Fun Fact: Which County is the Home of Maryland’s First State Park?

Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County has the distinction of being Maryland’s first state park. April 10-16, 2021 is the first Maryland State Parks Week, so we're celebrating with a fun fact on state parks! By the 1900s, Maryland’s forest reserves were in deplorable condition. Loss of wildlife habitats, erosion, forest fires, and depleting woodland were among the main contributors of the need for forest conservation. As a solution to this growing problem, the…

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Fun Fact: Can You Get a Home Run? Match the #MLB Player to Their Home Base

Did you know nearly 300 Major League Baseball players were born in Maryland counties? Every state in the U.S. has had at least one player make it to the big leagues. While some Maryland-born players had their heyday in the early 1900s, others have come on the scene as recently as 2021. While not all have played for the home team, their history in our state is far-reaching. For example, New York’s old Yankee Stadium…

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Join NACo Tomorrow, Update on the Implementation of the American Rescue Plan

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? NACo is hosting a call for all NACo members. AGENDA: Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a National Membership Call on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan and to hear about the Biden Administration’s proposal for infrastructure investments, the American Jobs Plan. WHEN? Tuesday,…

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Fun Fact: In Which Maryland County Was George Washington Born?

If you thought the nation’s first President was born in Maryland, think again! President George Washington was born in Virginia, but his doppelganger, Drexel Truitt, was born in Wicomico County, Maryland. John Flanagan, the designer of the quarter we carry in our pockets today, did not want to use old photos to chisel the former President’s likeness. He wanted a live model. Enter Drexel Truitt who was born in Pittsville, Maryland, but had moved to…

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MDE Urging Marylanders to Test Their Homes for Radon

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is urging Marylanders to consider testing their homes for radon by accessing a reduced price ($3) radon test kit. During National Radon Action Month in January, approximately 1,500 radon test kits were sent out to Marylanders who were eager to learn about the radon levels in their homes. Radon exposure is a health hazard with a simple solution. Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas in the earth…

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Fun Fact: In Which County Was the Oldest Colonial Site in Maryland Recently Discovered?

On Monday, archeologists announced they had discovered, at long last, the outlines of a palisaded fort erected by European settlers in 1634 in what is now St. Mary’s County. A conjectural drawing of the 1634 fort at the St. Mary's settlement in Maryland. (Jeffrey R. Parno/Historic St. Mary's City via The Washington Post ) Archeologists had been searching for the fort since the 1930s, discovering other amazing artifacts along the way. The remains of former…

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NACo to Hold Hybrid 2021 Annual Conference in Maryland

Last week, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board voted to hold a hybrid annual conference in Prince George's County, MD July 9-12, 2021. The conference would be a hybrid of in-person and remote programming. NACo will reimagine the conference agenda and format to reduce the overall number of sessions and to maximize the use of the convention space for social distancing, COVID screening/testing and live streaming. A safe experience for members to the maximum…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Was the Home of Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman was the daughter of Harriet Green and Benjamin Ross, and was born into slavery in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Araminta “Minty” Ross, one of eight siblings . Her resistance to slavery and its abuses was evident early on when, at the age of 12, she intervened to keep her enslaver from beating another slave who had tried to escape. She was hit in the head with a 2-pound weight, which…

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Attend the NACo Exhibit Hall Showcase at No Cost on March 18

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is offering special access to their Legislative Conference Virtual Exhibit Hall Showcase. On Thursday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, NACo's exhibit hall showcase is an opportunity to engage with your colleagues and NACo partners in over two dozen high-impact sessions featuring public-private partnerships on vaccine distribution, COVID-19 federal relief, workforce retention and well-being, data management, citizen engagement and more. The event is free of charge.…

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Fun Fact: Who Was the First Female Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine?

Dr. Florence Rena Sabin achieved many firsts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore City and in other medical and science associations throughout her career. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is the research-intensive medical school of Johns Hopkins University. Founded in 1893, the School of Medicine shares a campus with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children's Center, established in 1889. The JHU School of…

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