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Calvert Cliffs State Park is all about discovery
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Like a lot of state parks, Calvert Cliffs State Park has some beautiful forested areas, fishing areas, hiking trails, marshy areas lit up with col0rful water lilies and a beach. But they don’t have shark teeth. On Maryland’s eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the beach at Calvert Cliffs is, in itself, not terribly impressive. It’s smaller than most parks and measured in feet,...

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Old Ellicott City, Md., rebounding with a fury
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After watching videos of how badly Old Ellicott City, Md., was battered 11 months ago, it’s shocking how quickly it rebounded from the deadly flash flood. On July 30, rains turned the usually quiet waterways that feed the Patapsco River into killers. Rain was expected, but as much as 10 inches fell within six hours, washing vehicles down the hill, turning roadways into ditches...

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Night Herons, Great Egrets putting on a show
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The temporary residents of York’s Kiwanis Lake are crowding their nests, and it won’t be long before they’ll be heading south again. Great Egrets, the tall, elegant electric-white birds with a wingspan of just under six feet are the stars of the show here, and even from across the lake, they’re hard to miss against the evergreen’s dark green. The babies hatch from a...

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Maryland Lavender Farm is a place to relax, wander
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In the richly green rural countryside near Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain, the Soleado Lavender Farm is buzzing on this sunny morning with honey bees– and people studying lavender plants for that ‘perfect’ stem or blossom. The farm’s location is far enough away from Baltimore and Washington D.C. neighborhoods that city sounds of traffic and millions of people are muted by hills and thick forests. The area surrounding the farm is...

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York County baker winning blue ribbons across the country
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Rhubarb is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. It produces large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy edible stalks and small flowers. In culinary use, fresh raw leaf stalks are crisp (similar to celery) with a strong, tart taste. Although rhubarb is not a true fruit, in the kitchen it is usually prepared as if it were. From Wikipedia   Belinda Myers...

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