Baltimore County Now
Leaders in Conservation
Baltimore County has once again been recognized on a national level for its excellence in promoting the benefits of trees for communities. This afternoon, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz accepted the Tree City USA Award on behalf of Baltimore County.
This is the twelfth year that the County received this notable designation by the national Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Arbor Day in Baltimore County
“We’re proud that we are leaders in the state when it comes to to the conservation, health, reforestation and stewardship of the County’s trees and forests, and we are grateful for the recognition that comes with being named a Tree City USA,” said Kamenetz.
Dozens of environmental leaders attended the announcement, held at the County’s Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. At the event, the County Executive also proclaimed April 24 as Arbor Day in Baltimore County, which corresponds with the national Arbor Day date.
The County Executive marked the occasion by planting a tree at the County’s agricultural center, the site of a successful reforestation project that is a model for current projects funded through the stormwater remediation fee.
A Flagship Site for Heritage Tourism
Today, at Hampton National Historic Site, located at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined County Councilman David Marks, National Park Service Deputy Regional Director Gay Vietzke, National Park Service Superintendent Tina Cappetta and other VIPs to officially open the new $2 million visitor contact station.
The 2,400 square foot visitor contact station will provide orientation to the visiting public about the park and surrounding historic sites in Baltimore County. The project was supported with funds from the federal SAFETEA-LU grant program and matched with funds from Baltimore County Government and Historic Hampton, Inc. (HHI).
The grand opening, planned during National Park Week (April 19 to 25), also celebrated the completion of a 4,400 square foot collection storage building, a new entrance road and a new parking lot. Collectively, the four major projects represented a capital investment of federal, state, local and non-profit funds totaling over $6.5 million.
“Hampton is the only national historic site in our County, and as such is the flagship site for heritage tourism in our community,” said Kamenetz. “Once the largest house in the United States, the Hampton Mansion provides visitors with an insight into the lives of the early Americans who lived here, ranging from slaves to industrial and agricultural workers to the former owners of these lands. This treasure has survived to this day as a National Historic Site thanks to the hard work and dedication of many, including some people standing here today.”
All events at Hampton are free and open to the public. Call 410-823-1309 extension 251, or visit www.nps.gov/hamp for more information.
Member of Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health Community
The Baltimore County Department of Health is conducting a contact investigation regarding a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in a County resident who is a member of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community.
A small number of individuals who had significant contact with the TB confirmed individual, who are strongly recommended to get tested, have already been notified. In collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Health, the Baltimore City Health Department will follow up with individuals in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community who are strongly recommended to get TB testing. This contact investigation is on-going.
TB is a disease caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. Although this disease is spread from person to person through the air, a person needs to be in close contact for an extended amount of time to become infected. TB in the lungs can cause:
- A bad cough that lasts longer than 2 weeks
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
- Other symptoms that might include weakness or tiredness, unexpected weight loss, chills, fever or night sweats
For more information about this case investigation:
- Media reporters, call the Public Information Officer at 410-887-6092.
- For general questions relating to TB and this case investigation, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-2711.
- If you have been notified that you are a contact and have questions regarding testing, call the
Baltimore City Health Department at 410-396-9413.