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Colorful Baltimore Treat Marks Start of Summer

Sunny days, crowded sidewalks, sweet minty tartness in one colorfully unique summer treat that is quintessentially Baltimore. If you lived in Baltimore, you no doubt know what I’m talking about. It goes by different names: Lemon Stick, Lemon Peppermint, Peppermint Umbrellas. But no matter what you call it, you will easily recognize a staple of Baltimore childhood memories: A soft red and white King Leo's peppermint stick stuck inside the middle of a bright yellow lemon half.
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Swim Season Starts with Overcast Time Trials

A Perfect Way to Celebrate Swim Leagues Reopening for the Summer. Parents and swimmers dragged themselves out of bed on an early Saturday morning and made their way to the pool deck. Underneath an overcast day, hundreds of swimmers around Montgomery County began their warm-ups as their coaches yelled, “Go!” Reps handed out stopwatches, parents put up backstroke flags, clerks began running through their rosters and meet lineup. Over the buzz and flash of the starter, it can mean only one thing…the beginning of Montgomery County’s Swim League’s summer season.
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Beloved School In Arbutus Closes Its Doors for the Last Time

As the world begins to open up after 15 months of isolation and distancing, one community staple closed its doors for the last time. On the evening of June 11, 2021, hundreds gathered to walk the halls one last time to say goodbye to a beloved school. Former students and staff stopped by to walk the halls, visit old classrooms, and reminisce with fellow students and staff about their time at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School on Wilkens Avenue.
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Last Chance to Try a Cicada Dish in the DMV

Check out where you can dine on the protein-packed arthropod. My son noticed on his walk to the bus stop today that he doesn’t hear them humming in the background anymore. It’s true. As I sit here to write this I don’t hear the pulsing thrum that’s been the backdrop to my daily activities for the last few weeks.
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MCPS Virtual Academy Now Accepting Applications

Finger pointing with the words "We Want You."Nick Fewings/Unsplash. Montgomery County Public Schools will be going back to full time 5 days a week in-person instruction in the fall. However, due to popular demand, they will also be offering a Virtual Academy as parents found that their children succeeded in an online environment. However, the brick-and-mortar school and virtual program are not in competition with one another. The virtual program will not be the same as remote learning. Remote learning during the pandemic was a modified curriculum and schedule to fit the needs of the staff and students. As the county and state enter the final phase of reopening, the schools will reflect those changes as they move back to their pre-pandemic schedules and rigor.
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Hogan Says No Masks in Schools, What's Montgomery County's Response?

What will school year 2021-2022 look like for MCPS?. When Montgomery County School buildings opened after a year of pandemic learning, more than half of the county’s students opted to remain virtual. Schools adopted a hybrid learning plan. Teachers have been teaching their in-person and virtual students simultaneously. There were concerns about the lack of vaccinations and the continued masking for students. However, over the last three months, as more teachers and students have become vaccinated, more students have returned to in-person learning.
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808 Grindz Cafe is Worth the Wait

Ono-licious breakfast from 808 Grindz CafeHeather Jauquet/Author. About 10 years ago my father treated my husband and my brother to a sunrise bike ride down Haleakala. They had an incredible time and enjoyed it immensely. If you ever get an opportunity to ride down this mountain, do it! If you are lucky, you will also get awesome Maui-born and raised, Kimo Rice as your tour guide.
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How to Bike Down a Mountainside

Author balancing on a bikeKimo Rice/Image provided to author. “Are you nervous?” he asked. And even though my brain wanted to deny it, I blurted out an adamant “Yes.”. There was something in his easy-going frank manner that made me tell him the truth. I was scared riding a bike down the side of Haleakala Mountain in Maui. If my nervous bladder wasn’t a dead giveaway, it might have been the way I intently listened to all the pre-ride tips.
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First Cicada Pee and Now Zombie Cicadas. What's Next?

Amidst the eerie sound of pulsing cicada wings outside my window in Montgomery County, there’s a new aspect to the Brood X cicadas that researchers are discovering. They are finding there’s more to cicadas than 17 year protein-packed cuisine shared by University of Maryland Michael Raupp and his students in their book Cicada-Licious. In case you’re wondering, Cicada-Licious provides cicada based recipes for 9 appetizers and main courses and 6 desserts.
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Don't Look Up, That's Not Rain. It's Cicada Pee

Nary a cloud in the sky, but you have that feeling of raindrops as you walk by cicada-laden trees. Montgomery County, there’s a reason for that. It might not be the rain you are feeling, but cicada pee. That’s right, folks. Cicadas are not only a low-fat, protein-packed snack for humans, rats, and snakes. They are also the bringers of what is known as “honeydew” pee because their excretion is loaded with sugar and is expelled as if the cicadas are urinating.
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Descendants of Blackbeard Create a Culinary Treasure

Eat like a pirate with food created and prepared by descendants of Blackbeard the Pirate. I admit it, I’m a sucker for food trucks. They are hidden gems of culinary delights. If you ever stumble upon one on your travels or even in your own neighborhood, I highly recommend you make the stop. It’s mouthwatering food without having the formality of a sit-down restaurant. We made one such discovery while walking around Whaler’s Village on Kaanapali Beach.
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Ever Tried Deconstructed Sushi? Maui Poke Makes it Easy and Delicious

We’ve heard of Poke, but we’ve never tried it. Have you? Poke means to “cut and slice” in Hawaiian. My husband pronounces it as “poke” but it’s really pronounced as POH-keh. I have seen a couple of Poke restaurants popping up in Maryland, but have never tried it, which is shocking because my family all the way down to the six year old loves sushi.
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Cicadas, Rats, and Snakes, Oh My

Rats and snakes are finding a veritable feast with the emergence of the 17-year Brood X cicadas in Maryland. Not only are the protein-packed cicadas yummy as a delicacy for humans, but rats and snakes are coming out to enjoy the delicious arthropods. In June 2004 Montgomery County health inspectors received at least 436 complaints about rats as compared to the 60 they received the year before. And in 2019 there were only 31 complaints. However, with the emergence of the 17-year Brood X cicadas, officials expect that number to go up significantly.
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Don't Throw Away Your Shot as Maryland Gives Away $2 Million in Prize Money to Vaccinated Residents

Sticker with "I Got My COVID Vaccine"Marisol Benitez/Unsplash. First, it was free Krispy Kreme donuts. Then Ledos Restaurants across Maryland were giving away free pizzas for the vaccinated. Now, following in Ohio’s footsteps, Governor Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland will participate in its own version of a Vaccine Lottery. On May 21, 2021, Governor Hogan announced Maryland’s new Vax-to-Win promotion, giving away a total of $2 Million in prize money to vaccinated Marylanders.