Climb to the top of the staircase in this 1827 monument for a stunning view of Frederick and Washington counties, or check it out from the outside and remark on its bizarre shape. Either works.
Climb to the top of the staircase in this 1827 monument for a stunning view of Frederick and Washington counties, or check it out from the outside and remark on its bizarre shape. Either works. (Ed Bunyan / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

'Chirp' technology

Monday, Aug. 22: Capt. Tom Hughes will discuss how the new "CHIRP" technology is relevant to fishingat the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association beginning at 7:30 p.m., Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road. Visitors welcome. Details: Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641.


Mourning dove season

Sept. 1-Oct. 8: The daily bag limit is 15. Possession limit is 45 birds. Shooting hours are noon to sunset.


Labor Day Regatta

Sept. 3-4: The third annual Annapolis Labor Day Regatta will have racing in the following classes: CHESS (short-handed), ALDR Cruising (pursuit style using government marks), J/22, J/70, J/80, J/30, J/35, J/105, Cal 25, PHRF A0, PHRF A1, PHRF A2, PHRF B, PHRF C and PHRF N. Deadline is Aug. 30. Details at annapolisyc.com.

Our heat wave has also played a role in cranking back up the upper Chesapeake's dead zone, say bay scientists. After a quiet summer, that swath of low-oxygen water is back. Observations recorded in late July reveal roughly 20 percent of bay's mainstream suffered from oxygen deprivation. That ranks as the seventh largest area of low oxygen since Baywide monitoring began in 1985. I noticed that the buoy at Thomas Point showed water temps at nearly 85 degrees, so you might consider limiting your

Gun and outdoor show

Sept. 4: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host its Fall Gun & Outdoor Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Exhibitor setup is at 6 a.m. Admission: $5. Vendor tables: $10. Details: Call Butch at 443-442-4791.

Skipjack Bike Tourbike tour

Sept. 10: The 9th Skipjack Bike Tour will feature 15-, 30-, 50- and 100-mile rides through Eastern Shore landscapes. Details: Call 410-784-2335 or go to dealislandchancevfd.com.

Boonsboro native Coby Rosemier-Gussio is mulling over his answer, the next step in a possible Olympic future in a sport he has never even practiced on ice until maybe as late as the Aug. 2 deadline.

Hunter safety courses

Starting Sept. 14: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will conduct a free hunter safety course on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. The September session is Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited to 60 seats. Register at register-ed.com/events/view/70508 and register-ed.com/events/view/70509.

Skipjack run

Sept. 10: The 3rd Annual Skipjack Run will be held. Details: facebook.com/skipjackrun.

The founding students, identical twins Riley and Ian McGann of Marriottsville, won the Maryland Bass Nation high school championship in October to earn a ticket to the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship, beginning Thursday at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn., with an estimated 150 pairs from 40 states expected to compete.

Chesapeake Summer Slam

Through Sept. 17: Anglers in Virginia and Maryland target big-five gamefish in the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of putting together the largest three-fish slam. Register at technicalfisherman.com.

Flounder tourney


Sept. 17-18: Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association's sixth-annual Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament will be held on coastal bays and the Atlantic Ocean. Register at mssa.net.

Towson's Gavin Class recovers from end of football journey to find 'enlightening' opportunity at Transplant Games

Dock Day on the Bay

Sept. 24: Dock Day on the Bay, celebrating Crisfield's maritime history, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somers Cove Marina. Boats, arts and crafts, children's activities, live music, and a blessing-of-the-fleet ceremony. Details: Call 410-968-2501 or go to crisfieldheritagefoundation.org.

Red trout tournament

Sept. 24-25: CCA Md.'s fourth-annual Red Trout Catch & Release tournament will be held with an awards ceremony at the American Legion in Crisfield. Register at ccamd.org.

Wooden boat race

Sept. 24-25: The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association will host the seventh-annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race. Owners of wooden-hulled sailboats designed before 1970 can learn more at bit.ly/nshof-classicwoodensailboatrace. Early-bird registration ends Thursday, Aug. 25. Registration closes Sept. 18.

Duck season

Oct. 15-22: First split of regular duck season. Maximum six6 ducks; no more than four mallards (only two hens), three wood ducks, two scaup, two redheads. No black ducks.

Rocktober Cup

Oct. 22: The CCA Baltimore chapter's Little Havana Rocktober Cup will be held at Little Havana restaurant at 1325 Key Highway. Register at ccamd.org.

LUNGevity walk

Oct. 22: The Orioles will host the third-annual LUNGevity Foundation's Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk at Camden Yards to raise money and awareness for lung cancer in memory of late public relations director Monica Pence Barlow. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude on the field. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children 4 and under. Register at orioles.com/lungevity.

Key School run

Oct. 23: The annual Key School 5K/10K Run and Family Fun Run will be held in Hillsmere Shores. Sponsored by the Key School Parents' Association, the races will begin at 9 a.m. at the school's campus, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis. Register at keyschool.org/5K10K through Oct. 21 or at the race.

Komen Race for the Cure

Oct. 23: The 24th annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure will be held in Hunt Valley at Shawan and McCormick roads. As the state's largest charitable footrace, the 5K is expected to draw 15,000 registrants and spectators in the name of taking #OneStepCloser to a world free of breast cancer. Registration required. Details: race.komenmd.org.

8th annual Hurd race

Oct. 29: The eighth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Harford Community College. Registration for the 5K will be 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Susquehanna Center. The walk for children 10 and younger will begin at 8 a.m. The race honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a history major at Harford Community College from 1999 to 2003, who was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver who was texting. The race was founded to raise funds for Remembrance Book Scholarships for Harford Community College students and to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. For details and to preregister, go to harford.edu/heather. More information: 443-412-2449.

'Fish For A Cure'

Nov. 5: "Fish For A Cure" Rockfish Tournament. Details at fishforacure.org.

Duck season

Nov. 12-25: Second split of duck season. Black duck season open.

Bay Fall Classic

Nov. 18-20: MSSA's 24th annual "Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic" will be held. Anglers are allowed to fish two of three days with a lay-day rule in effect. Register at mssa.net.

Goose season

Nov. 19-25: First split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.


Duck season

Dec. 13-Jan. 28: Final split of duck season.

Goose season

Dec. 16-Feb. 4: Final split of migratory (Atlantic population) Canada goose season. Daily bag limit is two geese and the possession limit six.

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