Fun Fact: In Which Counties Will You Find the Highest and Lowest Points in Maryland?

This week, a fun fact from the archives! Bloody Point Bar Light At 3,360 feet above sea level, Hoye-Crest in Garrett County is the highest point in Maryland. The peak is located 12 miles south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain and was named after Capt. Charles E. Hoye, a World War I veteran whose passion for history and genealogy led to his founding of the Garrett County Historical Society. The lowest point in Maryland is…

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Fun Fact for Chocolate Lovers: The Baltimore Bergers

It’s world chocolate day and possibly one of the tastiest chocolate treats traces its origins to Baltimore City. Berger cookies are soft, cake-like cookies covered with hand-dipped fudge icing. Courtesy Berger Cookies German immigrant and baker Henry Berger arrived in the United States in 1835, with dreams of opening a bakery. He was successful, opening a bakery in East Baltimore which he owned and operated with his sons George, Henry, and Otto. Open air markets…

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Fun Fact: An OC Original – Atlantic Hotel

The original Atlantic Hotel was the first hotel ever built in Ocean City, Worcester County. Courtesy: Atlantic Hotel Opening on July 4, 1875, the Atlantic Hotel was the founding establishment of the Grand Boardwalk Hotels that started Ocean City’s hospitality industry. Originally owned by the Atlantic Hotel Company, it was purchased in 1923 by Dr. Charles W. Purnell and is still owned and operated by the Purnell family today. The four-story, wooden structure could accommodate…

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Voting 101 – NACo’s Annual Business Meeting

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will host three webinars on how to "vote like a pro" during their Annual Business Meeting. NACo's 2022 Annual Conference is scheduled for July 21-24 in Adams County, Colorado. During the Annual Business meeting, counties, parishes, and boroughs set NACo’s national policy agenda, elect officers and conduct other association business. Join NACo on July 7, 11, or 13 to learn how to cast your votes and what you can…

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Fun Fact: Counties Celebrate Juneteenth

In 2021, U.S. Congress passed a law designating June 19 as a federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the States and beyond. Maryland counties will celebrate the day with parades, festivals, and a…

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How Counties Can Leverage Federal Funds for Housing

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar “Building for Success: How Counties Can Leverage Federal Funds For Workforce Housing,” on June 23, 3–4 PM EST. Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is facing another crisis: a shortage of affordable and workforce housing. Housing is the backbone of economic development, necessary to attract workers and build a flourishing community. The recent influx of federal dollars provides counties with a new opportunity to tackle…

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Mosquito Emergency Response NACo Webinar

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar “Protecting Public Health: Vector Disease Management and Mosquito Emergency Response,” on June 21, 1–2 PM EST. County leaders are working across different sectors to coordinate programs and services that impact the well-being of communities, especially when it comes to the strong connection between the environment and public health. Insects like mosquitoes not only are an environmental nuisance, but they may also carry vector-borne diseases that…

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Food Security, Economic Mobility NACo Webinar

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the “Food Security as a Driver of Economic Mobility: Strategies for Local Government,” webinar on June 16, 2–3 PM EST. In partnership with the National League of Cities, this webinar will feature an expert overview of the state of food insecurity in the United States as well as example solutions from both cities and counties. While a wide range of factors contributes to an individual’s economic mobility…

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Fun Fact: Oh Carp! Record-Setting Chesapeake Bay Common Carp Caught

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed a new state record for the largest common carp caught in the state’s Chesapeake Division. Logan Kuhrmann of Essex is the new state record holder for common carp in the state’s Chesapeake Division. Photo by Matt Weber, used with permission. Logan Kuhrmann of Baltimore County made the catch of a lifetime last weekend while fishing in the Susquehanna Flats area of the Chesapeake Bay. The 49-pound…

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Fun Fact: The Star Spangled Banner Was Sewn In This County

Mary Young Pickersgill of Baltimore sewed the most famous flag in American history during the summer of 1813. Maj. George Armistead commissioned the flag that was hoisted at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. He wanted a flag so large that the British would have no trouble seeing it from a great distance. The original Star Spangled Banner had fifteen stripes and fifteen stars and was 30 feet by…

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