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  1. Battle Acre Park Receives Dramatic Improvements

    At the 200th March of the Defenders ceremony, held today in Battle Acre Park, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the completion of the Battle Acre Restoration and Improvement Project.
    Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:42:51 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/0911battle.html
  2. Baltimore County Dedicates 1812 Home of the Brave Mural to Honor Citizen Soldiers

    With members of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment Maryland National Guard filling Battle Acre Park in Dundalk, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz dedicated a new mural to commemorate Baltimore County's role in the War of 1812.
    Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:15:12 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/0911mural.html
  3. Kamenetz Recognizes Agencies for Winning NACo Awards

    County Executive Kevin Kamenetz honored dozens of County employees today for their efforts that led to the County winning eight 2014 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties.
    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:04:36 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/0910agencyawards.html

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  1. The art of 1812

    Fronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences

    How do you honor a war 200 years after it ended?  Our buildings, museums and parks are filled with monuments, historic markers and remembrances of battles won and battles valiantly fought and lost.  What ties these commemorations together is a desire to honor our soldiers and the families and communities that supported their service.

    How do you create a remembrance that speaks to history and also engages people today?

    The Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences took on the challenge of finding a way to use public art to honor Baltimore County’s role in the War of 1812.  They saw the battlefield at North Point as the centerpiece.  Here, a crucial military engagement stalled British land forces so American troops could fortify Ft. McHenry and save Baltimore from capture.

    Battle Acre Park on North Point Road in Dundalk is an earlier commemoration of that important battle. Today, overlooking a newly renovated park, is new public art mural that captures not only the history and leaders of the battle, but the fighting spirit of its citizen soldiers and the pride residents took in their service. 

    The “Home of the Brave” mural features the battle engagement, with American troops holding formation, blocking British troops from advancing.  This panel is flanked by portraits of the battle’s military leaders, U.S. General John Stricker and British General Robert Ross.  Another panel highlights the historic Todd’s Inheritance homestead, showing rural life in eastern Baltimore County during the early 1800s.  A final scene shows a celebration ceremony held in 1839, just 25 years after the Battle of North Point was waged on the site.

    After the fireworks are over, the “Home of the Brave” mural will remain to remind us of the bravery and commitment of America’s citizen soldiers.  Visit Baltimore County’s Battle Acre Park and remember a legacy of service that lives on today.  

    The “Home of the Brave” mural was designed and painted by artist Marshall Adams and is a project of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation.  Funding was provided through grants from The Citizens of Baltimore County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

    Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:35:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/The_art_of_1812
  2. Every Litter Bit Helps – Adopt-A-Road

    Kristi Pilarski, Adopt-A-Road Coordinator, Bureau of Highways

    Cigarette butts, soda cans and other trash you may see along the road is not just unsightly, but it can get washed down into storm drains during a heavy rain, wash into our waterways and pollute recreational water areas, drinking water supplies, and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. This is why Adopt-A-Road is one of our solutions for the environment and your community.

    You can see our green and white Adopt-A-Road signs all around Baltimore County, showing community support for a Clean, Green Baltimore County. It is easy to join the Adopt-A-Road program. A group makes a commitment to pick up roadside litter just four times per year for at least two years.

    We receive support from the community from all types of adopters. Adopters include civic and non-profit organizations, school groups, commercial and private enterprises, families and individuals. We have adopters of all ages, the youngest being 12 years old. I am always looking for new adopters, individuals or groups, to help grow the Adopt-A-Road program.

    This program is a great service project for all sorts of groups, and especially helpful for high school students who need community service hours to graduate. It’s a nice way for families to come together to show support for their neighborhood. One of our newest groups, a motorcycle club, even made participation in Adopt-A-Road a prerequisite to joining their club.

    Our Adopt-A-Road program started twenty years ago and had much success in the past. I am hoping to continue to make it successful and grow the program, so we can help keep Baltimore County’s roads clean.

    I try to keep everything simple for the adopter. Once the application is approved, I give the safety training to the coordinator or to the entire group. At that time, I supply the group with all the supplies needed for the cleanups. We supply the trash bags, pickers, gloves, signs and the safety vests. Each group receives an Adopt-A-Road sign at their adopted road location and we will collect the trash bags after each clean up.

    If you would be interested in the Adopt-A-Road program, I would love to hear from you! Contact me directly at kepilarski@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-3560.

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:44:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Every_Litter_Bit_Helps__AdoptARoad

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