Fun Fact: The First African American Alderman

William Henry Butler was the first Black elected official in Maryland, serving as Alderman on the Annapolis City Council from 1873 to 1875. Courtesy MD State Archives William Butler was a skilled carpenter and landowner who came to Annapolis in the 1860s. Over the years, he purchased over 25 properties in the City of Annapolis including 148 Duke of Gloucester Street in 1863. He was one of the wealthiest free blacks living in Annapolis at…

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Fun Fact: Maryland’s First Settlers

In March 1634, the first English settlers arrived at St. Clement’s Island in St. Mary's County aboard the Ark and the Dove. Although the English laid claim to the land for a new colony, St. Clement’s Island was part of a large landscape that had been inhabited by the Piscataway people for thousands of years. The colonists lingered there for a few weeks, while English leaders met with Piscataway leaders. Then, having decided that the 400-acre island was…

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Operation Green Light for Veterans – Highlights and Next Steps

Join NACo, the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO), and Amazon for a webinar reflecting on the Operation Green Light for Veterans campaign on Tuesday, November 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. During the Operation Green Light for Veterans campaign, counties across the nation—as well as residents, businesses, and community partners—lit up in green to show support for former service members and their families. Currently, 360,000 veterans call Maryland home. The National…

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Fun Fact: This is Halloween

Explore some chilling county history with these Conduit Street Fun Facts from the archives. Fun Fact: What Famous Actor Is Buried in an Unmarked Grave in Carroll County?Fun Fact: Which County Hosts a Spooky Singing Ghost?Fun Fact: Did You Know that the Largest Ship Graveyard in the Western Hemisphere is in Charles County?Fun Fact: Did You Know that Johns Hopkins Hospital Was Built On An Old Insane Asylum?Fun Fact: The Ouija Board Capital of MarylandFun…

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Broadband Bootcamp for Counties

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Boot Camp for Counties beginning November 3. This interactive webinar series is geared towards county officials and senior staff who are new to the broadband world and are seeking to get involved on connecting their communities to high-speed internet access. Hear from experts in the field on the What, Why, and How behind broadband deployment, and get all of your questions answered within a forum designed exclusively…

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Fun Fact: Falling for Fall Foliage

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources features a weekly fall foliage report every year starting in September. The department highlights the trees’ transition each week with reports from experts with Maryland state forests and parks. The reports also include photos from various counties submitted by outdoor enthusiasts who capture the changing colors. The colors of the foliage, the length of time it lasts, and how soon the leaves will change all depend on the weather, primarily rainfall…

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Register Today! 2023 NACo Legislative Conference

Registration for the 2023 National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference is now open. The conference will be take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. February 4-11, 2023. The NACo Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in second-to-none policy sessions, meet the members of the 118th Congress and interact with federal agency…

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Fun Fact: Autumn is for Apples

Apple orchards are located in most areas of Maryland with a concentration of orchards in Washington, Frederick, and adjoining counties. Baugher's Orchards and Farm in Westminster, MD Autumn is for apples, and there are 205 apple orchards in Maryland, with many that offer pick-your-own. There are over 15 varieties grown in the state, and they are harvested between August and November each year. However, growing apples is a year-round process. Growers plant the trees in…

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Top 10 Attributes of a Well-Run Treasury Dept

MACo endorsement partner three+one and the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a webinar on the "Top 10 Attributes of a Well-Run Treasury Department" on October 13, 2022, 1-2 PM EST. three+one Senior Vice President Mike Ablowich will share 10 trends that will enhance how your finance office views cash and deliver significant returns to your stakeholders while relieving stress on your finance department. Counties can harness the power of their own financial transaction…

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Fun Fact: The Oldest Winery in Maryland

Bonded in 1945, Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County is Maryland's oldest winery. Courtesy Boordy Vineyards Boordy Vineyard was originally owned and operated by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner of Baltimore. The first legal vintage of Boordy wine was bottled by Jocelyn in 1945, and it was the first vineyard to import Vidal Blank grapes into the U.S. Their Landmark Series wines are made in limited quantities and are sourced from 100% Maryland grown grapes, principally from…

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