Popular New Year’s Day tradition returns across Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to kick off the New Year with one of Maryland’s newest, popular traditions — a First Day Hike.

On Jan. 1, 2019, the Maryland Park Service will offer more than three dozen hikes on more than 30 state lands and parks, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.

These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures, along with opportunities for education and stewardship. Many hikes are even pet-friendly.

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State parks list events

From The Garrett County Republican

Friday, Dec. 21

Science Room open. Scavenger hunts available all day.

Saturday, Dec. 22

11 a.m., What’s That Reptile? — Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center, and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures.

1 p.m., Roving Naturalist — Meet some of the folks that care for the animal ambassadors in the Discovery Center. During this time, live animals will be out for a close-up, hands-on experience.

Sunday, Dec. 23

11 a.m., Snowflake Discovery — Join the naturalist to learn about snowflakes. Make a snowflake craft and try to capture “snowflake prints” if weather permits.

2 p.m., Aviary Feeding — Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat.

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Tourism-related revenue continues to grow in Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Maryland tourism was the topic of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours last Tuesday morning at Wisp Resort. About 50 local officials and business owners attended the networking event.

“This was the fourth year of revenue growth in the state of Maryland,” reported guest speaker Liz Fitzsimmons, managing director of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts for the Maryland Department of Commerce. “So we want to keep that trajectory going.”

Her division’s mission, she said, is to grow revenue for the state to benefit its citizens.

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