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Nature Nearby: Not necessarily a ‘Silent Night’

January 7, 2020

By FRED SEITZ — p‘Twas a few days past Christmas and all through my house, several critters were stirring, especially house mouse (Mus musculus). My dog (Canis familiaris) was nestled and snug in my bed, while both he and the mouse hoped soon to be fed. Normally consuming small tidbits of seed, [read more]

Zero Waste of Time: And that’s a (non-plastic) wrap!

December 23, 2019

By JULIETTE FRADIN — Did you know most wrapping paper is non-recyclable? It has often been chemically dyed, laminated, and mixed with non-paper materials like foil and glitter (aka plastic) which makes them non-recyclable. And that’s before you even factor in the ribbon, sticky tape, [read more]

‘Cycling’ through stuff, one dead fish at a time

November 25, 2019

By LAUREN FLYNN KELLY October was a somber month in our house. My daughter invested in her first aquarium, and we managed to kill six fish in three weeks. Several fish experts attributed this to a failure to cycle our fish tank. “Cycling,” as I understand it, is the process of ensuring a [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Rain, rain, go away?

November 19, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda,  The drought seems to be over, and autumn is finally here, with trees in full color. I am hearing different opinions about whether dry weather or wet weather makes for more beautiful autumn foliage. Also, some are arguing about whether the drought has made autumn late this [read more]

Resident recognized as 2016 Volunteer of the Year passes

November 12, 2019

Catherine Barron, a longtime resident of Hyattsville, died on Oct. 29 at the age of 66. The fifth of nine children, Cathy was born in Norfolk, Va. to Robert and Geraldine Sweatt. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in social psychology.  Cathy established her career as a [read more]

Nature Nearby: A Calming Green Carpet

October 15, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — Walk down the trail to Magruder Park and admire the logs bordering the trail, and you cannot help but notice beautiful green moss growing on them. These lovely bryophytes that enjoy shade and moisture have about 12,000 different relatives and a history dating back nearly 300 [read more]

Zero Waste of Time: The impact of fast fashion

October 14, 2019

By JULIETTE FRADIN — “I have nothing to wear”; “I need an outfit for that next event”; “I don’t fit in half of my clothes.” If the feeling is familiar, you are not alone; The world consumes about 80 billion of new clothing each year.  This is what we call fast fashion: companies [read more]
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