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New Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program Kicks Off Inaugural

Earlier this year the Maryland Legislature enacted and Governor O’Malley signed into law a bill establishing the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program within the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  The purpose of the Corps Program is to promote and sustain the environment by providing young adults with opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged citizens through meaningful service to their communities.  In total, 16 watershed organizations, county governments, and environmental nonprofits throughout Maryland have been matched with a “Corps Volunteer” who will provide environmental outreach and stewardship assistance while also receiving leadership and technical training over the course of the year.

The Trust will unveil its Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program at an orientation session and press conference with its legislative partners, corporate supporters and representatives from the following Corps program host organizations:

Students Head to National Innovation Summit

Four Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) students from the Career and Technology Center (CTC) are headed with their teacher, Kathy Koops, to the National Innovation Summit in Washington, DC on October 20, where they are invited to showcase their innovative Project Lead the Way classroom projects.

Felicia Kattes, Naara Rivera, Megan Toms and Ashlee Watts, all in their third semester in the CTC’s biomedical sciences program, will present information about anatomy, physiology and responses of the human heart to physical conditions. They will challenge participants to build a pump that functions like a heart, using everyday materials. 

Tired of Stink Bugs?

News outlets all over the Mid-Atlantic region have been reporting on the recent invasion of Stink Bugs (also called Shield Bugs). While the creatures are not really harmful to humans, they can destroy crops and plants (not to mention they can be a real annoyance for the average joe.

Especially annoying are the countless stink bugs clinging to thee exterior doors of homes that easily crawl or fly in with ease when the doors are opened. Just how can we rid ourselves of these pests?

Quite a few of the currently available news stories suggest a method known as "exclusion" to deter the little pests from entering the home. However, this doesn't really cover the annoyance of them gaining access via an open door or the annoyance of getting bombarded by them around the outside of your house.

With a little knowledge and some basic equipment, even the average homeowner can rid themselves or at least get some relief from the stink bug invasion.

Md. Looks for Cancer Cluster Near Ft. Detrick

The Frederick News-Post reports, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it's working with Frederick County health officials to investigate a possible cancer cluster near Fort Detrick, where workers dumped industrial chemicals and field-tested Agent Orange decades ago.

DHMH says it hopes to know by late September whether the cancer rate within a mile of Fort Detrick is significantly higher than in other parts of the county or state.

The investigation stems from a former Frederick resident's claim that he found many cancer cases among current and former Fort Detrick neighbors, including his former wife and late daughter.

On Thursday, DHMH and the Maryland Department of the Environment said they have asked the Army to test for the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange on and around Fort Detrick.