Spend the Day at an Apple Orchard

SPEND THE DAY AT AN APPLE ORCHARD By Joanne R. Alloway      Just imagine biting into a crisp, red juicy apple straight off the tree. Better yet, how about bringing home a peck or a half-peck of different varieties of Fall’s delicious apples? Apples can be effectively stored for several months if you are […]

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Terrapins by the Bay

OutLook for the Bay Terrapins by the Bay By Henry S. Parker You have to tip your hat to Maryland. What other state’s flagship university would adopt a slow, scaly reptile as its mascot, and somehow make it endearing? But anyone who follows University of Maryland sports is on a first-name basis with “Testudo,” an […]

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Parsley Past and Present

Parsley Past and Present By Barbara Aiken About that emerald green, magical herb in your garden. Where did it all begin, how is it used today? Parsley, the underutilized and oversimplified herb, is the most popular in the world.  Is that an oxymoron; well, yes and no. Parsley has earned the highest award in the […]

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What’s All the Buzz About?

What’s All the Buzz About? By Melissa Conroy There is no glamorous way of getting around this fact: Honey is essentially bee spit. This miraculous process starts when honeybees vacuum up nectar from flowers and store it in their “honey stomach” (one of two stomachs) where enzymes get to work converting it. This honey stomach […]

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Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light

Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light By Kirsten S. Traynor Have you toyed with the idea of keeping your own honeybee hive? Perhaps you want pollinators for your garden. Or maybe a taste of honey from a local beekeeper stirred a desire to harvest your own. Possibly you’ve heard bees […]

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Who is Punxsutawney Phil?

Who is Punxsutawney Phil? By Leah Lancione The Christmas or Hanukkah decorations are put away and the New Year’s ball already dropped, so what’s next? Valentine’s Day? Presidents’ Day? St. Patty’s? Now, just hold on. Don’t forget about observing Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, though it is not recognized as a federal holiday. Americans either […]

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Winter Ducks on the Bay – Where Have all the Waterfowl Gone?

Winter Ducks on the Bay Where Have all the Waterfowl Gone? By Henry S. Parker In the frigid mid-Winter, when it might seem that nothing could stir in the Chesapeake’s congealed waters, ducks bring life to the Bay. They’re active throughout the estuary in the Winter, from ice-free quiet coves to white-capped open waters. If […]

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The Changing Bay

CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES   The Legend of Santa Claus By Tim Slover Bantam Books, New York (2010)   Christmas Chronicles is a delightful, although fanciful Christmas story that may become a classic that is read to families and by families for years. It is also available on a CD, which would be fun to listen to in […]

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Enjoy Birds in Your Garden All Winter Long

Enjoy Birds in Your Garden All Winter Long By Leah Lancione Like every other state, Maryland has birds that migrate to warmer locales for Winter, as well as many that remain and tough out the cold, snow and ice storms. According to The Backyard Bird Lovers Ultimate How-To Guide, ice storms are the most dangerous […]

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Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Another Cruel Winter

Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Another Cruel Winter By Leah Lancione By definition, an almanac records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena in relation to time. First published in 1792, the most widely respected and consulted almanac is the Old Farmer’s Almanac, thanks to […]

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Itsy-Bitsy Venomous Invaders

  Itsy-Bitsy Venomous Invaders By Patricia Kuhnen-Beaver A bluish-white ring surrounded a tiny pinprick mark on the back of my neighbor’s leg. The visual evidence of an insect bite. She claims it wasn’t painful at the time, but when the itch became intolerable she sought professional care. There weren’t any other notable symptoms at the […]

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Bats By the Bay

Bats By the Bay By Henry S. Parker           It’s a familiar scene on a Summer evening in many houses across America. Someone screams, another person swats at the air with a broom and a small winged creature, likely more startled than the humans, swoops and dives among the furniture. At least it used to […]

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Going Nuts

Going Nuts By Ellen Moyer It is September, the ninth month of our calendar year. It was once the seventh month (Sept meant 7) in the ancient Roman calendar. That calendar was revised in 153 BC to add January and February, but the name September the 7th month, now the 9th month, has remained ever […]

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Top Five Nearby Sites to Witness Autumn’s Splendor

Top Five Nearby Sites to Witness Autumn’s Splendor By Leah Lancione If the end of Summer brings on feelings of melancholy or gloom, it’s time to take on a new perspective: Give autumn a chance. What a spectacular time of year. Everybody knows the Northeast is known for its spectacular Fall foliage, but do you […]

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Visiting the National Arboretum

A Spring Visit to the U.S. National Arboretum By Joanne R. Alloway Just two miles from the U.S. Capitol in northeast Washington, D.C., the National Arboretum awaits you. The arboretum is a 446-acre park with 9.5 miles of cultivated, winding roadways to drive, bike or stroll through colorful grounds maintained by the Department of Agriculture. […]

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The Shores are Alive

OutLook for the Bay – Last Words The Shores are Alive By Henry S. Parker A quiet revolution is sweeping the Bay. Not long ago coastal property owners sought to control erosion by armoring shorelines with hard structures that were unsightly, expensive and potentially harmful to the environment. Today the practice is to create “living […]

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Oyster Restoration

Oyster Restoration By Bob Whitcomb Saving the Bay is such an overwhelming concept that it’s difficult to  know where to begin, let alone do something significant to contribute to the effort. When governors and 10-year programs don’t succeed, it can be frustrating for the individual to believe that installing a rain barrel or cutting back […]

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Seven Swans-a-Swimming

 OutLook for the Bay: Last Words Seven Swans-a-Swimming               Perhaps it started with seven swans-a-swimming or escapees from the local zoos or parks, but their numbers quickly grew to more than 4,000 gobblers of the subaquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay.  The mute swan, as beautiful a sight as there is, was introduced to America […]

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Saving the Bay: One River at a Time

Saving the Bay: One River at a Time By Kathryn Marchi Have you ever watched water gushing out of your roof gutters or streaming down your street during a rainstorm?  These familiar scenes are played out in developed areas everywhere. In a time when conservation matters, one wonders how that water could be “contained” and […]

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BAY CREATURES: SEA NETTLES By Hank S. Parker             Admit it. You won’t take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay after mid-June. Not because of rampaging jet skiers, pollution-spawned flesh-eating bacteria or errant sharks. All scary enough, if remote risks. Your real fear is of getting stung by the Bay’s most loathsome creature: the sea […]

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