Fun Fact: Go Chasing Waterfalls in These Counties

Maryland is home to several waterfalls, but Garrett and Frederick County have two that really make a splash. Courtesy MD DNR website At Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, you can visit Muddy Creek Falls. This 53-foot-tall stunner is the highest free-falling waterfall in the state of Maryland and is surrounded by impressive hemlock trees that date back more than 300 years. Some well-known visitors include Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone who…

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Fun Fact: Zebras Are on the Loose in This County!

It’s true. Five zebras have escaped from a private farm in Prince George’s County and are running wild. According to the Washington Post, the owner has made many attempts to lure them back using grain and a temporary corral but has had no luck. Owning zebras is legal in Maryland, and the farm they call home has 39 total and is up to date on all permits required by law with the U.S. Department of…

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Fun Fact: You Can Find a Mermaid in This Coastal County

In 2020, the East Coast’s first museum dedicated to mermaids was established in Worcester County. While you can’t meet one of Ariel’s descendants in person in downtown Berlin, Maryland, you can learn all about the mythology and lore of mermaids at the Mermaid Museum. Located about 9 miles inland from Ocean City, the museum is the creation of local artist and photographer Alyssa Maloof. She converted her second-floor photography studio into a space celebrating mermaids…

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Join NACo for a Town Hall – COVID-19 Delta Variant

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and CVS for a COVID-19 Delta Variant Town Hall on Tuesday, September 14, 3:00 PM EST. The National Association of Counties (NACo) and CVS Health are joining forces to inform counties of the importance of COVID-19 testing and the best safety measures to protect our communities against the COVID-19 delta variant. Call Details:Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ESTDial-In:  Registration required to receive dial-in…

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NACo Virtual Meetup Series for County ARP Implementation Efforts

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will launch a new virtual meetup series for county ARP Fiscal Recovery Fund implementation efforts beginning August 10. On May 10, the U.S. Department of Treasury released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The ARPA includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America and other crucial investments…

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Fun Fact: QUIZ…Maryland State Symbols

Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state. States also recognize emblems like state flags and seals, and every city or town has unique places to discover such as landmarks, historic buildings, state and local parks, and historic markers. Courtesy MD Manual Online The majority of officially recognized Maryland state symbols were created by an act of the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. However, two of…

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NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Policy Steering Committee Membership

Want to be a part of advocacy efforts on the national level? Apply today to be considered for an appointment on a steering committee for the 2021–2022 presidential year. The nomination process for membership on the National Association of Counties (NACo) policy steering committees is underway! Access a seat at the table and add your voice and expertise on the most important issues counties face. These committees help drive NACo’s federal policy advocacy. Their recommendations…

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NACo and White House Officials, Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Every Maryland county is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland county elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a national membership call  on the vaccine rollout with updates from the White House COVID-19 Intergovernmental Affairs Director and White House Vaccinations Coordinator Thursday, July 22, 12:00 PM EST. FEATURED SPEAKERS: Eduardo Cisneros, MPP, White House COVID-19 Intergovernmental…

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Fun Fact: Friends of Flipper Visit the Chesapeake

Courtesy UMCES Twitter Summer is in full swing, and that means there is plenty of time spent on the water for most Marylanders. This past week, dolphins have been spotted off of Kent Island (Queen Anne's County) and Annapolis (Anne Arundel County). Dr. Helen Bailey and her team at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) are studying how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend…

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Fun Fact: Celebrating Black Women in Maryland History

The Eastern Shore was home to many notable women in Black History. Below are a few facts from Choptank River Heritage on a few legendary Black Women who have called the Eastern Shore home. Courtesy of Choptank River Heritage Lucretia Kennard Daniels was the first black female supervisor of colored schools in Caroline and Queen Anne’s Counties. Worked tirelessly to improve Black education in the early 1900s.Added Negro History to the school curriculum, initiated Homemaking…

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