Feds Issue Termination Notice to Hagerstown Regional Airport

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) plans to terminate funding for Essential Air Service (EAS) at Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR). The program supports air service between rural areas and major airline hubs. The notice, which takes effect on Oct. 18, 2019, threatens the viability of Southern Airlines' daily flights from HGR to Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT). According to Washington County — which is appealing the termination notice — HGR has met all of the…

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MD Counties Share Tips for 2019 #NationalPreparednessMonth

One of the ways Maryland Counties are participating in FEMA's National Preparedness Month is by sharing tips on social media. National Preparedness Month is recognized every September to promote emergency planning for families and communities. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared" and is divided into 4 weekly focuses: Week 1: Sept 1-7                      Save Early for Disaster Costs Week 2: Sept 8-14                    Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters Week 3: Sept 15-21                  Teach Youth to Prepare for…

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New Report on Use of High-Quality Materials in Classrooms

Independent curriculum reviewers are being used as a resource in order to evaluate how well materials align to standards (highly rated curricula) so districts are able to make informed purchasing decisions. A recently published RAND Corporation Analysis shows that math teachers are more likely to be using highly rated curricula than English/Language Arts (ELA) teachers. From Education Week Teacher's blog: Researchers gave a list of materials to a nationally representative sample of K-12 public school…

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Article Suggests Certain Investments for Public, Church Pensions

As described in an article in Chief Investment Officer, public pensions and church pensions face similar difficulties and might benefit from similar investment models. A white paper written by Rivera and Mercantile Managing Director Thomas Cassara suggests managing volatility and avoiding drastic underfunding. According to Cassara, an ideal investment strategy for these plans needs to address two key objectives. One is to improve the funded status of the plan while managing the ups and downs…

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Study Finds Sunscreen Chemicals, Antibiotics, & Endocrine-Disrupting Hormones in Chesapeake Oysters

A Bay Journal article (2019-09-11) reported that researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have found ultraviolet (IV) ray filtering chemicals from sunscreen products, as well as antibiotics and endocrine-disrupting hormones in Chesapeake Bay oysters. The findings present another challenge to oyster and Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and raise human health concerns. The article noted that the contaminants are introduced into the water system through shower and sink drains and end up in both Bay water…

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Ice Cream Social with MD’s CISO John Evans – 9.19.19

The Cyber Security Association of Maryland is hosting an ice cream social with special guest John Evans, Maryland's recently appointed Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 2:00-3:00 pm at M&T Bank Stadium. From The Cyber Security Association of Maryland: "Creating a More Cyber Secure State Through Collaboration | 9.19.19 Ice Cream Social with Maryland State CISO John Evans" | M&T Bank Stadium | 2 – 3 PM Meet John Evans,…

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MAFSM Hosting 15th Annual Conference on Stormwater & Floodplain Management

The Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (MAFSM) is hosting its 15th Annual Conference on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The Conference will include a variety of stormwater and floodplain management sessions. In addition to the full conference on November 7, interested individuals can also register for a floodplain management training class on November 6 and the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam on November 8. The training…

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MACo Needs County Participants for Renewable Energy Siting Advisory Committee

Currently there are three separate workgroups looking at renewable energy siting issues (primarily solar and wind) in Maryland and the work of these groups will likely result in legislation or policy changes that will directly affect local land use planning and taxing authority. MACo is active on all three of these workgroups and is seeking interested county participants to serve on a Renewable Energy Siting Advisory Committee that will help guide MACo's positions on this…

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Lower Shore Crisis Stabilization Center Receives Boost of Grant Funding

The grant of $532,109 will help fund the lower eastern shore counties' -- Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset -- crisis stabilization center. The stabilization center is the result of a partnership the tri-county health departments and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. From a Worcester County news release: The funding awarded by the project will benefit individuals seeking urgent help for substance-use disorders. These individuals will receive access to a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment, along with…

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