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  1. Kamenetz Commemorates the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon Survey

    Bird Transit, Crown and Mile Stones on Display at Maryland Historical Society

    On Thursday evening, October 8, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz commemorated the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon survey in Baltimore County by unveiling America’s most historic scientific instrument – the newly restored and conserved Bird Transit, used by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon 250 years ago.

    The instrument was discovered and then restored by a nationwide fund raising effort, organized by local surveyors and engineers. It will reside in Independence Hall in Philadelphia after its two-week exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society. The replacement Crown Stone and Mile Stone – both four feet tall and weighing 400 pounds each – will be on display as well through the weekend. They are replicas of the original stones and will be placed at the Mason Dixon Line later this month – one on York Road and the other in a farm field (original location) which is now owned by Larry Malone.

    18th Century Outstanding Engineering and Scientific Achievement

    Lasting from 1763 to 1768, the Mason Dixon survey was the most outstanding engineering and scientific achievement of the 18th century. Commissioned to settle a long standing boundary dispute between the Penns, the proprietors of Pennsylvania, and the Calverts, the proprietors of Maryland, the survey established the boundaries of what is now Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

    “It’s important to recognize the incredible work of surveyors and engineers, who have helped shape our world,” said Kamenetz. “Even 250 years ago, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields of study were front and center as we charted the course of our nation.”

    Kamenetz was joined by officials from the National Park Service, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, the County’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, and members from the Fall Conference for the Maryland Society of Surveyors and Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. Baltimore County resident David Thaler, who was responsible for preserving the Bird Transit, coordinated the event in conjunction with the conference.

    Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:01:00 GMT
  2. What’s Innovative, High Tech, and Delicious?

    Manufacturing, of Course!

    Manufacturing, for many, harkens to World War II, when Baltimore Bombers were built at Glenn L. Martin and steel churned from Sparrows Point.

    The legacy smokestack industries as we knew them are gone, but Baltimore County manufacturing has kept what is vital to compete in the 21st century: innovation, precision, and a skilled workforce with generations of success in making things.

    County Has Largest Number of Manufacturers in Maryland

    National Manufacturing Month is more than another name for October. It’s a time to celebrate the 14,000 manufacturing jobs in Baltimore County. With 839 companies, Baltimore County has the largest number of manufacturers in Maryland, according to the Maryland Workforce Exchange.  

    Whether it’s aerospace defense, bio tech, industrial, pharmaceutical, information technology, apparel, food, or life sciences, a variety of manufacturers call Baltimore County home. Thousands work at McCormick, Stanley Black and Decker and BD Diagnostic Systems, each with Baltimore manufacturing legacies going back more than a hundred years.

    No more 19th century manufacturing and R&D here! For example, McCormick’s Technical Innovation Center is equipped with idea lounges, whiteboards and test kitchens - think “Google” for food. The GM plant in White Marsh with its all-white interior, looking as crisp as an Apple store, manufactures hybrid transmissions and motors for electric cars.

    Advanced, precision manufacturing can be found on all sides of the county. Middle River is home to Lockheed Martin and Middle River Aircraft systems, which produce advanced global security and aerospace technology. Textron Systems develops unmanned systems in Cockeysville, while Zentech in Windsor Mill is making circuit boards for defense, aerospace, medical, and communications. 

    On the “delicious” side… there are headquarters and manufacturing for nutrition and weight loss company Medifast, Michele’s Granola, and Tessamae’s All Natural food products.

    Why Here?

    So, why do 839 companies make things here? Baltimore County is in the center of the mid-Atlantic market, with a robust freight system, connected highways, a world-class port, and available industrial and flex sites. As these companies grow and implement even more advanced technologies, they find a skilled workforce trained to innovate.

    The Education Connection

    bwtech@UMBC and the Towson Incubator are cultivation hubs for innovative thinkers. Baltimore County’s Fab Lab, one of the only 3-D fabrication labs open to the public in the Mid-Atlantic, is putting inventors and students at the helm of laser cutters, 3-D printers and prototyping. Recently, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) announced a course for Design Fabrications and Advanced Manufacturing – a two year associates degree to give students essential skills in the new world of advanced manufacturing.

    The new Sollers Point Technical High School, located in Dundalk, is a great example of what’s possible. The high school feels like a college campus outfitted with professional grade mechanical shops where students learn advanced circuitry and hydraulics.

    Designing Workforce Training Around Employers’ Needs

    Baltimore County Job Centers are providing training designed around employers talent needs. The Department of Economic and Workforce Development is working with CCBC and other vendors to offer state-of-the-art training – usually vetted by businesses themselves – in high demand occupations like project management, health services, information technology, diesel service mechanics, commercial construction and real estate. A specialized manufacturing program is being considered for the upcoming year.

    More than Just Conveyor Belts

    Manufacturing is not a one-direction conveyor belt anymore. So when you’re sitting back after a hard day at work, enjoying a Baltimore County-made beverage from DuClaw or Heavy Seas, think about how manufacturing has changed. And celebrate advanced manufacturing’s multi-directional network of ideas.

    Bryan Dunn
    Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:58:00 GMT
  3. Protect Kids – Stop for the Flashing Lights!

    School Bus Safety Week is October 19 to 23

    It’s up to all of us to make sure our children are safe getting on and off the school bus.

    October is School Bus Safety month. From October 19 to 23, public safety officials focus on the importance of laws and regulations designed to keep kids who ride buses safe.

    The theme of this year’s campaign “Be smart, be seen, I wait in a safe place” addresses the children’s role in staying safe while stressing that the drivers must be vigilant.

    Traffic laws require drivers to come to a full stop when a school bus stops with lights flashing and the stop arm extended. Drivers can’t pull ahead until the bus gives the “okay” by cancelling the lights and pulling back the stop arm.

    Drivers' Penalties

    Although motorists may be on the other side of the street from the bus, they must stop unless there is a physical barrier between the two lanes. Children will cross the street after getting off the bus. The same holds true when children are boarding buses. Children are not paying attention to motorists. They are worried about getting to and on the bus in time. It is the motorist’s responsibility to stop and yield to bus riders.

    There are penalties for the drivers who disregard the law and put children at risk. Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing and the stop arm extended could receive a $570 fine and three points. For motorists who stop and proceed before the bus lights have stopped, the fine is $570 and two points. Drivers who fail to stop and cause an accident may face additional charges.

    Observe School Bus Safety Week by stopping when bus lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended. Our children depend on us for their safety.

    Louise Rogers-Feher
    Public Safety Office of Media and Communications

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:17:00 GMT
  4. Save a Loved One from Dying from an Overdose

    County Offers Training on How to Respond to Opioid Overdose with Naxalone

    The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose.

    Training is scheduled for the following dates: 

    Thursday, October 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Towson Library
    320 York Road
    Towson, Maryland 21204

    Tuesday, November 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

    Perry Hall Library
    9685 Honeygo Boulevard
    Perry Hall, Maryland 21128

    Tuesday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Rosedale Library
    6105 Kenwood Avenue
    Rosedale, Maryland 21237

    Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Parkville Recreation and Senior Center
    8601 Harford Road
    Parkville, Maryland 21234

    The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

    The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone and a kit containing the medication.

    Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at or call 410-887-3828.

    The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Department of Health and Social Services. The HHS headquarters is in the Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road.

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:37:00 GMT
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