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Stink Bugs: Invaders from The North

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) --  They're here, especially those suburbs north of Washington closer to Pennsylvania.  I'm talking about 'Stink Bugs'. 

First noticed in the Allentown, Pennsylvania region in the late 1990s, these Asian natives probably hitched a ride on a shipping container.   They have been spreading out ever since and their numbers are also increasing. 

Web Link: Dr. Raupp's Bug Of The Week

University of Maryland Entomologist Mike Raupp has been tracking these pesky bugs.  They've been eating crops and even some trees bark.  There is very little they won't eat except for people and animals.  Also, they have no natural predators in North America, so their growth has gone unchecked.

When the weather turns cold, they'll start coming indoors and that could mean an infestation of 'Stink Bugs' in your home.

Maryland Schools Must Teach Environmental Education

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials have ruled that schools must include environmental education in their pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classes.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to make environmental education part of students' education, but it will not be an official graduation requirement. Still, all students must complete a "local action" project to improve the environment either individually or with their school.

It's not clear how much schools will change as a result. In Montgomery County, for example, students already create butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, and "Green Teams" collect recycling items.

Beginning in 2015, superintendents will have to certify every five years that the regulation's requirements are met.

FBI Seeks Suspect In 38 Restaurant Robberies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The FBI Baltimore field office says law enforcement agencies are searching for a man suspected of robbing dozens of restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.

The FBI says since February 2009, there have been 38 armed robberies of restaurants in the region. That includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland; Newark, Del.; York, Pa.; and Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia.

Authorities say the man has displayed a gun in all the robberies and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Montgomery County Housing Fair

Montgomery County's annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary, the fair will expand its educational outreach to the community and provide new networking opportunities and publicity benefits for Sponsors and Exhibitors: housing providers, businesses, banks, credit unions, realtors, government agencies, community organizations, and nonprofits.

Montgomery Parks Annual Harvest Festival

Join the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for some down-home fun on the farm during the annual Harvest Festival.

Sample life on the farm from the 1850s to the present. Families and attendees will enjoy tinsmithing, pumpkin painting, chestnut roasting, scarecrow making, live farm animals, such as chickens, pigs and goats, games and food.  Also featured will be antique farm equipment, gardening talks and demonstrations, live music and more. Admission is $10 per car, which includes parking.

 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Agricultural History Farm Park

18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855

 

Butler's Orchard Annual Pumpkin Festival

From September 25th to October 24th, Butler's Orchard will be having their annual pumpkin festival

Come join in on the fun! There will me a plethora of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, hayloft jumping, food, crafts, animals, live entertainment, straw maze, caramel apples.

The Orchard is located at:

22200 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876-4520
(301) 972-3299


Hope to see you there!

Maryland’s Biggest Consignment Sale – Tot Swap – returns to Montgomery and Frederick Counties

Thousands of items babies, kids, and teens at bargain prices; consignors make up to70% from their items