Governor Larry Hogan has designated Aug. 2-8, Farmers’ Market Week in Maryland to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages citizens to celebrate the week by visiting farmers’ market and buying local products. There are more then 140 farmers’ markets across the state – at least one in every county and Baltimore City. Search for one near you at www.marylandsbest.net.
“Buying local supports our family farms, our local jobs and our local economies,” said Governor Hogan. “By shopping at farmers’ markets, Marylanders can offer their families fresh, healthy produce while ensuring a greener, more sustainable Maryland. I hope that Marylanders will join in the celebration by visiting a market near them.”
Governor Larry Hogan Announces Elimination of Fees for Highway Construction PlansDelivering on Promise to Make Maryland Government Business-Friendly and Efficient
Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has eliminated fees for state highway construction engineering plans and is providing contractors access to the free files on e-Maryland Marketplace – once again delivering on his pledge to make Maryland government business-friendly and efficient.
Beginning July 1, 2015, SHA is providing contractors with free electronic plans online with project advertisements, which saves contractors time and money by eliminating trips to SHA’s Baltimore office to purchase and pick up paper copies of the plans.
In search of greater accountability, 26 states are applying some type of performance-based funding models to their public colleges and universities, according to Stateline, a publication of the Pew Charitable Trusts. These models use metrics like graduation rates, student performance on national exams, and connecting students with jobs instead of enrollment as the basis for receiving some public funding.
A new study released this week says D.C. is slowly sinking.
Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Vermont said land in D.C. is expected to fall at least six inches in the next 100 years. This revelation is raising flood concerns across low-lying cities and adding to fears about rising sea levels and melting ice sheets due to climate change.
A big contest is being held in a small town.
In Hustle, Virginia, a 35-acre horse farm is being given away. Randy Silvers and Carolyn Berry are holding a 1,000-word essay contest to determine Rock Spring Farm’s next owner. Silvers’ health is failing and that makes keeping up with the responsibilities of the farm difficult, so the couple came up with this creative way to pass it to the next owner.
“They’re awesome,” says Berry of the nearly 1,000 essays they have received. “They are so heartfelt and incredibly personal and I am overwhelmed with emotion when I read them. ”
A conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a motion on Tuesday to try to oust fellow Republican John Boehner from his leadership position, saying he was tired of a “punitive culture” against dissidents in the lawmaking body.
It is unlikely the motion by Representative Mark Meadows to remove Boehner as Speaker of the House will pass or even come to a vote, but it highlights the friction within the Republican Party ahead of a presidential election in 2016.
U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday.
The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants.
The program builds on efforts from the White House to provide pathways out of prison by reducing sentences and giving second chances to those who have served time.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed the presence of a brain-eating amoeba at a water station in Ascension Parish.
The news comes as a meeting is going on in St. Bernard Parish where the same amoeba has also been found.
The Ascension Parish water station serves 1,800 residents in a small community north of Donaldsonville, La.
When Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his presidential bid this month, supporters who visited his website could view photographs of him, peruse his announcement speech, and read about the Wisconsin Republican’s life and accomplishments.
Using a bit of code embedded on its website, the Walker team was able to track who visited the donation page, tell which potential backers shared interests with existing supporters, and determine who was learning about the candidate for the first time. It could then use that information to target prospective voters with highly personalized appeals.
Those supporters who had already given money, for instance, were served an ad seeking another donation. But new supporters received a more modest request: to provide their email address or to click on a link to the campaign’s online store.
I attended the meeting July 16 at the Indian Head Village Green Pavilion concerning the expansion of the Maryland Airport. I was misquoted in the Maryland Independent paper in the airport article. [“Activists square off at airport hearing,” July 22]
I am definitely tired of my tax dollars paying for all these studies and assessments. However, I am in favor of this environmental assessment because the developers will not accept the findings of previous studies.
It is being recommended that the taxpayers subsidize this private airport and county development machine. The developers and Realtors are saying there will be “minimal impact.”
Really? How can they say this when they know the following will happen:
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission has extended the deadline to sumbit an expression of interest for the site of a future Agricultural Business and Center for Food Innovation to Aug. 7.
The center is intended to be the site — or sites if one location can’t be found — for development of a regional farmers market, local food and produce distribution hub to efficiently stock and distribute food from local farms to wholesale and retail buyers, value-added processing of meat, seafood and produce, and an incubation site for beginning farm entrepreneurs, a SMADC news release stated.
Christine Bergmark, SMADC executive director, and Eddie Bowling, chairman of Southern Maryland Meats, discussed the extension and food center at Tuesday’s meeting of the county commissioners.
The Charles County Planning Commission will work to finalize the latest draft of the county’s comprehensive plan by dedicating nearly all of its two regular meetings in August, and scheduling a special meeting Aug. 31 in case they need more time.
The decision was made unanimously at the July 27 meeting after the group listened to an update on state recommendations to the 2011 draft presented by county Planning Director Steven Ball.
The 2015 draft will focus on a balance of economic development and natural resource preservation, while also working toward a light rail transit system, Ball said.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin had some good news for Charles County, and especially Indian Head, at a meeting of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council on Monday morning: the future of Naval Support Facility Indian Head is secure for now.
Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Ken Robinson (D) asked what Cardin (D-Md.) has heard about the next round of Base Realignment and Closure.
“Next year there will not be a BRAC,” Cardin said. However, Cardin said he wanted to make it clear that just because a BRAC will not be carried out next year does not mean NSF Indian Head will not be at risk. Consolidations can happen without BRAC, or mission or budget changes, up to and including closure of the entire base. BRAC might happen again in the next 5½ years, Cardin said, depending on if the next U.S. president wants to pursue a round of BRAC.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will close one of two lanes and alternate traffic using a flagging operation on the Thomas Johnson Bridge (MD 4) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 beginning at 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. to repair the navigational lights.
This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of rain or high winds. The SHA asks for motorists’ patience during the flagging operation as crews work overnight to complete the work.
While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely.