MD Oral Health Task Force Meets for First Time

Maryland Matters reports Maryland's Task Force on Oral Health convened for the first time on Tuesday, September 14th. The General Assembly-established task force is comprised of both "[p]olicymakers and dental practitioners" who will work to expand access to oral health care and "identify barriers that prevent patients from seeking [care]." Among the factors to be considered for the task force's recommendations are "insurance coverage, race and socioeconomic status, geographic barriers to dental care, and workforce development." At…

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Fun Fact: Go Chasing Waterfalls in These Counties

Maryland is home to several waterfalls, but Garrett and Frederick County have two that really make a splash. Courtesy MD DNR website At Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, you can visit Muddy Creek Falls. This 53-foot-tall stunner is the highest free-falling waterfall in the state of Maryland and is surrounded by impressive hemlock trees that date back more than 300 years. Some well-known visitors include Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone who…

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Board of Public Works Announces $2.8M for Drinking Water

The Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot; recently approved over $2.8M to improve a drinking water system in Allegany County.  “‘This is a smart investment to protect public health in a Maryland community,’ said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. ‘Upgrading the City of Cumberland’s drinking water system underscores the Hogan Administration’s commitment to water infrastructure and the public health and safety benefits that flow from…

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Cecil Announces its 6th Annual Cecil Cares for 10/2

Cecil County will hold its sixth annual Cecil Cares day of volunteering on October 2. According to a County press release: Cecil Cares is an annual countywide day of service that offers a variety of hands-on service projects and donation drives. This year, a record 17 service projects are scheduled throughout the day, including food drives, roadside and community cleanups, trail upkeep, and much more. Projects are located throughout Cecil County, and all residents are…

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September 15 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on September 15, 2021: Note: This is a list of county-specific items, not a comprehensive list of BPW actions. Related Coverage: BPW Breakthrough: Panel Seeks, Receives…

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BPW Breakthrough: Panel Seeks, Receives Cost Split to Help Counties

At this week's meeting of the Board of Public Works, Secretary of Budget and Management David Brinkley pledged that a project to replace state-mandated electronic pollbooks and ancillary equipment would follow the same 50/50 state/county funding split as other comparable equipment since 2001. The assertion came at the behest of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, both of whom raised concerns over a State Board of Elections plan to invoice county governments…

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MSBA’s Land Use Institute Goes Virtual – October 5th

The Land Use Institute will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, October 5th at 9am.   Speakers include Patricia E. Salkkin, Esq. and David S. Thaler.   Hear from Maryland appellate and circuit court judges, state and local governmental officials and staff, zoning hearing examiners, planning board members, legal practitioners, prominent members of the development community, architects, engineers and planners on these topics: Recent Maryland Appellate Land Use & Zoning Decisions Judicial Review/Appellate Practice Tips Post…

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LEAD Maryland Seeks Fellowship Applicants

LEAD Maryland just announced Oct. 1 as the opening of applications to Class XII (2022-23) of their fellowship program.  LEAD Maryland, in a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and several other organizations, will host this prestigious fellowship. This UME Signature Program is a leadership development experience designed for people committed to serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The program consists of 9 multi-day seminars over two years and is designed to help give up…

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Baltimore City Health Department Holds Vaccination Contest for Ravens Tickets

WYPR reports that on Friday, September 10th, the Baltimore City Health Department kicked off a vaccination competition for tickets to the Ravens' upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The following contest details were provided: To enter the contest, run officially by the City Health Department, Baltimoreans must go to a city vaccination clinic, take a selfie in front of the health department’s banner, and tag @Bmore_Healthy on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using #BmoreVax. Winners…

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B’more City Resumes Bulk Trash, White Goods Collection

Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently announced that effective October 2, the city’s DPW will resume bulk trash and white goods collection.  Starting in October, Saturday will now be bulk trash day in the Charm City. Collections will occur 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., with services focused on a different city section each week. Households will be allotted three bulk items per month and residents can begin calling 311 on September 17 to request a collection date.   “‘We know residents rely on bulk trash services and, thanks to a strong partnership with…

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