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Sign your family up for Park Quest 2015

ParkQuest1WPark Quest hike. Photo courtesy of DNR.Guarantee a summer full of outdoor adventure and fun for your family by signing up as a team in Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Park Quest 2015.

The goal of Park Quest is to engage families in outdoor activities throughout the summer and allow them to experience many of Maryland's state parks. Park Quest offers 1,000 teams who qualify the chance to explore the many hidden treasures found in the Maryland state parks from May 22, 2015 through Sept. 7.

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Campylobacter is a bacterial cause of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and can progress to more serious illness, such as a bloodstream infection and other complications. Illness generally occurs two to five days after exposure. In 2011, Maryland reported nearly 600 Campylobacter infections.

The implicated milk is labeled "raw milk" (meaning, not pasteurized) and is sold under "The Family Cow" label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. The Family Cow dairy sells directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at multiple drop-off locations and retail stores in the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties.

Raw milk and products made from raw milk (including certain cheeses, ice cream, and yogurt) can pose severe health risks. Pasteurization is performed by briefly heating raw milk to kill disease-causing germs (e.g., Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Campylobacter) that can be found in raw milk. Maryland state law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized milk.

Information about the regulation of milk and dairy products in Maryland can be found here. Further information on raw milk safety can be found on the CDC website.

  • Celebrate Mother's Day!

    Mothers do so much for their families. This holiday, celebrate Mother's Day by planning something special. We've gathered lots of fun ideas in our roundup of Mother's Day events in Maryland. Whether by making Mom a special gift, enjoying a mother-daughter tea together, or going on a cruise or museum Read More
  • 57 FREE events in April for the family

    Looking for something for the family to do this month in the Baltimore/Annapolis/Washington D.C. area without breaking the budget? Look no farther! We have compiled a list of 57 free events in April. Check out the list and start having some free fun! Read More
  • Kids of Summer Photo Contest

    Here's your chance to get your kid on the cover of Chesapeake Family Magazine! Do you have an adorable photo of your baby at the beach, your preschooler splashing in the pool or your kid enjoying a melting ice cream cone? Enter it in our second annual Kids of Summer Read More
  • Cooking classes make a great date night

    by Regina Verow Many Maryland establishments are offering a new type of night out on the town — one that includes a cooking lesson. A date-night cooking class seemed like the perfect thing for Sandy Infante to surprise her husband with as a Valentine's Day gift, especially since the two were Read More
  • Finding help and hope after a baby dies

    By Katie Riley It's never easy to lose a baby. In recent years, however, more resources have become available for parents struggling with infant loss. Annapolis and Baltimore area hospitals have introduced perinatal support programs to counsel families in the event of a late-term loss or unexpected death of an Read More
  • Vote for Your Family Favorites

    Celebrate 25 years of Chesapeake Family by recognizing 25 of your favorites! Help spread the word about the places that make Maryland a great place for families. Now is the chance to vote for all your family favorite spots in the area. What restaurant has your favorite kid's menu? What's Read More
  • Annapolis Music Together class bridges generations

    By Katie Riley On a recent morning in Annapolis, the joyful voices of both children and adults singing could be heard through the hallways of Atria Manresa, a retirement community overlooking the Severn River. The group meets as part of Music Together's Intergenerational Music class, which aims to connect young Read More
  • Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals

    Spring festivals and fairs offer inexpensive family fun with food, entertainment, crafts and sometimes rides for kids. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., kicks off our list of Maryland and D.C. fairs and festivals, which includes all kinds of special events. Find family book festivals and cultural festivals, Read More
  • 1 Celebrate Mother's Day!
  • 2 57 FREE events in April for the family
  • 3 Kids of Summer Photo Contest
  • 4 Cooking classes make a great date night
  • 5 Finding help and hope after a baby dies
  • 6 Vote for Your Family Favorites
  • 7 Annapolis Music Together class bridges generations
  • 8 Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals

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