Fun Fact: QUIZ…Can You Name All 24 Maryland County Seats?

A county seat is the town or city where county government is centered. It is where the executive and legislative branches of county government have their offices, and the county courthouse is found. Of the 50 states, Maryland is among those with the fewest number of local governments. Local government is found in Maryland's 23 counties, 157 towns and cities, including Baltimore City, and special taxing districts, which are created by state, county, and municipal…

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Fun Fact: Which Famous Actor Had His First Paid Role in St. Mary’s County?

Denzel Washington’s first paid acting role came out of a summer spent in Saint Mary’s City, Maryland. Courtesy: Historic St. Mary's City Museum The St. Mary’s Outdoor Drama Group was formed to produce “Wings of the Morning,” a bicentennial drama about the story of Maryland’s founding. Billed as “one of Maryland’s Top 20 Bicentennial Events,” the production was said to celebrate the historical significance of the state’s founding with “humor, dancing and song.” Denzel Washington…

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Join NACo Thursday for a Federal Policy Update

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a national membership call to update counties on important federal policy. NACo Government Affairs staff will discuss several important legislative items that may be considered by Congress in the next few months including infrastructure, election reform, implementation of the American Rescue Plan, police reform and public lands issues. Call Details:Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pmDial-In: RSVP here to receive dial-in…

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Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”. The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people…

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Join NACo this Week, National Membership Calls

This week, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting two webinars for NACo members only. 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 NACo National Membership Calls. WHEN TO TUNE IN: Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST - Join NACo for an update on the latest news from the U.S. Treasury about the…

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Fun Fact: What County Had the Most Popular Beach Before Everyone Went to Ocean City?

Before Ocean City, Betterton Beach in Kent County was a popular tourist destination that attracted thousands of visitors a year. Betterton Beach is located at the mouth of the Sassafras River on the north end of the Chesapeake Bay. Its proximity to the flowing freshwater Susquehanna River and the gently slopping sandy beach made for an ideal swimming spot. The lack of salt in the water meant there were no sea nettles to be found,…

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NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Presidential Appointments

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 2021–2022 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 committees or…

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Nationwide & NACo – 2021 College Scholarship Opportunity

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Nationwide are accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors, through May 31.  Apply today! The NACo-Nationwide Scholarship is one of the many benefits available as a result of four decades of partnership between Nationwide and the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its member counties. Nationwide will award four college scholarships - each worth $2,500 - to four high school seniors whose parents, grandparents or legal guardians participate…

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Fun Fact: One of the Most Beautiful Doorways in America Resides in This Maryland County

The Hammond-Harwood House in Anne Arundel County is said to have one of the most beautiful doorways in America. The Hammond-Harwood House was designed in spring 1774 by William Buckland, a well-known British architect who came to the colonies as an indentured servant in 1755. He is credited for introducing a variety of designs into mainstream architecture in the colonies. Buckland drew from a variety of architectural styles when designing the front door of the…

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Join NACo & White House Officials, Call on COVID-19 Recovery for Counties

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. Eduardo CisnerosWhite House COVID-19 Intergovernmental Affairs Director WHAT? Please join the National Association of Counties and White House COVID-19 Intergovernmental Affairs Director, Eduardo Cisneros, this Thursday, April 29 for a national membership call with updates on American Rescue Plan implementation and other COVID-19 recovery efforts…

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