Fun Fact: This County is Celebrating its Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Next week, Garrett County will kick off celebrations for its sesquicentennial or 150th Anniversary. Garrett County was incorporated on December 4, 1872, the last of 24 counties in the state. Named after then President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, John Work Garrett, it is the westernmost county in Maryland. Celebrations will kick off at the Garrett County Courthouse next week and will continue throughout 2022, with events, displays, commemorative coin souvenirs, and community participation…

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Register Today: ARPA Usage Series with Esri and NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Esri are hosting a series of webinars on federal relief funding for the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal relief funding for the COVID-19 pandemic provides governments with an opportunity to invest in their communities and advance the use of technology. This webinar series will answer questions and provide tips to help align your local priorities with funding opportunities to strengthen your technological investments. Each webinar will highlight existing federal programs,…

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Fun Fact: These County Kids are Jumping into the Macy’s Parade

The Kangaroo Kids of Howard County will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Kangaroo Kids is a precision jump rope team promoting physical fitness and goodwill by example and by demonstration of their jump rope skills. Routines are choreographed to contemporary and traditional music. The group of nine heading to New York this week consists of high school and college-aged jumpers that have been practicing since this summer. The parade will feature 112…

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Fun Fact: The 2021 Rockefeller Christmas Tree is Coming from This County!

Image courtesy of Cecil Whig A 79-foot-tall Norway spruce from Cecil County is making its way to New York City today, November 11. The tree was grown on private property in Elkton, but the identity of the donors has not been revealed. It is set to arrive over the weekend and will be decorated with 50,000 multi-colored LED lights on about five miles of wire and topped with a 900-lb. Swarovski star, complete with 70…

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NACo Webinar: Mobile Dispatching + Workforce Management Technology for Crisis Management

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) Monday, November 15th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST for “Mobile Dispatching + Workforce Management Technology for Crisis Management” The key to effective crisis management is allocating the right services, in the right place at the right time. But without the right technology and proper workforce management, crisis management can be challenging. Mobile dispatching solutions bring the necessary services directly to the scene as quickly and efficiently as possible.…

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Fun Fact: The Significance of November 1st

On November 1, 1864, Maryland issued a new state constitution which abolished slavery. Maryland was the first state below the Mason-Dixon line to abolish slavery by a vote of the people and not by an executive order. Governor Augustus W. Bradford certified the vote October 29, and the new constitution went into effect November 1. In 2020, a proclamation was issued naming November 1 “Emancipation Day” in Maryland. This past week, Montgomery Parks hosted several…

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Fun Fact: The Ouija Board Capital of Maryland

The 7-Eleven on Charles and Centre Street in Baltimore City, is where the Ouija board was developed and named. In the 1890s, talking board games were popular. Charles Kennard and Elijah Bond were in the board game manufacturing business. Their latest game had players place their hands on a planchette, which then moved to spell out a message. The night of April 25, 1890, in a boardinghouse that is now the 7-Eleven, they, along with…

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Join NACo for the Latest on the Delta Variant

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar Tuesday, November 2, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST to hear the latest on the delta variant and how counties can use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the public health emergency. As public health officials track the surge of the Delta variant, counties are also poised to take steps to reduce transmission and protect our communities. NACo will be joined by Dr.…

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Fun Fact: Something Wicked This Way Comes…

While the legend of the Blair Witch of Burkittsville in Frederick County, may be the most well-known in Maryland, it is by no means the only bewitching tale in the state's history. The first woman accused of witchcraft never actually set foot in the state. In 1654, Mary Lee was sailing to the new world from England. The journey was plagued by foul weather, and the crew decided to blame Mary for their misfortune. They…

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NACo Webinar: Reducing Jail Populations

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its partners at The Pew Charitable Trusts for a webinar on “Reducing Jail Populations through State and Local Policy Coordination” Thursday, October 28th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. Counties across the country are partnering with state leaders to consider policies that reduce jail populations and improve public safety, especially as congregate care settings have fueled the spread of COVID-19. Counties operate 91 percent of local jails…

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