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Going Green Can Be Stress Free

For some people going green can be stressful.  Many of us see environmental consciousness as another project to add to a  never-ending and always growing to do list. Other thoughts I’ve heard are: What’s it going to cost?  I don’t have the time for this; everyone else is doing it so I don’t have to bother…one person won’t make a difference. 

     Well, let’s clear up these negative misconceptions.  Yes, you do make a difference.  A positive difference!  And yes, it will make a difference in your life, in your health, and for future generations. Think of your kids and grandkids! Remember, when you light a candle and then light many other candles from that original flame, you will not diminish the light of the original candle…you can light up the world from the original flame.  How’s that for the power of one?

Prince George's County Hosts Annual Housing Fair

 

Landover, Md. – The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development will be partnering with the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission to host its annual housing fair at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

For quick identification of the Copperhead, visit: 

Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

Firing up the Grill?  Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

With Memorial Day fast approaching, people will be firing up their grills for the first time this year and the last thing on many minds is probably safety, right? Well, it shouldn’t be according to Fire Chief Richie Bowers. Every year, thousands of homes catch fire because of inproper use of grills and the Fire Chief wants to remind residents that preparation is the key to staying safe when using grills this season.

Before you plan your next outdoor cookout, please review these safety tips:

If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good spring cleaning. Scour the grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning time by using a nonstick cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the grill.

Before using your grill for the first time this season, go online to check whether your grill has been recalled due to any dangerous defects.

MCFRS Significant Fire & EMS Incidents From May 16 through May 22

Battalion 1 Incidents


• House Fire in the 8600 block of Lynbrook Dr- Fire units responded for a house fire and arrived on scene to find a smoking toaster oven.

• Apartment Fire in the 700 block of Northampton Drive - Report of smoke from the garden apartment. Fire units arrived to find food on the stove with no extension. No reported injuries, displacements or dollar loss.

 

Last Chance to Apply for Commercial and Multi-Family Energy-Efficiency Project Rebate Program

From Montgomery County:

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and multi-family communities to apply for $1.7 million available for energy efficiency projects through a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. DEP announced the launch of the Commercial and Multi-Family Rebate Program, which is designed to overcome the financial barriers to making energy-efficiency improvements, as well as reduce operating costs and carbon emissions.

Applications are due May 15.  DEP received 40 applications, which were due April 15, for the first round of awards.  Projects selected for awards must be completed by June 30, 2012.