Heads Up! Deadline for NACo 2020 Interim Policy Resolutions Next Week

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference is a little over a month away – February 29 - March 4 – and the deadline to submit interim policy resolutions is next Wednesday, January 29. From NACo's website: The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. During the Legislative Conference, NACo’s ten policy steering committees and Board of Directors consider legislative and policy resolutions that will guide…

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State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge
The Holden Fire Department would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video that may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey released an advisory today to inform the general public of two incidents that have taken place in Massachusetts, one of which was in Holden. We would like parents to be aware of the new “challenge”. https://www.facebook.com/HoldenMassFire/ Credit: Holden Fire Department
State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge

State Fire Marshall Brian S. Geraci issued a statewide warning yesterday regarding a viral social media challenge making the rounds on popular video app, TikTok. The challenge involves teens inserting a penny between electrical outlets and their plugged in phone chargers – resulting in sparks, electrical system damage and even fires. From the Office of the State Fire Marshall: State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to warn parents of a new viral teen…

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Harford County to Host Free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is hosting a series of free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Courses beginning next month. In order to help citizens feel more prepared in a wide-range of potential disasters and emergencies, Harford County has developed the Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) citizen training class. From Harford County's website: Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) is designed to address preparedness for a wide-range of disasters and emergency situations. PBYC classes…

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Charles County to Host Citizens Academy this Spring

Charles County Government will host a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. The 8-week program will provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure and learn about Charles County Government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues. From Charles County Maryland's website: Classes will take place each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the…

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Registration for NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Open

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has opened registration for their 2020 Legislative Conference. Conference dates at February 29 - March 4, in Washington, D. C. From NACo's website: The National Association of Counties 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, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional…

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Inclement Weather Policy for MACo and Annapolis Meetings

As bad weather looms, and the legislative session is in full swing, MACo wants our members and meeting participants to have easy and timely access to information on Annapolis events. On any day with inclement weather, MACo will post information to the blog site on its policy for that day as early as possible — usually by 7:30 am. Here are a few guidelines and procedures for events: The General Assembly – Bill hearings, briefings,…

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Talbot County Accepting Nominations for Community Impact Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Talbot County's Community Impact Awards. Organized by the Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Community Impact Awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals that have made a significant impact in Talbot County. From Talbot County's Economic Development and Tourism website: “This is an event we look forward to every year,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack, “Our Talbot…

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Annual Environmental Legislative Summit Happening January 29th

The 2020 Annual Environmental Legislative Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Hosted by a coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as the Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), the Environmental Legislative Summit offers an overview of environmental issues that will be brought before the General Assembly this session. Environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly will be present. The event is open to the…

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Annapolis Library to Be Named for Late House Speaker Mike Busch

On the opening day of Maryland's General Assembly Session, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that the new library on West Street will be named after late Maryland Speaker Mike Busch. In a statement released by his office, it was revealed that the library will be named Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library. Pittman sent a letter to the chair of the Anne Arundel Public Library Board of Trustees notifying them of the decision. From…

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Rural Maryland Council Funds $6 Million in Grants

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) recently hosted their day-long Summit, titled Rural Maryland Rising: Investing in Resiliency, Collaboration, and Innovation. The focus of this year's Summit was creating sustainable change. Leaders from across the state presented examples of their communities solutions to complex issues in agriculture, aquaculture and forestry, healthcare, community and economic development. The summit included breakout sessions, a preview of the 2020 General Assembly Session and a luncheon panel with Maryland cabinet secretaries…

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