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Missing Boater’s Body Recovered, Safeguard Against Boat Fires, Swimming the Potomac, Pool Fund Gets Boost, Studying the Severn Shoreline, Hospice Groups Join Forces, ACLT Acquires Farmland, Presidents on Exhibit, Trail Extension to Prince George’s page 3

MOVIEGOER: A Space Ranger Learns He’s Not the Only Intelligent Life in the Universe in Lightyear page 17


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ne thing I truly love about my job is finding connections. Whether it’s through an interview with a subject or just a casual conversation with a friend, I love those lightbulb moments. Times when a puzzle piece slides perfectly into place and the bigger picture is revealed. This week’s issue of CBM Bay Weekly is all about connections. Two stories feature ways humans connect via trails. In his story about the WB&A Trail bridge construction, writer Matthew Liptak points out that not only does a new bridge connect hikers and bikers to Prince George’s County, but it also becomes an important link in larger regional trails, like the East Coast Greenway which connects 15 states and 450 cities and towns for 3,000 miles from Maine’s Canadian border to Key West, Florida. (FYI: That’s almost the same number

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of miles the competitors in the Race Across America are biking from Oceanside, Calif., to City Dock in downtown Annapolis. The bulk of the racers are expected to cross the finish line Friday. More at raceacrossamerica.org.) Down in Calvert County, CBM intern Michaila Shahan tells us about a new connection at the American Chestnut Land Trust’s property in Prince Frederick. The land conservation group has added the historic Yoe farm to its collection of protected land. She reports that the group aims to connect all of its miles of trails into one network so that you can walk from Prince Frederick to the Bay. Perhaps one of our most important connections that we tend to take for granted, is our relationship with pollinators. In honor of the upcoming Pollinator Week, Molly Weeks Crumbley and her family took on the Maryland Park Service’s Park Quest challenge,

which is all about pollinators. And we spoke with a gardening expert on all the ways we can make our outdoor spaces friendly to these important creatures. Pollinators aren’t just bees and butterflies, either. They are bats, moths, hummingbirds, and wasps. And they are vital to food production, since virtually all of the world’s flowering and seed plants require pollination, plus they help maintain genetic diversity within those populations. Simply put, pollinators keep our ecosystem running. So fill your yard and gardens with plants they love. Give up the pesticides already. Stop the love affair with vast green mowed-grass lawns. Create the habitat that pollinators need and desire. Go wild and go native. p Kathy Knotts is managing editor of CBM Bay Weekly. Reach her at editor@bayweekly.com.

CONTENTS BAY BULLETIN Missing Boater’s Body Recovered, Safeguard Against Boat Fires, Swimming the Potomac, Pool Fund Gets Boost, Studying the Severn Shoreline, Hospice Groups Join Forces, ACLT Acquires Farmland, Presidents on Exhibit, Trail Extension to Prince George’s ................................... 3 FEATURE Pollinator Week .............................11 BAY PLANNER ....................... 14 MOVIEGOER.......................... 17 CREATURE FEATURE .............. 18 GARDENING FOR HEALTH....... 18 SPORTING LIFE ..................... 19 MOON AND TIDES.................. 19

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Ernest Sigmon III was recovered from the Choptank River nearly six months after he disappeared from his boat off Plum Point. Photo: Nicole Sigmon, Bring Ernie Home/Facebook.

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rnest Sigmon III, 44, went out fishing in the Bay on Dec. 29, 2021 and was never seen again. His 25-foot Sportsman Open 252 was found circling off Plum Point in Calvert County. Ernie Sigmon’s disappearance prompted a large-scale search by police and other emergency responders, but also inspired thousands of people around the Chesapeake region to participate in the search. Volunteers walked beaches, searched by boat, and even flew personal aircraft overhead. Finally, nearly six months later, Sigmon’s body has been recovered from the Choptank River, across the Bay in Dorchester County. Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) said Monday that a concerned citizen called to report they’d found the victim’s body. NRP says they’ve been investigating throughout the six months he has been missing, using underwater imaging sonar technology. A Facebook group created for volunteers helping Sigmon’s family search for him, Bring Ernie Home, has more than 13,000 members. People posted fervent prayers daily that he would be found, and were still reporting in on the areas they’d searched as recently as Sunday. In January, Bay Bulletin walked the beach with the missing man’s children, Bella and Ernie Sigmon IV, searching for him in waders and cold-weather

gear. They vowed to keep up the search until he was found. After he was recovered on June 20, Sigmon’s father, Ernest Sigmon Jr., posted a statement to the Facebook group which read, in part, “After 173 days of this unimaginable tragedy, God has brought Ernie home to us. Our

Ernie Sigmon’s disappearance inspired thousands around the Chesapeake region to participate in the search. hope, faith, and strength has never been so extensively tested. Each and every day, we feel such a tremendous loss deep in our hearts. Ernie is so much more than a father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, boss, mentor; he was the one who supported so many of us to be the best version of our selves. Just when our hope and patience were waning, God answered our prayers to bring Ernie home.” Sigmon Jr. thanked volunteers for their knowledge, ideas, and support in the search. NRP says its investigation into Sigmon’s death is ongoing.

MARINA FIRES PROMPT CONCERNS ABOUT SHORE POWER BY CHERYL COSTELLO

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hen Bay Bulletin reported last week on two boat fires at marinas in the span of just three days, it was alarming to many boaters—especially those who plug their boats into shore power and those who sleep aboard. We went straight to a fire safety advocate to find out what the rest of us can do now to help prevent dangerous and destructive fires in the future. No one wanted to see the scary

sight on June 12: a fire at the end of an 800-foot-pier. A 42-foot powerboat caught fire at Great Oak Marina in Chestertown, on the Eastern Shore. It happened just three days after a marina fire at Podickory Point Yacht and Beach Club in Annapolis. In that fire, a total of five boats were damaged or destroyed. It was most likely caused by an electrical malfunction, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department believes. “At the dock, electricity is a predominant cause. A lot of times the boat isn’t built to optimum use for today. We use a lot more appliances,” says Captain John McDevitt, a former firefighter and longtime boat owner. McDevitt takes great interest in trying to keep boat owners safe. So we asked him for tips to keep our own boats (and marinas) fire-free. “I think care and maintenance is really important,” he tells us. “And if you don’t know what you’re doing with electricity, don’t try.” McDevitt keeps a number of tools on board, including an infrared heat sensor. “I use them a lot on electricity, and in this case, we have a shore power connection. You want it to be cool to the touch. You can set it—in this case it’s 67, 68 degrees, which is the ambient temperature and it’s not showing any problem,” he demonstrates. “If this is 10 or 15 degrees more than the ambient temperature, then you potentially have a problem you ought to look into.” The heat sensor costs about $75. The marine fire safety expert also showed us his boat’s second intake, where he says a number of fires can start. “This is the electrical intake spot where the electricity enters my boat and another connection between the shore power cord enters the boat. It’s a connection you want to make sure is complete; it’s in and it’s twisted.” McDevitt feels government agencies should do a better job of requiring fire detection equipment. He puts smoke alarms on all levels of the boat and in every stateroom. See FIRES on next page

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PETITION TO LIFT POTOMAC SWIM BAN GAINS MOMENTUM BY CHERYL COSTELLO

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he Washington, D.C., section of the Potomac River has made leaps and bounds in water quality over the past several years. But it’s still illegal to swim there without a special permit. Waterkeepers and water access advocates are pushing to change that, allowing people to enjoy Our Nation’s River. Bay Bulletin spoke to a pair of distance swimmers who just swam an incredible 20.5-mile stretch of the Potomac to draw attention to the cause. Andie Nelson and Brian Jaskot accomplished the open-water endurance swim in just over 10 hours. They want their swim to have a ripple effect, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and sending a message that D.C. waters are swimmable even though a swim ban remains in place. “I personally have been swimming in the Potomac for years,” says Nelson. “I have three little kids, so does Brian. We would not be swimming for 8 to 10 hours in this river if it wasn’t clean and was a risk to our health.” Jaskot says there is untapped potential for swimmers like them. “There are some good beaches on the river or proposed areas that are safe to get in. That would be great for recreation and

Two athletes took on a 20-mile endurance swim to call attention to Potomac River access issues. Photo: DC Marathon Swim Volunteers. for people who want to be in the water and live so close to it.” Local paddlers are also in support of lifting the ban. David Cottingham with the Washington Canoe Club has spent 40 years on the water in D.C. He took us out for a paddle, showing us the water-level view of the Key Bridge and the Washington Monument. “It’s like an escape from being in Washington.” And he’s quick to point out that there are others with the same idea. “The fact that all these people are out here, they wouldn’t be out here if the water

were still polluted. Forty years ago they weren’t out here,” he said. As we head into summer, Cottingham joins the Potomac Riverkeeper Network in asking D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to lift the swim ban. “D.C. is the only city in America that prohibits swimming because of their sewage discharges from their combined sewer system,” says Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks. “The bottom line is D.C. has no right to take this public resource away from the people it belongs to and say, ‘You can’t swim here

because we haven’t fixed our combined sewer system.’” A spokeswoman for D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) says, in part, “DOEE’s goal is to allow swimming in District waters. We are encouraged to see recent data indicating that the Potomac is often safe for swimming. To remove the swimming ban, DOEE is taking steps to update our regulations and water quality standards to be consistent with EPA’s most recent science and recommended standards.” The ban is the subject of a petition started by Potomac Riverkeeper Network to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. “We know that there are plenty of swimmable areas upwards of 60-70 percent of the time,” says Naujoks. The riverkeeper organization runs a water quality monitoring program, testing every week at 30 locations and reporting the numbers to a publicly-available swim guide. “I think the river is swimmable. The data show that. That doesn’t mean there are any facilities for people to swim,” points out Cottingham, going back to the water access issue. The ban does allow swimming events to take place through individual permits. Nelson and Jaskot’s unassisted swim was part of the D.C. Marathon Swim. “If people are able to get in and swim and enjoy the water, it would be hard not to then want to protect it,” Nelson says. Bay Bulletin will keep you updated if parts of the ban are lifted this summer.

Choptank Annapolis, which overlooks Ego Alley, is set to open in July. Photo: Atlas Restaurant Group.

The Leron Fisher Community Pool sports a mural by Future History Now, designed by Stephanie Baker and painted by youth from the Eastport community and Elevate Church. Photo: Future History Now.

New Ego Alley Restaurant’s Donation Helps Annapolis Community Pool Reopen BY KATHY KNOTTS

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“So if I’m running the boat, there is a smoke alarm under the helm. I don’t expect to have a fire up there. But if I’m running the boat and something goes wrong in the engine room, the alarm up

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he anticipated Annapolis location of the Choptank restaurant is due to open the first week of July in downtown. Situated on Ego Alley on Compromise Street, the second location of the restaurant owned by the Atlas Restaurant Group will have a similar concept to the Fells Point, Baltimore location but with “an elevated design and broader menu options,” says Atlas’ director of marketing and public rela-

tions, Joe Sweeney. “It is also much bigger than our Baltimore location.” The restaurant is already creating a buzz among those eager to dine there and also among members of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, thanks to a surprise $10,000 donation to their community pool. The City of Annapolis and Mayor Gavin Buckley’s office announced the conveyance of a grant directly to HACA

last week so that their community pool, in the neighborhood of Harbour House, can open and be operational for families this summer. “We had no idea it was coming,” says Melissa Maddox-Evans, HACA executive director. “I’m happy to accept it even though we haven’t received it yet.” Maddox-Evans says somewhere be-

on the bridge as well as the rest of them will say ‘smoke in the basement.’” Fire extinguishers should be accessible—mounted where you can see them— in places like the galley and near the exits. Boat owners should also know how to escape, because every minute counts.

“Ten minutes of fire burning freely without any kind of early warning detection makes that fire very difficult to handle and to escape from,” McDevitt says. No one was injured in the spread of the fire at Podickory Point. At Great Oak Landing, two people on the boat woke

up to the fire and were able to escape. If you’re unable to prevent a fire, McDevitt says detection (smoke detectors), suppression (extinguishers) and egression (an escape route) are the important points to make it out alive.

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tween $30,000 and $40,000 is needed to open the Leron Fisher Community Pool at Eastport Terrace. “The housing authority was hit hard throughout the pandemic,” she says. “Our operating reserves have dwindled… and we are at an income deficit. There’s been a flurry of activity concerning the pool. It’s summertime—people want the pool to open but there are issues that we have been talking about for almost two years. When you have less funds to operate, it impacts your programs and your operation. That includes the pool.” The Housing Authority had informed the City earlier this year that they were having difficulty funding the opening of the pool, due to fiscal constraints. Mayor Buckley dispatched senior advisor William Rowel to find out if funding could be covered through a direct grant from an area business or nonprofit. “We are thrilled to be able to play a small part in ensuring local families have a place to swim this summer,” said Alex Smith, President and CEO of the Atlas Restaurant Group. “Giving back to the community is a core value at Atlas Restaurant Group and something we will continue to do in Annapolis.” HACA has had to reduce staffing over the months and cut programs it previously was providing due to financial difficulty. “We knew opening the pool would be a challenge because of how costly it is to maintain a pool,” says Maddox-Evans. She says HACA was able to recently complete repair work and fix some of the plumbing issues at the pool and are now turning the focus to hiring staff. To raise the required funds to pay for staff, HACA developed a nonprofit arm. The Annapolis Housing and Community Redevelopment Corporation was created to assist in supporting resident programs and redevelopment activities. “We hope to be able to raise money to support the salaries of pool staff. Our longtime ‘pool man’ was reduced to part-time hours, so it’s difficult because he was also doing things like driving seniors to medical appointments and the grocery store. He was always the person to man the pool all day so we have had to shift staff. Then you layer these challenges with an overall shortage of lifeguards and it’s the perfect storm.” The Collaborative Supporting Youth has been instrumental with fundraising, even setting up a website (togetherisbest. org) with a PayPal link for donations. The Atlas donation and funds raised by CSY will help pay for pool-related operations, maintenance and staffing, but HACA’s funding is an ongoing challenge that comes at the expense of outdoor recreation. “What we’ve been saying for the last two years plus,” says Maddox-Evans, “It’s not just the pool—we’d like to have a baseball team, a basketball league, but we had to cut back because of our deficit crisis. The pool is on everyone’s minds now, we get it, but we’ve been dealing with it for quite some time.” Maddox-Evans says HACA aims to open the pool June 27 and, as of press time, had hired two lifeguards.

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healthy shoreline is home to abundant fish and wildlife. Learning what creatures live there is the goal of a new program by the Severn River Association. “What you get on shore is so much more exotic,” said Shoreline Census Project creator and SRA board member Jeff Schomig. “A lot of people don’t realize how much life there is on the river.” A new program developed by SRA brings residents to the shoreline to discover and study all of the creatures in the river’s shallows. Participants learn to appreciate how those creatures depend on the land-water interface to survive. Schomig developed the pilot project in the Ben Oaks and Round Bay communities last year with his son Jason. Now the full program is launching and involves more neighborhoods, from the source of the Severn to its mouth. Schomig, who grew up on the river, was looking for a way to get his own teenaged son in touch with the natural world just beyond their front door. “He really likes it,” he said. “That was a way to get him outdoors enjoying the river, and (becoming) aware of what happens on the river and right next to it.” “I like being on the water,” son Jason writes in an email. “I’ve grown up by the water and I’ve been fishing and boating on the Severn River since I was little. That’s one of my favorite parts of my life. I hope to always live near the water.” Some of the species that have already been netted (and returned to the water) include mummichog, bull minnows, Atlantic silversides, pipefish, gobies, blennies, largemouth bass, mosquito fish and even seahorses. The silversides in particular are a good harbinger for the Severn. “If you’re seeing silversides it probably tells you, at least, that your water quality isn’t terrible,” Schomig says. “Gobies and blennies can be good indicators, too,

because they tend to congregate near oyster reefs.” Surprisingly, the program has not caught any white perch yet. “We’re learning things about our river that the Department of Natural Resources didn’t know,” says Schomig. “A goal is to understand how species might vary through the year based on conditions and water quality.”

Participants drag a 12-by-4 foot seine net across the river bottom, and then drag it to shore to observe and record the catch. Then the animals are returned to the water. The process is straightforward. Participants drag a 12-by-4 foot seine net across the river bottom, and then drag it to shore to observe and record the catch. Then the animals are returned to the water. It’s an up-close look at why we need to keep waterways healthy and full of life. “I think people my age are a lot more focused on the environment than past generations because we’re the ones that will have to live with the consequences of climate change and the damage we’ve done,” Jason wrote. The SRA says this environmental education program has received quite a bit of interest from neighborhoods and hope to expand it even further next year. If your community is interested, email info@severnriver.org and put “Seine Net” in the subject line.


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Hospice of the Chesapeake Expands with Calvert Hospice BY MATTHEW LIPTAK

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ospice of the Chesapeake announced the finalization of its acquisition of Calvert Hospice Friday, June 17. Executive directors of both organizations said the move was a necessity as a result of economic and labor consequences of the pandemic. “The pandemic absolutely informed our board’s decision to pursue a partnership with a larger organization,” stated Calvert Hospice Executive Director Sarah Simmons in an email. “Staffing challenges exacerbated by COVID-19, as well as an increasingly challenging regulatory and reimbursement environment were key factors in deciding to pursue this acquisition. We’ve collaborated and shared best practices with Hospice of the Chesapeake for many years, and…Hospice of the Chesapeake was a natural choice.” Hospice of the Chesapeake Chief Executive Mike Brady agreed that COVID-19 was a strong factor in the acquisition. “The supply and staffing shortages we all experienced in 2020 and 2021, and in some cases continue to experience, made it clear that likeminded not-for-profit hospices needed to band together,” he wrote. “Better together is our new motto.” Hospice of the Chesapeake acquired

Sarah Simmons, executive director of Calvert Hospice, signs a formal acquisition agreement between Calvert Hospice and Hospice of the Chesapeake. Photo: Gladys Aguirre/Hospice of the Chesapeake Hospice of Charles County in 2020 and has doubled the number of patients cared for each day, Brady noted. Simmons said most of the staff from Calvert Hospice would transfer to Hospice of the Chesapeake, which is based in Pasadena. “As part of a larger not-forprofit organization, everyone involved, including patients, will benefit from a greater level of resources, economies of scale and collective bargaining opportunities ” stated Brady. “For example, team members now will have access to significantly larger options for health benefits.” Simmons and Brady say that patients and families should not notice any change in their quality of care. Simmons

“The supply and staffing shortages we all experienced in 2020 and 2021, and in some cases continue to experience, made it clear that likeminded not-for-profit hospices needed to band together” —MIKE BRADY, HOSPICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE CHIEF EXECUTIVE wrote that adjustments for more significant changes would be accomplished over the course of several months. Both directors stated that they had been fortunate to work alongside their hospice staff—a career that can be both very challenging and very rewarding, especially in recent times. “Even during the darkest days of the pandemic they never wavered, they never hesitated, and honestly, they stepped forward and asked ‘What more can we do?’” Brady wrote. “That is what commitment looks like, and I’m honored to work every day to support them.”

ACLT Acquires Historic Yoe Farm BY MICHAILA SHAHAN

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n June 6, the American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT), along with Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) added the last piece of the puzzle by purchasing the largest unprotected land left in the Parkers Creek watershed. The property, a 156-acre historic farm located near Prince Frederick, has passed from over a century of agriculture within the Yoe family into a future of endless preservation. ACLT hopes to connect this new addition to their other properties as well as monitor perhaps its most significant feature, Farr Creek, the longest tributary into Parkers Creek. Located on the western shore of the Bay, Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve, established in 1986, is a success story in the world of conservation. Boasting 20 miles of hiking trails through 3,000 acres of permanently protected woodlands, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says testing “indicates that it is one of the healthiest streams on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.” “The unique ecology of its nearly prisSee FARM on next page

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Top: A map of the ACLT properties. Bottom: Parkers Creek in Calvert County. Map and photo: ACLT. FARM from page 7

tine wetlands and forests supports an array of rare, threatened and endangered species, as well as some of our favorite wildlife such as beavers, bald eagles and otters. Parkers Creek has been called the Chesapeake Bay in miniature,” DNR states. Thanks to its protection by ACLT and the DNR, the preserved land has maintained much of the originality of its marsh landscape, unobstructed by human development. ACLT Executive Director Greg Bowen says, “it’s a place throughout our community that people can observe and experience wild land; that wild lands exist.” Bowen says that ACLT has been working to form a “square box” of protection around the watershed for over 35 years. “The Yoe property forms the last corner in the box” he said. With the addition of the Yoe farm property, it will now be possible to monitor and practice testing in Farr Creek that runs through the territory, the longest tributary that adjoins Parkers Creek. The new tract will also provide ACLT with more space to expand and connect the public hiking trails which run through the other properties. “The bones are there,” says Bowen. “In five to ten years, we will be able to hike from the Yoe property to Saint John Vianney, east to the Bay overlook, south to the south side trailhead.”

The preserved land has maintained much of the originality of its marsh landscape, unobstructed by human development. ACLT Executive Director Greg Bowen says, “it’s a place throughout our community that people can observe and experience wild land.” “A lot of folks come here to experience nature,” he says. “They say ‘I can go to this place and walk hours for hours, and never retrace my steps’. The Parkers Creek Preserve is becoming that.” Bowen is excited for the public to be able to experience the special landscape within the property. “There’s a stairstep of meadows that rises up to a point on the eastern end of the property. It really is beautiful.”


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Hotel Exhibit Highlights Forgotten Presidents BY JUDY COLBERT

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he United States had 14 presidents before George Washington. Surprised? Then a visit to The Westin Annapolis hotel on West Street is suggested. The Hall of Presidents Before Washington exhibit at the hotel highlights the 14 presidents who ran the country under the Continental Congress, our first governing body beginning in 1774. The Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 and the Constitution in 1789—George Washington was not inaugurated until April 30, 1789. As a life-long area resident, I don’t recall studying these men—although some of their names are familiar—who led our country beginning with Peyton Randolph 1774 and ending with Cyrus Griffin in 1789. In between were Henry Middleton, Randolph (again), John Hancock, Henry Laurens, John Jay, Samuel Huntington, Thomas McKean, John Hanson, Elias Boudinot, Thomas Mifflin, Richard H. Lee, Nathaniel Gorham, and Arthur St. Clair. They each served about a year at a time as president of the Continental Congress or later, the Congress of the

Guests at The Westin Annapolis Hotel tour the Hall of Presidents Before Washington exhibit. Photo: Mark Croatti. Confederation under the Articles of Confederation. Hanson, a merchant and public official, was the only Marylander who served in this position. You’re excused if you don’t know about the men or the display. Brothers Sam, Steve, and George Brown, Annapolis-based attorneys, have been trying to

tell these stories for years and are responsible for the exhibit. It’s so unknown that even some hotel employees don’t know about it or how these men participated in our country’s development. The exhibit is a free, self-guided experience enhanced by signed documents, color portraits, and information panels

that tell the story of those who governed the United States before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. Attended by generations of descendants of McKean and Hanson, the exhibit was installed at the Westin in 2017 See PRESIDENTS on next page

Peyton Randolph

Henry Middleton

John Hancock

Henry Laurens

John Jay

Samuel Harrington

John Hanson

Elias Boudinot

Thomas Mifflin

Richard H. Lee

Nathaniel Gorham

Arthur St. Clair

Thomas McKean

Cyrus Griffin

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New Bridge Links WB&A Trails BY MATTHEW LIPTAK

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t’s “huge,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman. It’s “fantastic,” said Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Local officials were praising the latest step in connecting a recreational trail from Anne Arundel County to Prince George’s County. Work now begins on the construction of the WB&A Trail Bridge spanning the Patuxent River in Odenton. Local leaders and cyclists celebrate the groundbreaking of the bridge over the Patuxent River on the WB&A Trail. Photos: John Martin.

“It was very, very exciting,” said Korin, who was at the groundbreaking last week. “Pedestrians, cyclists and runners from both sides of the river were celebrating this. We were waiting so long. Design was completed a couple years ago.” The 550-foot bridge will not only connect the WB&A to trails in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County, but is the “missing link”, according to the Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation, for regional

The 550-foot bridge will not only connect the WB&A to trails in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County, but is the “missing link”, according to the Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation, for regional trails.

trails. The WB&A Trail is considered a component of the larger East Coast Greenway, the 911 Memorial Trail and the American Discovery Trail. A representative from the East Coast Greenway trail, Daniel Paschall, who lives in Philadelphia, even came down to the event to celebrate the groundbreaking. “He took the train to Odenton with his folding bike and rode to the site,” Korin said. The $6.75 million bridge project is expected to be completed next year. Ac-

cording to Anne Arundel County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, it is largely funded by a federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant. Although the potential for pedal-powered travel and adventure is expanding,

and includes portraits of the men and laser reproductions of 14 related documents pertaining to the events. Eleven of these papers are signed as president. Mark Croatti, who teaches public policy and comparative politics at the University of Maryland, the U.S. Naval Academy, and George Washington University, is the director of the exhibit. The accompanying website is a great resource to learn (or refresh your memory) about such items as the First American Republic, the other U.S. capitals before Washington (Philadelphia,

Baltimore, Lancaster, York, Princeton, Annapolis, Trenton, and New York), the Treaty (treaties) of Paris, Pre-Constitutional conventions, and an online Secrets of American History quiz that will prepare you for your Jeopardy! audition. “It is the hope of the Brown brothers that the display someday motivates the city or state to create a Pre-Constitution Center, similar to what Philadelphia has done with the Constitution Center, where the entire Articles of Confederation period could be taught to visitors, including the unicameral

much of the county’s focus has also been to change the daily commute in light of climate change. “I’m convinced that trail use will grow as we build these connections, both for fun and to get where people need to be,” Pittman wrote in an email. “We think of trails as a place for recreation and exercise, but our county’s transportation plan, Move Anne Arundel, calls for a connected network designed to be used for transportation as well, and we know that much of our traffic crosses county lines. The Patuxent crossing is an essential connection for the WB&A Trail, connecting our network to Prince George’s and D.C. That’s huge for us.” Korin agrees an integrated trail network means more cyclists, runners and pedestrians can get to work, reducing carbon emissions from vehicles and easing congested roads. “As we make these connections more and more, we’ll be able to commute to Bowie State, to Fort Meade, ” he said. “The more we use these connections, the more people will stop using their cars and use bikes— whether it’s getting food, going to doctors appointments, or to work.” p

PRESIDENTS from page 9

“It is the hope that the display someday motivates the city or state to create a Pre-Constitution Center, similar to what Philadelphia has done with the Constitution Center.” —MARK CROATTI, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PUBLIC POLICY TEACHER

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Congress and the 14 who presided over it between 1774-1788,” says Croatti. “However, neither the city nor the state has shown interest in doing so since the exhibit was created at the Westin in 2017, and that’s where things have stood since then.” Private tours and lectures to schools, civic, and other groups are available by contacting Croatti. The Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis: presidentsbeforewashington.org


Nature’s MVPs: Most Valuable

POLLINATORS B Y K AT H Y K N O T T S

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HAT’S THE BUZZ in Chesapeake Country? The birds and the bees know. And the butterflies and bats. June 20 through 26 is National Pollinator Week, an annual event to celebrate pollinator health and spread awareness on how we can protect these important creatures. Somewhere between 75 and 95 percent of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination—they need pollinators, says Pollinator Partnership, the organization behind National Pollinator Week (pollinator.org). Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1,200 crops. That means that one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add $217 billion to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between $1.2 and $5.4 billion in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife. The Maryland Park Service is celebrating its 15th anniversary of its Park Quest program with pollinator-themed missions in state parks. So, we sent writer Molly Weeks Crumbley on a Park Quest to Calvert Cliffs. But before we sent Molly off on her quest (see page 12), we wanted to learn more about why pollinators are important and what we can do to keep them buzzing and flitting. Heather Wheatley is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, certified professional horticulturist, and director of education at Homestead Gardens. Wheatley’s job is to build an army of gardeners and educators who know what she knows—namely how native plants can help save pollinators. The following is an abbreviated Q&A of her conversation with CBM Bay Weekly Editor Kathy Knotts. Q: Why do we need pollinators; how do they contribute to the planet? A: So, a caterpillar (moth) does the job of pollinating at night, but during the day it also feeds birds. So, there’s a circle of pollinators and their young being attracted to plants, which not only provides food for us, but it provides food for our regional animals. Things like grubs become pollinators, but also feed lots of meat-eating animals. Attracting pollinators and promoting biodiversity connects all the parts of the food chain, from animal to human. Q: What are some other pollinators we may not know about? A: Everyone loves the monarch (butterfly), it’s beautiful and romantic, and it’s what we have learned a pollinator looks like. But we don’t want just one species doing the work of pollinating. We need dozens—even the ones that aren’t pretty, like the hover fly, bats, and nighttime moths. If the only time you see a moth is when it’s a caterpillar and you freak out and crush it—you have just reduced the pollination night shift. It is essential for us to have pollinators working round the clock. Our county (Anne Arundel) is almost half farmland, if you don’t have pollinators, we don’t have food. Q. What kinds of obstacles do pollinators face? A: People don’t like bees, they freak out,

"We spray chemicals on our weeds, and when winged pollinators or egg layers pass over that lawn or garden, we are essentially nuking them." —HEATHER WHEATLEY, CERTIFIED CHESAPEAKE BAY LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL they get scared of them. The percentage of people actually allergic to bees is really small but people who are just afraid of them will say they are allergic to justify killing them. Ants are considered a nuisance but they are pollinators, too. A big problem is our pesticide use. We spray chemicals on our weeds, and when winged pollinators or egg layers pass over that lawn or garden, we are essentially nuking them. Even organic chemicals can knock out a lot of pollinators when airborne. Q: How can we help pollinators? A: I have three main suggestions.

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Redefine what a beautiful yard looks like. Consider an alternative

Heather Wheatley

to grass in your lawn. Your lawn is a monoculture, it’s one kind of plant and it doesn’t offer any biodiversity. Try planting bee grass, a combination of plants you can still mow—if that’s what your Saturday looks like to you. It includes clover and other foraging plants that bees like. Or in early spring when the first pollinators are coming out, commit to No Mow May. Pollinators need to set flowers for the season, they need the clover, the dandelion—most of those early perennial weeds are what they are looking for, they are desperate for them. Consider even just giving up one section of your yard to not mowing.

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Integrate your ornamental gardens with natives and nativars. Plant a good selection of choice pollinating plants. Some plants do double-duty, providing food for pollinators but also stormwater management. Plant ornamental grasses, too, because you need a place for winged things to shelter in place quickly, somewhere for them to hide. Shop at an independent garden center with an educated staff, they have gone through a rigorous training program for identification and they can help you pick out the right plants. Do your research before you shop: visit millionpollinatorgardens.org

and input your zip code for a list of native plants for your region. You don’t have to go all native, small steps count. Then register your garden on that site and you get a sign for your yard. When your neighbors see how beautiful your yard is and see that sign, they are going to want to do this.

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Don’t be so tidy in the fall and cut everything back. A lot of pollinators go inside the plant’s tube and overwinter there, laying eggs, or raising their young. Maybe tidy up like 70 percent of the yard, but leave some of those remnants in the garden. Birds will eat the seeds from what remains of echinacea or black-eyed Susans. It’s beautiful for you, too. It’s magnificent to see ice-covered plants in winter, they are like garden sculptures. So, you get another season of interest for yourself while supporting the pollinators. Want more ideas for Pollinator Week? Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian hosts a pollinator program every Wednesday. Join staff and volunteers (8-11am) at the Emory Waters Nature Preserve and learn about native perennials that support our native butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. (More at jugbay.org).

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On a Quest for Planet’s Most Important Species C

S T O RY & P H O T O S B Y M O L LY W E E K S C RU M B L E Y age families to visit their state parks and learn about the natural wonders around them. While rangers originally led many of the quests, which required registration, many are now in a selfguided format that allows participants more flexibility when making their quest travel plans. This year, 19 parks have quests available through October, and there are also bonus monthly quests and pick-a-park quests to choose from. Any team to complete 12 or more quests is eligible for a prize drawing in November. Here in Chesapeake Country, there are a handful of state parks participating in Park Quest: Sandy Point in Anne Arundel County, Point Lookout in St. Mary’s County, and Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County. To learn more, my family and I decided to team up and give Park Quest a try.

an you name a pollinator other than a honeybee? I know I must have learned about pollination in school, but it’s not something I really gave much thought to as I grew up. Sure, I admired a flower in bloom or a butterfly as it flitted past, but I didn’t appreciate how important pollinators were until I began homeschooling my son a few years ago. As he and I delved into natural science together, our studies led us to the different life cycles of animals, insects, and plants. We ordered a butterfly house and a few cups of caterpillars to tend to and I promptly fell in love with them. The more we learned together, the more I realized how important pollinators were, and not just our annual Painted Lady butterfly family members. We learned that tons of other creatures were pollinators, too. “Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and bees are all pollinators,” explains the Maryland Park Service on their website. “They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot.” That may not sound like much, but it turns out we would be doomed without our flower-crazy creatures.

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SURVIVAL STORY

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ollinators are, in fact, integral to the survival of all species on the planet. “Pollination is not just fascinating natural history. It is an essential ecological survival function,” states the United States Forest Service. “Without pollinators, the human race and all of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems would not survive.” When insects and animals participate in pollination, they help plants reproduce and grow, which in turn helps create food sources, contributes to the production of oxygen, purifies water, and prevents damaging erosion. In other words, little creatures make a huge impact. Two years after falling down a rabbit hole of pollination information, my family has taken some steps to make our backyard space more inviting to them. In addition to the little vegetable garden that we already had, we created a small pollinator garden using native plants.

The author’s son releasing this year’s Painted Lady butterflies. As our coneflowers, goldenrod, milkweed, and black-eyed Susans grew and bloomed, we were shocked at the sheer number of creatures who were attracted. My son and I started spending mornings in the yard to watch the different butterflies, bees, beetles, and hummingbirds who came by for a drink. So far, we have identified over 30 different species just in our own yard and my neighbors are used to seeing me crawling around the dirt with a camera to snap bug pictures.

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nfortunately, I have come to learn that many pollinators are in de-

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cline as they lose habitats to disease, drought, and human development. Fortunately, places like land preserves and parks play a big role in protecting and celebrating our pollinators, and here in Maryland we have lots of those spaces. As the Maryland Department of Natural Resources states, “One of the main reasons for pollinator decline is the loss of habitat. Maryland State Parks are a great place to learn more about pollinators and the important habitats that support them.​” To that end, the Maryland Park Service is going a step further and celebrating the humble pollinator in their 15th year of the popular Park Quest program. This year’s theme: Parks for Pollinators. Maryland park managers established Park Quest in 2008 as a way to encour-

y husband, son and I headed to Calvert Cliffs over Father’s Day weekend for our inaugural quest. The Calvert Cliffs activity, dubbed Pollinator-Palooza, is a self-guided scavenger hunt. “Your quest is to walk the red trail, making careful observations of the plants, their pollinators, and the results of their pollination. Snap pictures of your observations and upload them to iNaturalist for identification assistance. Good luck & happy observing!” The free plant and animal identification app, iNaturalist, was created by the National Geographic Society and the California Academy of Science. It’s readily available on all major smartphones and devices and can help identify and share information about species all over the world. My newfound interest in insects and plants already had me using iNaturalist on my phone, so preparation for our quest was extremely easy. Once the three of us donned hiking boots and sun hats, we were good to go. Calvert Cliffs is a designated wildlife area encompassing 1,079 acres for hiking and nature appreciation. It’s home to several hiking trails, but the red trail deservedly gets most of the glory.


iNaturalist entries submitted on the Calvert Cliffs Pollinator-Palooza quest. One of the most popular trails in the park, it leads hikers through 3.6 beautiful miles through woods and marshes before ending on a small windy beach on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. That’s the trail we headed for, our ever-energetic 9-year-old bounding ahead of us to lead the way. The weather was unseasonably cool and breezy, making for extremely pleasant hiking conditions. As we walked towards the beach, we could hear the chirping and croaking of frogs and birds around us, and we encountered several animals, insects, and plants to identify in iNaturalist.

This year, 19 parks have quests available through October, and there are also bonus monthly quests and pick-a-park quests to choose from.

The prettiest spot on the hike was undoubtedly the stretch of water lilyfilled wetlands, a serene marsh that also yielded our highest species count. After uploading our pictures to the app at home later, our full list of identifications included white-tailed deer, toothy skinks, pond sliders, painted turtles, American white water lilies, whorled coreopsis, lizard’s tail plants, and a summer azure butterfly. Our Pollinator-Palooza quest was extremely simple to accomplish, but that simplicity encouraged us to get out in the woods and pay closer attention to our surroundings as we went.

My family plans to seek out some of the other quest areas nearby to see how many we can accomplish in the coming months. We always enjoy time hiking, but we aren’t always good about making time to do it. Park Quest might just be the motivation we need to set aside dedicated time in nature together in a low-key and enjoyable way. If your family or friends want to team up to try it yourself, there’s still plenty of time to see what Maryland’s state parks hold. Learn more at: dnr.maryland.gov/ parkquest/Pages/Home.aspx. Maybe we’ll see you out there! p

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flies). 7:30-8:30pm, Whitemarsh Park, Bowie: 301-809-3086.

River Concert Series The Chesapeake Orchestra and its music director Jeffrey Silberschlag present this family friendly music festival, opening with the works of the Old World by Dvorak, Brahams, Strauss and more. 7pm, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, free: smcm.edu/river-concert.

Fridays at the Captain’s Hear music by Chesapeake troubadour (and editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine) Jefferson Holland. 7-9pm, Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side, $15 w/discounts: captainaverymuseum.org.

Community Event Watch as screenwriter and producer Rodney Barnes is given a key to the City of Annapolis, followed by a special screening of Winning Time and a Q&A. 7pm, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, free, RSVP: marylandhall.org.

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Music by Three of a Kind THURSDAY JUNE 23

Outdoor Archaeology Labs Join archaeologists to process artifacts found on sites across Prince George’s County. Participants will get their hands dirty while cleaning and identifying these discoveries. Each event also features a game or activity, like atlatl spear throwing, 3D pottery mending, and tours of the scenic property (ages 8+). 1-3pm, Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, Upper Marlboro, $7 w/discounts, RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/2p88bv3c.

Tie Dye Night Explore various techniques to create a masterpiece; bring your own shirt/ material or purchase a Summer Reading t-shirt. 5:30-6:30pm, Edgewater Library, RSVP: aacpl.net.

KIDS Take Apart Workshop

Maritime Museum, Eastport, $10 donation: amaritime.org.

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6-9pm, WheelHouse Beer Garden, North Beach: threeofakindmusic.com.

Harbor Queen Hoedown The Summer Knights Band kicks off summer with a country music boat cruise on Watermark’s Harbor Queen. 7-9pm, City Dock, Annapolis, $45, RSVP: watermarkjourney.com/events/ harbor-queen-hoedown.

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Darrell Scott in Concert W/ Robbie Fulks. 8pm, Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis, $35, RSVP: ramsheadonstage.com. FRIDAY JUNE 24

KIDS CD Mosaics Family groups create shiny animals out of CDs. 10-11am, Annmarie Garden, Solomons, $5/person, $10/kit, RSVP: annmariegarden.org.

Use elbow grease and ingenuity to take apart old technology to see how it works (grades 4-8). 6:30pm, Fairview Library, Owings, RSVP: 410-257-2101.

Lalah Hathaway in Concert Two shows. 6:30pm & 9:30pm, Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis, $79.50, RSVP: ramsheadonstage.com.

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Honey Sol performs; bring lawn seating; no coolers. 7-8:30pm, Annapolis

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JUNE 24 & 25

Great American Campout Enjoy a rare opportunity to sleep under the stars at one of the county’s park properties. Spend your evening hiking, making s’mores over a campfire, and stargazing. Park Rangers will provide a nature program Saturday morning before breaking camp. Participants must supply their own camping equipment and meals (recommended gear list will be provided). Prepackaged s’mores supplies, light snacks and drinks will be provided. F 6pm-Sa 11am, choose from South River Farm Park, Edgewater (Active Net #29229); or Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena (Active Net #29230); $5, RSVP: https://anc.apm. activecommunities.com/aarecparks. SATURDAY JUNE 25

Paper Shredding Calvert County residents only. 9am-1pm, Appeal Landfill, Lusby: CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle

Join wildlife photography safari leader and Virginia Master Naturalist, Barbara Saffir to learn how to stalk your best wildlife photos. All cameras welcome, including cell phones, but long lenses are best for bird photography. Be prepared to walk 2-3 miles (ages 16+). 9:30am-12:30pm, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, $10, RSVP: jugbay.org.

KIDS Fairies in the Woods Learn how fairies use natural elements to build their homes, then build your own out of scavenged materials. 10-11am, South River Farm Park, Edgewater, RSVP: 410-222-1978.

Interactive Nature Hike Share your passion and knowledge of plants and animals as you traverse about 1 mile of the Forest Trail. Topics include the history of North Tract, the role and importance of pollinators, the ecology and biodiversity within a forest habitat (ages 10+). 10-11:30am, Patux-

ent Research Refuge, Laurel, RSVP: 301-497-5887.

Painting in the Garden Program begins by examining a Peale painting, then a workshop en plein air with Maryland Hall teaching artists. 10am-12:30pm, Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, free, RSVP: 410-2634683 x10.

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Family Pottery Learn about the earliest forms of pottery and the indigenous culture that produced it thru demos and hands-on learning. 10:30am-12:30pm, Historic St. Mary’s City, $25 w/discounts, RSVP: donna.bird@maryland.gov.

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Eastport A Rockin’ Celebrate local music at this homegrown music festival featuring over 30 bands on 4 stages and nonstop tunes; Food and drink vendors on site; proceeds benefit local nonprofits. 11am-8pm, Back Creek at the end of Second Street, Eastport, $30 w/discounts: eastportarockin.com.

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Railroad Discovery Day Discover the world of the railroad with games, crafts, and storytime. Noon-4pm, Bowie Railroad Museum, 8614 Chestnut Ave., free: 301-809-3089.

Drink Maryland: North Beach Sample locally made craft beverages and shop for handmade gifts at this open-air market; food trucks on site. Noon-5pm, 5th and Bay Avenue, North Beach, tasting pass wristbands $25 w/ discounts: https://bit.ly/3xGzBx5.

KIDS Toy Boat Building Toy boat building, sponsored by the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, has been part of the museum for over 30 years; ideal for ages 5+, activity takes place outdoors in the Corbin Nature Pavilion. 1-4pm, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, museum admission plus $2/ boat: calvertmarinemuseum.com.

KIDS Summer Splash Calvert Library presents a free family concert with Grammy-nominated musician and author Pierce Freelon, sign up for the reading program, dine at food trucks, enjoy kids activities, visit the Fishmobile and the bookmobile; free t-shirts. 2-6pm, Annmarie Garden, Solomons, free: calvertlibrary.info.

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The Company at MC3 presents June 25: Drink Maryland: North Beach Woman, a contemporary/modern dance production following a timeline of women rising in the political world from the 1920s to present. 7:30pm, Annapolis High School, free, RSVP: MC3Annapolis.org. JUNE 25 & 26

Jug Bay BioBlitz Join Jug Bay staff and naturalists for the first blitz at the preserve; Volunteers work in expert-led teams in 3-hour shifts to find, identify, and record as many species as possible during the 24-hour period. No prior training or experience necessary (ages 8+). Sa noon-Su noon, Emory Waters Nature Preserve, Lothian, free, RSVP: jugbay.org. SUNDAY JUNE 26

Wilderness 101 Learn about navigation and what to do if you get lost in the wild; weekly series held in youth group camping area. 1-3pm, Kinder Farm Park, Millersville, $3, RSVP: rpover11@aacounty.org.

Music by Three of a Kind 2-6pm, Skipper’s Pier Restaurant, Deale: threeofakindmusic.com.

Bayside Summer Concert Series Dean Crawford & Dunn’s River Band play country music. 6-8pm, Downs Park, Pasadena, free: 410-222-6230.

City Dock Summer Series City Dock Fiesta. 6-9pm, Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis, Facebook @AiPPCAnnapolis.

Sunday Sunset Series The Baywinds Band plays. 7-8pm, Allen Pond Park, Bowie, free: cityofbowie.org.

Summer Studio Series Singer-songwriter Ryan Webster and his wife Bri Webster perform; beer and wine cash bar. 7:30pm, Live Arts Studio, Westfield Mall, Annapolis, $15, RSVP: liveartsmd.ticketspice.com/ryan-webster.

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KIDS Storytime Outside

KIDS Fairy Tale Fun

KIDS Little Minnows

Join Calvert Library for outdoor stories, songs and some socially distanced fun; bring blankets. 10-10:45am, Wetlands Overlook Park, North Beach: RSVP: http://CalvertLibrary.info.

Hear a story and make a craft (ages 3-8). 10-11am, Belair Mansion, Bowie, free: 301-809-3089.

Preschoolers (ages 3-5yrs) join in story time and a carryout craft on the theme of Chesapeake ABC. 10:15am & 11:15am, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, $9 w/discounts, RSVP: calvertmarinemuseum.com.

TUESDAY JUNE 28

Artificial Intelligence 101 Engage in conversations and handson learning in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. 6:30-7:30pm, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, RSVP: CalvertLibrary.info.

Virtual History Lecture Historian Glenn Campbell profiles four Maryland patriots who signed the Declaration. 7:30pm, $15, RSVP for Zoom link: annapolis.org.

KIDS Lil Pirates Preschoolers (ages 3-4) become a pirate for the day and look for hidden treasure (also June 30 for ages 5-7). 10-11am, Historic St. Mary’s City, $10 w/discounts, RSVP: donna.bird@maryland.gov.

KIDS Junior Beach Patrol Think you’ve got what it takes to be on the Beach Patrol? Learn about water safety and water rescue techniques in fun drills with the lifeguards; all participants must know how to swim (ages 7-12). 2-4pm, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, $4 admission fee, RSVP: 410-974-2149.

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Children (K-5th grade) build confidence by reading aloud with teens in a safe and welcoming space, stuffed animals welcome, too. 6:30-7:30pm, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, RSVP: CalvertLibrary.info.

KIDS Reading Buddies

Children (K-5th grade) build confidence by reading aloud with teens in a safe and welcoming space, stuffed animals welcome, too. 6:30-7:30pm, Solomons Branch, Calvert Library, RSVP: CalvertLibrary.info.

Café Scientifique Learn about native orchid conservation through citizen science with Dr. Neil Jacobs, chief scientist, Unified Forecast System, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. 6:15pm, 49 West Coffeehouse, Annapolis, RSVP: 410-626-9796.

Tides & Tunes The John Frase Project performs; bring lawn seating; no coolers. 7-8:30pm, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Eastport, $10 donation: amaritime.org. p

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BY DIANA BEECHENER

Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer, Dale Soules, and Chris Evans in Lightyear.

Lightyear

A space ranger learns he’s not the only intelligent life in the universe IN THEATERS

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n a mission to begin a settlement far away from Earth, Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans: Free Guy) is woken from hyper sleep by the computer’s artificial intelligence. There’s an unexplored planet that might be a perfect locale to establish a colony. Buzz and his commanding officer Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba: National Champions) decide they should explore. When they’re greeted with some angry vines and giant bugs, Hawthorne and Buzz make the quick decision that this might not be the dream planet for humans. They leave in a rush, damaging the ship as they flee. Their fuel processors are ruined and so are their chances of flight. Now, they’re stuck with the bugs and the vines. Since never surrender is Buzz’s motto, he volunteers to test new fuel until they find something that could work in the main ship. Each time he goes into space to test the hyper fuel, it seems like minutes to Buzz, but it’s years on the planet. After five missions, he’s barely a year older, but Hawthorne has grey hair. Can Buzz save his mission? Or is time really passing him by? Let’s get this out of the way now: Lightyear is not the story of how Andy got his beloved action figure in Toy Story, it’s the movie that spawned the toy Andy received for his birthday. As such, Lightyear has very little to do with the Toy Story universe but is more of a summer blockbuster that would have dominated in the mid-‘90s (this was the decade of Armageddon, Independence Day, and Deep Impact). With Pixar’s usual blend of beautiful visuals and clever storytelling, Lightyear is a fun sci-fi adventure. It’s also the first Pixar film Disney has opened in theaters in over two years. Director Angus MacLane (Finding Dory) balances humor and character growth via action sequences beautifully. There’s plenty of space ranger shenanigans,

including a dizzy chase sequence, but in typical Pixar fashion, all that fun comes with a message that both adults and children can benefit from. Buzz must deal with himself and learn how to ask for help before he has any chance of breaking the very literal cycle he’s repeating. At the heart of the film is a great performance from Evans, who’s certainly had experience playing all-American heroes. While he gets a few of the classic Toy Story lines in, this is not the Buzz from that franchise. Instead of a brash but loveable idiot, Evans’ Buzz is more stubbornly competent. There’s a sense that he believes he’s doing the best thing for everyone, even when

he’s refusing the help of those around him. Evans makes that trait both Buzz’s greatest strength and crippling weakness. It’s interesting to compare that to the Tim Allen-voiced Buzz, who is more than willing to draw the other toys into his crazy schemes. There’s also an adorable creature to keep both kids and adults entertained. SOX the robotic cat (voiced by Pixar director Peter Sohn) is hilarious and charming. Think of him as HAL with furballs. He coughs up many of the laughs in the movie (as well as a few darts and a laser). While the movie is fun, and there are plenty of Easter eggs to keep Pixar fans guessing, the film itself lacks some of the wry meta-humor that Pixar is known for. Since Pixar is under the same umbrella as Marvel and Disney, this reviewer was shocked that there was no commentary on how

big action movies love their product placement or intellectual property references. I was expecting at least a few jibes at the marketing that often overtakes blockbuster movies, but none was to be found. Lightyear didn’t have the same emotional impact for me that Wall-E, Up, or Toy Story did. I was told by my moviegoing buddy that it did for him, and I was being too picky (which is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of this job), but I maintain that Lightyear was emotionally a bit of a lightweight. Still, with a fun fresh take on the Buzz Lightyear origin story and a winning cast of quirky characters, Lightyear is probably the best blockbuster I’ve seen this year. With apologies to all the Top Gun fanatics, this critic would rather look to infinity and beyond than retread the highway to the danger zone. Good Animation * PG * 100 mins.

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CREATURE FEATURE

STORY AND PHOTO BY WAYNE BIERBAUM

Luna Moths: Jewels of the Night

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hen I was about 8 years old, my family took a rustic vacation to a cabin located on the banks of Blue Run, the river formed by the Silver Springs in Florida. Silver Springs pours out 70-degree water year-round and is known for its clear water and was used for the making of six Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies. Because of swimming, fishing, exploring and the wildness of the land, I enjoyed that vacation immensely. Yet one thing that I remember most about that vacation was a remarkable animal early one morning. I have always been an early riser, which probably stressed out my parents, as I would wake up to read or explore before the sun came up, around 5:30 a.m. in the summer. When we were on vacation, I got up even earlier. On the second day of this particular vacation, I woke up early because the riverside was so noisy with animal sounds. It was a damp morning and as the sun started to come up, there was dew sparkling everywhere, on the grasses, on the leaves and all around. As I walked to the edge of the river, hanging on a tall, thick clump of grass was a giant green moth. The biggest moth I had ever seen, sparkling with droplets of dew. I still remember how excited and stunned I was to find this jewel of a creature. I got everyone up to show them. My father, who had been a state park ranger, explained that it was a Luna moth and that it would be alive for about a week—I think my family went back to bed after that. Each time I see a Luna moth I remember that first magical encounter.

Luna moths are one of the largest moths in North America. They have a wingspan of 3 to (rarely) 7 inches. They are a species of silk moths that weaves a silky thread cocoon around itself as it goes from caterpillar to pupa stage. They are only found in North America and are uncommon west of the Mississippi River. The name is derived from Luna, the Roman moon goddess. The caterpillar lives off the leaves of certain deciduous trees; white birch, hickory, sweet gum and persimmon. There are five stages of growth for the caterpillar to reach pupa stage. In the southern range, Luna moths develop, from egg to adult, in about 9 weeks. They can go through three generations in a year. In their northern range, they go through one life cycle a year and the pupa form spends 9 months hidden in leaf litter over the winter to then emerge as an adult in the spring. The female adult moths attach themselves to trees suitable for hungry caterpillars and at night attract males with their pheromones. After mating, the moths lay their eggs throughout the tree and in 7 to 10 days, the eggs hatch. Within a week, the adult dies. There are two interesting features of adult moths. The first is that they have no mouthparts and do not feed or drink at all during their week of having wings. The second feature is that they have long fluttering tails on their wings. Research shows that the moth’s primary predator, bats, find it difficult to echolocate the moths with the tails attached. The bats were almost 100 percent accurate in capturing them

when the tails were removed versus 65 percent with tails. Luna moths are common in our area in early to mid-June and are attracted

to lights at night. Their sightings do seem to coincide with the full moon. Hopefully, you will get to see this green jewel of the night skies. p

GARDENING FOR HEALTH

BY MARIA PRICE

Learning from Beavers

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or many years now, we’ve heard discouraging evidence about one of our favorite butterflies, the monarch. When I first started my nursery over 40 years ago, monarch butterflies were everywhere in my garden. In the last few decades, the news has been about their declining populations. Sometimes when we hear discouraging environmental information, we feel helpless as far as making a difference. The plight of the monarchs led to a campaign to grow more milkweed in our yards for the monarchs to dine on. If you have grown just one milkweed, you should congratulate yourself. The Weather Channel’s Chip Taylor monitors monarch butterfly populations. He has reported a 35 percent increase in high-density patches of monarch butterflies since 2018. The environment is very resilient and we as individuals can help improve it.

This past week, I was fortunate to attend Beaver Con, a conference about not only beaver management but also climate resilience through naturebased solutions. One of the speakers at the conference was Bryan Hummel from the Environmental Protection Agency. Hummel’s presentation was on using the “brilliance of the beavers” across a variety of land uses. Beavers, a keystone species, were nearly trapped to extinction. Much scientific research is being done to prove that this darling rodent can help. Beavers are climate change warriors. Their ponds can fix carbon, increase groundwater, provide habitat for other species, increase biodiversity and create hydrologic complexity. One of our most important climate challenges is access to water. If you want to grow food, getting adequate water is a key concern.

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Photo: Dick Slipp/Beaver Institute. Beavers restore wetlands to their disconnected streams. Wetlands store groundwater and can denitrify water to be released to larger bodies of water like the Chesapeake Bay. In fire-prone areas in the Rocky Mountains where beavers live, their complexes showed low or no burn in 89 percent of the landscapes. Peaceful co-existence can be attained to prevent beaver dam flooding with inexpensive devices made from plastic

piping and goat fencing. We should be concerned about things like drought, floods, giant storms and wildfires. They are becoming the new normal and we should be paying attention. Hummel told us, for comparison, that the country spent $27 billion on 9/11 and is now spending $54 billion every year on climate disasters. p Learn more: beavercon.org or beaverinstitute.org.


SPORTING LIFE

STORY AND PHOTO BY DENNIS DOYLE

Summertime Bluegills: A Lifetime Love Affair

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he sound of the high, blustery wind was as alarming as the thrashing treetops to the front of me. I was easing my small craft closer and closer to the lee of the brushy shoreline as I fetched up my fly rod from the seat alongside. Changing my mind, I put the rod back down and picked up the small anchor lying on the deck. It wouldn’t do to catch a stray breeze and end up back out in the lake, or worse, crashing into the brush and flushing out all the fish. Releasing the anchor to catch the soft bottom, I tied it off amidships and hoped the skiff wouldn’t skid about in the residual winds. The breezes were stiff that day and fishing anywhere except the protected lee shore was almost impossible. On days like this, when the broad Chesapeake turns into a maelstrom of wind and whitetops there is always sanctuary to be had on one of the many fresh water impoundments in Maryland. Bending a small (no. 10) bumblebee popper onto my 6-pound tippet, I rushed out a haphazard cast toward the shore. It plopped down without any pretense of elegance and as I tried to get the slack out of the fly line and come tight with my fly, a fish sucked the lure down, and then just as quick-

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ly spit it out. Served me right. Haste brings on clumsy. The next cast, to a spot about 10 feet away from the first, had better luck. Bluegills are not particularly easily spooked and this one grabbed my fly the instant it hit the water. Coming tight with a flick of my wrist, I was soon struggling mightily to keep this

Bluegills are one of the more exciting freshwater fish in Maryland. slab-sided rascal out of the submerged brush, not an easy task. Immediately it circled away, but with my favorite fly rod, a light, 6-foot 9-inch, Scott 6-weight, I was able to prevent the stubborn hooligan from completely encircling me. Using its broad, saucer shape to keep my rod hard over in a nasty arc, the fish refused to come any closer. A few hard minutes later, twisting my body first one way then another in

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an effort to keep it in check, the hearty beast reluctantly came to my hand—a thick, muscular male. Its bright iridescent orange and gold spawning colors warmed my heart as I boated it and pried the hook out of the corner of its small mouth. The fish was hardly inconvenienced as I released it over the side, back into the warm waters of the lake. Years ago I would have slipped this brawler into a live bag for an eventual trip to a fish fry but in my dotage I now encounter only two sizes of these wonderful fish, those too big to kill and the rest too small to eat. They are, however, delicious if you care to try them. There were at least a dozen more eager bream that tangled with me that day plus a footlong crappie that took a Sneaky Pete, and a big, redear shellcracker (sunfish) that ran me, almost,

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into the backing for an outstanding and particularly exciting battle. Not bad for a day too rough for the Bay. Bluegills are one of the more exciting freshwater fish in Maryland. Although rarely exceeding 11 inches, they are an eager battler and will test any light or ultra-light gear you choose to use. Ideal for the fly rod because of its eagerness to take poppers, sliders, spiders and surface bugs presented near its shallow water, saucer-shaped, spawning beds. Its practice to repeatedly breed most of the summer makes it an ideal target for any angler, young or old. On light spin gear, the bluegills like rooster tails, beetle spins, and small soft jigs. Hang them under a casting bobber to keep from fouling on the bottom and 4- to 6-pound line is just fine. Beware, you’ll likely fall instantly in love with this spirited rascal. p

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BY THE EDITORS AT ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION What Could Go Wrong?

Weird Science

More than 800 New Yorkers aged 75 and older are going to get a new friend, The Verge reported. The New York State Office for the Aging is distributing robot companions named ElliQ, built by Israeli company Intuition Robotics, to help with social isolation—for example, engaging in small talk and helping contact loved ones. “It focuses on what matters to individuals: memories, life validation, interactions with friends and families,” said NYSOA director Greg Olsen. Intuition Robotics said ElliQ can project empathy and form bonds with users, even cracking jokes for users who tend to laugh a lot.

The Cambodian Ministry of Environment has taken to Facebook to plead with the public to stop picking a rare carnivorous plant known as a “pitcher plant” for the way it captures insects, Live Science reported on May 17. The plant, Nepenthes bokorensis, could be driven to extinction if people continue to harvest it, scientists warn. So why, you might ask, are people, particularly women, so drawn to picking the plants and having their photos taken with them? While the leaves are still developing, the mouths of the plants resemble men’s genitalia. “If people are interested, even in a funny way, to pose, to make selfies, with the plants, it’s fine,” said Francois Mey, a botanical illustrator. “Just do not pick the pitchers, because it weakens the plant.”

Fine Points of the Law According to the Conrad Public School District in Conrad, Montana, there’s an old law on the books that stipulates that a school principal is responsible for feeding and tending a horse if a student rides it to school. On May 23, WTHRTV reported, 12 students at Conrad High School put the statute to the test, riding their steeds up to the school and leaving them in the care of Principal Raymond DeBruycker throughout the school day. Apparently DeBruycker had no time to comment while he kept his charges watered and fed and (presumably) mucked the parking lot.

Goals A man in Japan identified as Toko has spent almost $16,000 to make himself look like a collie, fulfilling his dream and depleting his savings in one fell swoop, Wionews reported. Toko contracted with a professional company called Zeppet, which makes sculptures and costumes for movies and amusement facilities, to create a costume that is extremely realistic. It took 40 days to build. “I made it a collie because it looks real when I put on,” Toko said. “Longhaired dogs can mislead the human figure. I met such a condition and made collie, my favorite breed of dog.”

Criminal No Longer on the Lam(b) In South Sudan, inmates at a military camp have a new jailbird to get to know—or maybe that should be “jailsheep.” NBC Montana reported that the ram was arrested and convicted in May of murdering an African woman “by hitting her in the ribs and the old woman died immediately,” said police chief Major Elijah Mabor. “The owner is innocent, and the ram is the one who perpetrated the crime, so it deserves to be arrested.” However, the owner has also been ordered to pay five cows to the victim’s family.

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Lose Something? Iberia Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff ’s officers were called out at 3:30 a.m. on May 22 because of a house found abandoned on a trailer attached to a truck, KATC-TV reported. The rig was blocking the road, and signs, mailboxes and trees had been damaged along the street. In addition, power lines and poles had been hit, knocking out power to about 700 customers in the area. Deputies arrested Tony Domingue, 46, and Nico Comeaux, 32; they had been told they needed permits to move the home, but they went ahead and tried to do it on their own anyway. Both men were held at the Iberia Parish jail.

I’ll Have the Pasta Florida International University recently published a three-year study of bonefish living off the South Florida coast that might make you rethink your entree order. The fish they studied averaged seven pharmaceutical drugs, with at least one containing 17 different substances, ClickOrlando. com reported. Lead researcher Jennifer Rehage said the drugs are entering the fisheries through the wastewater systems and include blood pressure medications, antidepressants, antibiotics and pain relievers, among other medicines. Researchers said the drugs could also be changing the fishes’ behavior, making them more susceptible to predators, or affecting their reproduction.

Suspicions Confirmed Marilyn McMichael, 54, of Queens, New York, was reported missing in January by two of her foster sisters, Simone Best Jones and Sharman McElrath, WPIX-TV reported on May 24. They had not seen or heard from her

since June 2020, when she called them during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying she wanted to go to the hospital. McElrath said they did go to her apartment, but she didn’t come to the door. Best Jones said this wasn’t unusual for McMichael: “She wouldn’t talk to us for years, because she didn’t want to. She was particular—and peculiar.” When they tried to file a missing person report in January, officials said they couldn’t because they weren’t next of kin. And police told them McMichael might have “been on vacation.” The sisters asked the building manager to go with them to the apartment, but when the master key didn’t work, “they never tried again,” Best Jones said. But on April 26, as New York City Housing Authority construction workers did maintenance on scaffolding outside her bedroom window, they saw McMichael’s skeleton on her bed. The sisters announced her death on Facebook: “We wanted her to have a voice through us, knowing ‘I was here, and I had a life on this Earth,’” McElrath said.

Bright Idea Stephanie Kirchner, 33, a farmer who works at a stud farm near her home in Schupbach, Germany, has had to make some changes since gas prices have climbed in the wake of the war in Ukraine. Instead of riding to work in her Toyota SUV, she’s now riding a horse or driving a horse-drawn carriage to her job about 3 1/2 miles away. It makes what was once a 10- to 15-minute commute take up to an hour, the Associated Press reported, but she saves about $264 a month. She said children like the horses, but “humanity is hectic and then some people are annoyed if they can’t get past me fast enough.” Another downside: “I can’t put a horse in a parking garage.”

Honesty Is the Best Policy After Michael Calvo, 51, of Cape Coral, Florida, crashed his semitruck into the back of a Publix grocery store in Haines City on May 26, he didn’t immediately get out of the cab because, he told an officer, he thought he was being pranked for a reality TV show. When the officer was able to remove Calvo from the truck, Fox13-TV reported, he asked if he had fallen asleep or suffered a medical emergency, to which Calvo answered, “I was smoking my meth pipe.” Calvo was arrested on multiple charges, although the deputy police chief did express his appreciation p for Calvo’s honesty.


PUZZLES THE INSIDE WORD How many 2 or more letter words can you make in 2 minutes from the letters in: Apache Dance (20 words)

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1. What country is called the playground of Europe? (a) France (b) Switzerland (c) Italy 2. Who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 2017? (a) Robert B. Wilson (b) George Loewenstein (c) Richard Thaler 3. As of 2015, What country is the largest producer of solar energy in the world? (a) U.S. (b) China (c) Germany 4. What is the currency of Kyrgyzstan? (a) Som (b) Lats (c) Dinar 5. Washington D.C. was founded when? (a) 1820 (b) 1770 (c) 1790 6. The border line that separates outer space from earth’s atmosphere is know as what? (a) Ley Line (b) Karman Line (c) Durand Line

Paris, 1900, and the streets are running red with blood, because the‘Apaches’have attacked the police. What? Yes, at the turn of the 20thcentury, Paris had street gangs called,‘Apaches,’inspired by our Wild West dime-novels. The gangs were very creative with their red sashes and weapons, and even inspired a dance. The Apache Dance was one part dramatic show and one part emotional therapy. It was a simulated encounter between a woman who works in the evenings and her boss. He’s not happy with her job performance, so she does a lot of falling to the ground. Sometimes she’s not happy, and he falls to the ground. And like the gangs of Paris, the Apache Dance has nothing to do with the Apache people. Scoring: 31 - 40 = Aloft; 26 - 30 = Ahead; 21 - 25 = Aweigh; 16 - 20 = Amidships; 11 - 15 = Aboard; 05 - 10 = Adrift; 01 - 05 = Aground

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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.

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1 Small salmon 5 Run through 9 Struggle for air 13 Out for the night 14 France’s longest river 16 Greek city 17 Old merchant sailing vessel 19 Pinocchio, at times 20 Burlap fiber 21 Former South Africa president 23 Endured 26 Most reticulate 27 Harbor vessels 30 Further 31 Building additions 32 Light bulb unit 34 Smokeless tobacco 38 Peer Gynt’s mother 39 Mark of perfection 40 Tablet holder 42 Epitome of easiness 43 Spring month 45 Big bash 47 German mister 48 Abner’s radio partner 50 Fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel

3 Letter Words Ham Pie Tea

4 Letter Words Beer Cake Eggs Fish Milk Pork Rice Soda Stew

Wine

5 Letter Words Chili Cocoa Gumbo Lunch Pasta Rolls

52 Grotesque product of the imagination 55 Like soft and watery soil 56 Wrestle 57 Nights before 59 Farrier’s tool 60 Square-rigged two-masted sailing vessel 65 Feed the kitty 66 Jam ingredients 67 Polecat’s defense 68 Lager 69 Cozy retreat 70 Kind of dropper 1 Cornfield sound 2 It’s a wrap 3 Egg warmer 4 Transient’s occupation, maybe 5 Crate component 6 Hefty volume 7 Aspiration 8 Netherlands city 9 Old Spanish squarerigged sailing ship 10 Sign after Pisces 11 Maze word 12 Village green

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Breakfast Vegetable

10 Letter Words Appetizers Ground Beef

8 Letter Words Calamari Potatoes

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