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Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:23
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:04
Lorraine Tong is currently an Analyst in American Government at the Congressional Research Service, Congress’s non-partisan think tank, at the Library of Congress. She was a faculty member of the agency’s legislative process institutes. Her specializations include appropriations for Congress, the Judicial Branch (including the Supreme Court), and homeland security issues…more
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:24
Joe Howard founded the champion trees program of Montgomery County and shares his passion for local trees with students and the community. When Joe Howard was growing up, he spent a lot of time in trees. As an adult, he turned that interest into a countywide program that identifies and ranks trees by size. A champion tree is determined by three measurements — a system devised in 1925 by a Marylander named Fred Besley. First, the circumference of the tree is measured at 4.5 feet off the ground. Second, the tree’s height is measured. Third, 25 percent of the tree’s average crown spread is calculated. The three measurements are added together in total points. The tree with the most points is named the champion…more