Reservists, Volunteers Lend Many Hands at Appalachian Mountain Mobile Health Clinic in Western Maryland

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Over 280 volunteers donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

More than 280 volunteers, 90 Army Reservists and several Navy personnel from a dozen states donated almost 3,300 hours during the nine-day event

Army Reservists got real-world experience providing community health care when they participated in an ambitious federal training program in Allegany County in mid-August. Teams of health service professionals treated more than 1,100 patients – some walk-in and some by appointment – providing free dental work, eyeglasses, pain management and nutrition counseling, among other services – in a readiness program designed as a training exercise but with plenty of community benefits.

Out with a Bang! Culminating the War of 1812

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This article appears in the September 2014 issue of SpinSheet magazine. We thank the publisher for permission to reprint this article.
Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. Photo by Ken Stanek/Visit Baltimore

One of the strangest wars in America’s history will leave our collective consciousness soon, perhaps such as it did when it actually happened. In these pages over the last two years, we have learned how the British saber-rattled their way up and down the Chesapeake region with abandon two centuries before, in a war that many argue had no clear purpose, no great strategy, and some have surmised, no decisive victor. Motivations of national pride then and now are wildly divergent. Bill Pencek, executive director of Mayland’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission puts it this way: “The U.S. thinks we won, Canada knows they won, and Britain thinks, ‘What blimmin’ war are you talking about?” More

Tax Credit Highlight: The Calloway-Schooley House

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

The Bonomos in front of the Calloway-Schooley House

The Bonomos in front of the Calloway-Schooley House

by Melissa Archer, Preservation Officer

Nancye and Philip Bonomo do not own a low-maintenance home.  In fact, by most people’s standards, their 116 year old, 3,300-square-foot, wood-clad, Queen Anne-style home would be considered quite the opposite. Despite the yards upon yards of exterior painted wood surfaces, the Bonomos could not resist the history and charm of this house.  It also helped that, as their realtor assured them, they would be able to take advantage of state and local tax credits to help alleviate the burden of maintaining a piece of Maryland history.

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Southern Maryland Agriculture Organization Feeds Hunger for Local Farm Products

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MD Sustainable Growth Commission Award Celebrates Great Projects – Apply Now for 2015

So. Maryland, So Good... brands southern Maryland local products

So. Maryland, So Good… brands southern Maryland local products

Former Southern Maryland tobacco growers have diversified, branching out into raising organic produce and nursery crops, hosting tourist events and growing grapes for wine. Their So. Maryland, So Good slogan, presence at farmers markets, direct-to-consumer sales points and Buy Local week events have contributed to a newly thriving market for farmers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. More

MDP’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Profile Tool


By Scott Hansen, MDP Transportation Planning, & David Whitaker, AICP, MDP Communications

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Owning a parcel near transit can open a wealth of development opportunities. Yet, how to achieve the most benefits from those locations can be a challenge. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not any type of growth occurring near transit station. Instead, TOD features a well-designed and relatively high intensity of mixed land uses within a comfortable walk of a rail or bus transit station.  More

From Santa’s Workshop to Day Care Center, MHT Loans Bridge the Gap

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Anne Raines, Capital Grants and Loans Administrator

Franklin Hall

Franklin Hall

In tiny, charming Chesapeake City, where town leaders and residents cherish their history as the birthplace of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Franklin Hall is a significant place. Home to Santa’s workshop in December and boutiques throughout the year, the hall has a storied past, starting as Chick’s Tavern in the 1700s then as a Masonic Hall. When it needed renovation, the nonprofit Chesapeake City District Civic Association turned to the Maryland Historical Trust for help.

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The Buzz One Four

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A new blog from our Maryland Historical Trust division…

Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Nancy Kurtz, National Register Coordinator

In the early morning of January 13, 1964, a B-52D bomber, call sign “Buzz One Four,” with a crew of five and carrying two thermonuclear bombs, crashed in a blizzard on Savage Mountain in Garrett County. Two of the crew of five survived. The bombs were found intact in the wreckage.

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Fairchild C-123K Provider “Thunder Pig” flies overhead during presentation of Governor’s citation by Edward Chow Jr., Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Photo by Al Feldstein.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the fiftieth anniversary year of the crash, family members of the Buzz One Four crew and local residents gathered at the Little Crossings Memorial on the National Road in Grantsville to remember and honor the crew members.

I had coordinated assistance from the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments to repair monuments to two of the crew members, the marble memorials commemorating…

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