Baltimore County Now
By Susan Hunt
Baltimore County Office of Public Safety Media & Communications
Yes, firefighters do occasionally rescue cats stuck in trees, horses stuck in mud, dogs trapped in burning buildings … and, recently, a great blue heron tangled in a kite string.
Sometimes, even the most experienced rescue workers face situations not covered at the Fire-Rescue Academy. That’s what happened on Sunday, April 29, when Halethorpe’s Truck 5, under the command of Lt. Stephen Sindler, was dispatched to assist the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department with a rescue involving a great blue heron dangling by its wing from a kite string suspended between two 60-foot trees. The string had wrapped itself several times around the bird’s wing.
Now, the long-legged blue heron – almost as much a state bird as the Baltimore oriole – weighs about seven pounds and stands 4.5 feet tall with a wingspan of nearly 6.5 feet. One of the tricky things about trying to save them is that they are carnivores who kill their prey by impaling them with their blade-like beaks. This was no standard fluffy kitten rescue.
Carefully, Truck 5’s crew extended the aerial ladder between the trees. Probationary Firefighter David Hepner climbed the ladder, and – assisted by the DNR officer on the ground – pulled the string and the bird towards him. Following the DNR officer’s instructions, PFF Hepner grabbed hold of the bird, cut the string, disentangled the bird and carried the patient to the ground. Crews turned the heron over to Baltimore County Animal Control officers.
The story has a happy ending. Animal Control personnel transferred the bird to the Phoenix Wildlife Center, which treated its injuries and a few days later released it back into the wild.
by Chris McCollum
Executive Director, Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture
There’s nothing like the taste of fresh berries. I don’t mean the strawberries and blueberries you can buy in January at the supermarket. I’m talking about the berries that left the patch a few hours ago. When I say “no sugar added,” I really mean “no sugar necessary.”
That’s the difference when you buy fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy products at your local farmers market. In Baltimore County, we’re lucky to have 15 farmers markets selling healthy foods that come straight from Baltimore County farms.
Berries, squash and beans are in season now. Treat yourself to a bunch of locally grown flowers, bring home some organic herbs, or try a free range chicken or low-fat bison for the grill. (Yes, bison really do roam in Baltimore County at Gunpowder Bison & Trading Co. in Monkton and at Morris Meadows in Freeland.)
Visit your community farmers market. It’s a whole new taste of fresh. Plus, you’ll be supporting our local farmers. Click here to find the farmers market closest to you.
by Marjorie Hampson
Director of Baltimore County Tourism
Looking to get in on the Sailabration action without having to deal with any of the headaches? Skip the traffic, parking, crowds and other bothers and see the Sailabration air show’s planes and pilots up-close and personal.
This Saturday and Sunday, Baltimore County joins in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at the Star-Spangled Aircraft Display & Festival at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road in Essex.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, visitors can have a great time and none of the stress of getting downtown at Martin State Airport! Vintage and modern aircraft will be on display, the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum will be open, and festival vendors will be on hand selling refreshments and memorabilia.
Throughout both afternoons, see aircraft take off and land featuring the Blue Angels. At the end of the display, the Blue Angels will even sign autographs!
Aircraft ranging from helicopters used by today’s Navy SEALS to some of the Air Force’s most advanced jets, to the planes that won World War II will be on display for all to see this weekend. To learn more about what aircraft you can see at Martin State Airport click here. For more information on the Sailabration activities in Baltimore County, click here.
See you there and enjoy the Sailabration!