A new report finds that Maryland is among the top five states with the greatest number of guns federally licensed gun dealers reported lost or stolen last year.
WBAL-AM reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report found that Maryland ranks third in the nation with more than 880 guns lost and 98 guns reported stolen from dealers in 2012.
A few months ago, Matt Holloway expanded the footprint of his hydroponic lettuce greenhouse.
Because of a recent shift in approach by state regulators, that required him to take steps to manage the flow of stormwater. He could no longer allow the water flowing off the roof to be filtered naturally by his farm’s soil or go into swales or ponds.
He had a friend who is an engineer create a plan, received the approvals from Wicomico County and will soon begin construction on a rain garden. The engineering work cost him about $10,000, and Holloway estimates construction will cost between $20,000 and $30,000.
A new report says homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation’s top mortgage servicers. Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper in debt.
Joseph A. Smith, the independent monitor of last year’s national mortgage settlement, said Wednesday that while the banks are doing a better job complying with new mortgage servicing rules, more needs to be done.
A newspaper in Virginia is removing the word “Democrat” from its name because of the nation’s increasingly divisive politics.
In an editorial (http://bit.ly/102C4gg) published Wednesday, The Fauquier (faw-KEER’) Times-Democrat announced it would now be known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word “Democrat” in the newspaper’s name in such partisan political times “is no longer a very astute business decision.”
Don’t mess with Mother Nature, they say; but we do, perhaps must - hard-wired like steroidal beavers to be forever engineering our environment.
Some of our most emphatic “messing” is to pave and roof over the soft, vibrant skin of green earth. This obviously deadens it for the rest of life. Less obviously, by disrupting the natural flow of rain, it disrupts all manner of complex and vital communication between watersheds and waters.
We lump all this under “stormwater pollution,” oversimplifying the problem, ensuring that we take too narrow an approach to solutions.
When Scott Eglseder was growing up on Spencer’s Creek near St. Michaels in the 1960s and 1970s, he said the seagrasses were thick and plentiful and that he remembers how sea life flourished.
“The abundance was just amazing and over the past 53 years I’ve seen that change,” Eglseder said. “Now in the middle of summer you go down to the end of the dock and you can’t see very far down at all.”
Then one day Eglseder said he was at the Farmers Market in Easton when he saw a demonstration by a company called Johnny Oyster Seed of two large bowls full of water. One bowl was murky and the other, which was also filled with oysters, was clear. Johnny Oyster Seed was also selling oyster cages to grow oysters off docks that day.
Retail venues including grocery stores, butcher shops, farm stores, on-farm markets and other specialty stores are encouraged to apply to host a Southern Maryland Meats (SMM) freezer display case for the dedicated marketing of farm-raised (USDA processed) frozen meat products of approved Southern Maryland Meats program participants.
Launched in 2011 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) together with meat producers from the five county area, Southern Maryland Meats was created in response to the growing demand by consumers for meats that are produced locally on the region’s family farms. SMADC grant funds have made it possible for managing entities, representing the five Southern Maryland counties, to purchase and locate SMM display cases at approved retail venues for direct-to-consumer sales of SMM products.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Waterway Improvement Program allots funding each year to St. Mary’s County for removal of objects in waterways that are obstructions to navigation. The obstructions can also pose hazards to the environment and the boating public. Examples of eligible projects include abandoned boats and equipment, fallen trees and storm debris.
The Calvert County Board of Education and Superintendent Jack Smith announced today that Dr. Smith will be leaving his position in August of this year. Dr. Smith has chosen to exercise a clause in his contract that allows him to leave his position upon providing advance notice to the Board.
An interim superintendent will be named and the Board will commence with a search for a permanent replacement for Smith who has served in the role for seven years. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Dr. Smith served as Deputy Superintendent for three years. He also served as a curriculum director and principal in Calvert County. The first 20 years of his career were spent in Washington State and Tokyo, Japan. Upon hearing the news, Board Member Tracy McGuire stated, “It has been my privilege to serve with and learn from Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith has consistently done good work for the Calvert County Public Schools community. I use the word good to describe not just his efforts and outcomes but good in the full sense of the word, good intent, good reason and good purposes.”
Metro identified a major issue with the emergency call buttons on its trains Tuesday.
According to internal information, some trains have been rolling around without functioning emergency intercoms for a lengthy period.
A Promising Start
The process to update Charles County’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan began in the spring of 2011 with an extensive public outreach effort. The county is projected to grow from a 2010 population of 146,551 to a 2040 population of 221,950. The intent of the public outreach program was to allow discussion and debate over how the county will accommodate that growth.
Three development scenarios were presented to the public. The Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County (SGACC) supported Scenario 1, the Smart Growth scenario, which balanced protection of natural resources with investment in communities having the infrastructure to support growth. Key elements of Scenario 1 included:
Board Docs - Jun 19, 2013 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
1.03 [5:30 p.m.] Public Hearing: Bill Number 2013-13: Grading & Sediment Ordinance (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning & Growth Management)