Fun Fact: In Which Counties Will You Find the Highest and Lowest Points in Maryland?

At 3,360 feet above sea level, Hoye-Crest in Garrett County is the highest point in Maryland. The peak is located 12 miles south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain and was named after Capt. Charles E. Hoye, a World War I veteran whose passion for history and genealogy led to his founding of the Garrett County Historical Society. Bloody Point Bar Light The lowest point in Maryland is a depression often referred to as Bloody Point…

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Apply Today for 2021 NACo Achievement Awards

It’s time to showcase your county’s most innovative efforts! Apply for a 2021 NACo Achievement Award (deadline extended to April 14!). A non-competitive program, the NACo Achievement Awards recognizes outstanding county government programs and services in 18 categories, covering a vast range of county responsibilities. Only county governments and state associations of counties are eligible to submit applications. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted by a single entity.…

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Fun Fact: Which County is Home to a Community Built by Former Slaves Who Fought in the Civil War?

After the Civil War ended in 1865, eighteen black soldiers returned to Talbot County and settled a few miles outside of the town of Easton. The formation of The Village of Unionville is credited to Ezekiel Cowgill and his son James, Quakers who owned nearby Lombardy Plantation. The Cowgills offered each veteran a plot of land for the rate of one dollar a year for thirty years. Photo Credit: MD Historical Trust Prior to 1870,…

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Join the NACo National Membership Call, Update on COVID-19 Relief 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. WHAT? NACo is hosting a webinar for all NACo members. AGENDA: Join the National Association of Counties tomorrow, for a membership call with the latest updates on COVID-19 relief for counties, and how you can support the effort to secure bipartisan, direct federal aid to counties of…

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Fun Fact: What (or Who) Do Lexington Market and Washington College Have in Common?

Lexington Market in Baltimore City and Washington College in Kent County have both been “cooler than you since 1782." Photo Credit: Baltimore Heritage In 1782, John Eager Howard (of Revolutionary War fame) donated a portion of his family pasture land to be used as a market. That same year, Gen. George Washington lent his name and donated 50 guineas to founding Washington College (he also served on the first Board of Visitors and Governors). At…

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Join NACo and White House Officials for Biweekly COVID-19 Updates on Relief 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 these calls. WHAT? NACo and White House officials are hosting biweekly national member calls on the latest updates on COVID-19 relief and vaccine distribution. AGENDA: NACo is working with President Biden and the 117th Congress to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges affecting counties, including securing bipartisan coronavirus…

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Fun Fact: Love is in the Air! Which MD County is Home to a NYT Bestselling Romance Novelist?

Eleanor Marie Robertson, or Nora Roberts, has called Boonsboro in Washington County home for 30 years. Born in Silver Spring, she was the youngest of five children in a family of avid readers. She was inspired to write during a terrible snowstorm in the late 1970s. As a stay-at-home mother of two boys, and the only girl in a family of boys, she has spent most of her life surrounded by men. Courtesy: Nora Roberts…

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Register for #NACoLeg 2021 Today

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has opened registration for their 2021 Legislative Conference. The Conference will take place virtually from March 8 - 26 with bonus content throughout the month of April. From NACo's website: Though we are still unable to convene in person, the county voice in Washington remains critical.Register today and join us online for over 100 workshops, committee meetings, seminars and plenary sessions all providing unmatched opportunities to engage with high-level federal officials,…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the State’s Only Natural Lake?
Deep Creek Lake, Courtesy of Visitdeepcreek.com
Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the State’s Only Natural Lake?

If you are looking for a natural lake in Maryland, you won't find one. Maryland has no natural lakes or those defined by the EPA as: “Lakes without evidence of a dam or where available information indicated the lake was natural even if a dam exists to augment the depth of the lake. Analysts defined manmade reservoirs as waterbodies that were constructed.” Deep Creek Lake, Courtesy of Visitdeepcreek.com All of Maryland’s lakes are manmade by…

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Fun Fact: Lonaconing Is Lucky, But This County’s Residents Are Feeling Fortunate…Jackpot or Not

Last week, a locally owned convenience store in Allegany County sold the winning ticket for the largest Powerball jackpot in Maryland’s history. Coney Market, in the town of Lonaconing (pronounced LOH-nah-koh-ning) sold the ticket that pays out a total of $731.1 million. While the winner may never be publicly known, (Maryland is one of a handful of states where winners can remain anonymous). The residents of Mountain Maryland feel they have hit the jackpot every…

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