

hunds Kenai and Sitka. We were extraordinarily lucky, M.L. and I, for we got to relive the pleasures—without the stresses—we had working together as writer and editor from 1995 to 2006. We had the extra gift of hindsight, knowing what we knew now and didn’t know then. Plus, we were living out what Shakespeare called to love that well which thou must leave ere long. Over those months, we told each other our gratitude. There are so many levels of my gratitude to M.L. First—and this she knew because of the electricity more than the words—I am grateful to M.L. because she felt the magnetism of this newspaper where almost everybody was trying their absolute best to live off making a living document of those times, this place. “Intrigued by the stories in New Bay Times, I thought: Maybe I can write about Bay life, too. I sent a first piece to Editor Sandra Martin—and she accepted it!” M.L. wrote in her introduction to her book. I would find, over the years, that she matched our absolute best with her own. How grateful I am for that rare gift! Soon, she was seeing stories under every bush. She dove into Bay Country, where she was living out her childhood dreams, writing about “the nature, culture, history, community, news and activities and all the seasonal changes, where the fish were biting, what’s happened to the once-prolific oyster that filtered the Bay for centuries, the lives of watermen and future of skipjacks that sailed the Bay.” There’s another point of gratitude, for she was bringing me stories fired by pure love of what she saw and was doing. M.L. gave me not only quality but also quantity. It takes a lot of stories to fill a paper week by week. Add on many more points of gratitude because M.L. wrote by assignment as well as inspiration. “M.L., we need a story on the state of oysters,” I’d say, and she’d give me not only a story—she gave us our one and only Best of Show story, beating out all the big dogs like the Washington Post in a newspaper competition. For 12 years, “I had the pleasure of writing by whim and assignment,” M.L. wrote. My gratitude for those 12 years will last as long as I do.

Thankful for Personalized Therapy BY MOLLY WEEKS CRUMBLEY


’m a librarian by day and a writer by night, but the occupation that I am most grateful for is motherhood. I became Mama in 2015, flying to Peru with my husband to adopt the beautiful toddler boy who stole our hearts and has kept us on our toes ever since. When considering whom I most feel gratitude towards in our Bay community this year, my thoughts turn to the community that helps me bring my boy up. My son is neurodiverse, and it’s really important that he receives services to help him develop and succeed to the best of his abilities. When his doctors recommended occupational and speech therapies, we weren’t sure where to turn in our small county. Did those kinds of providers exist for children? Would we end up having to make the long drive to Baltimore or D.C. to find a good fit? As special needs parents know, finding the right fit between your child and a provider is worth its weight in gold. Luckily for our family, someone told us about a place called Personalized Therapy. With offices located in Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles counties, they specialize in getting services and resources to the people who need them and were able to take on my son as a patient. Since 2019, he has worked with them for his weekly occupational and speech therapies, and the changes in him have been immeasurable. It’s not easy for him to connect with new people, but he felt comfortable at PT right away and actually looks forward CONTINUED O

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A card the author’s son created for her with help from Personalized Therapy. Photo: Molly Crumbley. to going every week. His therapists take a play-based approach to their work, wrapping his sessions up in a fun package. Where Miss Elizabeth sees working on verb tenses and consonant blends, my son sees a rousing game of Yeti in the Spaghetti. Where Miss Katlyn sees self-regulation strategies and fine motor work, he sees an obstacle course. Through sessions with them, my boy is building confidence, strength and articulation without even realizing it. Parenting a child with special needs is challenging in the best of times, and the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a whole new set of challenges for our family over the past months. I’m so very thankful that my son has been able to keep up with his services at Personalized Therapy throughout, initially via telehealth sessions and then eventually back in person. Miss Nicole, who helms the front desk at different locations in the tri-county area, has been a scheduling master and manages to keep juggling different clients and their ever-changing needs. In a time of intense anxiety, I feel supported by my son’s team. I know that he is in good hands when I take him to sessions, and he is slowly but surely becoming the best version of himself that he can be. More than ever, I believe that healthcare providers—both physical and mental—are superheroes. To all the staff at Personalized Therapy, the Crumbley family is grateful.

Thankful for Waterman Pat Mahoney BY STEVE ADAMS


s a 35-year-old who grew up in Annapolis, my first memories of visiting downtown—a mere 2.7 miles from my house—consist of eating breakfast Sunday mornings at Chick and Ruth’s, where Uncle Ted would do magic tricks; getting a little gift from The Nature Company or Bee Beep; or, on truly special occasions, entering the always-packed Annapolis Market House to buy fresh-caught seafood that we’d eat while sitting right on the seawall, likely within sight of whichever workboat caught the fish. Of course these traditions are now long gone, due to the natural progression of time and family life, the closing of those businesses, and the unfortunate end of Ego Alley’s centuries

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as a place where watermen unloaded and sold their catch each day. But as some traditions have faded away, I’m grateful that in the past few years a new one has replaced them: putting in my paddleboard at the floating dock at the end of Compromise Street, paddling to Cap’n Herbie Sadler Watermen’s Park, next to the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and visiting Wild Country Seafood. I’m thankful for this regular summertime activity because it gives me the opportunity to catch up with Pat Mahoney—the store’s owner and someone who’s become a friend— and see both locals and tourists enjoy the bounty of the Bay. And on a larger scale, I’m thankful for what Pat represents: as “the last waterman of Annapolis,” he is not only keeping the tradition of living off the Bay alive, but also making it possible for the rest of us to buy super-fresh, super-local seafood directly from the person who caught it. I learned about Pat while writing a feature for Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Born and raised in Eastport, he inherited his keen appreciation for making a living from the Bay from his father, Pat Sr., a lifelong waterman himself. Growing up on the water, the younger Pat got his commercial license at the ripe old age of 12 and soon began working every day with his father on what are now the last commercial workboats operating out of Eastport. After years of selling their catch on the wholesale market seven days a week, the Mahoneys opened Wild Country in 2009. To keep the no-frills, old-fashioned carryout seafood store running, Pat gets on the water (usually with Pat Sr.) by 3 a.m. during crab season and by 5 a.m. during rockfish and perch season. During oyster season, he harvests Patty’s Fatty’s, the aquacultured oysters that he farms on the Rhode River and West River bottom that he leases, then “ends” his day by processing and selling or cooking up the day’s catch, often served on sandwiches with tomatoes and lettuce grown on his farm, at the store. At least one of his three kids work alongside him most days. Pat loves being a waterman and works incredibly hard to be a successful one, keeping a tradition alive. And while I’m certainly not the only one, I’m incredibly thankful for that. p Pat Mahoney and daughter. Photo: Steve Adams.







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Santa’s Cottage Experience the magic and capture the spirit of the holiday season with a visit to Santa’s Cottage to meet Saint Nick and take home a photo. Daily thru Dec. 23. 11am-8pm, Annapolis Town Center, RSVP:

Christmas on the Square Experience a small town holiday complete with live holiday music, horse and carriage rides, sleigh rides, train rides, a live nativity, petting zoo, airbrush tattoos, balloon art, children’s crafts, hot drinks, food and Santa lighting the town tree (7pm). Businesses open for shopping and dinner. 4:30-9pm, Town Square, Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County:

Light up the Town Residents and guests gather at the pavilion to await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, with carols by Union Church, a visit from the Grinch, and then Santa flips the switch to light the town tree; children present letters to Santa and have a chat with the jolly old elf and snap a photo. 7pm, North Beach Boardwalk:

Fair Family Christmas Experience a drive-through holiday display; weekends thru Dec. 19. FSaSu 7-10pm, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, $10/vehicle, Facebook: @aacofair. NOVEMBER 26 & 27

Holiday Hearth and Home in Early Maryland Explore how Maryland’s first settlers survived the winter and how chickens made a contribution; walk thru outdoor exhibits and learn about preparing food for winter storage and processing deer for tools and clothing, visit the Tobacco Plantation and help prepare a meal over an open hearth, visit the Maryland Dove to watch galley cooking of ships’ fare. Bring a nonperishable food item for charity for a $1 discount. FSa

10am-4pm, Historic St. Mary’s City, $10 w/discounts: NOVEMBER 26 THRU 28

Horse and Carriage Ride Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around Town Center Blvd, sipping on champagne (or hot apple cider) and gazing at the stars (four guests per ride max.). 5-8pm, Annapolis Town Center, $38.77, RSVP: NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 12

The Ghost Before Christmas Twin Beach Players presents this play, written by Rick Thompson, based on The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, one of five Christmas novels written by Charles Dickens. FSa 7pm, Su 3pm, North Beach Boys & Girls Club, $15 w/discounts, RSVP:

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A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ story was created to inspire a spirit of charity toward those less fortunate. This Helen Hayes Awards–recommended original production of this classic story has become an annual holiday tradition, delighting patrons of all ages. FSa 8pm, SaSu 2pm, Classic Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis, $68 w/discounts, RSVP: NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 1

Annmarie Garden in Lights Stroll a path thru woods glittering with illuminated one-of-a-kind light sculptures handmade by Garden artists. Live entertainment nightly, shop the Ornament Show & Sale, and the Small Works Show. Special nights include Local Heroes Night, Holiday Train Display, Holiday Character Nights, Special Needs Night, Merry Menagerie Night, Santa Night, and Golf Cart Tours. Closed Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, 24-25. 5-9pm, Annmarie Garden, Solomons, $12 w/discounts: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27

IT’S SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Jug Bay Post Turkey 5K Trail Run Run a 5K on the scenic trails to benefit kayak purchase by the Friends of Jug Bay; hot cider and snack provided. Registration 8:30am, race 9am, Glendening Nature Preserve, Lothian, $15, RSVP:

Holiday Market Shop three greenhouses with over 30 vendors offering a wide array of products. 9am-2pm, Cardinal Creek Plant Farm, Prince Frederick:

KIDS Trails & Tails Bring your little one on a walk to explore nature. Dress for weather and mess. 10-11am, South River Farm, Edgewater, RSVP:

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Annapolis Tree Lighting Join the Annapolis Jaycees for the city’s Grand Illumination; watch Santa arrive and enjoy singing and dance performances; refreshments and crafts for kids; donations of nonperishable foods and new, unwrapped toys encouraged. 4:308pm, Downtown Annapolis, free:

After the frenzy at major big-box retailers, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as you shop; Plus they’re giving away a free gift with purchase of $50 or more. 11am-7pm, Gallery 57 West, Annapolis: Nov. 27: Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus.

Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus Visit with Santa’s better half, Saturdays thru Dec. 18, while waiting for your turn with the jolly old elf. 1-3pm, Annapolis Town Center, RSVP:

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It’s Artists Sunday Museum Store Sunday For the fifth consecutive year, more than 1,700 museum stores representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 24 countries, and 5 continents will offer inspired shopping at museums and cultural institutions. The museum store at Calvert Marine Museum will extend the event to Monday, Nov. 29 to allow patrons to shop safely with fewer crowds.

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KIDS Sea Squirts Preschoolers join in story time and a carryout craft on the theme Animals in Winter/Migration. 10:15am, 11:15am, Calvert Marine Museum, free w/admission:

Midnight Madness Shop ’til you drop at this marathon of Christmas cheer and commerce. Stores stay open until the witching hour on the first of Downtown Annapolis’ three nights of sales, discounts and holiday festivities along Main St., Maryland Ave., West Street, and City Dock. Take the free circulator bus. Also Dec. 9 & 16. 4pm-midnight, downtown Annapolis:

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Watch decorated boats cruise from Nabbs Creek to Stoney Creek to Rock Creek to Bodkin Creek; prizes awarded. 5pm, Pasadena, Facebook: @PasadenaBoatParade. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28

hand at operating the model trains. Daily noon-4pm thru Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24-25), St. Clement’s Island Museum, Colton’s Point, St. Mary’s County. $3 w/ discounts, Facebook: @SCIMuseum.

Annapolis Car Parade & Menorah Lighting Cruise with a menorah on top of your car to Annapolis City Dock where the Chabad of Anne Arundel County will kindle a large menorah and serve coffee, gelt, donuts and hot latkes (5:45pm). Call if you need a menorah for your car. Meet at 5:30pm for parade at Safeway on Housley Rd., Annapolis, free, RSVP: MONDAY NOVEMBER 29

Digital Photo Club Speaker is Lynn Silverman on Seeing in B&W. 7pm, RSVP for Zoom link: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30

Pet Night at Santa’s Cottage Take home a photo of Santa with your pet (Tuesdays thru Dec. 21). 5-8pm, Annapolis Town Center, RSVP: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1

St. Clement’s Christmas Visit the annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit, learn about the classic trains, toys and more; write a letter to anta, read a holiday book or try your

Bundle up and enjoy a walk through the Garden in Lights with eight tasting stops along the way from sparkling wine to wine jelly. A few stops will include treats, including chocolate, cheese, and other surprises (ages 21+). 5-9pm, Annmarie Garden, Solomons, $30 plus $12 light show ticket, RSVP:

The Colonial Players’ A Christmas Carol This production was written for The Colonial Players by local playwright Rick Wade and composer Dick Gessner over 40 years ago and has been a family favorite and Annapolis holiday tradition ever since. This year’s production is directed by Sarah Wade with music direction by Trevor Greenfield; Also available for streaming for the first time ever. Production runs thru Dec. 12. 8pm, Colonial Players Theatre, Annapolis, $10 (both in-person or streaming), RSVP: PLAN AHEAD

Muddy Creek Pop-Up Show Dec. 2-5: See and shop at this holiday gift show featuring 50 artists working in a variety of mediums, offering original and giclee painting, pottery, fabric art, glass work, photography, woodcraft, sculpture, mixed media and more. Also Dec. 10-12. Sneak peek Dec. 2, 5:30-8pm; show open FSa 10am-7pm, Su 11am-5pm, 179 Mitchells Chance Rd., Edgewater: p



Grateful for Dr. Jim Duke


was greatly privileged to know the late botanist, Dr. James “Jim” Duke. To this day, I still consider him my mentor after time spent with him. I first met him at the Maryland Department of Agriculture when a short-lived Maryland Herb Association was being formed. We became friends when I nominated the native herb Monarda punctata, spotted horsemint, to be the Maryland State Herb. Even though I don’t believe it ever became official, it perked his ears. I took a short course on botanical medicine from him at the University of Maryland and I heard him speak on herbal medicine to scientists from across the country at the National Institutes of Health. Jim Duke also appeared every year, barefoot and playing herbal music, at the Herb Festival in Leakin Park in Baltimore. He was so down-to-earth, always

curious, and full of herbal inspiration. He led eco-botanical tours in ethnobotany. I went to Costa Rica with him on one of those tours to visit the New Chapter facility where many tropical herbs, such as ginger and turmeric were grown. Tarantulas and poisonous snakes in the outdoor pool never fazed him. He even helped me when I forgot a piece of luggage at the airport. He always loved teaching others about the plant world and gave an unforgettable garden tour at my nursery. When I taught in the botanical medicine program at Tai Sophia (now known as Maryland University of Integrative Health), Jim Duke led the program, with his wonderful garden. Sadly, Dr. Duke died on December 10,



Feeding the Birds


all is the best time to consider putting out bird feeders. Birds are more stressed in the winter and will welcome an easy meal. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a program for monitoring birds at feeders called Project FeederWatch. More than 20,000 people participate in FeederWatch, which has been gathering data for over 30 years. The data has shown that many bird species thrive because they are being fed in the winter, while species that usually avoid feeders seem to be in decline. One ex-

ample is the red-bellied woodpecker, a common feeder visitor, which is thriving when compared to the pinyon jay, which is rarely at bird feeders, and whose population is progressively in decline. It has been estimated that over 52 million American households feed wild birds, which amounts to $4 billion spent on one billion pounds of seed. But all the interest in feeding birds has a downside. As they collect around feeders and birdbaths, the birds can exchange illnesses or become sick from spoiled food.

2017. He was 88 years old. I dearly miss his kind presence. He has written over three dozen books. My favorites that I still cherish are The Green Pharmacy, A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs, Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs, 13 Vital Herbs You Need to Disease-Proof Your Body, Boost Your Energy, Lengthen Your Life, and Handbook of Edible Weeds. One of his most famous works is the CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs and he developed an online database called Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database at the USDA. Jim Duke was born in Birmingham, Ala., and received a Ph.D. in botany from the University of North Carolina in 1961. In college, he played in a Dixieland Jazz Band. He wrote poems, which he set to music, about herbs, their proper and common names, and some of their properties. In the late

1970s, he was chief of the Plant Taxonomy Laboratory, Plant Genetics and Germplasm Institute of the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA. Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrative medicine proponent and physician, called Duke, “a leading authority on healing herbs.” Jim Duke was a brilliant researcher with a knack for explaining to people how complicated botanical compounds in plants could contribute to health and the prevention of many ailments. He was one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees of the American Botanical Council, a peer-reviewed journal on botanical medicine. Mark Blumenthal, who founded the American Botanical Council, said that Jim Duke was a brilliant, dedicated, funny, and humble man who earned the admiration, respect, and love of thousands of scientists and herbal enthusiasts. I am honored and grateful to have known this gentle giant of the botanical world. I have a cherished turmeric plant from Dr. Duke’s garden that I lovingly carry in and out of my greenhouse every year. p

The two most common illnesses associated with feeders are house finch eye disease (also called Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis), which frequently causes blindness, and salmonella, which can cause death. Many other diseases are spread at bird feeders including trichomoniasis, pigeon paramyxovirus, and avian pox. Spoiled bird food can contain staphylococcus bacteria or a fungus called aspergillus. To reduce the risk of illness to wild birds it is important to perform routine feeder maintenance. Rake under the feeders about twice a week. Wash the feeders about every two weeks and dip or spray with diluted bleach or 50 percent ethyl alcohol and rinse. If a bird at a feeder appears ill, then remove all feeders, clean them and wait a week before putting them up again. Try to put out only enough food to last a week. If you have more than one feeder, spread them out to prevent crowding. I have three feeder types that I like. One is a platform feeder with or without a gravity auto feeder. They have a flat mesh that holds the food. They are easy to clean and fill. I use them with dried mealworms for bluebirds and safflower seeds (which squirrels don’t like) for the seed-eaters. The second feeder is made of wire mesh with mesh central portholes that hold black sunflower seeds. Unfortunately, it creates a lot of ground debris and the squirrels really like it. Squirrels have chewed through the wire to cause the seeds to rapidly drain out. I have woven wire into it to plug the holes.

My last and favorite is the sunflower kernel feeder. The one I have come from Audubon. It is a medium-fine wire mesh tube inside a wire cage that prevents squirrels from getting to the food. Last winter I had a steady crowd of pine siskins coming to that feeder. The downside to it is that it also creates a lot of fine ground debris that doesn’t rake well and I end up moving the feeder around to prevent spoiled food on the ground. If you use thistle feeders for finches, buy small quantities of seeds at a time and do not overfill the feeder. Finches seem to only eat relatively fresh thistle seed. Avoid putting any seed feeder too close to your house as it can attract mice, skunks, etc. If you have a feeder close to a structure then use a device to catch the falling seed. Feeding birds is fun to do. I have some favorite winged visitors, like five years ago when I had a Baltimore oriole visit for three winters in a row or the group of red-breasted nuthatches that spend several weeks here or last year’s pine siskins. Putting up a bird feeder comes with responsibility. Do your best to keep wild birds healthy. Remember that you are not allowed to rehabilitate a wild animal and it must be under the direct supervision of a wild animal specialist. Report an ill or injured bird to DNR Wildlife Services toll-free at 1-877-463-6497 or a private rescue service like Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg 301-926-WILD (9453). p

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The Simple, Yet Complex, Shotgun F etching my two bird guns from their armored safe for the season, I once again marveled at how much affection emanated from my old bones toward their low-light glow. My favorite 16-gauge doubles weren’t new when I first obtained them long ago in my sporting youth but by now they are over 100 years old and still do the job they were originally designed to do, not just adequately but magnificently. These two pieces were designed in the early 1900s by an engineer/inventor in Baltimore, Ansley H. Fox, and manufactured in Philadelphia. The shotguns he produced were among the finest of their time in America. Teddy Roosevelt shot them and pronounced them the best in the world. The field models sold for about $50 and many thousands of them were bought and used throughout the U.S. as were similar guns by American makers Parker Bros, Ithaca Arms, Winchester, L.C. Smith, Remington and Savage. The shotgun, a smooth bore firearm, is designed to throw a quantity of small, spherical shot, generally at flying or rapidly moving targets. It’s been around in multiple forms for more than three centuries. But in these days of urban living they are somewhat of a mystery to many who are unfamiliar with firearms of any kind.



The shotgun firearm itself is available in a wide variety of individual models. There are the doubles, which possess two barrels, some in a side-byside arrangement and others with one barrel over the other (an over/under). There are also single shot, single barrel shotguns, pump or slide action guns and semi-automatic action repeating guns holding five or more shots in their magazines. Additionally they are specifically identified by gauge, an arcane British measurement that specifies the barrel’s diameter by the count of the T HURS D AY



lead balls that would fit in the barrel’s bore totaling one pound of weight. A 16-gauge gun would hold 16 balls of lead, weighing a total of one pound, each with a diameter of .662 inches. There are five gauges or barrel diameters of shotguns commonly available: the 10 gauge (.775 inches), 12 (.729), 16 (.662), 20 (.615) and the smallest of the shotgun sizes, a .410, which is not technically a gauge but the actual caliber (diameter) of the bore. They all shoot cartridges, which are commonly loaded with a measured quantity of small, spherical birdshot inside them, S U ND AY



at velocities usually between 1,000 and 1,250 feet per second. This shot, traditionally, has been lead but due to environmental concerns is now available in steel and other non-toxic materials. The shot pellet size is indicated by another identification number from the #00 at .33-inch diameter down to #9 at .08 of an inch. The larger shot sizes are for larger game with the #00 typically used for deer and wild boar-sized game, the middle sizes #2 thru #4 for pheasant and waterfowl such as goose and duck, and sizes #6 through #8 for small game such as rabbit, squirrel, grouse, partridge and clay target shooting. A 10-gauge cartridge (the largest) can hold up to 2 ounces of shot, a 12-gauge as much as 1 1/2 ounce, the 16 about 1 1/4 and 1 1/8 for the 20-gauge. The .410 shotgun shell holds half an ounce of shot. Standard cartridges are 2¾ inches long, the .410 at 2 1/2, though there are also magnum versions at 3 inches, holding heavier payloads. It’s difficult to imagine a wood and steel creation of so many variables evoking any kind of emotion in a person but after cradling them in my arms so many hundreds of hours and collecting countless meals and adventurous moments in a lifetime of ranging afield it is impossible not to become bonded to them to some degree. They call wing-shooting an art and to me it certainly is, with the bird gun being my instrument for creating timeless memories of intensity and excitement. p WEDNESDAY


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fter a horrible tragedy leaves Abuela Alma Madrigal (María Cecilia Botero: Enfermeras) alone in the world with triplets to raise, fate gives her a blessing. A candle she was holding becomes enchanted, building a magical house beneath Alma’s feet. All of Alma’s children are given gifts— one can heal any malady with her food, one controls the weather with her emotions, and one gets visions of the future. As the Madrigals flourish, the next generation also receives gifts from the magical candle when they come of age. Well, most of them. Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz: Maya and the Three) received no gift when it was her turn. Odd, considering she has the closest bond with Casita (the nickname the Madrigals have given their enchanted home), but Mirabel takes it in stride. She tries to be proud of her family— her perfect sister who creates lovely roses, her tough sister who can lift ten donkeys without breaking a sweat, and her cousin who speaks to animals—but it’s hard sometimes to be the non-magical Madrigal. But the others may be joining Mirabel whether or not they want to. The candle flame, the source of the Madrigals’ power, begins to flicker. As the flame wanes, so do the Madrigals’ abilities. Finally, Mirabel sees her chance to be special. She’s never relied on superpowers, so she thinks she can get to the bottom of the mystery and finally prove herself. Though Mirabel does her best, her Abuela Alma only sees her efforts as the least special member of the family making things worse. Can Mirabel help her family or is the quest better left to the other Madrigals? Just in time for Thanksgiving, Disney gives you a movie about not living up to your family’s expectations! While Encanto may cut to the quick for some, this animated musical is a colorful delight filled with toe-tapping songs and fun moments. The film is set in Colombia, and uses elements of magical realism as a tribute to the culture.

Keep an eye out for the magical yellow butterflies, a trope made famous by Colombian literary god Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There are other lovely nods to South America, including some excellent Afro-Latinix representation and an unimpressed capybara that nearly steals the movie. Directors Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith tackle some complex topics with this fable. Mirabel is truly everyone that’s ever had a hard-to-impress family member. But the filmmakers are careful to show that being special is a double-edged sword. Mirabel soon realizes that her magical siblings feel intense pressure to be perfect, so they can also meet Alma’s sky-high expectations. The film once again features a teamup between Disney and composer extraordinaire Lin-Manuel Miranda (Vivo). Though not quite as emotionally deep as his work on Moana, this film features some great, peppy songs that you won’t mind having on repeat in the car if you have young ones. Surface Pressure is a particularly fun number that talks about coping with stress and expectations. Encanto is at its best when it’s focusing on family dynamics. Beatriz is especially good as the sweet and overlooked Mirabel. She’s brave and kind to a fault, and determined to prove her worth. Mirabel is a great Disney heroine (the first one with glasses!), and learning to find your own worth outside of your family is a lesson that’s certainly valuable. Though it’s heavy on charm, there is a bit of clutter in Encanto. An excess of characters means we don’t get development on several members of the Madrigal family. While the heart of the story is Mirabel’s relationship with her sisters and grandmother, there’s just too many other characters to keep track of. Still, I’m sure you’ll learn everyone’s names when the kids play this one on repeat—and they will. This holiday season, if you’re comfortable in a theater, Encanto has just the right combination of charm and messaging for the whole family. It’s a beautifully animated film with a lovely view of the importance of healthy family dynamics. And don’t be surprised if small viewers want a capybara for Christmas (don’t worry kids, it’s legal, I’ve checked!).



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The Antwerp Zoo in Belgium has banned Adie Timmermans from visiting Chita, a 38-year-old male chimpanzee, after their “relationship” has caused him to be ostracized by the other chimps, the Daily Mail reported. Timmermans has come to see Chita every week for the past four years, and the two blow kisses and wave to each other. “I love that animal and he loves me,” Timmermans argued. “I haven’t got anything else. Why do they want to take that away?” Chita started his life as a pet, but came to the zoo 30 years ago and is known to be interactive with humans. However, when Timmermans isn’t there with him, he spends most of his time alone. “An animal that is too focused on people is less respected by its peers, and we want Chita to be a chimpanzee as much as possible,” explained zoo curator Sarah Lafaut.

In December 2020, News of the Weird reported on the unusual union between Kazakhstani body builder and self-described “sexy maniac” Yuri Tolochko and his new wife, Margo, a blow-up doll. That relationship has since gone south, but Tolochko has found a new object of his affection: a metal ashtray that he procured from a nightclub. In fact, the Mirror reported, Tolochko plans to have the ashtray outfitted with a vagina so they can consummate their love. After a photo shoot with the ashtray, Tolochko, a pansexual, said, “I wanted to touch it again, smell it. I love its brutal scent, the touch of metal on my skin. I also like that it has a story, that it’s not new, that it has served many people and continues to serve them.”

Government in Action

The robot apocalypse may be getting closer every day, but if self-driving car technology is any indicator, it’s probably still a ways off. Case in point: A deadend street in San Francisco has seen a swell in traffic recently, but the humans inside the cars are not to blame—the A.I. is. Those who live in the area of 15th Avenue in the Richmond district have been baffled by the Waymo self-driving cars that seem to have taken a liking to their street. The cars appear throughout the day and night; they enter and drive to the end of the street, the drivers inside take over and make a multipoint turn, then the cars go back the way they came. Resident Jennifer King told KPIX

The city of Naples, Florida, has spent more than $340,000 over the last three years suing the owners of seawalls that officials say are in disrepair and pose a danger to citizens, Wink News reported. The city and property owners have gone around and around about who owns the seawalls, and the lawsuits continued even after an engineer hired by Naples determined that only one of the seawalls was actually failing. Finally, in May, an arbitrator declared that the seawalls are owned by the city of Naples. “Procrastination and wasting money of the taxpayers is complete,” announced the new mayor, Teresa Heitmann.

Recalculating ...

5 that “there are some days where it can be up to 50. It’s literally every five minutes.” Waymo representatives told KPIX 5 they are looking into the situation.

One Person’s Junk ...

• Go take a closer look at your garden gnomes: A Sudbury, England, couple was unknowingly using artifacts from ancient Egypt to decorate their garden. The pair of small sphinx statues went up for auction as the couple cleared out their home before a move. The couple had bought them at another auction 15 years prior, thinking they were 18th-century replicas, and expected to get a few hundred dollars for them. But when prospective buyers suggested the items could be actual Egyptian relics, bidding took off. An international art gallery ended up paying $265,510 for the sphinx statues. Auctioneer James Mander said the gallery owners determined the items are indeed authentic, although more study is needed to determine their exact age and provenance. “I wonder where they’ve been for the last 5,000 years,” Mander said.


Don’t mess with a man’s sprinkles. The owner of a U.K. bakery went viral for ranting about regulations that are cutting into his bread and butter—or rather his cake and frosting. Rich Myers, 32, of Leeds, can no longer sell his most popular items because they featured “illegal sprinkles” imported from the United States. The sprinkles contained an additive called E127, which has been

linked to “hyperactivity disorders and tumors in rats,” reports the Mirror. An anonymous customer tipped off West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the local regulatory agency, about the infraction. Myers swears he won’t switch to the approved sprinkles from his home country, claiming they don’t hold their colors during the baking process. “If I can’t use (the imported sprinkles), I won’t use any,” he said. “I will be on sprinkle strike and won’t budge for no man.” The contraband goodies aren’t exactly hard to come by, he added: “We buy them from a shop in London, so it’s not like we’re getting them from a cocaine haulage in Mexico.”

It’s an Education

Elementary students at Wilton Manors school in Florida were treated to a field trip on Oct. 27, walking over to Rosie’s Bar and Grill accompanied by Broward County School Board member Sarah Leonardi, who posted about the outing on her official Facebook page. Fox News reported that the post ignited outrage among members of the community, who, beyond their incredulity that a bar and grill was a “field trip” destination, were upset that Rosie’s is an LGBT bar, with items on the menu such as Rhoda Cowboy and Big Girl Burgers. Leonardi and the school district did not comment on the school trip. p Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to

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How many 2 or more letter words can you make in 2 minutes from the letters in: Idioms All (20 words) An idiom is a form of speech familiar to one’s own group of people. For instance, to ‘give someone the cold shoulder’ doesn’t make sense to a man from Sri Lanka, but when he says, ‘I pour water over your head,’ it’s the same thing - he wants nothing to do with you. Interestingly, the Latin root of idiom, idio, (one’s own) is the same root used for idiot (one’s own or private person). It was only over time and through fear that we changed the ‘private person’ to mean someone so stupid they didn’t want to have anything to do with us. Hmm? Wait. Who’s the idiot?



Go Fish

1. What is the most common broken bone in the human body? (a) Big toe (b) Collarbone (c) Rib 2. In what city would you find a museum devoted to fluorescent art? (a) Manila (b) Milan (c) Amsterdam 3. What does the phrase “cum laude” mean? (a) Best in class (b) With praise (c) The first 4. In what country is the “Cradle of Humankind”? (a) South Africa (b) Egypt (c) Israel 5. What is the “bulldog edition” of a newspaper? (a) The Sunday edition (b) An edition with a major scoop (c) The earliest edition

Scoring: 3 1 - 40 = Aloft; 26 - 30 = Ahead; 21 - 25 = Aweigh; 16 - 20 = Amidships; 11 - 15 = Aboard; 05 - 10 = Adrift; 01 - 05 = Aground by Bill Sells


Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 to 9.


Eel Koi

4 Letter Words Dace Goby Hake Pike Sole Tuna

Guppy Loach Molly Tetra Trout

6 Letter Words Gramma Puffer Salmon

Anchovy Anthias Batfish Dogfish Gourami Grouper Haddock Herring

Angelfish Bull Shark Jellyfish

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Goldfish Seahorse Starfish

CROSSWORD 1 Likewise 5 Big pigs 10 Taj Mahal site 14 Hang loose 15 Cupid’s projectile 16 Jockey’s whip 17 Shy colorful snake of Western Africa 19 Drop from the eye 20 Chemical ending 21 Fast no more 22 Put to the test 24 Jerboa 25 Shooting game 28 Many, many years 29 G.I. entertainers 30 Badger State city 34 It gives directions on the road 37 S-shaped moldings 38 Chicken ___ king 39 Sun-lit courtyards 42 Patella 44 Born 45 Butchers’ cuts 47 They are underfoot 48 Chinese restaurant offering 50 Vietnamese holiday 52 Long of “Boyz N the Hood”

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53 Golf’s ___ Cup 55 Plum’s center 58 California’s San ___ Bay 60 Cyst 61 Musical Yoko 62 “Hellzapoppin’” actress Martha 63 “Rabbit food” 67 State categorically 68 Iranian money 69 “Peter Pan” dog 70 Marries 71 Before the due date 72 Deuce topper DOWN

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3 Letter Words 5 Letter Words 7 Letter Words 9 Letter Words

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Mixed Trivia

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