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  1. Take a cool hike this hot summer

    by Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

    Time to break away from that screen.

    How about a hike at your favorite Baltimore County Park?  There are easy trails to enjoy a brisk or slow paced hike and more challenging trails to test your stamina – all while sharing fun, beautiful views, and if you like, a quiet and serene time for reflection.  

    Safe summer hiking is common-sense hiking.  First, let your friends and family know where you’ll be going. Take your charged phone in case of emergency. Check the forecast and prepare for changes in the weather.  

    Summer hiking tips

    With a great day in mind, here are some basic tips to make your hike safer and more comfortable.

    • Plan your trip around the weather.  Early morning hikes are the best. Avoid the hottest time of day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Hiking in shaded areas is safer than in the direct sunlight. Try a hike near water - dip your hat or bandana in the water to cool off.  
    • Wear loose, breathable clothes. Light colors reflect the sun.
    • Wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim all the way around.
    • Wear closed-toe, flat shoes and socks for comfort and safety.
    • Bring plenty of water, but don’t over-drink.
    • If you are hiking with your dog, don’t forget that pets need to be hydrated, too.
    • Remember sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours.
    • Listen to your body. Be aware of the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and dangerous heat stroke. Learn the warning symptoms here before you set out on your hike.  

    Use the easy online Baltimore County Trail Finder to search for a walking trail near you. Now get out to your favorite Baltimore County Park and have a great time on the trails!

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:15:00 GMT
  2. Baltimore County is Ranked Fourth in the Nation for Use of Technology

    Award Highlights Innovation and Streamlining of Government Services

    Baltimore County is ranked among the top five most tech-savvy mid-sized county governments in the nation, according to the Center for Digital Government’s 15th annual 2017 Digital Counties Survey in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

    Among the counties that participated, Baltimore County earned the fourth place ranking in the category for counties with populations from 500,000 to 999,000. The award recognizes counties considered to be “digital leaders” in terms of aligning technology initiatives with strategic priorities to provide significant cost savings and administrative efficiencies.

    “We are very proud to be recognized for our success in making the most of technology to maximize efficiencies in a way that helps us enhance public safety, improve our schools, and better serve our citizens,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I appreciate the outstanding efforts of our talented technology staff here at the County,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

    Improving Government Services through Technology

    This year, the survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services. Some highlights of the survey’s criteria include practices that encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and reduce carbon emissions.

    Baltimore County was honored as a top-ranked county at the 2017 Digital Counties Survey Awards Reception during NACo’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio on July 22, and received the Digital Counties Survey Award. Additionally, winners will be featured in the Center’s best practices and thought leadership white papers.

    About the Digital Counties Survey

    The Digital Counties Survey is hosted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The organization also provides government, education and industry leaders with decision support, research and educational services to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. This survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), a full-service organization that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance to county governments.

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:47:00 GMT
  3. Kamenetz to Honor Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy in Turner Station on Saturday, July 29

    Program and Special Recognition Includes Free Movie Screening 

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is hosting a tribute to Henrietta Lacks next Saturday, July 29, in the Turner Station neighborhood where she lived. The program celebrates her legacy and will include a special and rare honor from the County Executive, as well as remarks from community leaders and a free screening of the movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey.

    The program, which will take place at the Fleming Community Center, located at 641 Main Street in Turner Station, begins at 10 a.m. and includes refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

    Sponsoring groups include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was instrumental in ensuring that Henrietta Lacks’ contributions were recognized statewide and in Baltimore County. Media sponsors for the event include Radio One and the Afro-American Newspaper.

    Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,”  despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:22:00 GMT
  4. DPW to Host Public Workshop on Dumbarton Drainage Improvements

    Engineers Will Discuss Upcoming Storm Drains Project

    Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will discuss local drainage improvements to Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, Crossland Road and Fairway Road in the Dumbarton area as well as rehabilitation of existing culverts running beneath Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, and Fairway Road (all near the Suburban Club of Baltimore County).

    To keep residents of this historic neighborhood abreast of design and construction discussions, County Engineers will hold a workshop on Wednesday, August 16 between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

    During the meeting, residents will have an opportunity to discuss the project’s impact with engineers in an informal setting. For more information, contact James Ekeh, Project Engineer, or Sheldon Epstein, Section Chief, Bureau of Engineering at 410 887-3711.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:14:00 GMT
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