Thursday, January 31, 2013
Drivers on Harry S. Truman Parkway are stopping to get a better look at the statue dressed like Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
From the Ray Lewis-lookalike outside the Maryland Department of Agriculture to the rally to be held Thursday night at the Quiet Waters ice rink, Annapolitans are showing support for the Baltimore Ravens before the Super Bowl. The cow statues outside the agriculture department on Harry S. Truman Parkway are all decked out in purple—with one wearing Lewis' No. 52—causing many motorists to stop and take photos. The Anne Arundel Department of Recreation and Parks will host “Ravens Rally at the Rink” at Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission to the park is free after 5 p.m., and there is a special price of $4 for ice skating that includes skate rentals for those who show their Ravens purple pride by wearing team …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Parts of Annapolis will be sprayed for mosquitoes because of West Nile virus activity that was found in the area.
Maryland Department of Agriculture workers will spray for mosquitoes in Eastport due to West Nile virus activity found in the area, according to a press release. The spraying will be done by truck on Monday and Oct. 1 weather permitting. It will include Eastport Terrace, Knightsbridge, Primrose Acres and Truxton Heights, according to a release. To see a map of the spray area, click here. In August, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the first death in Maryland due to West Nile. There have been 13 confirmed cases in the state so far this year—at least one of which was in Anne Arundel County. Only 20 percent of all those who are infected with the virus show any symptoms, according to the Center for Disease Control. Only …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The mystery stylists, along with the Easter Bunny, paid a recent visit to the Maryland Department of Agriculture to leave bonnets and baskets.
The cow statues at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Harry S. Truman Parkway received a recent visit from the mystery stylists and the Easter Bunny.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Despite some confusion in the past few weeks, the people responsible for the seasonal wardrobe changes on the concrete cows on Harry S Truman Parkway can continue the fun.
The secretive stylists who have been creating festive wardrobe changes for the concrete cows at the Maryland Department of Agriculture have the go-ahead to continue their craft. According to a story in The Capital there was some confusion after officials removed snowman costumes in January. They had received some complaints about the sheets possibly flying off and into traffic along Harry S Truman Parkway. Over the years Patch has shared photos of the bovine beauties either getting ready for graduation, a day at the beach, Christmas or even St. Patrick's Day. Now that the decorating should be back on track, how would you like to see the cows dressed?
Friday, January 27, 2012
Farmers Feed US is providing a chance to win groceries or chicken ... or ice cream for a year.
How does free groceries for a year sound? A contest from a group of mid-Atlantic farmers is offering just that, according to a release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. As part of Farmers Feed US, state residents can enter for a chance at one of four grand prizes, each valued at $5,000. You also can win free chicken for a year, a $520 value, from Perdue Farms and free ice cream for a year, a $250 value, from Turkey Hill Dairy, according to the release. Entry for the contest is done through a series of short videos featuring the farmers. You can register with each of the 10 featured farmers each day through April 3. The Farmers Feed US website features chicken, corn, dairy, egg, grain, hog, mushroom, soybean, vegetable and …
Friday, December 16, 2011
State Department of Agriculture officials said there are many environmental and economic benefits to buying a Christmas tree grown locally.
For the first time, the Maryland Department of Agriculture placed and decorated a large Christmas tree in front of its building on Harry S Truman Parkway. Sure, it was festive and helped everyone who works inside or drives past get in the holiday spirit. But the 20-foot white pine grown in Harford County was intended to serve another purpose as well. "We hope it will catch everyone's eye and get people interested in real trees and all the benefits they provide our environment and our communities," said Wilma Muir, owner of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm where the tree was grown, in a release. "There are still people who think they are saving a tree by buying a fake Christmas tree and they have no idea how far from the truth that is." Also, …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The Maryland Department of Agriculture cows have their stockings hung with care.
The cows at the state Department of Agriculture quickly said goodbye to the turkey and their thoughts are already crowded with visions of sugar plums. Or at least the cow equivalent of sugar plums anyway. The mystery decorator was at it again this past week, changing the cow statues from their Thanksgiving attire to something more suiting St. Nick. Each cow has the obligatory milk and cookies and their stockings have been hung with care. This year, for the first time, they also have a decorated Christmas tree to complete the scene. The agriculture department, as part of a program to encourage people to buy locally grown trees, placed a 20-foot white pine in their front yard on Harry S Truman Parkway. The tree, donated from a Harford County…
Friday, December 2, 2011
The state department on Harry S Truman Parkway marks effort with lighting of a Harford County tree.
The 20-foot white pine in front of the Maryland Department of Agriculture building on Harry S Truman Parkway was lit Thursday as a bright reminder to buy local. The tree was donated by Wilma and Bob Muir, owners of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm in Harford County, to help remind residents to buy locally grown Christmas trees, department officials said. "Buying a locally grown tree is much more environmentally sound than buying an artificial one," Agriculture Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting said in a release. "Fake trees are usually petroleum based, imported from overseas and do not biodegrade so they eventually end up in landfills forever." She said buying local also supports family-owned farms and businesses and helps preserve farmland. …
Monday, November 21, 2011
With the change of seasons comes a change in wardrobe for the Department of Agriculture cows.
The cow statues at the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Harry S. Truman Parkway appear to be taking a page from their bovine brothers at Chick-fil-A to "eat mor terkey." I think they want to do as much as they can to push turkey for Thanksgiving, juding by their latest costumes. Or perhaps, they're just as excited as everyone else for the annual feast this week. With each changing season a mystery stylist transforms the statues with matching costumes or outfits. In the past they've been ready for graduation, complete with caps and gowns, supported their favorite baseball teams and even pitched in to help Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Do you have any suggestions for the next costume change? What would you like to see?
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
John Crandell and his Arabian 'Heraldic' earned a medal in endurance racing.
Yep. You weren't seeing things Tuesday afternoon on Harry S Truman Parkway. It was a horse and rider at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. John Crandell II and his horse, Heraldic, were being honored for their performance in the Tevis Cup endurance race. Endurance racing is basically a single-day ride of anywhere between 50 and 100 miles. In the U.S., the Tevis Cup is one of the best known endurance rides. It follows the Western States Trail and was organized in 1955 by riders on the west coast. It is the premiere event in endurance racing in the United States. For now though, an East Coast horse stands at the top of the field. Heraldic, an Arabian horse from West River's Long Run Farms stable recently took home the silver medal at …