Baltimore County Now
by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
In Baltimore County, we are proud to be the home of the Ravens. They may play their games in M&T Bank Stadium, but when the games are over and the lights are off, they make their home in Owings Mills. The preseason is always exciting, not necessarily because of the games themselves, but because we know football season is on the way.
As the Ravens play the Detroit Lions tonight in Baltimore, things are a little different. For the first time in years, on the same night as a football game, the Baltimore Orioles are deep in a playoff race. The O’s may not make their home in Baltimore County the way that the Ravens do, but they are just as near and dear to our hearts as the Ravens.
So tonight, we face a dilemma that we haven’t had to deal with in ages, the prospect of flipping back and forth between Ravens football and a playoff race involving our own Baltimore Orioles. As problems go, this is a pretty good one to have and I know I speak for everyone in Baltimore County when I say its one we wouldn’t mind having every year.
by Kevin Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
Greatness is something that doesn’t come along very often. When you get to witness it first hand, it is pretty exciting, While true throughout life, it’s particularly true in the world of sports, where years of preparation and dedication all have to come together to make such greatness possible, let alone a reality.
Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to see more than a few of these special moments on the fields of Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, and M&T Bank Stadium. What has taken place this week in London is now etched forever in my memory alongside Johnny U, Brooks, Eddie, Ray, and Cal.
Is it easy to win just one Olympic medal? I don’t think so. . Just imagine how hard it is then to win 19 of them. Yesterday in London, Baltimore County’s own Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time. That is an incredible achievement, one made all the more special for us through Michael’s roots in Rodgers Forge.
Since bursting onto the Olympic stage in Athens in 2004, Michael has been a source of pride for people throughout the country, but particularly for those us in Baltimore County, who walk the same streets where he played and swim in the same pool where he swam lap after lap after lap.
Greatness is indeed a rare thing, but when it come from that place you call home, it is really something special. Congratulations Michael, you’ve done something remarkable, and the best part of it is that we know you’re not finished yet. Not by a long shot.
By Patrick McDougall
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
Is there any better way to spend a Spring or Summer day than with rod and reel in hand, the fish biting, and dreams of a nice, fat catch at the end of your line? Not in my experience. Fishing is a great way to spend some quality family time, have a day out with the buddies, or just get away from it all for a few hours.
Did you know that there are a multitude of opportunities for great fishing available not far from your own back door? If you want to grab the fishing tackle, set up on a pier, and try your luck along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, or a stocked pond, then Baltimore County is the place for you.
We are home to over a dozen public fishing piers where everyone can bring their rod and reel and see what’s biting. How about a day on the reservoir, trying to hook a trout, walleye, crappie, catfish, or bass from a rented rowboat or electric motor boat? Head to Loch Raven Fishing Center and take advantage of their affordable boat rentals. Have your own trailered boat and need access to the Bay, Middle River, Bear Creek, Patapsco River, or other tidal waterways to spend a day trolling for the big one? Take advantage of Baltimore County’s FREE public boat ramps. Shoreline fishing is also available at most of our waterfront parks, but the best spots are well-guarded secrets that you’ll just have to discover on your own!
If you need information on how to get a fishing license or fishing regulations, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ licensing page. Another great resource for fishing and waterfront information is the Baltimore County Marine Trades Association’s 2012 Waterfront Guide. So grab your fishing rod, gather your tackle, stop at a local bait shop for some fish-enticing victuals, and head out to your soon-to-be-favorite Baltimore County fishin’ spot!