Fun Fact: This County Has Lavender Fields Forever

The fields of Frederick County are in full bloom with 2,600 lavender plants. The annual lavender festival at Springfield Manor in Thurmont is coming up on June 11 and 12, 2022. They grow 2,600 plants of both English and French varieties. The English varieties bloom twice a year in June and September, with the peak period being mid-June during the festival. Blooming in July, the French varieties are longer stemmed and include the most fragrant,…

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Fun Fact: This County Has the Largest Locomotive

The world’s largest Mallet, or steam-powered locomotive, in operation was placed into service last week in Allegany County. Maryland Thunder will be part of a regular rotation for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s (WMSR) 16-mile excursion from Cumberland to the Frostburg Depot. It was constructed in 1949 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and was built to handle the heaviest coal trains until it was retired in 1956. The 643,100-pound engine was stored at the B&O Museum…

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Fun Fact: This County Landmark Opens to Public For the First Time in Forever

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Montgomery County is open to the public for the first time in over forty years. The Washington D.C. area Mormon temple was the first temple built in the Eastern United States (and in Maryland). Symbolism abounds in every detail of the temple’s architecture. There are seven floors, representing the six days of creation and the day of rest. The 6 gold-spired temple (a well-known landmark…

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EPA Threatens to Crack Down on Northern Neighbor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently signaled they are to step up enforcement efforts to control Pennsylvania's water pollution.  Long-term advocates for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay may find reason to rejoice as the EPA puts Pennsylvania on notice for water pollution. After the EPA reviewed Pennsylvania’s updated plan to address pollution reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it found that the plan falls short of those goals largely due to the lack of resources…

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Fun Fact: Relive a Washington Expedition in This County

President George Washington has history in just about every county in Maryland, but did you know you can walk in his footsteps in Allegany County? It’s true! On the George Washington Trail 1753, retrace the steps of Washington’s first military and diplomatic venture to Pittsburgh, PA, through Allegany County. The mission? To deliver a diplomatic message to the French from the Virginia Governor ordering them to evacuate what is present day western Pennsylvania and eastern…

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Fun Fact: Maryland Day Is March 25!

The first settlers in the state of Maryland landed at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634. The anniversary of the landing is marked by Maryland Day, which takes place each year on or near the date of the colonists’ arrival. To celebrate Maryland Day 2022, several museums and landmark sites around the state will offer free admission during the weekend of March 25-27. In St. Mary’s County, take a water taxi ride and visit…

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Charles Athey Appointed to the Kent Economic and Tourism Development Commission

The Kent County Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of Charles R. Athey to the Economic and Tourism Development Commission.  Mr. Athey was appointed on January 25, 2022, to fill an unexpired term. He is General Counsel & Compliance Manager at The Dixon Group, Inc. and engaged in the private practice of law for ten years before joining The Dixon Group. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia…

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Fun Fact: A 200th Birthday Celebration

This week, Governor Hogan announced a series of free, family-friendly programs in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman and the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County. Known as the Moses of her people, she was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and led nearly 70 slaves to freedom, making 13 separate…

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Counties Support Agritourism Definition Expansion

On February 16, 2022, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 673 - Land Use - Agritourism - Definition. This bill alters the definition of "agritourism" to include special events and occasions conducted on a farm that generates income from an agricultural activity. From the MACo testimony:  Agritourism is becoming a strong force for economic development in nearly all corners of Maryland. Recent advancements in…

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Washington Presents State of the County, Highlights Progress During Pandemic

This week, Washington County presented its State of the County and highlighted progress made during the pandemic in several areas, including how the county continues to use ARPA funds to invest in development. "Welcome to the 2022 State of the County. We are excited to share with you some of the highlights Washington County Government has experienced over the past year and what we are looking forward to in the future, said County Administrator John…

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