Home for the Holidays: Prince George’s Zebras Return to Their Herd

The Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility and Adoption Center (ASFAC) has been notified that the two zebras roaming at large in Upper Marlboro and the surrounding areas in Southern Prince George's County have returned to the herd. After a months-long roam free in the wilds of Prince George's county, the last of the Maryland zebras have returned to their herd. You may have heard about them on the nightly news, radio, social media, or…

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MACo 2021 County Innovation Award Winners Champion Small Businesses and Workforce Development Recovery

MACo’s County Innovation Award was established to recognize superb and leading-edge county programs that improve overall quality-of-life and service delivery for a county’s residents. The Honorable Ingrid Turner, Prince George’s County Circuit Court Associate Judge, MACo Past President, and former Prince George’s County Council Member instituted this award during her term as MACo President in 2012. The award is now a collaboration of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and MACo, with support from the Local Government…

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MACo Past President Ike Leggett Chosen for America’s 250th Commission Role

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and the Maryland Department of Planning today announced appointments of the Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission, which is charged with planning the 2026 commemoration of the American Revolution and the birth of our nation. According to a Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) press release: Author and media entrepreneur Nina Easton will serve as chairman of the commission. Former Montgomery County Executive and County Councilman Isiah “Ike” Leggett is vice chairman…

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Montgomery Councilmember Navarro Selected as a National Academy of Public Administration 2021 Fellow

The National Academy of Public Administration has selected Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro as a member of the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. According to a County press release: Selection for this prestigious fellowship is based on contributions to the field of public administration and policy. Councilmember Navarro joins more than 950 Academy Fellows including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators as well as prominent education, business, and nonprofit leaders…

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*APPLY BEFORE Oct. 29* – MACo Seeks Graduate Fellow

The Maryland Association of Counties is seeking a graduate student for our 2022 Graduate Fellowship.   The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) seeks a Graduate Fellow. This fellow will work closely with staff to support MACo’s mission of representing the 24 counties of Maryland during the 2022 legislative session. The program will last from December 2021 through mid-April 2022. This will be a paid position. If applicable, the fellowship may be eligible for course credit. Fellows…

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Stepping Up: How MD Farms Contributed to Hurricane Ida Relief

When Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, over two dozen farms from across the state of Maryland stepped up to provide disaster relief, donating over 100,000 pounds of fresh food. First Fruits Farm, located in Freeland, MD, spearheaded the effort and organized hundreds of volunteers to package and ship food to Louisiana families. Established in 1998, the farm is dedicated to hunger and disaster relief. “When Hurricane Ida hit down in Louisiana, we wanted to help,” said…

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Maryland Observes International Overdose Awareness Day
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Maryland Observes International Overdose Awareness Day

Flags in Maryland are at half-staff today to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, observed annually on August 31st in remembrance of people who have died of a drug overdose. Governor Larry Hogan also directed the Government House to be lit purple to mark the occasion and in recognition of September as National Recovery Month.  “Today is a solemn occasion for all Maryland families, our friends, and our neighbors who have lost a loved one to…

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Montgomery College President Steps Down, Search Announced for Interim President

After 11 years leading Montgomery College as president, Dr. DeRionne Pollard will be stepping down as she takes on a new role as the next president of Nevada State College (NSC) in Henderson, Nevada. Plans for an interim president of Montgomery College and the process for selecting a new president will be announced in the coming days. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released the following statement: Montgomery County is losing an incredible leader. Dr. DeRionne…

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Hogan Proclaims May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months

Governor Hogan today issued a proclamation to declare May and June 2021 as Maryland Magicicada Months in order to recognize the return of the 17-year periodical cicada and general public awareness. Only found in the eastern United States, the Brood X periodical cicadas only emerge every 17 years. They will begin to emerge in early May and will die off by the end of June. From the press release: “I encourage all Marylanders to take…

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Harford Announces Legislation to Protect Farmland from Development

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman this week introduced legislation to protect more than 1,500 acres in the County from development. Harford County Executive Glassman sent legislation to the County Council to protect 1,589 acres of farmland from development on Wednesday, April 28. From the press release: The legislation would bring 25 farm properties, representing 111 development rights, into Harford County’s agricultural land preservation program and fulfill requests from all qualified applicants for the first time…

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