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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NACo Webinar: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Broadband Programs

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Broadband Programs: Overview of the NTIA’s Notice of Funding Opportunities,” on June 1, 1–2 PM EST. On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law into law. This Act includes a significant investment of $65 billion to help close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to reliable,…

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Fun Fact: This County Has Lavender Fields Forever

The fields of Frederick County are in full bloom with 2,600 lavender plants. The annual lavender festival at Springfield Manor in Thurmont is coming up on June 11 and 12, 2022. They grow 2,600 plants of both English and French varieties. The English varieties bloom twice a year in June and September, with the peak period being mid-June during the festival. Blooming in July, the French varieties are longer stemmed and include the most fragrant,…

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Two Weeks Left! Apply for NACo 2022-2023 Presidential Appointments

Do you want to be a part of advocacy efforts on the national level? Apply today to be considered for a leadership or committee appointment on a steering, standing, or ad hoc committee for the 2022–2023 presidential year. There are two ways to participate: 1. APPLY THROUGH THE NACo PRESIDENT APPOINTMENT PROCESS The NACo president makes certain appointments after review of member applications. To be considered for a presidential appointment to any of the following…

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NACo Webinar: The Opioid Crisis – Latest Medical Innovations

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “The Opioid Crisis: Using the Latest Medical Innovations to Help Counties Respond to a Complex and Evolving Public Health Emergency,” on May 23, 2–3 PM EST. County leaders are working diligently to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths and supporting those in recovery. The opioid misuse and use disorder affects millions of families across the United States and has…

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Fun Fact: This County Has the Largest Locomotive

The world’s largest Mallet, or steam-powered locomotive, in operation was placed into service last week in Allegany County. Maryland Thunder will be part of a regular rotation for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s (WMSR) 16-mile excursion from Cumberland to the Frostburg Depot. It was constructed in 1949 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and was built to handle the heaviest coal trains until it was retired in 1956. The 643,100-pound engine was stored at the B&O Museum…

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NACo Webinar: County Initiatives for Suicide Prevention

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “County Initiatives for Suicide Prevention” on May 16, 3–4 PM EST. Counties across the country are taking a proactive approach regarding suicide awareness and prevention. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on many peoples’ mental health and has exacerbated mental illnesses for those previously diagnosed. Join NACo during Mental Health Awareness Month to hear from counties implementing innovative and supportive programming geared toward…

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Fun Fact: This County Landmark Opens to Public For the First Time in Forever

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Montgomery County is open to the public for the first time in over forty years. The Washington D.C. area Mormon temple was the first temple built in the Eastern United States (and in Maryland). Symbolism abounds in every detail of the temple’s architecture. There are seven floors, representing the six days of creation and the day of rest. The 6 gold-spired temple (a well-known landmark…

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NACo Webinar: Leveraging ARPA Funds to Prevent Violent Crime

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, “Leveraging ARPA Funds to Prevent Violent Crime,” on May 11, 2–3 PM EST. Counties are using resources from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to fund violence prevention and crime reduction programs in their communities. Counties have been using this funding to support community-based organizations and violence interrupters, as well as youth-centered wellness groups and hospital-linked intervention programs. Join NACo for a webinar that will…

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NACo Webinar: Prenatal-to-Three Support

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar, "Prenatal-to-Three Urban Peer Learning Network: Using Data to Inform Local PN-3 Efforts," on May 5, 2–3 PM EST. By assessing local systems that support prenatal to three, counties can increase their understanding of the opportunities, experiences, and challenges faced by families. Collecting and centralizing data can help counties set metrics and identify which programs and services are most successful. Join this conversation with national experts…

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