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GREAT SCOT! & Singer will sew Gaelic thread into BlackRock show. B-5 The Gazette GERMANTOWN | POOLESVILLE | BOYDS DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Where to shoot? n Law requires training, doesn’t force ranges to accommodate KATE S. ALEXANDER BY STAFF WRITER Maryland might require applicants for a new handgun license to shoot a gun first, but it does not require the many private ranges in the state to open their doors to those applicants. Maryland’s new law that went into effect Oct. 1 mandates those who apply for a handgun qualification license to complete a training course. Part of that course must include firing one live round. Where applicants will be able to meet that requirement 25 cents Council approves pay raise Ding-ding-ding in many parts of the state remains a mostly unanswered question. Of the 23 counties in Maryland, only 19 have ranges, according to a list published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Baltimore city and Dorchester, Calvert, Howard and Somerset counties do not have a range. Nothing in the new law or regulations requires private ranges to open their facilities to nonmembers, said Shannon Alford, Maryland state liaison with the National Rifle Association. “Offering a firearms range is a wonderful thing to allow people to enjoy the sport of New salary will be $136,258 in 2017 n BY STAFF WRITER See SHOOT, Page A-10 Middle schoolers will be measured by MAP System using test until academic targets developed n BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Middle school students’ performance will be tracked by the Measures of Academic Progress test as the county’s schools await data from new state assessments. Kimberly Statham — deputy superintendent of teaching, learning and programs for the school system — said in a presentation to the school board Monday that the school system eventually will develop academic targets based on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers. PARCC will be fully implemented in the school system next school year. “In the meantime, however, we need a high-quality instrument to assess the health of the school system,” she said. “We believe that that instrument is MAP.” The computer-based progress test that assesses math and reading performance already is in use in the school system. This year, however, will mark the first time the test is used to assess student progress systemwide, Statham said. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said these measures are not the same as the “milestone” targets described in the strategic planning framework he announced in June. See MAP, Page A-10 GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE Rebecca Coca of Burtonsville celebrates after ringing the finsih line bell at the end of her 35-mile ride in the MoCo Epic Mountain Bike Festival on Sunday at South Germantown Recreational Park. The two-day event featured supported bike rides of varying lengths that took cyclists along trails throughout the county. A lmost 1,000 riders participated in the MoCo Epic Mountain Bike Festival Saturday and Sunday. The event was organized by the MidAtlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts. It was originally scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13, but was postponed due to rain. According to Melissa Chotiner, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Depart- Spiking cancer RYAN MARSHALL ment of Parks, about 2,250 people took part in the event, including 950 riders. The event was held at South Germantown Recreational Park, which is managed by the parks department. The available bike trails ranged from 25- to 65-mile rides in several county parks. Supervised trails were provided for children and ranged from 4 to 7 miles. — SYLVIA CARIGNAN Pay for the next members of the Montgomery County Council will increase about $32,000 in the next four years. The current council voted 8-1 to approve the increase Tuesday, based on an amendment by Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring to phase in the increase. Councilman Philip M. Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg opposed the increase. According to the amendment, the council’s pay would increase from $104,291 — the level as of December 2012 — to $136,258 on Dec. 4, 2017. There would be increases of 8.6 percent in 2014, 6.5 percent in 2015 and 6.5 percent in 2016. The final increase, in 2017, would be 6.0 percent. The final amount of $136,258 matches the recent recommendation of a committee appointed by the council every four years to study compensation by elected officials, but alters the committee’s suggestion for getting there. The committee’s suggestion would have set the council’s salary at $125,000 starting in December 2014, with cost of living increases each year, bringing it to $136,258 by the end of the four-year term. In proposing the change, Navarro said, the council needs to be mindful of the financial issues facing many county residents as the country continues to recover from the economic recession. Navarro called phasing in the increases a “reasonable and responsible approach.” The first phase, an increase in the salaries to $113,310 a year, won’t take effect until Dec. 1, 2014, after the next election. Lawmakers are legally prohibited in Maryland from giving themselves a raise. The bill the council passed Tuesday also increases the next county ex- See RAISE, Page A-10 Poolesville group donates $10,000 to Fisher House n Rockville-based military support organization received check BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE Poolesville High School volleyball coach Fran Duvall, who is a cancer survivor, talks to her players before their game Monday, when the team raised money for cancer awareness. Story, Page A-2. Poolesville’s Military Support Group made a $10,000 donation during a town commissioners’ meeting Monday that will help military families across the country. The check will go to the Rockvillebased Fisher House Foundation, which SPORTS TALENT RUNS IN THE FAMILY Good Counsel lineman earns invite to national bowl; appears destined for the NFL. B-1 Around the County Automotive Calendar Celebrations Classified Entertainment Local Opinion School News Sports Please A-5 B-15 A-2 A-15 B-11 B-5 A-3 A-16 A-14 B-1 RECYCLE provides housing for military families who want to be close to a loved one while they are hospitalized. They also provide plane tickets and hotel rooms through the donation of frequent flier miles, as well as scholarships for military children and grants for volunteer organizations. In Montgomery County, Fisher homes are located in Bethesda, near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and in Silver Spring at the Forest Glen Annex. The $10,000 check from Poolesville’s Military Support Group will pay for 1,000 nights of boarding for veterans and military families, Fisher House Foundation Vice President of Operations Brian Gawne said. The support group hosts veterans from Walter Reed facilities at an annual cookout near White’s Ferry and takes donations through the year. 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