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Purple Line to receive $680 million, Corridor Cities Transitway $100M BY

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Kevin Atkinson of Wilmington, N.C., sets up his ice cream stand Monday at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. The fair starts Friday.

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hoose the thrill of the Tilt-a-Whirl, enjoy the beauty of a ripe red tomato or watch the miracle of a calf being born. Those are just a few of the many activities, exhibits and experiences that make up the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which opens its 65th annual run at 3 p.m. Friday. The fair, which is open from 10 a.m. to midnight through Aug. 17, offers something for everyone and a lot for most, said Martin Svrcek, executive director. “We are rated internationally as one of the top fairs in the country,” Svrcek said. “It’s clean, well organized and diverse, with foods and attractions for kids of all ages.” The whole operation — which expects to host 200,000 visitors, depending on the weather — is organized and run with fewer than a dozen full-time employees because of the dedication of about 1,000 volunteers, Svrcek said. “Our volunteer cohort is huge,” he said. “During the fair, a thousand people will log volunteer hours.”

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(From left) Gregory Frazier, facilities work leader for the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, and volunteers Daniel Herrera and Minh Le, both of Germantown, roll a 500-pound wheel of cheese into cool storage at the Montgomery County Fairgounds.

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Newspapers will continue as usual for now BY AGNES BLUM STAFF WRITER

Readers of The Gazette can expect to continue hearing the familiar thump of the weekly newspaper hitting their driveways after the planned sale of parts of the Washington Post Co. to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos. “This is exciting news. We won’t see any immediate change,” said Ann McDaniel, a senior vice president at the Washington Post Co. who started her career as a journalist. “There’s always a future for compelling, accurate journalism at the community level.” The sale, announced Monday and expected to be completed in 60 days, ends the Graham family’s four-generation ownership of the flagship Post newspaper. In addition to The Gazette and the Post, the $250 million deal includes the Express newspaper; Southern Maryland Newspapers; the Fairfax County Times in Northern Virginia;

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Bridget Edell hosts “Lip Gloss and a Sander” on Montgomery County’s public access cable channel.

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Montgomery County’s push for transportation investment paid a billion-dollar dividend Monday when the state committed money to eight county road, rail and bus priorities. The lion’s share of funding, $680 million, will go to the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail line planned to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. Other projects, like the Corridor Cities Transitway, Ride On Bus system and road improvements, will see smaller cash commitments from the state. Standing above the Bethesda Metro Station Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the investments, saying that they will bring needed jobs and traffic relief. Led by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), Montgomery pushed for an increase in the statewide gasoline tax in the 2013 legislative session. It sought a cash commitment from the state to the $2.2 billion Purple Line as well as the Corridors Cities Transitway — a 15-mile bus rapid transit line that will connect Clarksburg to the Shady Grove Metro Station, estimated to cost $545 million. Over the “last few decades,” Maryland stopped making necessary investments to build and maintain its transportation infrastructure, O’Malley (D) said Monday. “The failure to act, the failure to make those better decisions, had a huge cost,” he said.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7

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Tyke Hikes: Avian Wonders, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Hear a story, take a nature hike and make a craft to take home. $5. Register at www. parkpass.org. Kid’s Craft Wednesday, 11 a.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Make leaf rubbing trees, wind socks and other fun craft projects. Free. scspnaturalist@gmail.com. Breast Cancer and Lymphedema Support Group, 5:30-6:30

p.m., Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Outpatient Clinic, 831 E. University Blvd., Silver Spring. Free. sdave@adventisthealthcare.com. Rockville Lions Club Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Rockville Methodist

Church, 122 W. Montgomery Ave. Learn about community’s needs and how to meet them. 301-257-5180. Family Support Group Meeting, 7:30-9 p.m., Parish Hall of

St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville. For families and friends of people with depression or bipolar illness. Free. 301-299-4255. PHOTO FROM REVENSON

Lil’ Rev will perform with other visiting ukelele players at a free outdoor concert Aug. 14 at the gazebo at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda. The concert caps a four-day uke and guitar camp hosted by musicians Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink of Kensington. For more information, see Page A-13 or visit www.strathmore.org.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 8 Reptile and Amphibian CampďŹ re, 6:30-8 p.m., Meadowside

Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Bring hot dogs, buns, drinks, sides. $5. Register at www.parkpass.org.

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The Mary Shaver Band Blues Concert,

6:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Rockville Rooftop Live, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. $10. nicole@rockvillerooftoplive.com.

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Park in the Dark Hayride, 8:30 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Explore the mysterious world of the park after dark. $2 per person. 301-924-2127.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 Tot Time: Cool It!, 3-3:30 p.m., Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Learn

Amina Harouna and Mike Willis repair a shed at the county fairgrounds. Go to clicked .Gazette.net.

new ways of staying cool. Free. Register at www.parkpass.org. CampďŹ re and Nature Walk, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Bring hotdogs and rolls; s’mores materials will be provided. $6. Register at www.parkpass.org.

SUNDAY, AUG. 11 5th Annual Pachuca Day,

noon-4 p.m., Rockville High School, 2100 Baltimore Ave., Rockville. A variety of soccer events throughout the day. Free. 240-6830680. Hot Society Sunday Dance, 3-6 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Music and dances from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. $14. 703861-8218. Twilight Walk, 7 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. Learn how the Civil War touched the lives of soldiers, slaves and free people in the Great Seneca Valley. Free. scspnaturalist@gmail.com.

MONDAY, AUG. 12 AAHP Mt. Calvary Dining Club, 6-9 p.m., Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 608 N. Horners Lane, Rockville. Enjoy healthy food, physical activity and learning more about diabetes prevention. $8. 301-421-5767. Beyond Words: Grief Expression through Art Making, 6:30-8

SPORTS Maryland’s top amateur golfers face Virginia’s in Capital Cup.

POLITICS Puppet exhibition pulls the strings on this unique art form.

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p.m., Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. A two-session workshop for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Free, registration required. 301-921-4400.

Sam Llanas, formerly of The BoDeans, 8-11 p.m., The Golden

Bull, 708 Dalamar St., Gaithersburg. $20. 301-948-0355.

TUESDAY, AUG. 13 Start Drawing and Painting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. A three-class workshop. $174. Register at www.parkpass.org.

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Student met her goal: Raising money for soccer balls in South Africa Free poetry reading at Writer’s Center

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When Connor Bell, a rising senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in North Bethesda, learned this spring that she and her family would be traveling to South Africa this summer, she realized the trip could be an opportunity for her to be more than just a tourist. After seeing a National Geographic magazine picture of a boy’s foot on top of a makeshift soccer ball fashioned out of what looked like string and some sort of cloth, Bell knew she had found her cause. Bell started a nonprofit called Balls for Hope to collect money to buy soccer balls to be distributed in South Africa during summer break. On the wesbite payitsquare. com, Bell set up a page to raise money. With every $20 donated, one ball and one ball pump would be given to a child or family in need in South Africa. When the campaign ended June 15, Bell had raised $2,015. She took 300 balls and pumps to South Africa. As a student-athlete, Bell said she understands the value of sports as an outlet and as a source for positive self-esteem and confidence. Bell has been on the varsity track team at Georgetown Visitation since her freshman year. In addition to raising more money and sending more soccer balls to South Africa next summer, Bell plans to collect soccer cleats for the children.

New smoke alarm law takes effect The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has issued a “what you need to know” information sheet on the state’s new smoke alarm law that took effect July 1. The Maryland law requires homeowners to replace batteryonly operated smoke alarms with units powered by sealedin, long-life batteries. The law also requires residential battery-operated smoke alarms to have a “hush-button” feature that will temporarily silence the alarm if accidentally activated. The new law applies to battery-only powered alarms, not those hard-wired into electrical systems. The information is at montgomerycountymd.gov/mcfrsinfo/news/2013/07162013. html.

ticipate in a reading with poets associated with the Mariposa Poetry Series and Poetry Retreat from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Other scheduled readers are Nancy Naomi Carlson, Sid Gold, Richard Epstein, Sistah Joy, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Yvette Neisser Moreno, Ryan McAllister and Ann Haman. The free reading

will be followed by a reception and book signing. For more information, call 301-654-8664 or email post. master@writer.org.

Farmers markets get recognition The Montgomery County Council last week honored the hard work of those who run the area’s farmers markets. Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring bestowed the honor July 30 on several farmers markets, such as Central Farm Markets, which operates two weekend markets: Saturdays in White Flint, at 11806 Rockville Pike, and Sundays in the Bethesda Elementary School parking lot at 7600 Arlington Road. The honor came right before the National Farmers Market Week, which runs the first full week of August each year. There are 7,864 farmers markets listed in U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 9.6 percent increase from 2011.

Potomac author to discuss book Vaddey Ratner of Potomac is scheduled to discuss her novel, “In the Shadow of the Banyan,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Rockville Memorial Library. Ratner grew up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, according to a news release. Her book tells the story of that time through the eyes of a 7-year-old girl named Raami, who endures the deaths of family members, starvation and forced labor by clinging to the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. The book talk is sponsored by Rockville Friends of the Library. For more information, call 240-777-0020 or email rockville@folmc.org.

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Rob Casteel of Arlington, Va., helps fellow employee Ako Sunny of Silver Spring and his son Ako Darryl, 4, select school supplies Saturday at Admiral Security Services in Bethesda. After receiving their supplies, the children — at least 200 signed up for the event — played games and enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs. macies will now be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The outpatient Arrowhead Pharmacy in Building 9 near the escalators will remain open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the America Pharmacy in the America Outpatient Building will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The drive-through refill pickup point will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Teachers take learning tour of Turkey Three teachers from Montgomery County spent part of their summer vacation on a cultural tour of Turkey. They were on a Teacher Study Tours program organized and sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of America. Merida Friedman of Silver Spring International Middle School, Lenore Marie Hopkins of North Bethesda Middle School and Rosamond Byrne of the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington were among 54

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teachers selected for the program. “It was a wonderful trip,” Byrne said. “A couple of the highlights for me as a teacher were when we went to a Neolithic site, Catalhoyuk; ancient Troy; and Hagia Sophia, a famous Byzantine church that was turned into a mosque, because I’ve taught about them and studied them.” Accompanied by volunteer Turkish teachers, the group began the tour in Istanbul, with a visit to such famous landmarks as the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Suleymaniye Mosque. They also visited the towns of Ephesus, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Gallipoli, where a famous World War I battle was fought, and the site of ancient Troy. The teachers met with representatives of organizations working on education, women’s issues and the environment. They also participated in workshops by Turkish artists and had a chance to meet Turkish students at schools they visited. The tour ended in Ankara, the capital, where they visited

the Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, as well as the National War of Liberation Museum and the Museum on Anatolian Civilizations. Since the program’s inception, Turkish Cultural Foundation, a U.S. nonprofit that promotes and preserves Turkish culture worldwide, has introduced 425 U.S. educators to Turkey’s cultural heritage.

Cancer nonprofit opens thrift store Hope Connections for Cancer Support recently opened an on-site thrift store, the Hope Chest, at its 9650 Rockville Pike location in Bethesda. The nonprofit provides emotional support to cancer patients and their families. In addition to selling donated items, the store features handmade jewelry from a group of local designers called Crafters for a Cure. The group comprises six women from Montgomery County who have all been affected by cancer, either physically or emotionally. All profits go directly to Hope Connections.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DEATHS Elizabeth Bonifant Hyde Elizabeth Bonifant Hyde, 84, of Olney died Aug. 2, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 15661 Norbeck Blvd., Silver Spring. Roy W. Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville handled the arrangements.

Ethel Read White Ethel Read White, 91, of Rockville died Aug. 3, 2013. A service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington St., Rockville. Pumphrey Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Some residents are opposed to Montgomery County’s plan to relax zoning regulations, letting more people keep chickens in their backyards. Montgomery is comprehensively rewriting its zoning code and using the revision to change certain policies, among which are the rules regulating the raising of chickens. As far back as the county’s first zoning code in 1928, residents could have chickens in their yards, because farming was permitted in every zone, Legislative Attorney Jeff Zyontz said. But by the mid-1950s, the code did not expressly allow for chickens, he said. Sometime after 1955, the county adopted its current regulations, which allow chickens in residential zones, so long as the coop is 25 feet from a lot line

and 100 feet from a neighboring house, Zyontz said. Those rules, he said, were crafted to keep fowl off small lots. Planners and council members want to let those who live on small lots raise chickens, too. Within the current rewrite, county planners have proposed to relax the rules for backyard chicken farming, suggesting a coop be at least 5 feet from the lot line. They also proposed allowing one hen for every 1,000 square feet of a lot, up to eight. No roosters would be allowed and yards must be fenced. Goats also would be permitted, but no more than one goat for every 2,000 square feet of lot space. The council’s Planning Housing and Economic Development Committee went for a compromise between current rules and the planners’ proposal, recommending coops be at least 15 feet from the lot line. The committee the planning board’s other limits. Councilwoman Nancy Floreen, who chairs the committee, said some

people did not realize until the rewrite that the county has long allowed chicken in residential zones. “Residents always could have chickens. The only question was the location of the coop,” Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park said. Some have cried foul at relaxing the regulations, even suggesting that it would precipitate a major spike in the number of hens in animal shelters, as residents give up on raising chickens in their backyards. Others have said a 15-foot setback would force many who want to raise chickens to put the coop in the center of their yard — in direct sunlight. Objections to smell and health concerns about animal waste also have been raised, but animal advocates and agriculture experts say most are unfounded. Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for The Humane Society of the United States, said chickens are intelligent, social, interesting animals that can make good companions. But when chickens are allowed in

residential areas or rules are relaxed, there can be a spike in unwanted birds going to shelters, he said. Shapiro suggested that those interested in keeping chickens first learn what they are getting into. If they decide to go for it, they should rescue a sheltered chicken rather than ordering chicks through the mail, he said. University of Maryland Extension Educator Chuck Schuster agreed that those considering raising chickens do their homework. Poultry sitters are absolutely necessary if owners plan to go on vacation, as the birds should not be left to fend for themselves, Schuster said. Movable coops that provide adequate shelter and room for the birds to roost at night and lay eggs are also essential. A movable coop prevents chickens from ranging in only one area and will help cut down on smell and degradation to yards, Schuster said. Unfortunately, those expecting to raise chickens to get cheap eggs are mistaken, he said.

The cost of buying a proper coop, feeding and caring for chickens breaks down to about $4 to $6 for every dozen eggs the chickens will produce, he said. Those hoping to get fresh eggs, though, can produce food for themselves. Both Schuster and Shapiro doubted that chickens would produce more waste than dogs or cats. “When we properly manage poultry flocks in the backyard setting, including moving the structure, there is not a manure concentration and once it rains, it is incorporated into the turf,” Schuster said. “I’m less concerned about that than I’d be about some pet waste.” When questioned by the council, Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county’s health officer, said the greater health risk would be handling the bird, not the waste. She suggested frequent handwashing. The full council has yet to discuss the zoning rewrite, so the rules for raising chickens could continue to evolve. kalexander@gazette.net

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Every girl has her go-to tool. For some, it’s a flat iron or a trendy pair of heels. For Bridget Edell, it’s her favorite tube of lipstick and a great sander. Edell is the host of “Lip Gloss and a Sander,” which first aired on Montgomery County’s public access television station in June. The show follows Gaithersburg’s Edell as she takes on refinishing, painting and sanding projects step by step. The title comes from two tools that have become essential for her handyman hobbies and everyday life. “In my garage, I can do anything with a sander,” she said. Growing up, Edell would spend time with her father in his workshop. She didn’t share her siblings’ interests in sports at the time. She learned how to strip furniture of its polish and refinish pieces to make them look new. Edell hosted Montgomery County Media’s production staff at her home on July 27 to film the fifth episode of “Lip Gloss and a Sander.” In that episode, she showed viewers how to create a pub table out of a whiskey barrel. Edell, an executive assistant at Shady Grove Hospital, said the idea came from a friend who wanted to update the wet bar in his basement. Edell often takes her guests on the show to garage sales and flea markets to find affordable furniture that can be updated or

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Bridget Edell of Gaithersburg, while taping her Montgomery County cable TV show, “Lip Gloss and a Sander,” helps select a table top at Thomas Marble & Granite in Gaithersburg. refinished. The new host said she hopes the show will encourage more women to take on home improvement projects. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a man in the garage,” she said. Edell’s husband, Gary Edell, encouraged her to take the leap into show business and put her Pennsylvania State University communications degree to good use. “Back when I was in college and graduating ... there weren’t a whole lot of job opportunities for women” in broadcast journalism, she said. Edell pitched her idea for a television show to Montgomery County Media,

which approved her for a series. Merlyn Reineke, executive director of Montgomery County Media, said the station helps county residents and producers get time on the small screen. The number of episodes Edell will film is up to her, he said. Reineke said Edell’s show is “a very creative concept” and might inspire other county residents to start shows of their own. “Lip Gloss and a Sander” airs on Montgomery Channel 21 at 10 p.m. Wednesdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. scarignan@gazette.net

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About 500 residents, politicians and activists showed support for climate-change policies at an Organizing For Action community meeting last week at the Silver Spring Civic Center. “Cleaner air leads to healthier families,” said Neeta Datt, the county director of the nonprofit. The nearly four-hour meeting was the first in a month of action for the nonprofit that

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supports President Barack Obama’s agenda. Speakers focused on the president’s plan, but also encouraged action on an individual level. “Climate change is the most important issue in our generation,” said Donald Boesch, the president of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland. “We have a special responsibility and opportunity to lead.” Pushing for more clean energy in the state has the potential to create jobs, Boesch said. “We don’t need to invent anything, all we need is more policy,” said Mike Tidwell, the director of Chesapeake Climate Change Action Network. “The fossil-fuel industry is allowed to

treat our atmosphere as a sewer.” Because of climate change, cases of asthma and heart attacks are increasing in the U.S., said Cindy Parker, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins who is a director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Health is the only thing that has the potential to engage everyone across the political spectrum on climate change,” she said. “Everyone cares about their health, their family’s health and their neighbor’s health.” Katherine Magruder, the executive director of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, encouraged people to share books they’re reading about environmental topics with people who are doubtful of climate change. Datt told residents to send

letters to the editor to local newspapers and call their representatives to push climate change legislation. “Maybe with a nudge and a push we can get them to take a side,” she said. “It’s about time they take a side for or in denial. And OFA will start holding people in Congress accountable.” Datt said Maryland, and the nation, needs to change the climate change conversation. “We don’t hear the impacts enough in Congress or the media,” she said. “We’re already changing the conversation by filling up this room. We get it in Montgomery County, but we have to reach out and help others.” mchertock@gazette.net

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission held the first public meeting on Thursday on a proposal to construct an offshore intake for the water supply at the Potomac Water Filtration Plant. The meeting was held in an open house format at Potomac Elementary School, with posters around the room describing the purpose of the project, the anticipated environmental impact and photos of the current water intake site. Several representatives of WSSC, the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the project team were available to answer questions. WSSC has a water intake along the shore of the Potomac River, just below where Watts Branch flows into the river near the water filtration plant now, but would like to replace it with an offshore submerged channel intake. Debris gets in the part of the river where the current intake is, said Jerry Irvine, public affairs manager for WSSC. “There are more contaminants there than in the middle [of the river],” he said. Almost three-quarters of the water used by WSSC customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties comes from the Potomac Water Filtration Plant, according to a press release from the C&O Canal National Historical Park, which runs between the plant and the river. The new intake will not increase the amount of water taken from the river; WSSC is seeking higher quality source water, the release said. Thursday’s meeting was a “scoping meeting,” said Suzanne Boltz, a senior scientist with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc., who is working with WSSC.

“The meeting is required by the process, so the public is aware early and has multiple opportunities for input,” she said. Only two interested residents went to Thursday’s meeting to learn about the plan: Ginny Barnes, incoming president of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association, and Neal Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, Barnes said she was disappointed in the format of the meeting. “My displeasure is this meeting doesn’t have any presentation. We have to go around and do a one-on-one and talk to people,” Barnes said. Fitzpatrick said he was at the meeting because he is concerned about C&O Canal National Historical Park resources. “We use the C&O Canal for outdoor classrooms all the time,” he said. “I want to make sure the impact is as minimal as possible, if there are impacts.” Both Fitzpatrick and Barnes said they think the environmental impact assessment should include a look at the water quality of the Watts Branch stream. “Its been degraded over time by development,” Fitzpatrick said. Simon Baidoo, project manager with WSSC, said he was not disappointed in the poor turnout at the meeting. He said it is what he has come to expect from public meetings. “Our aim is to have as many people as possible [comment on the project]. This is just one of the ways,” he said. Information from the meeting, including the posters, is available on the WSSC website: www.wsscwater.com/home/ jsp/content/potom-index.faces. To comment, visit http:// parkplanning.nps.gov or mail comments to Simon Baidoo, Project Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. pmcewan@gazette.net

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John Paul Evans, a Democrat who lives in District 14, near Gaithersburg’s city limits, filed with the state on July 31 to become a candidate. District 14 covers much of eastern Montgomery County, including Olney, Laytonsville and Silver Spring. The district’s incumbent delegates — Anne R. Kaiser (D) of Burtonsville, Craig Zucker (D) of

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A newcomer to politics has thrown his hat into the ring for District 14’s state delegate seat.

Brookeville and Eric Luedtke (D) of Burtonsville — are all running for re-election next year. The primary will be June 24, 2014, and the general election on Nov. 4, 2014. Evans, 23, works in the information technology department at Children’s Pediatricians and Associates in Silver Spring. He said he has not run for office before, but has always been interested

in politics. The issues that most concern him are civil rights and government transparency. “I don’t think we have enough transparency in the slightest,” he said. Evans said he is reluctant to single out one civil right to focus on. “We’ve had the gun issue, with assault weapons, and we’ve had issues

with the [National Security Agency],” he said. Evans said gun laws should be based on guns’ functionality, not whether they look like assault weapons. Those topics have been “a driving force” behind his decision to announce his candidacy, he said. scarignan@gazette.net

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Montgomery County residents have been targeted by a slick robocalling scam, the county’s Office of Consumer Protection warned Friday. In the scam, a prerecorded voice tells the person answering the phone that someone they know has purchased a “Medical Alert” device for them and the company is trying to schedule a delivery, according to Eric Friedman, director of Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection. But the calls are a scam operation to try to get personal identity information or credit card information from residents, Friedman said. People getting ripped off by the scam receive monthly charges of $35 and up, said John D. Breyault, a vice president at the National Consumers League. The scam is similar to one that was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission in March, he said. The call alone is illegal, he said. “If you’ve not given permission for a company to contact you, they cannot use an auto dialer,” he said, explaining that it was a violation of consumer protection law. In that case, a Brooklynbased company would contact seniors with a similar pitch about a free medical alert service, then bill them between $817 and $1,602 with bogus invoices, he said. If the person receiving the bogus bill refused to pay, the company often threatened them, he said. “The FTC put a halt to that scam, but there are copycats out there,” he said. As for who’s behind it? “Really, it could be practically anyone. If you have access to right technology, it’s a fairly simple scam to run,” he said. Many originate outside of the U.S., he said. The calls come from a local number, but could actually be coming from anywhere in the country using a process called “spoofing,” Friedman said. Keith Watkins, an investigator with Montgomery County’s Office of Cable and Broadband Services, said that he received one of the calls last week. “It did not sound like a predictive dialer,” he said. “This fella just started talking. I truly thought it was a live caller,” said Watkins, 56, of Silver Spring. Then, on the recording, the caller asked to schedule a delivery by pressing “1,” or to decline a delivery by pressing “5.” “I’m aware of scams like this, but this sounded so lifelike that I thought I was talking to a real person,” Watkins said. Once he realized it was a robocall, he listened to the rest of the recording, then hung up, he said. Friedman advised Montgomery County residents to limit the amount of time on the phone, not to talk to a live operator, and not to give any personal information to operators.

Giant Food and home-delivery affiliate Peapod are stepping up their services, as more grocers and online retailers offer customers the convenience of having groceries delivered. Starting Wednesday, customers who order groceries online from Peapod can pick them up at Giant’s first standalone site in Maryland, at 8500 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Customers have been able to have groceries delivered to their homes for a fee in Montgomery County since 2003,

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said Peg Merzbacher, a Peapod spokeswoman. There is a minimum order of $60 for home delivery, but there is no minimum or fee if customers pick up their groceries. The first pickup locations at Giant grocery stores in Montgomery opened in June. There are six — two each in Rockville and Germantown, along with ones in Derwood and Chevy Chase. The seventh site in Chevy Chase also will have a Giant gasoline station that likely will open later this week, Giant Food spokesman Jamie Miller said. “It’s been well-received,” Miller said of the delivery service. “Customers like having this convenience.” Landover-based Giant Food

and Skokie, Ill.-based Peapod are both subsidiaries of Dutch retail giant Royal Ahold. Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, which also has numerous stores in Montgomery County, has offered home delivery in the Washington region since 2005, said Craig Muckle, a company spokesman. Currently, Safeway only offers delivery with no in-store pickup for online purchases. “There is a pretty strong core of people who use it,” Muckle said. “Some people have challenges going to the store, so it fits their needs.” The minimum order for Safeway’s service is $49. The fee for purchases of less than $150 is $12.95, though first orders for new customers are free, according to the website.

The delivery fee for home service with Peapod is from $7.95 to $9.95; the lower fee is for orders more than $100. Walmart began testing a delivery service for items that include toys and electronics last year in certain markets, such as Northern Virginia. The service is not yet available in Montgomery County, according to its website. Services such as Netgrocer. com also deliver groceries to customers for a fee. Amazon.com has delivered groceries in the Seattle area for several years and is expanding to other markets. Online grocery shopping is one of several trends that is changing the face of supermarkets, which also face competition from club stores, dollar stores and farmers markets,

according to a new report by Rockville market research firm Packaged Facts. About half of shoppers use online or in-store coupons and two-thirds buy groceries on sale, according to the firm. “Economic, demographic, lifestyle and technological changes have created not only a fertile environment,” David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, said in a statement, “but the absolute necessity for new concepts to engage shoppers ... and reinvent food and beverage retailing.” Giant’s stand-alone site is formatted like a fast-food drive-through, in which customers remain in their vehicles as workers load their groceries. Giant has 10 other gas stations in Maryland, Miller said.

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Since opening in 1996, Rockville educational supply store ABC’s & 1-2-3’s has developed a niche for specialty items with a strong repeat-customer following, especially among teachers. That’s important, as the locally owned retailer competes for what analysts say are fewer shopping dollars this back-toschool season. “Our clients are predominantly teachers, but we do get a lot of parents who buy workbooks and supplemental materials,” said co-owner Louis Kalavritinos. “And many parents who home-school their children come here.” Co-owner Lisa Hagesteary is a former teacher. ABC’s, in the Wintergreen Plaza Shopping Center on Rockville Pike, stocks its shelves with workbooks, flashcards, visual aids, learning games and harder-to-find items like pencil grips and science fair materials. The store focuses on products for students from age 2 to eighth grade. The back-to-school shopping season is a key time for retailers, with consumers expected to spend some $72.5 billion nationwide on supplies, clothes and other items for college-age to younger students, according to the National Retail Federation. That total is second among shopping seasons only to the winter holidays, which hit $579.8 billion in sales nationally last year. With the economy still

shaky, getting good value remains on the minds of many shoppers, said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Shoppers have become much savvier during these economic tough times,” he said. “They expect competitive pricing, while also looking for added value in service, convenience and the whole shopping experience.” Such shoppers will get even more value by waiting to buy clothes and shoes priced at less than $100 during the state’s annual tax-free week, Aug. 11-17. That’s when they don’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales tax.

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Back-to-school spending expected to decline Families with students from kindergarten to high school are expected to spend an average $635 on apparel, shoes and supplies, while those with college students are projected to spend an average of $837, with the increase related to the added costs of dorm or apartment furnishings. That is about 8 percent less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Last year was a record year because parents were replenishing school supplies for kids after several years of doing without, Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the retail federation, said in a conference call. It also was an extra large class of new students, he noted. This year still will be the highest year for spending on back to school besides last year, Shay said. “There were a number of factors that changed things and made last year exceptional,” he said. Unemployment still is a

Obituary Ethel Read White, 91 of Rockville, MD. Retired Assistant Vice President at Potomac Valley Bank (now PNC) died Saturday, August 3, 2013 of natural causes. She was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Anacostia High School and the Benjamin Franklin School. She later had a career in banking at Potomac Valley Bank and was active in the National Association of Bank Women (NABW) serving as an officer. She is the wife of the late Alfred L. White. Mother of Roger, Callie, Doug, Randy and their spouses. Grandmother of six. Sister of Robert, Jeanne and Jackie. Friends will be received at PUMPHREY’S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 West Montgomery Ave., (Rt. 28 off I-270 Exit 6A) Rockville, MD on Wednesday, August 7 from 3-5 & 7-9 PM. Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington St., Rockville, MD 20850 on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM. Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church. Please view and sign family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com

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Leslie Callaway and her daughter Jenna, 20, of Rockville shop for backto-school items at the Washingtonian Center’s Kohl’s department store in Gaithersburg. concern among parents, who also are feeling the pinch of an increase in payroll taxes, Shay said. Montgomery County’s unemployment rate hit 6.0 percent in June, up from 5.4 percent a year ago, while Frederick County’s rate reached 6.6 percent in June, up from 6.2 percent a year ago. Statewide, the unadjusted rate was 7.5 percent in June. The rise in unemployment has more to do with more people getting back into the labor market than jobs declining, analysts say. In fact, retail employment in Montgomery and Frederick counties rose by 300 jobs in the past year, according to the latest federal labor figures. The employment is aided by new stores opening, including Costco in Wheaton in April and Kohl’s in Aspen Hill last fall. Wegmans in Germantown plans to open in September.

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Frederick have begun rolling out back-to-school promotions. Kohl’s Department Stores is teaming up with office-supply retailer Staples on a new promotion, said Tami Kou, a Kohl’s spokeswoman. From Aug. 4 through Sept. 2, every Kohl’s customer spending $30 or more will receive a coupon for $5 off a $50 in-store purchase at Staples. Staples’ shoppers who spend $30 will receive a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase at Kohl’s. Kohl’s also is offering a sweepstakes for shoppers to gain chances to win backpacks, gift cards, movie tickets and other prizes. Other retailers, such as Sears, are offering electronic coupons for the first time. Target has a credit card with which consumers can get 5 percent off every purchase, along with its online coupons. Walmart is offering more than 250 school supplies for less than $1, as well as free shipping with online purchases. kshay@gazette.net

Despite dealing with federal sequester budget cuts, Montgomery and Frederick counties continue to build their job base beyond prerecession levels. The counties added almost 6,000 jobs in June alone, according to the latest figures from the federal labor department. The counties’ combined employment level of 590,500 in June was more than 7,000 jobs higher than any previous June in the past two decades. The previous high of 583,200 was reached in June 2006. That level dove to 541,900 in early 2010 following the recession, but job numbers have risen steadily since then. Since June 2012, the area has added 17,000 jobs, the most in that 12-month period since 1999, when about 22,000 positions were added. In June, most industries in Montgomery-Frederick had increases, including administrative, up 900; retail, up 800; and health care, up 800. Among the companies that added jobs in the area in June was Wegmans, which hired about 330 of the planned 550 local employees for its new Germantown store by mid-June. The grocer expects to have the rest hired by midAugust to train for its midSeptember opening, said store manager Phil Quattrini. Sequestration has not affected Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin as much as some thought at this time, said Lockheed CFO Bruce Tanner. “We saw minimal impact to our sales in the second quarter as a result of sequestration actions,” he said.

Layoffs involving larger companies in Montgomery have been fewer this year, according to the state labor department. So far this year, three companies have filed notices of layoffs in Montgomery under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which generally applies to companies with more than 100 employees. Last year, there were five such warnings affecting Montgomery though July. The unadjusted unemployment rate in Montgomery County rose to 6.0 percent in June from 5.4 percent in May, according to a state labor department report. In Frederick County, the jobless level rose to 6.6 percent from 6.0 percent. Those levels were below the statewide unadjusted June rate of 7.5 percent. The adjusted June rate was 7.0 percent; adjusted rates for counties were not available. The jobless rates are higher than a year ago because more people are entering the job market these days, Leonard Howie, Maryland’s labor secretary, said in a conference call. About 10,000 more Montgomery County residents joined the labor force in June than a year ago. In addition, June typically brings higher unemployment levels than May because more students enter the job market, Howie said. The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development also uses jobs data from private firm Economic Modeling Specialists International. In May, the department released a report that said jobs in Montgomery grew by almost 25,000, or 3.9 percent, between 2010 and 2012, a greater percentage than the growth in both Fairfax County, Va., and Washington, D.C. kshay@gazette.net

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The historic Gaithersburg B&O train station is in the market for a fresh look. The station, built in 1884, will be renovated in the coming months. It serves commuters daily taking the MARC train, and houses the Java Junction coffee shop. The effort overall aims to modernize the station, “to create a more usable, better design for the people waiting for trains,” said Louise Kauffmann, Gaithersburg’s grant coordinator. Major plans include the renovation of two bathrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and the installation of a grease interceptor in the Java Junction sinks to prevent pollution from excess grease draining into the sewer, said Jim Arnoult, Gaithersburg director of public works. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has called for grease interceptors in the coffee shop, which are also required

for compliance with Maryland environmental regulations. Other interior work includes replacing parts of the wood floors and wall renovations. Exterior work will be limited to minor roof restoration and the removal of lead paint, found mainly in the roof overhang outside of the building, according to documents the city provided potential bidders. The project aims to make updates to station facilities while preserving the historic architecture and appearance. “Inside we’re trying to make it more modern, trying to serve the commuters better,” Arnoult said. Capital Projects Manager Sunil Prithviraj, who is leading the effort, said he expects construction to begin in late September and anticipates completion of the renovation in eight to 12 weeks. The station and Java Junction will remain open throughout the renovation. City officials on Wednesday will open bids, which will be reviewed by the Facilities and Capital Projects department. The lowest cost proposal that meets all city requirements will be presented to the mayor and city council for a final vote, Prithviraj said. State and federal funding

will cover the entire cost of the renovation, without extra city funding. The state will contribute $80,000 for the project from its Community Legacy Fund, a competitive Smart Growth Grant awarded to by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, according to Kauffmann. The grants are aimed at revitalizing Maryland communities, with a focus on transit-oriented development. In 2013, Montgomery County was awarded $350,000 to implement an Environmental Façade and Streetscape Enhancement project, which will contribute in part to the renovation. The Community Planning Department — a division of the federal Housing and Urban Development Department — will provide additional funding. At this stage in the process, it is unclear exactly how much funding the federal government will offer. The project could qualify as either a historic preservation project or as development initiative in a lowincome area, Kauffmann said. Typically, the city receives about $380,000 annually from HUD, Kauffmann said. She added that some money left over from last year could also be applied to the renovation.

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The Gaithersburg City Council is supporting the construction of a new extension to Midcounty Highway — with conditions. The mayor and council on Monday discussed options the county has presented as an alternative to Md. 355 between the existing Midcounty Highway and Clarksburg. County officials reviewed the options with the council in May. The county’s preferred option is Alternative 9, which follows the master plan by building a new four-lane highway between the existing Midcounty Highway and WatkinsMillRoad.Therearethree options for the road’s northern end, which would each meet at the same point on Ridge Road, but take different routes to get there. Mayor Sidney Katz and council members debated whether Alternative 9 was the best choice. They also considered another option: Alternative 2, which would make improvements to 16 intersections, mostly along Md. 355 and the current Midcounty Highway, without building new roads. “The [county] study doesn’t talk about doing more than one of these things,” said Councilwoman Cathy Drzyzgula, who argued that combining Alternative 9 and Alternative 2 would benefit the city more than any one option. Choosing only Alternative 9, she said, would ignore the fact that improvements to Md. 355 intersections still will be needed. An intersection of specific concern to the mayor and council is at Montgomery Village Avenue and Md. 355, where heavy gridlock slows traffic daily. “If those intersections continue to fail, is it appropriate to assume they will never be addressed?” Drzyzgula asked. Katz agreed, saying the county could make improvements to the intersections as a project separate from the Midcounty Highway extension. “I don’t know why they couldn’t go ahead and do some of these intersections right now,” he said. Councilman Henry Marraffa said the route detailed in Alternative 9 also is necessary. “We need another alternative route to get traffic off of 355, off of [Interstate] 270,” he said. “Somewhere, we have to build this road.” Alternative 2 is expected to cost about $41 million, while Alternative 9 would cost about $350 million. Rob Robinson, the city’s long-range planner, said an analysis by city staff found “the cost of [Alternative] 9 outweighed the benefits.” Staff suggested the council support Alternative 2.

The mayor and council ultimately directed city staff to update the city’s letter of support for Midcounty Highway, saying they would like to see the improvements in Alternative 2 incorporated into Alternative 9. The city is accepting comments on the Midcounty Highway extension until Aug. 23.

City favors organic material for synthetic turf field Michele Potter, head of the city’s recreation department, along with city staff have visited synthetic turf fields around the state to provide the mayor and council with more details for their decision on Lakelands Park Middle School’s turf field.

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At the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, a man called “The Big Cheese” is chasing a record that could give the Wisconsin State Fair a run for its money. Ed Hogan, who runs the cheese stand at the county’s agricultural fair, wants to make a record-breaking 10,000 grilled cheese sandwiches — more than the fair has ever seen. The volunteers who run the stand have come close to their goal in past years, but have fallen a few thousand sandwiches short. About 8,400 were sold at the fair last year. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which kicks off Friday in Gaithersburg, is

celebrating 60 years of The Big Cheese, also the name of Hogan’s stand. Blocks of cheese were first sold there in 1953. “We started the first year with just one wheel of cheese, and just grew from there,” Hogan said. The bread, butter and cheddar sandwiches made their debut at the fair in 1986, after four of the stand’s volunteers suggested them. “When they first started to make grilled cheese sandwiches, they had a grill that would make two at a time,” Hogan said. “Now, we have a grill that makes 20 sandwiches at a time.” Lines still form in front of the stand during the fair, but they move quickly. No one waits more than four minutes for a sandwich, he said. The butter and bread come from local producers in Frederick and West Virginia. But

the mild, melty cheddar cheese in the heart of the sandwich is purchased from a factory, Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese, in Kiel, Wis. Company representative Kay Schmitz said the factory also sells hundreds of pounds of cheese curds to the Wisconsin State Fair, and produces cheddar wheels that weigh in at 12,000 pounds apiece. “Those are as wide and as high as a semi,” she said. It took five volunteers to roll one of the six 500-pound wheels into The Big Cheese’s walk-in refrigerator when they arrived from Wisconsin on July 31. “We do use some Maryland cheddar cheese, but there’s no creamery in Maryland that can produce the amount that we need,” Hogan said. The 500-pound wheels, aged at least six months, are about 2 feet high and 2 feet wide,

Schmitz said. Volunteers at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair used 1,000-pound wheels of Wisconsin cheddar in past years, but had to downsize when the walk-in refrigerator was built with a narrow doorway. Six volunteers were needed to lift one of the 500-pound wheels, which will be on display in a refrigerated shed next to The Big Cheese. The sandwiches, which sell for $3.50, helped the concession stand bring in a $64,000 profit at last year’s fair. Alicia Clugh of Rockville, who heads the Maryland Cheese Guild, said the sandwiches are a staple of the fair experience. “I would hope anybody who has grown up in Montgomery County has had them,” she said. Hogan said the amount of cheddar used at The Big Cheese rivals the Wisconsin State Fair’s

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Workers and volunteers hoist a 500-pound wheel of cheese onto a table to be displayed in a small cooled building next to The Big Cheese concession stand at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. total. A representative for the Wisconsin State Fair said its grilled cheese stand bought 4,800 pounds of cheddar for sandwiches last year. Hogan’s stand bought 3,000 pounds of cheese this year.

Hogan has run the concession stand for 13 years and embraces the nickname The Big Cheese. “I’m a vegetarian,” he said. “I don’t eat meat, but I do like cheese.” scarignan@gazette.net

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For visitors to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Old MacDonald’s Barn is hard to miss. “It’s the newest, biggest, reddest barn on the property,” said Marty Svrcek, executive director of the fair. The new Old MacDonald’s Barn has been a long time coming. The old version of the barn — two buildings that were among the earliest structures built at the fair when it started in 1949 — has been a fixture for decades, but the wood was old and had started to decay. Svrcek said volunteers started talking about building a new barn more than a decade ago, but before raising the barn they had to raise the money. That took about eight years. Svrcek declined to say how much the barn cost, but said it did come in under budget. “Two years ago we started getting really serious,” he said. “... We saved enough money, and [now] the barn is just about done.” Now, one updated structure has replaced the two old barns. The new barn — still red, but now made of durable metal instead of all wood — is almost ready to make its debut to the public when the 65th annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off Friday. Jack Heller of Frederick said he and his wife, Grace, oversaw the barn for 11 years as Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald. While they gave up the job about eight years ago, they still try to make it out to the fair for a day or two each year. Heller said the new barn is a great improvement over the old one. “It was like a step into heaven,” he said after seeing the new barn for the first time. “That place is gorgeous.” The new barn is much more animal friendly, he said, with brighter lighting and better air circulation. “That building there is the showplace of the fair,” Heller said. “Everybody comes to the Old MacDonald barn — everybody.” Old MacDonald’s Barn got its start when a group of Future Farmers of America volunteers wanted to build a

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Nic Schultze of Dickerson puts some finishing touches on the new Old MacDonald’s Barn as it nears completion Friday at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg. child-friendly barn so mothers could bring their children to see the animals at the fair, Svrcek said. Now, more people go through that barn than any other at the fair. The new Old MacDonald’s Barn will house many of the same exhibits that people have enjoyed at the fair in years past, including several different animal species, a birthing center where organizers anticipate about six calves will be born and a milking parlor to demonstrate commercial milking processes. “[Visitors] get to learn milk doesn’t really come from Safeway — it comes from a cow,” Svrcek said with a laugh. Beth Smith, who serves as the su-

perintendent of Old MacDonald’s Barn with her husband, Tom, said the barn will house about 14 animals for families to view, plus seven pregnant cows in the birthing center. Although much will be the same, the better lighting and viewer-friendly setup is an improvement on the old barn, she said. “There will be a lot of the same stuff that people have become comfortable with, and it’s in a new environment,” she said. The fair runs Friday through Aug. 17 in Gaithersburg. Visit mcagfair.com for more information.

Jack Heller of Frederick, who was “Old MacDonald” at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair for 11 years, stops in to see the new Old MacDonald’s Barn.

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Gabino Gonzalez Garcia works to set up the fence around the Ships Ahoy ride Tuesday under the watchful eyes of the Pharaoh’s Fury ride. From left, Shaun Birchard and Brian Cotham carefully fold an American flag that will be retired and replaced with a new flag on the fireball ride as they set up for the fair.

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Most of those same volunteers helped prepare the buildings and grounds by working on the four Saturdays preceding the fair, he said. Sue Cook of Laytonsville worked three Saturdays. This past Saturday, she helped prepare the 4-H Beef Club barn, where her children will show their animals. She spread mulch in the cattle stalls and prepared empty stalls so volunteers have a place to sit. She said she, her husband and two children stay in the barn during fair hours to keep an eye on the animals and answer questions from fairgoers. In the nearby Dairy Bar on Saturday, Lions Club volunteers were busy scrubbing refrigerated cases, ice cream scoops, floors and freezers. They were preparing for the delivery of enough ice cream to scoop more than 50,000 servings. Volunteers from each of the county’s eight Lions Club chapters works during the fair scooping ice cream cones, mixing milk shakes, serving up sundaes and sharing profits at the end of the fair, said Gerda and Doug Sherwood of Laytonsville, superintendents of the Dairy Bar. At the Home Arts building, members of the Wild West Wranglers Club, a 4-H Western horseback riding club, were repainting the outside wall mural, touching up the 4-H symbol, motto and pledge. “It needed to be done. We were finished at the horse barn so we came up here,” said Jennifer Cloutier of Gaithersburg, the club’s founder. Elsewhere, volunteers set benches in pavilions, planted flowers, moved mulch, raked and swept. Lindsey Carlin of North Potomac stood by a box of cleaning supplies looking over the tables in the Home Arts Building ready to hold baked goods, needlework and furniture made by county residents. “Today is the final setup,” she said. The fair provides the opportunity for 4-H and Future Farmers of America members to display their work, for residents to show off their hobbies and learn more about agriculture in Montgomery County. “There is just so much fun to be had here,” Svrcek said.

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family have fostered at the Post. McDaniel told employees Tuesday at The Gazette that the sale did not mean any major changes, such as layoffs. Keeping the smaller, suburban papers that ring Washington makes sense, said John Morton, who runs a newspaper consulting firm, Morton Research Inc., in Silver Spring. “To some extent, the Gazettes, and collectively the suburban weeklies, are the most successful part of the company,” Morton said. “It’s more than likely Bezos will recognize that and allow things to continue on as they have.” The most successful news-

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Time, jobs and the environment were sacrificed, he said. Maryland lawmakers passed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act this spring to bring $4.4 billion in new investment and 57,000 jobs in the next six years. Flanked by dozens of state lawmakers, local leaders and members of the building trade, O’Malley said Montgomery’s cut of that money will include the following: • $400 million for construction of the Purple Line, which comes on top of $280 million announced previously to buy land and finish the project’s design. • $125 million to construct a new interchange along I-270 at Watkins Mill Road. • $100 million to buy land and design the Corridor Cities Transitway .

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MAIN ENTRANCE The theme of this year’s fair is “Plenty to See from A to Z.” Admission is $10; children under 11 are free. On-site parking is $10, cash only. Free parking is available at Lakeforest mall, Lost Knife Road and Odenhal Avenue in Gaithersburg, with shuttle buses operat-

ing Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and thereafter daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. The fair offers a number of special days such as Family Day, Senior Citizen Day and Military Day with free or discounted admission and rides discounts. Visit www.mcagfair.com for more information.

“To some extent, the Gazettes, and collectively the suburban weeklies, are the most successful part of the company,” John Morton, Morton Research Inc. in Silver Spring papers in the country have a ring of suburban weeklies surrounding them, Morton said, and those weeklies pack in the ads. “For example the Orange County Register has a number of smaller papers whose advertising is 50 to 60 percent of the paper, compared to 30 to 40 percent in the ... Register,”

• $85 million for Montgomery’s Ride On Bus system. • $25 million to build relocate a section of Md. 97 (Georgia Avenue) to bypass the center of Brookeville. • $7 million to build interchanges at U.S. 29 and Musgrove Road and at U.S. 29 and Fairland Road. • $3 million to design the widening of Md. 124 (Woodfield Road) from Midcounty Highway to south of Airpark Road. • $3 million for planning to evaluate possible improvements in the Md. 28/ Md. 198 corridor between Md. 97 and I-95. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who shepherded a bill through the General Assembly this year that became the state’s new public-private partnership law, said the state will deliver the Purple Line as the state first and largest transit partnership with private industry. The state will seek a private company to build and operate the line.

Morton said, adding that The Gazettes had an equally impressive number of ads. “I’m always impressed how stuffed with advertising it is, and not just momand-pop retailers, but the big Post accounts as well.” The most important factor about the acquisition is that the Post, and smaller papers, will no

“It’s a project that is going to connect our communities and grow our economy,” Brown (D) said. “With the additional $400 million the governor just announced, we are showing how serious we are to delivering the Purple line now.” Montgomery looks to add 100,000 jobs through its efforts in the Great Seneca Science Corridor, Shady Grove, White Flint, and White Oak, Leggett said. “However, all of that depends on improvement in our transportation infrastructure,” Leggett (D) said. “Without that [investment] those jobs may come to a screeching halt.” Montgomery leaders warned last December that without dedicated funding and clear state commitment to the project, the almost completely designed Purple Line would stall in its tracks. “All of this is about better choices,” O’Malley said. But not everyone gathered on the

longer be owned publicly, Morton said. That will free up Bezos to make investments in new and different ventures, especially related to the Internet, his metier. “When you are marching to Wall Street’s drum, you have great restraints on your ability to invest in anything,” Morton said. “One of the problems with being

Metro plaza supported the projects, namely the Purple Line. Shouting “Bury the rail, save the trail,” opponents of the Purple Line frequently voiced their position over those who spoke. Deborah Vollmer of Chevy Chase said the rail line will lead to incalculable loss along the Georgetown Branch of the Capital Crescent Trail, a hiker-biker trail that, at points, parallels the Purple Line’s planned path. Not opposed to mass transit, she said the rail should be buried to avoid damaging the park-like atmosphere of the trail. Ajay Bhatt, president of Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, said the announcement was bad news for the county’s green spaces. “They talked a lot about development and a lot about growth in Maryland, but where are the parks going to come into play?” he asked. His organization is concerned that the Purple Line will take away the trail’s

a publicly owned company is that it is pervades almost everything you do. It keeps you from improving systems and developing new products. You’re lucky if you can hang on to what you’ve got.” Bezos, who has a full-time job running Amazon.com in Seattle, will become the sole owner once the sale is completed. The remaining parts of the Washington Post Co. that Bezos did not purchase, which include Kaplan Inc., Cable ONE and Post-Newsweek television stations, will get a new, still undecided name. It will carry on as a publicly traded company without the newspapers. ablum@gazette.net

ambiance by placing parts of it next to the planned light rail. After the announcement in Bethesda, Bhatt argued the Capital Crescent Trail is a valuable resource for downcounty residents. “If you go on the Capital Crescent Trail between here and Georgia Avenue, it’s packed,” he said. For transit advocates, the state commitment for the Purple Line was tempered by concerns over continued investment in highway projects. Cheryl Cort, policy director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, said investing in highway expansion projects only gives drivers temporary traffic relief and encourages more driving. It does not give resident the transportation choices they deserves, Cort said. Staff Writer Sylvia Carignan contributed to this report. kalexander@gazette.net

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We’ve all heard the stories of how American communities once had safe, cheap, reliable public transportation, often operated by private companies. As the suburbs grew — the story goes — gasoline and tire companies banded together to put the trolleys out of business in favor of the automobile, transforming the countryside into a car culture. Maybe when we’re stuck in a jammed East-West Highway or a clogged Wisconsin Avenue, we think wistfully to that time gone by. Gov. Martin O’Malley might have been thinking about that era Monday as he called for a public-private partnership to build and operate the Purple Line, the 16-mile east-west light rail line planned to connect Bethesda with New Carrollton. The line is expected to cost something on the order of $2.2 billion, and let’s face it, those kinds of samoleons can’t be collected from the pockets of Maryland taxpayers no matter how high the state’s gas tax rises. On Monday, O’Malley (D) ponied up $400 million toward the project. The rest, he said, would come from federal grants, local contributions, more from the state — and private investment. State officials say they envision private companies bidding to operate the trains at a price low enough to win the contract but a high enough to turn a profit. The contract will include a set of performance standards; don’t meet the standards and the company isn’t paid. (Fares would be set by the Maryland Transit Administration.) The system motivates the company to operate as efficiently as possible. Greater efficiencies mean the company is more profitable. But a question about fares looms large, as public transit is heavily subsidized. Future Purple Line riders — many of whom will be Montgomery County residents — have a right to cock an eyebrow at the set-up. The Maryland government does not have a great track record at regulating monopolies. For the time being, riders can give the state the benefit of the doubt and dream about an efficient public transit system that connects the jobs of Bethesda with the transit hub in New Carrollton. Whether the dream becomes a reality will need time.

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Schools need to change the way staff is paid

Montgomery County Public Schools every year touts that they have efforts to close the gap between the well-performing schools, mostly wealthy, and the other areas of the county. Every year the gap persists and no matter how they talk, the gap will never be narrowed given the current ways staff are allocated and allowed to transfer. Several years ago, I did a study of spending per student from “Schools at a Glance,” a consistent message was clear. When salaries of staff were included in the review, you could predict by spending per student which school was in the red zone versus green zone, an accuracy point of over 90 percent.

What was MCPS’ response? They simply pulled salaries from the report so the public could not see what was really happening. So what does that tell us? We need to initiate a salary cap to assure that the areas with lower performance have a fair share at seasoned staff. We need seasoned staff in the more challenging schools and should provide financial incentive for those seasoned staff that choose to be in those schools. Only when we put more experience in the lower-performing schools will the gap be narrowed. We have great staff, they just

Pull the plug on Blair Lee

A July 22 tour by Montgomery County’s Planning Board of the Ten Mile Creek Watershed serves as a reminder about open government. The board, along with planning staff and the board’s attorney, rode together in a van for its tour. There was no room in the van for anyone else who wanted to hear the discussion, including a Gazette reporter, let alone an interested resident. A reporter was told she could follow in her own car and was free to talk to board members and planners at stops along the way or to call them later. That’s not the best way to exemplify “open.” Maryland’s Open Meetings Act prohibits public bodies from holding meetings in private, unless they are discussing topics that fit certain exemptions, such as the performance of a specific employee or a pending lawsuit. Carol Rubin, an attorney who advises the board, said board members understood that limitation and did not discuss public business as they traveled. It’s good to hear the board was trying, but the public shouldn’t have to take public officials at their word on matters like that. There didn’t seem to be any exclusionary intent behind this van tour. More likely, the vanpool was a matter of convenience — why takes several vehicles to the site when you can take one. This field trip also doesn’t seem to violate the letter of the Open Meetings Act, which says it is “essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that, except in special and appropriate circumstances: (1) public business be peformed in an open and public manner; and (2) citizens be allowed to observe.” Having a majority of a public body in one place doesn’t necessarily constitute a meeting. Still, government bodies should look beyond the minimal requirements of the law and consider the other extreme: What is the most they can do to be open and transparent? If a public body is going to ride together, let anyone who’s interested come along. If that doesn’t work, move to plan B — think creatively about how to remain open. Maybe take pictures and video of public places and play them in a meeting room as part of a group discussion. Any board member who wants to see more can do so on his or her own — in any way that doesn’t involve having a board majority gathered together in a confined place. The less the public hears government officials say “trust us” after talking privately, the better.

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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR

Isn’t it time The Gazette pulled the plug on Blair Lee and his puerile, reactionary, Johnny-One-Note drivel? His column of July 31 ends thusly: “Last Friday, the half-black president was all black, engaging in a ‘race conversation’ exclusively with blacks about a white, racist America. Then, a few days later, he was off on another ‘soak the rich’ speaking tour ...”

As a 50-year journalism veteran I can assure you his column never would have gotten past me into the paper. Successful op-ed pieces are instructive, informative, well-conceived, well-written fair commentary. Lee’s screeds fail miserably on all these levels. Precious trees are cut down for this? Really?

Robert Monsheimer, Silver Spring The writer is the education chair of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League.

End the Purple Line in Silver Spring

ago I could not get any sort of satisfaction from Comcast. I originally signed up for a special $29.99 per month rate but they kept billing me $60. Even after reminding them of my special, I kept getting bills for $60 and if I didn’t pay I would get several letters insisting I pay $60. One telephone call to an investigator and I got a call from a supervisor from Comcast and everything was straightened out. I also got an apology from Comcast!

While walking on the Crescent Trail with my labrador, Tim, I meet many other walkers, joggers, runners, dogs and bicyclists. The nature trail is enjoyed by all. But the possible loss of this natural forested path by five years of Purple Line construction and side-by-side light rail operation is of concern. Trail enthusiasts are trying to prevent the loss of this valuable community resource by shortening the proposed Purple Line from 16 to 14 stations, ending in Silver Spring’s Transit Center. The transit center brings together the Metro Red Line, buses and trains, a logical terminal while continuation to Bethesda does not offer the same. The 14-station Purple Line has substantial cost savings for the state, U.S. government and Montgomery County. Besides, the two-station continuation fails to address increasing traffic congestion caused by the National Institutes of Health and the Navy Medical Center, Walter Reed complex. The Navy is expanding and adding 900 additional parking spaces to the already large number on-site. Wisconsin Avenue, Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road are a mass of slow moving cars in mornings and afternoons.

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Office can resolve disputes I’ve just read Carol Lundquist’s letter regarding her problems with Comcast [“Rebooting Comcast,” July 31.] I don’t think she knows that Montgomery County has an Office of Cable and Communication Services. They will “run interference” with a resident with Comcast, Verizon or any other cable or communication services. [The Montgomery County Office of Cable and Communication Services has an office at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. It can be reached at 311 or 240-773-8111.] For a few months several years

aren’t all where they need to be to improve the performance across the county. So a request to Superintendent Joshua Starr, Larry Bowers, and the Board of Education: It is time to end the way we staff our schools — place energetic seasoned staff to our low-performing schools if you want to close the performance gap. The model being used today is old and is a major reason the gap does not improve seriously.

Ask Congress to protect life-sustaining care As a director of clinical services for dialysis patients in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region, I oversee care to over 5,000 patients weekly. These patients require four-hour dialysis sessions three times a week to rid their bodies of deadly toxins and to enable them to live full and active lives. I am writing because I am disturbed and angered over a recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would cut Medicare reimbursement for dialysis care by close to 12 per-

cent. Considering that Medicare reimbursement fails to cover the cost of dialysis currently, further cuts will be devastating to the hundreds of thousands of patients on dialysis who depend on Medicare — and the caregivers who treat them. The effects of these proposed cuts to dialysis care may force reductions in staffing levels, reduced access to additional services such as social workers, nurses or dietitians and, potentially, dramatically reduced access to dialysis care in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia regions

altogether. Clinics may be forced to close or consolidate, requiring patients to travel greater distances for their life-sustaining care. Worse, this may force us to return to a time in our history where community boards were forced to decide who is worthy of receiving this life-sustaining treatment. Many dialysis patients are active, contributing members of the community and renal failure knows no boundary — it affects all age groups, ethnicities and communities. It’s important for lawmakers

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to understand that without ready access to dialysis care and ancillary services, patients with kidney failure will die. I hope your readers will contact our members of Congress and ask them to ensure that CMS maintains appropriate funding to continue providing life-saving care for our vulnerable residents. I strongly encourage each community member to speak up to these cuts. There are better ways to reduce cost as through accountable care organizations and not compromise the care currently being provided.

Deidre Fisher, Olney

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erhaps best known for his off-the-cuff musical stylings on ABC’s improv comedy show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” performer Wayne Brady is a man of many talents. Brady will be in Bethesda on Saturday night to promote his new, yet-to-be-named album, out next month. A&E caught up with him about his love of Motown, his passion for live music and this summer’s return of “Whose Line.”

A&E: When people hear the name Wayne Brady, they probably think of your comedy or your acting. But would you say music is your first love? It seems to have infiltrated everything else you do. Brady: Absolutely, WAYNE BRADY music is my first love. If it n When: 8 p.m. Saturday weren’t for music, I don’t know if I would be on n Where: Bethesda Blues and “Whose Line,” because Jazz Supper Club, 7719 before “Whose Line,” as Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda a musician being able to n Tickets: $80-$100 do as much touring as I did and be in as many n For information: 240-330musicals ... that’s where 4500, bethesdabluesjazz.com I picked up the skills to be able to hold my own on “Whose Line” and be able to create those songs on the spot. It’s definitely a part of me; I love music. I could easily give up doing improv or comedy on stage, but I could never give up doing music in any shape or form.

In anticipation of his new album out next month, Wayne Brady will perform Saturday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. BRIDGE AND TUNNEL ENTERTAINMENT

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Gerald Ross, who plays the Hawaiian steel guitar, joins other performers at a free concert at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Aug. 14.

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How is the sound of a four-string Hawaiian ukulele different than the sound of a banjo or guitar? “It’s got a much sweeter quality to it,” said musician Lil’ Rev (Marc Revenson) from Milwaukee. “It’s happy and enchanting at the UKE AND same time.” Revenson and GUITAR other musicians will SUMMIT play their ukuleles at a free outdoor conn When: Aug. 10-14 cert on Aug. 14 at the gazebo at the Mann Where: Mansion sion at Strathmore in at Strathmore, North Bethesda. 10701 Rockville Visitors are inPike, North vited to bring used inBethesda struments to donate n Tuition: $320 to Hungry for Music, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., UKEFEST 2013 that helps bring music to underprivileged n When: 7 p.m. children. Aug. 14; 6-7 p.m. The Aug. 14 conpre-show strum cert caps an annual four-day Uke and n Where: Gudelsky Guitar Summit orgaGazebo, Mansion nized by musicians at Strathmore, Cathy Fink and Marcy 10701 Rockville Marxer of Kensington Pike, North to teach people how Bethesda. to learn and develop n Bring blankets, their musical skills. low beach Also performing chairs; no pets. and teaching more than a dozen classes n Tickets: Free will be Stuart Fuchs, n For information: who will teach Beatles 301-581-5100, tunes, and Gerald strathmore.org Ross, who also plays steel guitar. The Hula Honeys — Robyn Kneubuhl and Ginger Johnson — will host a class about Hawaiian recorded music and history.

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Lorraine Klaasen recently won the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy for her album tribute to singer and social activist Miriam Makeba, who brought South African music to America in the 1960s. But today Klaasen puts her own spin on Makeba’s songs — a triumphant spin — because in 1994 the black people of South Africa won their political freedom. “She used to sing songs about the struggle against apartheid, but now the songs are more in celebration, because we prevailed,” said Klaasen,

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South African singer Lorraine Klaasen will sing songs made famous by Miriam Makebe as well as some of her own on Sunday evening at the free FestAfrica event this weekend in Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY PIERRE ARSENAULT

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The cast of Olney Theatre Center’s production of “A Chorus Line,” running to Sept. 1 at the theater.

“A Chorus Line,” the largest endeavor ever undertaken by the Olney Theatre Center, continues to kick things up a notch at the

venue through Sept. 1. Featuring Marvin Hamlish and Edward Kleban’s Broadway hits “What I Did for Love,” “I Hope I Can Get It” and “One (Singular Sensation),” and directed by Stephen Nachamie, the production follows 17 dancers competing for eight coveted spots in the chorus of a musical on the Great White Way. For more information, visit www.olneytheatrecenter.org.

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‘Traveler’s’ TALES

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs will perform during a special event from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Rosborough Cultural Arts Center at Asbury Methodist Village, 301 Odenhal Ave., Gaithersburg. Presented by the Gaithersburg Book Festival, Politics & Prose and Asbury Methodist Village, the musician will debut his new memoir, “Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music.” Skaggs will share stories from his memoir detailing his more than 40 years in show business, treat audience members to a few tunes and sign books following his presentation. Tickets to the event are $30 for one admission and one copy of “Kentucky Traveler” or $40 for two admissions and one copy of “Kentucky Traveler.” For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/428974.

RED KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS

“Medieval Story Land” is set to slay them in the aisles at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn from Aug. 9-25.

Once upon a time “Medieval Story Land” will bring swords, sorcery and satire to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn this weekend. Presented by Red Knight Productions, the action-packed, improvisation-fueled parody of the fantasy genre was originally written for the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. The story follows Todd, a simple elf, to whom is bestowed a magic sword and a dangerous quest. “Medieval Story Land” casts its spell at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9-25 at the theater, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for residents and $9 for students through grade 12. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/theater.

Birch remembered “Neena Birch: Life, Science and Imagination” opens today at VisArts at Rockville’s Kaplan Gallery.

An opening reception and artist’s talk is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Friday at the gallery. The exhibit runs to Sept. 8. The retrospective explores Birch’s botanical drawings and imaginative anthropomorphic images culled from 30 years of creative work. A skilled draftswoman, printmaker, painter and sculptor, her artwork reflects sensitive connections between the natural world and human experience. For more information, visit www. visartsatrockville.org.

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Animated fantasy favorite “The Last Unicorn” will screen at 7:15 p.m. Monday and again at 11:05 a.m. Aug. 17 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, featuring an in-person appearance by author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle. Produced by animation innovators Rankin Bass (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”), the sophisticated fairy tale follows the unicorn Amalthea (Mia Farrow) who, fearing she’s the last of her kind, travels to the realm of King Haggard (Christopher Lee) in hopes of finding her lost brethren. The film features a voice cast that includes Alan Arkin and Jeff Bridges, and music by soft-rock legends America. For more information, visit www.afi.com/ silver.

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The surreal world of puppetry; a young painter in Silver Spring

ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU be struck by the very thin line between puppets and Surrealist art made evident here. This observation is, however, not new. Art historians have long been intrigued by the actual use of puppets and dolls by both Dada and Surrealist artists, especially women, in the 1920s and 30s. The connection is actually not surprising when we recall that Surrealists were concerned with primal feelings and ideas, with fantasy and dreams, and the art of children. Paul Klee made 50 handpuppets that he never exhibited, but Hannah Hoch not only made puppet dolls, but also had herself photographed with them. Such toys were attractive because of their ambiguity. Puppets and dolls can have semiotic ambivalence, as figures of delight or of horror, and often simultaneously. The exhibit combines puppets of various kinds, including some historical pieces borrowed from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut. Among these are two leather and ink Indian shadow puppets on sticks (c. 1900), and three puppets from the 1930s by Rufus and Margo Rose, the famed puppet makers who created Howdy Doody. An abstract paper and wire mask and puppet is by Heather Henson, daughter of Muppets inventor Jim Henson, and founder of IBEX Puppetry, an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the art of puppetry in all of its various aspects. There are photographs of puppet performances — probably the least interesting elements in the exhibit — and a number of very loud videos, definitely the most annoying part of the show. On the second floor Gallery 2 is completely occupied with an installation by Michael Cotter, founder of the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre. This is also accompanied by a much-too-loud sound component, perhaps intended

to suggest a circus or carnival atmosphere. Cotter’s soft puppets, much like large stuffed animals, are arranged on stage-like structures on two sides of the gallery. High up, they leer down at the viewer with large eyes. The strangeness of this installation would confirm the notion that at the heart of puppet theater is a surreal premise that reaches into and out from the realm of children’s imagination and dreams. Also in this gallery is a panel supporting 20 paintings by Cotter of hands. “Handscapes” has a strong — and one assumes intentional — Surrealist aesthetic. Each painting shows a hand, some with strings, one behind bars, and one with an open door in its middle. The allusion to the hand that manipulates the puppet, creating various narratives, is evident, but the paintings, and their juxtaposition to the puppet installation, serve to underline the uncanny effect of the whole. Artist Elyse Harrison’s installation occupies a room on the first floor. In a series of wooden crates, some very small and some about the size of fruit boxes, Harrison has created a series of narrative dioramas inhabited by painted plastic figures that are neither puppets nor dolls, but because of their fictionalized action, and the story they play out, resemble a puppet show in three-dimensional stills. The story is printed out on an easel in the center of the room, and each box represents another scene in this little tale about the trials of Jack Inthebox and Marion Ette, lovers and actors, with a happy

ending owing to their dog Mack. Each diorama functions as an independent work, although they are connected by storyline. Both charming and a little strange, this work epitomizes that delicate edginess of this aesthetic that once so engaged the likes of Klee and Hoch. Harrison has been working on this edge for some time and, not surprisingly, teaches art to children on a regular basis. Painter Ariel J. Klein graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art last year. He has received quite a lot of press recently because of his clever landing of an improvised studio and gallery space on the last block of Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County. Dubbed the “Purple Coconut Gallery” because of the purple walls in the storefront space, Klein is exhibiting work from the past three years. The paintings are all figurative, but to different degrees. Having spent 15 months at the University of Madrid School of Fine Arts in 2010-11, Klein has been particularly influenced by Spanish painting, in addition to generally modernist sources. Many of the works in this early solo bear a clear debt to Picasso, with echoes of Goya and other Spanish masters as well. The chief interest here is seeing the development of a young artist who has had the opportunity to expand his horizons and who is still finding his own voice. That trajectory is moving increasingly toward greater realism and dramatic narrative. Klein’s

most recent painting, “The Park,” painted just days before the opening, is without doubt the strongest in the exhibit. In it, two figures are confronting each other in what looks like the prelude to a fight. The work is enhanced by alterations to the perspective in the background

“No Strings Attached,” to Aug. 17, Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, N. Bethesda, 301581-5200, www.strathmore.org. Ariel J. Klein: Following the Thin Woman, to Aug. 18, The Purple Coconut, 7910 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, 301-273-5628. www.arieljklein.com.

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Hollywood Ballroom, Aug. 7, free International Tango Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8:15 p.m. ($15), Aug. 8, 15 Tea Dance from 12:303:30 p.m. ($6); Aug. 9, Drop-in lessons from 7:30-9 p.m., West Coast Swing Dancing with Dance Jam Productions at 9 p.m. ($15); Aug. 10, free Bolero lesson at 8 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 9 p.m. ($15); Aug. 11, free Hustle lesson at 7 p.m., Social Ballroom Dance at 8 p.m. ($15); Aug. 14, free International Tango Routine lesson at 7:30 p.m., Social Ballroom dance at 8:15 p.m. ($15), 2126 Industrial Highway, Silver Spring, 301-3261181, www.hollywoodballroomdc.

Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Blues, Capital Blues: Thurs-

days, 8:15 beginner lesson, 9-11:30 p.m. dancing to DJs, Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex, $8, www.capitalblues.org. Contra, Aug. 9, Tavi Merrill with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band; Aug. 16, Ron Buchanan calls to Love Mongrels; Aug. 23, Janine Smith with In Wildness; Aug. 30, Louie Cromartie with Honeysuckle Rose, 7:30 p.m. lesson, 8:30 p.m. dance, Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $10, www.fridaynightdance.org. Contra & Square, Aug. 11, Dick Bearman with Rachel Eddy and Kristian Herner; Aug. 18, Ann

Fallon and the Narrowminded Naysayers; Aug. 25, Delaura Padovan with a Graham DeZarn Joint, 7:30 p.m., Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom, $12 for general, $9 for members, $5 for students, www. fsgw.org. English Country, Aug. 7, Caller: Bob Farall; Aug. 14, Caller: Michael Barraclough, 8 p.m., Glen Echo Town Hall (upstairs), www.fsgw. org. Scottish Country Dancing, 8-10 p.m. Mondays, steps and formations taught. No experience, partner necessary, T-39 Building on NIH campus, Wisconsin Avenue and South Drive, Bethesda, 240505-0339. Swing, Aug. 10, The Boilermaker Jazz Band, lesson at 8 p.m.,

dancing at 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, $15, www.flyingfeet.org. Waltz, Aug. 18, Waverly Station, 2:45-3:30 p.m. lesson, 3:30-6 p.m., dance, $10, www.waltztimedances.org.

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Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, call for prices, www.imtfolk.org. Strathmore, Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Carlos Núñez, 7 p.m. Aug. 7; UkeFest 2013: Uke and Guitar Summit, 9 a.m. Aug. 10; Uke Summit Open Mic with The Hula Honeys, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, 7 p.m. Aug. 10; Uke Summit Open Mic with Lil’ Rev & Stuart Fuchs, 7 p.m. Aug. 11; Uke Summit Open Mic with Maureen Andary & Gerald Ross, 7 p.m. Aug. 12; Free Summer Outdoor Concert: UkeFest 2013, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, call for venue, Locations: Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda; Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 301-581-5100, www.strathmore.org.

ON STAGE Adventure Theatre, “Dr. Se-

uss’s Cat in the Hat,” to Sept. 2, call for prices, times, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2270, www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Do or Die Mysteries, “Art of Murder,” Saturdays, to Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. buffet, 7:30 p.m. show, $47.50 buffet and show,

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The Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival kicks off this weekend at the theater. Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 443-4223810, www.flanagansharpandfiddle.com Imagination Stage, “Peter Pan and Wendy,” to Aug. 11, call for prices, times, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, www. imaginationstage.org Olney Theatre Center, “A Chorus Line,” to Sept. 1, call for prices, times, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, 301-924-3400, www. olneytheatre.org. The Puppet Co., “Circus!” to Sept. 1; Tiny Tots @ 10, select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, call for shows and show times, Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park’s North Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., $5, 301634-5380, www.thepuppetco.org. Round House Theatre, Bethesda, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Aug. 21 to Sept. 15; 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Round House Theatre, Silver Spring, TBA; 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, $15 for general admission, $10 for subscribers, patrons 30 and younger and seniors, 244-644-1100, www.roundhousetheatre.org. Silver Spring Stage, One-Act Festival, Aug. 9-25, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. www.ssstage.org. The Writer’s Center, Mariposa Readings, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 11; Poets Bateman, Riegel, and Sukrungruang, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 18, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, 301-654-8664, www.writer.org.

VISUAL ART Adah Rose Gallery, Randall Lear and Ellyn Weiss, Aug. 30 to

Oct. 6, vernissage on Sept. 21, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, 301922-0162, www.adahrosegallery. com The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum, TBA, hours are 10 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10001 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. 301-897-1518. Gallery B, TBA; gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. www.bethesda.org. Glenview Mansion, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Greater Washington, to Sept. 30, Rockville Civic Center Park, 503 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. www.rockvillemd. gov. Marin-Price Galleries, “Abstraction,” Aug. 10 to Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., 301718-0622. VisArts, Neena Birch: Retrospective Response and Reception, Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Kaplan Gallery; Marty Weishaar, Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Common Ground Gallery; “Ching Ching Cheng,” Aug. 7 to Sept. 8, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 9, Gibbs Street Gallery, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301315-8200, www.visartsatrockville. org. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 16th Annual National Small

Works Exhibition, to Aug. 25, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, second Floor, 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, www.washingtonprintmakers.com. Waverly Street, “The Unfolding,” Paintings of the people of Bhutan, India and Nepal by Mary Eggers, to Aug. 4, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, 301-951-9441, www.waverlystreetgallery.com.

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‘Guns’ in sure hands BY

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Taken from a graphic novel, “2 Guns” has this much in common with Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”: They’re both about characters hung out to dry. Also, the stars in both films lend panache and a sense of purpose to familiar-seeming material. Beyond that the differences are significant. “Blue Jasmine” is the movie with the old-time jazz on the soundtrack; “2 Guns” is the one with people getting shot in the leg, the arm, the head, the chest or somewhere else, and with Paula Patton in a nude scene that brings a hush of prayerlike gratitude from a mostly male audience. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide the stardom. They’re two of the most reliable, relatable action heroes in American movies today. In “2 Guns” the company they keep on screen is solid, thanks to Bill Paxton as a vicious CIA operative after the millions stolen from a New Mexico bank; Edward James Olmos as a drug lord, after the same; James Marsden, as a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, after the same. Paxton in particular registers strongly; with his twitty little mustache, tiny little hats and blood-curdling inter-

AFRICA

Continued from Page A-11 who will be performing some of that music at FestAfrica this weekend in Silver Spring. “[Klaasen] is phenomenal — she’s got a great stage presence,” said Tolu Olumide Yeboah, director of entertainment for the event in Veterans Plaza. The free outdoor festival on Saturday and Sunday features music, dance, fashion and food from a diverse mix of African countries. Vendors will be returning this year selling clothes, jewelry and food, including “suya,” the spicy kebabs of beef, chicken and fish that are so popular in West Africa, Yeboah said. “The meat is cut very thin, and it’s grilled with chopped onions,” she said. “It’s like a bit of Africa here in the U.S.” A health fair is planned and information will also be available about traveling to Africa. “[And] this year we’ll have a bit more children’s activities,” said Yeboah. Headlining at 7 p.m. Saturday will be Emmerson, Sierra Leone’s king of Afro Pop, whose fusion mix of party and political music has challenged politicians to improve conditions for ordinary people. Saturday’s festivities will be followed by an after-party at the Society Restaurant and Lounge in Silver Spring. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. On Sunday, Klaasen will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. for the final performance of the two-day festival, which features more than a dozen singers, bands and dance troupes from the Washington, D.C., region. A complete list of performers, DJs and schedules is posted at the website (www.festafri-

BRADY

Continued from Page A-11 of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” off your first album, “A Long Time Coming.” Then in 2011 you released a children’s album, “Radio Wayne.” What’s the name of this album you’re releasing next month? Brady: I don’t know the name of the record right now, to be completely honest with you, because I’m still coming up with new material every other day. So it kind of changes on the fly. I thought I had it figured out at one point and then I went, “Oh, I’m feeling this” ... it’s unknown at the second. A&E: But it’s fair to say the new album has an R&B/soulfeel, right? Brady: Of course it has an R&B/soul-feel because it’s not going to be country and I’m certainly not doing techno dance. I think it’s more specific to say ... it’s definitely in the wheelhouse of like, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding. A&E: What is it about the

Still time for summer wine

2 GUNS n 2 1/2 stars n R; 108 minutes n Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg n Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

AT THE MOVIES rogation methods, he appears to be channeling a villainous passel of character actors (a little John Hillerman, a lotta Warren Oates) from films past. The setup: Washington’s character, who goes by Bobby Beans (what is this, “Rango”?) may look and act like a gardenvariety bank robber, but he’s really an undercover Drug Enforcement Agency op, trying to bring down the Mexican drug cartel ruled by Olmos’ Papi Greco. He doesn’t realize (and vice versa) that his partner, Stig Stigman (Wahlberg), is likewise no common thief. He’s a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer undercover and gunning for Greco. Already this is getting twisty. “2 Guns” comes from a BOOM! Studios series of comics written by Steven Grant and causa.com). Emmerson, 36, whose full name is Emerson Amidu Bockarie, is a superstar in his home country of Sierra Leone. He has fan bases in other African countries and is also building bases in Europe and the United States. “I might have Congolese sounds fused with some from the U.K. or R&B,” he said. “We’re trying to sell music to the rest of the world.” He started out studying computer electronics in college in Sierra Leone, while some of his friends studied law and government. He also had friends in the music business and after his schooling was done, he began to perform, including songs about government corruption. “We thought that this is our responsibility and that we should start speaking on behalf of our people,” he said. Emmerson sings in krio, a creole language influenced by English, that is widely spoken in Sierra Leone. His early albums, “Borbor Bele” in 2003, “2 Fut Arata” in 2007, and “Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday” in 2010 featured both dance tunes and political and social commentary. “I wanted to find a way to express [these ideas] and encourage young people [to get involved],” he said. His most recent CD, “Rise,” released in 2012, is described as “an upbeat collection of African Beat songs of love and call for positive action from all.” “I’ve always wanted to involve people in making decisions, and I’m still doing it,” he said. But he also has a new focus, hoping to build a network of African musicians that extends beyond neighboring countries artists you just mentioned that speaks to you? Brady: Nothing travels like melodies. That’s why we’re still singing Motown songs that were written in the late 1950s and early 1960s in 2013 and they’re just as relevant. It’s the melody. The only thing that really changes is the subject matter, and even the subject matter, love is love and breaking up is breaking up. A&E: You’ve already mentioned some of them, but who or what would you consider your musical influences? Brady: Sam Cooke, Al Green. Musically, just like I do as an actor or as a comedian ... I draw from so many sources because of the household I grew up in. My grandparents, they encouraged me to listen to everything I could ... because the more influences you have, the bigger the palette you have to draw from when you decide to make your own sound. A&E: One of the things

many people in the county hope the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club does for the

PHOTO BY PATTI PERRET

Bill Paxton as Earl in “2 Guns.” drawn by Mateus Santolouco. In its original form, the story is diverting, facile stuff. The same can be said of the film version, adapted freely by Blake Masters and directed by Baltasar Kormakur, whose career spans Icelandic-language dramas and English-language thrillers, among them “Contraband,” starring Wahlberg. He has talent, this director: “2 Guns” isn’t necessarily my thing (the jokey sadism is a drag), but Kormakur lays out an action sequence with a swiftness and a coherence missing from many other pictures. The movie’s a demonstration of two overlapping brands of narrative cynicism: Its depiction of a vast, CIA-fueled and drug-funded conspiracy is pure early 21st century, but in many of the particulars, “2 Guns” harks back to the smaller-scale amoral thrill-

ers of the post-Watergate 1970s studio era. The 1973 Don Siegel film “Charley Varrick” is a major reference point, with the bank robberies in both films taking place in fictional Tres Cruces, N.M. Cinematographer Oliver Wood goes for brightly lit compositions, steering clear of faux-documentary realism in his lighting. The bantering stars remain front and center throughout. The psychology, if you can call it that, regarding the characters’ motivations and entanglements is paper thin, the Achilles’ heel of the typical graphic novel-derived action film. The actors — including Patton as Bobby’s DEA colleague and sometime fling — cannot act what is not there. But with Washington, Wahlberg, Olmos and Paxton around jockeying for dominance, the standoffs have their moments.

FESTAFRICA 2013 n When: 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine) n Where: Veterans’ Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, (corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive), Silver Spring n Tickets: Free n For information: 410-6080420, festafricausa.com

FEST-AFRICA AFTER-PARTY n When: 10 p.m. Saturday PHOTO FROM SUGAR ENTERTAINMENT

Emmerson, the king of Afro Pop music in Sierra Leone, will perform Saturday evening at the free FestAfrica event this weekend in Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring.

n Where: Society Restaurant and Lounge, 8229 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring n Tickets: $15 through Aug. 9 n For information: 301-5658864, festafricausa.com

like Guinea and Liberia. Connecting lesser-known performers from smaller countries in other parts of Africa with established stars and major music events (like the SaintLouis Jazz Festival in Senegal) would help boost their visibility. “It would be an opportunity to be seen by the rest of Africa,” he said. “I want to get us all as one family.” Klaasen, who lives in Montreal, won a 2013 Juno award — the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy — for World Music Album of the Year for her CD, “A Tribute to Miriam Makeba.” Klassen said she will probably sing Makeba’s famous song, “Pata Pata” (Touch Touch), and also her “click” song, which incorporates the clicking consonants that are part of the Xhosa language. “White people couldn’t do it, and black people couldn’t do it either, depending on where they were from,” laughed

Klaasen. Klaasen also expects to sing “Lakushonilanga,” one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite ballads, about people not being able to rest until they know that those they love are home and safe. “Where I’m in prison or in jail, or dead or alive, I need to know where my loved ones are,” said Klaasen about the meaning of the song. The daughter of South African jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, Klaasen also writes and sings her own songs based on her childhood in Soweto and the endurance of her people. “The tone of my songs is not to throw everything out but to remove some of the dark colors and brighten them up,” she said about looking to the future. “It’s time to put on your dancing shoes,” she said. “The world shares the joys with us — this is a festive season.”

area is encourage people to go out and hear live music. What’s special about the live music experience? Brady: Live music is just like when you go out to see live theater; there’s nothing like it ... The reason people see live music is it will never be the same. There may be something going on with the percussion that you didn’t feel on the record if you don’t have the right sound system. There may be a little thing going on on the Hi-hat that you may not realize ... You’re cheating yourself if you don’t go see live music.

A&E: For you personally, what’s been the biggest difference the second time around? Brady: [“Whose Line”] was the first time I’d done comedy on TV in that way ... Now, because that’s so much of what I do, I’m a heavyweight as opposed to the up-and-coming welterweight that I was when the show started. Every time I step up on stage to do an improv show, there’s a confidence I have because I’ve been doing this [a while].

A&E: After a five-year hiatus, “Whose Line” is back. What was it like to reunite with fellow cast mates Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles? Brady: It was like we had never missed a step. The cool thing was, it wasn’t like going back in the past and feeling like, “Oh, I’ve done this already.” It was having fun doing that but then also having the knowledge that I’ve accumulated since I did the show; I’m 10 times better now than when I was when I first did the show.

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A&E: What would you say to those people who know you for your comedy or you’re acting but are hesitant to see you sing? Brady: ... To the skeptic who will read this article and go, “Why should I go see Wayne Brady sing?” Go to iTunes, put in Wayne Brady, “A Long Time Coming,” and check that out. I think in this day and age, if you’re a music fan, go check out my music and go put all of the biases and all of the comedy stuff behind. Just go see some really good music from someone that appreciates good music.

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This year’s summer wine recommendations begin with a visit to northeastern Italy along its border with Switzerland and Austria. In the Italian Alpine region of Alto Adige visitors can enjoy views of snow-capped mountains as well as lush vineyards which produce ideal wines for warm weather enjoyment. The climate is surprisingly mild with more than 300 sunny days annually and the vineyards are protected from most of the chilly northern winds by the Alps, yet remain open to the warmer southern Mediterranean maritime breezes. The resulting temperature variations ensure that their grapes characteristic flavors are well balanced with bright acidity.

GRAPELINES LOUIS MARMON Nearly 60 percent of the Alto Adige vineyards produce white wines and their principle varietals include the familiar Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer along with some less well-known, but quite interesting grapes such as MüllerThurgau, Sylvaner, and Kerner. There are more than 60 Alto Adige producerscurrentlyimportedinto the US and the number is likely to grow since these wines are flavorful, food-friendly and well-priced for their inherent quality. At an Alto Adige wine tasting held earlier this year the number of delicious wines offered were almost overwhelming. Nearly every winery had several excellent examples with distinguishing characteristics that make it problematic to write about all of the deserving producers in the space available. Some standouts include Cantina Terlano, Elena Walch, Cantina Andriano and Tiefenbrunner but it would be difficult to find an Alto Adige Pinot Grigio or Pinot Blanc that didn’t work as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to lightly grilled summer fare. The Gewürztraminers were also distinctive with a remarkable depth of fruit nicely intermingled within the spicy frame while the early-ripening Müller-Thurgau would be terrific with Asian noo-

UKES

Continued from Page A-11 Portuguese immigrants introduced the ukulele to the Hawaiian islands in the 1880s. One of the most famous songs played on the instrument is “Aloha ‘Oe” (“Farewell to Thee”), written by Lili`uokalani, the last queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, which was taken over by the United States in the late 1800s. Revenson, who plays tenor uke, banjo uke, soprano uke and the harmonica, among other instruments, describes himself as “a cross between Theodore Bijkel and Woody Guthrie.” He said his American roots music has been influenced by the blues, old-time music, early country and folk and Tin Pan Alley. “I also do a lot of my own material at concerts,” said Revenson, who likes to draw the audience into his performances. “I weave stories in and out of my songs.” Revenson said he started playing the ukulele in the early 1990s, “long before it was even cool and became popular.” “I think this is the third time it’s [risen in popularity],” he said. “It was popular in the teens and ’20s, in the ’50s and ’60s and in the last 10 or 15 years.” Television host Arthur Godfrey, who learned to play the uke from a Hawaiian shipmate in the Navy, “nearly single-handedly created the huge wave of ukulele popularity that occurred around the early 1950s,” accord-

dles or marinated, grilled chicken. Other paring suggestions include a glass of Sylvaner with shellfish and a bottle of Kerner with some spicy Thai cuisine. And it wouldn’t be summer without Sauvignon Blanc. Among our favorites this year are from the Dry Creek Vineyards including their delightful stone fruit and citrus tasting 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and their sleek, apple and grapefruit flavored DCV3 Sauvignon Blanc 2012. The Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is made from organically grown grapes and is bursting with tropical fruit flavors with a hint of grassiness at the end. Napa’s oldest winery, Charles Krug, continues to produce first-rate wines including their 2012 version of Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits perfectly bal-

anced melon, grassy and citrus notes. Another California producer worth seeking out is Hess Collection whose 2011 version of Sauvignon Blanc displays enticing citrus and spice flavors. Gruner Veltliner is another appropriate summer wine. Gruner has a characteristic fruitiness and signature pepper accent with enough acidity to make it very food-friendly. Among the better producers from their Austrian homeland are Kurt Angerer, Berger, Familie Brandl and Buchegger but also look elsewhere around the globe since the varietal is gaining popularity. Consider the Hess Collection Mount Veeder Small Block Series Gruner Veltliner 2012 that has loads of

apple, lemon and pear flavors and the Dr. Konstantin Frank Gruner Veltliner 2011 produced in New York’s Finger Lake region which shows more citrus and exotic spices along with the classic pepper bite at the end. Also from the same region is a slightly sweet version, the Three Brothers Stony Lonesome Estate Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2011

that has a bit of honey mingled with citrus at the finish. Oregon is also a good source for “GruVee” including the Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Gruner Veltliner 2012 and Illahe Estate Gruner Veltliner 2012 from a

producer who has been growing this grape in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for almost 30 years. ing to the Ukelele Hall of Fame based in West Orange, N.J. Fueling interest in playing it today are teachers like Jumpin’ Jim Beloff and performers like ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro; Eddie Vedder, vocalist for Pearl Jam, who released a uke album in 2011; groups like Mumford & Sons and Dave Matthews; and actors Bette Midler, William H. Macy and Steve Martin. “Tons of people play the ukulele,” Revenson said. “It’s as prevalent as the stars in the sky right now.” “It’s also all over the Cartoon Network and in commercials,” he said. “It has a refreshing, happy and lively quality to it. It’s definitely in vogue.” One reason is because the ukulele is easy to learn. “Anyone can pick it up and strum a few chords,” he said. “It attracts a lot of people who may not pick up a guitar, banjo or a fiddle … It’s easy to get started with.” It’s also a way for people to make their own music instead of paying to watch other people perform in movies and concerts. “I think Americans have a real hunger for being participants,” Revenson about the uke clubs that have sprung up around the country. “It’s a grassroots movement — high school kids, retirees at senior centers — it runs the multi-generational and multi-cultural spectrum.” “It’s becoming a cool and hip instrument to play,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net

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The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda is again hosting a summer ukulele and guitar camp from Aug. 10-14. Run by Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink of Kensington, the camp will end with a free outdoor concert on Aug. 14.

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What’s next for Katie Ledecky? Learning to drive Bethesda teen named top woman scorer at World Championships after winning four gold medals n

BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Bethesda teenager Katie Ledecky is missing one staple in the lives of many 16-yearolds, her driver’s license. But the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 800-meter freestyle can take comfort in a growing list of accomplishments that most people will never match.

On Sunday the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart rising junior earned the highest honor at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, when she was named the top woman scorer in a field of competition that included four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Ledecky won gold in all four events she contested — 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 1,500-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle relay — and set two world records. After setting a new American mark in the 400-meter freestyle en route to her first gold, Ledecky’s time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds in the 1,500-meter freestyle July 30 smashed the previous world record by 6 seconds held

by Bishop O’Connell (Va.) graduate Kate Ziegler since 2007. Ledecky set her second world mark in a come-from-behind win against Denmark’s Lotte Friis in Saturday’s 800-meter freestyle — despite trailing by as much as one second through the first 600 meters, Ledecky won the event by nearly 3 seconds. Franklin won a record six gold medals in Spain but Ledecky surpassed her in scoring due to a point system that doesn’t include relay results and awards bonus points for world records. Humility, Ledecky’s mother Mary Gen

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Bethesda teen Katie Ledecky won four gold medals and set two world and one American records at last week’s FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Northwood’s football team rarely punts n

Coach believes no-kicking strategy is Gladiators’ best chance for success BY

DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER

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Georgetown Prep’s Michael Wolfe competes during a 2012 summer basketball league game at High Point High School in Beltsville.

FOR RECRUITING,

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Most college basketball recruiters now seek players off high school courts n

BY

TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

Most of America was sound asleep last weekend when 30 or so college basketball coaches yawned their way through McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and

crammed onto a red-eye flight bound for Orlando. As George Washington University’s coach, Mike Lonergan, skimmed the glassyeyed scene, he said he saw all of the familiar faces: John Beilein from Michigan, Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Navy’s Ed DeChellis. Unlike the rest of the passengers on the flight, it wasn’t so much a trip from the neon of Vegas to the beaches of Florida, rather an exhausting recruiting voyage from one Amateur

Athletic Union basketball tournament to the next. “It was unbelievable,” said Lonergan, who signed Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Nick Griffin last year. “… I’d say about 90 percent of our recruiting is based on AAU because of the time of year and the recruiting is so accelerated.” Hyperdrive might be the more apt descriptor of recruiting when AAU hums into full swing. Within two weeks last summer with the local AAU team D.C. Assault, Suitland’s Roddy Peters had gathered offers from schools with prestigious basketball pedigrees such as Kansas, UCLA, Georgetown, Illinois, Maryland, Cincinnati and scores of others. He said it took three years of headlining the Rams for Peters to scrape up one, lonely offer from St. Joseph’s. “I didn’t think that I would have been recruited that much,” said Peters, who opted to play for Mark Turgeon and the University of Maryland. “I thought I was going to be kind of small time.” With the Assault, and many other elite AAU teams in the area and around the nation, the notion of small-time recruiting is near comical. Said Assault general manager Damon Handon, “A high school team may have one, maybe two Division I kids, but every kid in our program is a [Division I] prospect.” To be on an elite high school team is one

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As the reopened Northwood High School phased in students annually by class, the school launched its varsity football program in 2006 without any seniors. Though that put the team at a significant disadvantage across the board, the effect was arguably felt hardest on the offensive and defensive lines. Unable to successfully block the opponent, Northwood had a couple of kicks blocked in its first two games. “Oh, no,” coach Dennis Harris said he thought to himself. “We can’t. Nah. If they’re just going to come through here and block it anyway, we might as well try to get points by doing some other stuff.” Harris began to experiment with more fake field goals that season. Since, Harris — Northwood’s only coach since its reopening — has increasingly eschewed kicking and punting all together, more often faking or just leaving his offense on the field. “Just little stuff like that to try to tip the scales our way a little bit,” Harris said. “All that stuff helps, because typically in the last eight years, we’ve been kind of undermanned every year. So, we just try to get out there and have fun, take chances and try to give ourselves a little bit better chance of being successful.” Northwood has gone just 21-49 in Harris’ seven years at the helm, but he is convinced his aggressive strategy has helped his team. While tinkering to find the ideal play-calling split, Harris read about Pulaski Academy in Arkansas. Pulaski, coached by Kevin Kelley, practically never punts and almost always onside kicks. Kelley developed the approach after reading a mathematical study of football outcomes, which showed coaches hurt their teams by too easily relinquishing possession.

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Northwood High School football coach Dennis Harris often leaves his offense on the field in lieu of punting or kicking.

Fans keep the Spirit high through struggles Spirit has one win, but draws the league’s fourth-largest home crowds n

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Washington Spirit fans watch their favorite team play against New York on April 20.

If attendance numbers were the only factor that determined the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League standings, the Germantown-based Washington Spirit would be in good position to qualify for the four-team playoff field at the end of the month. Despite managing just one win in 16 weeks, the team has spent the majority of its first season of existence bouncing between third and fourth place on

the eight-team league’s list of average home-crowd size. Two of the three teams above Washington boast some of the more recognizable names in women’s soccer: No. 1 Portland (Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath) and No. 3 Western New York Flash (all-time international scoring leader Abby Wambach). Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C., area, in general, are soccerrich communities with a tradition of success in women’s soccer — led by Mia Hamm, the Washington Freedom won the 2003 Founder’s Cup in the Women’s United Soccer Association’s third and final season. And the Spirit have been able to draw from that, owner Bill Lynch said. Washington draws an average attendance of 3,626, which is above the

projected number (3,000) Lynch said prior to the season as the one necessary for the organization to be sustainable. In addition, an average of 3,000 have checked out each game online, Spirit General Manager Chris Hummer said. “We are thrilled with our attendance. Certainly we have a great soccer community [around us] and people who are fans of women’s soccer, they support the game and the players and the idea of coming out and being entertained. More than winning a championship, this is the third try of a professional women’s league, everyone is happy there’s women’s soccer at all. I think the fans are smart enough about the game to know good soccer when they see it,” Hummer

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TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER

It was when the big colleges came calling for Jacquille Veii and Rachid Ibrahim at the beginning of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakout season for Avalon School that Isaac Boyd said the realization hit him: In less than a year, he would have some mighty big shoes to ďŹ ll. As the two Avalon stars succeeded on the ďŹ eld, combining for nearly 2,500 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns (62 percent of the Black Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scoring) on just 292 carries, and wafďŹ&#x201A;ed through the Division I suitors, Boyd became a student of their work. Now, after a 7-4 season of sponging as much football wisdom as he could from Avalonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst two Football Bowl Subdivision recruits in the young schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history (Veii committed to the University of Maryland, Ibrahim to Pittsburg), Boyd said he is as prepared as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever be to take over the backďŹ eld. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew last year, when all those

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Avalon School running back Isaac Boyd works out Monday in Gaithersburg. Boyd is expected to be the focus of the Black Knightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense.

schools were talking to Rachid and Jacquille, that I was going to have to do it,â&#x20AC;? Boyd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My coaches came up and told me, too. I was like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OK. Yes sir.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Boyd, a senior, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be used in a similar manner that Ibrahim was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; loads of carries, less demand on catching passes out of the backďŹ eld. The promotion will be a signiďŹ cant step up from his 24 carries and 141 yards (a 5.88 average) from last year, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a role he has been preparing his body for this offseason. His 6-foot frame has been beefed up to 190 pounds from the 175

he was listed at last season and, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;physically, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working out a lot, working on my speed, working on my cuts. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be fun.â&#x20AC;? Added coach Tad Shields, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embracing it. I think a lot of kids going from junior to senior year know â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my team nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and they kind of take a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now-or-neverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; type approach.â&#x20AC;? The running back did say that Avalon has designs on throwing the ball a bit more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Black Knights attempted just 80 passes last year compared to 402 carries and bring back starting quarterback Wyatt Karem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but still expects to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting the ball nearly every play,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a challenge being behind a really talented player so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to step up.â&#x20AC;? Barring any last minute transfers, injuries or academic issues, Boyd will be spelled in part by several others returning in the backďŹ eld, including senior James Chase and junior fullback Adam McLean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some pretty good athletes coming along, skill position players that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about,â&#x20AC;? Shields said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice when your best players [Veii and Ibrahim] are your hardest workers and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping for out of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crop. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of feeling our way

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Leo Ekwoge, according to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School football coach Bob Milloy, has worked incredibly hard in the weight room the last couple years. Of course, with Dorian Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Daniel (Clemson University) and Wes Brown (University of Maryland, College Park) ahead of him on the depth chart, Ekwoge didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have many opportunities to carry the ball. Not that he looked at it that way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it for granted,â&#x20AC;? Ekwoge, a senior, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m behind those two doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to work hard.â&#x20AC;? And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Milloy has scheduled Ekwoge, who recently committed to Western Michigan University over offers from Old Dominion University, Miami University (Ohio), Ohio University and the University of Toledo, to start at running back for Good Counsel this season. Ekwoge ran for 496 yards on 91 carries (5.5 yards per attempt) and 13 touchdowns last season, over 200 yards more than any other returning Good Counsel player. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready,â&#x20AC;? Milloy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t his turn yet.â&#x20AC;? While biding his time, Ekwoge studied Brown and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Daniel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like a little brother, I learned all this stuff that they do and how they excel,â&#x20AC;? Ekwoge said. Ekwoge said he was too serious earlier in his high school career, and he sometimes tuned out criticism because he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it constructively. But Brown talked with him about easing up, and Ekwogeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude turned for the better. At times, Brown forced the issue, pushing Ekwoge into ďŹ nishing drills in his place. In the process, Ekwoge learned what it took to be the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst-team running back. Despite his coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous conďŹ dence in him, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Ekwoge said he has really blossomed in preparation for a bigger workload this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I was ready,â&#x20AC;? Ekwoge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to take the workload and the hits, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working really hard after the season.â&#x20AC;? Ekwoge caught just three passes last season, but Milloy apparently plans to make up for lost time, also using Ekwoge at receiver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a terrific pass receiver. TerriďŹ c,â&#x20AC;? Milloy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take him off the ďŹ eld.â&#x20AC;? Though Ekwoge looks forward to following in Brown and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps at running back, he just wants to contribute in as many ways as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the fact that I can move around and be versatile,â&#x20AC;? Ekwoge said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I can run the ball, but I can be a mismatch to the linebacker or safety. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter which one.â&#x20AC;? As long as, this year, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one causing mismatches. dfeldman@gazette.net

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Continued from Page B-1 said. The Spirit have certainly produced good soccer. Of their league-high 14 losses — it has also tied four times — only four have been by more than two goals. Injuries and lack of scoring have been major issues. In the initial allocation — the top seven players on each team’s roster were allocated by the

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Continued from Page B-1 thing; to be on an elite AAU team represents a whole new world of exposure and opportunity, where teams play in front of “basically every big school,” Peters said, and offers are extended by the handful. Before Potomac’s Dion Wiley could get recruited by the big time schools, according to Wolverines coach Renard Johnson, he had to be recruited by the big time AAU programs. Now, after a few seasons with Team Takeover, Wiley is the most heralded rising senior in the state, bound for Maryland over his chopped down list of Georgetown, Cincinnati and Florida State. Former Magruder standout Garland Owens, headed for Boston College this year after a prep season with Massanutten Military Academy, had created a little buzz during his successful stint as a Colonel, but it wasn’t until he joined the Mid-Atlantic Select that the high-level offers began pouring in. “It’s pretty much a common thing,” Select coach James Lee said. “A lot of [college] coaches know the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] and the [Interstate Athletic Conference] but they’re not familiar with kids from Oakdale and some of the public schools, so once he gets on the AAU circuit his exposure, his recruiting stock sky-

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Continued from Page B-1 Harris isn’t quite ready to go as far as Kelley, but the Northwood coach has bought in to the basic tenets. Harris said even good high school punters and kickers — and he believes he has one in Christian Reyes — tend to be erratic. Too many punts are shanked, too many pooch attempts roll into the end zone and too many field goals have something go wrong in the relatively complex snap-tohold-to-kick system to justify giving up the ball or going for fewer points than possible. The equation changes based on distance to a first down and field position. Fourth-and-short, even deep in Northwood’s own territory, Harris sometimes calls for a run up the middle. Once his team nears, and especially once it has crossed, midfield, Harris is much more prone to go for it —

three soccer federations backing the NWSL, the U.S., which officially runs the league, Canada and Mexico — Washington was not dealt a true scoring entity. The team boasts world-class talent, including U.S. Women’s National Team veterans Ali Krieger on defense and Lori Lindsay in the midfield. Spirit midfielder Diana Matheson is the Mia Hamm of Canada, Hummer said. But Washington has only posted 13 goals in 19 games. In the same sentence in which

rockets.” The first true star to graduate from the Select was Springbrook’s Jamal Olasewere, who picked Long Island over Georgetown, Xavier and several others. As Olasewere’s name grew, so did the Select’s. Since the summer of 2010, Lee estimates he has sent “at least” 30 to 40 players onto schools, scholarship in hand, with “seven or eight” from last season’s crop alone. “I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get exposure, to showcase what they can do and it’s a great avenue for college coaches to see athletes play,” Lee said. “These tournaments have 32, 64 teams you can see play on a few courts.” Added Lonergan, “You can go to one event and see 100 Division I players.” National championship tournaments hosted in Milwaukee, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Orlando are the obvious hotbeds for scholarship offers, but Peters said that even in the smaller tournaments he saw dozens of coaches in the stands. When exactly it is that AAU became the prime recruiting grounds for basketball players is near impossible to pinpoint — Springbrook coach Tom Crowell estimates it to be about 14 to 15 years ago — but it’s easy to see why. College coaches’ schedules are freed up for traveling — both Turgeon and Dalonte Hill, the Terps’ top recruiter, were also in attendance in Vegas for the

no matter how many yards his team needs to get a first down. The better a team’s offense, the more effective the strategy becomes for two reasons. 1. A better offense is more likely to convert the fourth-down attempt. 2. A better offense is more likely to score if it converts the fourth-down attempt. Plus, Harris said his frequent fakes and straight attempts keep defenses off-guard when Northwood actually kicks or punts. He said he recalled a time his punter picked up the ball after a bad snap and still got the punt off, because the opponent didn’t rush due to fear of a fake. Overarching all this is the idea that Northwood’s opponent must dedicate a portion of their practice time to preparing for Harris’ uncommon play-calling. Harris hopes that means the opponent is spending less time on another aspects of the game and giving Northwood some other advantage.

Hummer admitted the first thing Washington will go after following its season finale against playoff contender Sky Blue FC of New York/New Jersey are more offensive-minded players, he praised the team’s personnel with being just the type of professional athletes an organization needs to build a strong fan base. “You talk about not getting allocated certain types of players, but we got certain types of people. They get it. If not for the fan support, we’re not here. Literally. How many professional

Adidas Super 64 tournament last weekend — they get to see what the players can do not only playing alongside some of the best players in the country, but against the best players in the country. “That’s huge,” Lonergan said. “It’s a good level of AAU, it’s not like they’re scoring 18 points in a summer league game and the two best players on the other team are away on vacation. Nearly every player on the court is a Division I player.” Not that high school doesn’t matter, or that college coaches don’t frequent the local matchups during the winter — Otto Porter, the Washington Wizards’ recent No. 3 lottery pick in the NBA draft, never took a single shot in AAU basketball — but it has become what some coaches are calling a “necessary evil.” “It’s funny, because all these guys go around through AAU ball, but the final decision — they almost always call the high school coaches,” Crowell said. “They want to know ‘What kind of kid is he?’ I think the AAU and high school coaches can go hand in hand.” In the end, Crowell said, there are ultimately three factors in deciding an athlete’s future at the next level: talent, character, and the ability to expose the two. All it takes, he said, “is just one guy to look at them.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

As logical as Harris’ strategy is, a lot of his choices are based on feel. “It’s more of a mentality,” said Harris, who first became a varsity coach at age 25 in Virginia. “I’ve never been very conservative as a coach.” If Northwood scores a touchdown on a big play, Harris sees the opponent as particularly vulnerable, because sometimes, opposing coaches are talking to the players that just allowed a touchdown rather than setting up special-teams players. That’s when Harris is particularly likely to go for two. “When something bad happens to the other team, they tend to be looking around, looking for answers, trying to figure out what just happened,” Harris said. “And while they’re figuring out what just happened, something else just happened.” A frequent argument against Harris’ strategy, at least by those who understand the math be-

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Bethesda teen Katie Ledecky said she plans to swim for her high school team at Stone Ridge School for the Sacred Heart this winter after setting two world records last week. She is a junior. through, she added. Ledecky swims 8,000 meters or yards per day, according to her USA Swimming bio, and trains nine times per week. An intensified dry land regimen has increased her physical strength. That coupled with better patience to stick to any game plans she and coach Bruce Gemmell discuss before each race has taken her to new heights. She said patience early in Saturday’s 800-meter freestyle win allowed her to take off in the last 200. Ledecky said her results last week far exceeded her expecations and now she and Gemmell will have to lift the bar — more records are surely on the horizon.

Ledecky has certainly become a more recognizable figure and her fame will likely only continue to grow. But she doesn’t put much thought into how many times she rewrites history, or the number of people who stop her on the street, just that her performance each day is better than the previous one. “I’m just excited to get home and enjoy the rest of my summer. I’m planning on getting my [learner’s] permit [for driving] in the next week, maybe next two weeks. Definitely by the end of summer,” Ledecky said. jbeekman@gazette.net

leagues get a third chance?” Hummer said. The Spirit have worked to earn their loyal fan base, Hummer and Lynch said. Every single player has made herself available for appearances, to run camps — the Spirit has connected with Montgomery Soccer Inc. among other local youth soccer organizations — to host pizza parties for raffle winners, among other interaction with fans, Hummer said. These athletes, women soccer players in general, Lynch said, are

uniquely engaged with their fans. They hang around after games and are honored to be seen as role models, which isn’t always the case in athletics. Hummer said the team’s priority now is to reward its fans with a winning 2014 campaign. “We’re thankful for our fans. But we know they’re not going to wait around for multiple seasons. We expect to be a contender next year,” Hummer said. jbeekman@gazette.net

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Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s Garland Owens (center) said he had a lot more scholarship offers after playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball than he did just playing for his high school.

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said, has always been one of her strongest qualities; Ledecky made sure to praise her teammate while expressing her own excitement. “Missy deserves [being named top scorer] more than I do probably. She had an incredible week and we’re all so proud of her and she is an amazing person. It’s so great to be a part of a team with her and all the other swimmers on the U.S. team,” Ledecky said. “I just had an incredible week and had a lot of fun doing it. I’m really thrilled right now, [this meet] exceeded all my expectations and goals going into it.” In the 12 months since she came out of relative obscurity to win in London Ledecky, who said she plans to continue swimming for Stone Ridge this winter, has established herself as one of the world’s best distance swimmers of all time — she isn’t limited to distance events but said they will be her focus for the foreseeable future. Though her recent rise to the top of international swimming seems to have happened rather quickly, it is the result of dayby-day progress over the past 365 days, Ledecky said. She was driven not to have a letdown following her Olympic debut but to build on her remarkable break-

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hind it, is Northwood’s defensive players would feel as if Harris didn’t trust them. But Harris said, because the strategy is so ingrained in his program — his twitter handle is @H82puntNhs — that hasn’t been an issue. In fact, Harris said, sometimes, defensive players get extra fired up when taking the field after a failed fourth-down attempt, pledging

to get that one back. Of course, the offensive players love the strategy. Quarterback Charles Hennessey, as part of his responsibilities, must line up on punt plays everywhere from personal protector to longsnapper in order to facilitate Northwood’s wide array of fakes. “If it works perfectly, you get the other coaches on the sideline to yell at their players,”

Hennessey said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. We just got you that time.” Though Harris said he’ll still punt and kick a fair amount this season, he can imagine his strategy evolving to the point he never does either. “We’ll try a lot of things that mostpeoplewon’tdo,”Harrissaid. dfeldman@gazette.net

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NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER

For as unpredictable as the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s regular season was during this 2013 summer campaign, the League Championship Series final featured the same two clubs for the fifth season in a row: the Bethesda Big Train and the Baltimore Redbirds. Despite having a remarkable nine of the league’s 12 teams finish with a record above .500, the Big Train won the regular season title for the sixth time in nine seasons and the Redbirds capped back-to-back championships with a 4-1 win against Bethesda on Sunday. Thus ended another season of summer baseball — an especially successful one for Montgomery County teams. “Our goal every year is to win the regular-season championship,” Big Train manager Sal Colangelo said. “That’s what’s important to us and our club and we did it again. And if we can win the tournament, then we can. But in the tournament, any time a team gets hot anything can happen.” The Redbirds didn’t lose a game en route to their championship while Bethesda fought through the loser’s

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The Bethesda Big Train’s Ryne Willard celebrates with teammates Thursday after hitting a home run against the Rockville Express. bracket to reach the final. Bolstered by dynamic pitching — fronted by Bubby Derby, who led the league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts — and a balanced offense, the Big Train finished the regular season with a 30-14 record. After congratulating his players on

a good season following Sunday’s loss, Colangelo promptly stated, “now it’s recruiting season again.” Indeed, the Big Train have developed a reputation for attracting premiere talent from across the nation — this year’s roster featured players from Washington state to Florida and many states in between.

While not featuring as geographically diverse a roster, the Gaithersburg Giants did quite well for themselves in their first year in the league. Transitioning from the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League to the CRCBL, the Giants finished in third place with a record of 26-18. Even though they were bounced in the first round of the LCS, Jeff Rabberman’s club made quite the initial impression. “I felt we could definitely compete,” Rabberman said. “Everybody in the league has talent. It’s those other things, those intangibles, that really make the difference throughout the summer. The guys, though, were a joy to work with every night. They really got along well and I think we have a great foundation for the future.” Rabberman cited the Giants’ season-opener against the Big Train, the first time they beat the Big Train and a 12-inning walk-off win against the Vienna River Dogs as his three enduring memories from the season. Josh Ingham was a force at the plate, while Robin Mowatt headlined a deep pitching staff. Another Montgomery County team that enjoyed success was the Rockville Express. Managed by Rick Price in his second year at the helm, the Express finished 25-19 and secured a playoffs spot with a win on the season’s final day. Rockville was eliminated by Bethesda in the LCS, but still managed to record its second consecutive win-

ning season with Will Kengor finishing second in the league in batting average. “We had a big turnover from last year and we were up against it a lot,” Price said. “These teams were very good. It was a very balanced league, but the last two years, the Express has won more games than anyone else in this league.” A team that’s hoping to soon post the win totals of the three aforementioned Montgomery County clubs is the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, who were managed by first-year coach Doug Remer. The Thunderbolts ranked third in the league in attendance (among teams who reported their statistics) and Remer said he was encouraged by his young ballclub’s performances en route to a 13-31 record. “I think there was effort for every game this season,” Remer said. “The effort was there, I just think there were some key situations where experience might have benefitted us more.” Overall, local CRCBL coaches sounded pleased not only with the performance of their own teams, but with the competitiveness of the league as a whole. “Every year it’s going to continue to get better,” Rabberman said. “It’s not going to be long before the Cape Cod League and the Ripken League are mentioned in the same breath.” ncammarota@gazette.net

Blake grad uses Terps softball to balance out heavy academic load BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Sometimes a talented high school athlete makes the difficult decision to opt out of intercollegiate athletics to meet the demands of a rigorous academic course load because only a select few athletes have a future in professional sports. Mechanical engineering would certainly be one of those college majors that might require too much time to balance with an NCAA Division I sport. But former James H. Blake High School softball third

baseman Bridget Hawvermale doesn’t know how to do things halfway. The junior has already taken enough credits in two years to be considered a senior in program that takes many five years to finish. The remarkable diligence and determination which Hawvermale applies to all aspects of her life sets her apart from the typical student-athlete, University of Maryland, College Park coach Laura Watten said. Fundamentally Hawvermale, who led Blake to its only state tournament appearance in 2010, is a skilled softball player, Watten said. But most athletes vying for a spot in a Division I softball program can throw, catch, hit and run the bases better than the average player. Hawvermale, who said she

lineup of an NCAA Division I softball team is no easy task, especially for a freshman or sophomore. When an opportunity presents itself, it’s imperative to take advantage. Hawvermale, who received the “Terp Award” for having the highest gradepoint average on the softball team, did just that in the latter part of the 2012-13 season and put herself in position to contend for a starting spot again in the fall. When injuries forced Watten to shift things around, Hawvermale, whose versatility has made her a valuable utility player, presented herself as the best choice to fill in a vacancy that opened up in the outfield, Watten said. Hawvermale, who batted .286 with 13 runs scored in 14 starts, said she intentionally

focuses on strengthening all aspects of her game in order to the type of player who can fill in wherever needed. Her work ethic and team-first attitude is contagious and made her a leader even as a freshman, Watten said. “[Hawvermale] was very aware of the fact that all she needed to do was make it impossible to take her out of the lineup and that’s pretty much what she did. She’s an athlete and she can step in and fill any role we’ve asked and she’ll do it with a big smile on her face and not question anything or worry about anything. We could probably put her in any position other than pitching,” Watten said. Hawvermale, who returned on July 20 from a three-week solar engineering class in China,

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might have a little more free time if she stepped away from softball, but juggling the two demanding entities keep her balanced, she said. Plus, how many people realize a childhood dream? “Hard work pays off, I guess. Sometimes I have to take a step back, this is what I’ve always wanted. I feel like my softball career has come full circle, from being a 6-year-old fan to seeing young girls and talking to them,” Hawvermale said. “Engineering and a Division I sport is like a life commitment. In D-I sports they talk a lot about sports psychology and having an outlet. When I’m tired of softball I have school and when I’m tired of school I have softball.” jbeekman@gazette.net 1890471

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was the Terrapins’ No. 1 fan growing up, had something in addition to her softball prowess that caught Watten’s attention. “Bridget is someone we actually knew because she came to our camps so we got to see her. You want kids who want to be part of your program and will do anything they can do to be a part of the program. Bridget always wanted to go to Maryland. She came in with a lot of pride and a lot of passion for helping the team and helping the team grow. She has one of the best work ethics of any kid I’ve coached. She’s just a kid that absolutely came in and had a desire to make an impact in whatever role she’s asked to be in and those were the things that really [stood out],” Watten said. Breaking into the starting

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Switching sides: Bullis boys’ assistant becomes girls’ coach Basketball: Perrow previously coached at Archbishop Carroll n

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When the Bullis School boys’ basketball team left town for a winter break tournament two years ago, assistant coach Clinton Perrow insisted the team eat at Golden Corral, though head coach Bruce Kelley wasn’t immediately keen on the buffet. “He looked at me like I was out of my mind,” Perrow said. “I said, ‘Coach, I’m telling you, there’s something there for everybody. It’s easy. You don’t have

to worry about it.’” Bullis went to Golden Corral that night and won its next game. Again, Perrow insisted the team eat at his lucky restaurant, and again, Kelley resisted. “Through a force of personality and tempting fate, we’re right back there at the GC,” Kelley said. “All you can eat. “It’s bad food. You’ve gotta go. You can’t jinx it.” In all, Bullis has eaten five meals at the Golden Corral in the last two years while playing in tournaments in South Carolina and Florida. After those meals, Bullis is 5-0 and has won both tournaments. Bullis is hoping Perrow brings that good fortune — and force of personality — to its girls’ pro-

gram, hiring him as its new head coach. Prior to joining Bullis’ boys’ staff, Perrow served as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams at different points. “Young ladies want to be coached just like you coach guys,” Perrow said. “They don’t want any sugarcoating. They don’t want you to go soft on them or anything like that. ... Communication is very key. If you have good communication skills and you can teach the game, it’s really not that big of a difference.” Kelley believes Perrow’s ability to communicate will not be an issue. “He never has any down days,” Kelley said. “... The con-

nection that he makes with kids — he can pull and push, and they know that he cares. “So, he’s able to get out of them than they might have originally thought they can give.” Kelley first observed Perrow when they coached against each other, Perrow guiding Archbishop Carroll’s boys’ team in the Bullis Holiday Classic. “I liked the energy that he brought from the bench,” Kelley said. “I liked the energy that the team played with. Over a threeday tournament, I’m there the whole time, and it didn’t wane. I wanted to coach with that guy.” Archbishop Carroll dismissed Perrow during the 2008-09 season after two of his players fought each other on the bench during

a game. Later in 2009, Perrow joined Kelley’s staff. Kelley didn’t set a specific role for Perrow, letting the assistant gravitate toward the area of his choosing on the fly. Soon enough, Perrow began fine-tuning Bullis’ defense, and that’s where he said his concentration will be with the girls. “We really want to set to the tone by just being a really aggressive, hard-nosed defensive team that really gets after you,” Perrow said. “That’s just who I am.” He said he is hoping to bring identity to a successful program that could suddenly use it. Perrow becomes Bullis’ third coach in three seasons. “I didn’t take the job to be gone in one or two years or three

years or four years or even five years,” Perrow said. “I took the job for longevity. I took the job, because I really like the school.” As Perrow puts his mark on the program, he hopes to schedule out-of-town trips during winter breaks. It’s too late to schedule trips for the upcoming season, and he’s unsure yet about future years. But he brings at least some certainty to the program, which will be seen whenever Perrow takes his first long trip with his new team. “The girls are definitely going to Golden Corral,” Perrow said. “I can guarantee you that.” dfeldman@gazette.net

Some county basketball teams leave the comfort zone While most participate in county summer league, others go elsewhere n

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Montgomery Blair High School boys basketball coach Damon Pigrom said he took his team to Washington, D.C.’s summer league so that they would be exposed to teams they don’t normally see. we’re seeing in Montgomery County. It’s summer league so I don’t know how many teams are slowing down and running things, and the referees are letting the kids play and they’re getting tougher, which is good.” Whether it be shaking up the Xs and Os or taking his team elsewhere during the off-season, everything Pigrom has done so far seems to be working. In following up one of the most successful seasons in nearly a decade (15-9), Pigrom took his team down to Woodrow Wilson for a summer league along with Northwood, Wheaton, Theodore Roosevelt, Princeton Day Acad-

emy and a handful of others. The Blazers made it to the title game, beating Princeton Day in the semifinals. “The kids, they bought in,” Pigrom said. “I think they looked

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at the things they accomplished this past year and want to keep that going. Fifteen wins is more than we’ve had in almost a decade. They’re all hungry to expand upon what we did last year.”

The majority of local teams play in The Rock at High Point or DeMatha’s BSN as a side to the county league. Some even do all three, essentially seeing the same schools over and over. That’s why Sharief Hashim took his Wheaton team to Wilson as well. “It’s great, I’m a huge proponent of that,” he said. “It’s just important. A lot of my kids don’t play [Amateur Athletic Union] so getting out of the county is big, getting out of our comfort zone is big.” Hashim and the Knights split their time between the comfort zone of Montgomery County’s ‘B’ division and Wilson, playing enough games where “it kind of had an AAU type feel,” he said. “My kids just got to play a lot of basketball. It was definitely a productive summer. I feel good, it was a nice summer for us.” And still other teams, John F. Kennedy for example, opt to not play as a unit over summer at all. With unavoidable absences due to vacations, jobs, AAU tournaments and various other summer commitments, the group put on the floor during a summer

league game is barely representative of the team that will be suiting up over winter for the regular season. “I thought it was a waste of time with kids out of town with AAU every weekend,” said Kennedy coach Diallo Nelson, who had the Cavaliers play at The Rock the past three years but chose not to participate in an official league this summer. “They were gone almost every Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. As far as getting better as a team, I didn’t see the benefit.” So, rather than put together a haphazardly assembled group of junior varsity players and AAU stragglers, Nelson scheduled circuit training and shoot-arounds, keeping the workouts concentrated on his players honing individual skills. “As an ex-player and collegiate coach, I understand the importance of the off-season,” Nelson said. “And from March to November, you work on your individual skills. And from November to March, you work on getting better as a team.”

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Over the past few years, Dessalyn Dillard was accustomed to 10, maybe 15 kids meandering out to James H. Blake High School during summer for some independentoff-seasonworkouts. Though not a coach for any official summer track club, Dillard, a coachatPaintBranchHigh,would still host workouts alongside a few other coaches, keeping the handful of athletes not affiliated with a summer team in shape for the upcoming fall season. So imagine her surprise when, on her first day as the offi-

cial coach of the fledgling USA-JA Track and Field club, based out of Northwood High, 67 popped in, ready to be a part of the Silver Spring-dominated team. “I was expecting 20, 25 athletes,” said Dillard, a 1999 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she competed in the 400 hurdles and heptathlon. “In a week it was a rush of applicants and I was like ‘Oh, wow.’ It was very unexpected but a welcome surprise.” The sheer number of athletes was only the beginning of the more-than-welcome surprises headed Dillard’s way. At the season’s bookend event, the Junior Olympics hosted by North Carolina A&T, USA-JA boasted two individual All-Americans (Binyam Tadesse of John F. Kennedy, 3,000 meters; Martha Sam of Blake, 400 meters) and one All-

American relay team (the boys’ 17-18 age group 3,200 relay) for finishing in the top eight. “I didn’t really have any expectations,” said Sam, a junior and reigning county champ in the 100 meters. “It was something I did just because. I wasn’t expecting it to happen, it just kind of did. It was a little overwhelming atfirst. It was the first time I didn’t get first and was still happy.” Dillard and her team of coaches — Shawn Shannon, Darryl Spruill, and Giovanni Reumante — had long recognized the need for a summer track club for Silver Spring-area athletes, but nothing official began until this year, when the quartet decided to apply for certification to get the ball rolling on a traveling team that could eventually end up in Greensboro for the Junior Olympics. By the beginning of

summer, the USA-JA had been founded. “There were no options in this area for kids to get better,” Shannon said. “We decided, ‘Let’s go see what this looks like’ and it took off.’ Definitely there’s some potential for this.” As for the name, “USA-JA,” it’s a mix between United States and Jamaica, a moniker that Dillard failed to suppress a fit of giggles when asked about it. “We kicked a few names around and that’s what we ended up on,” she said. Dillard, a native of Trenton, N.J., is the team’s strength and endurance coach. Shannon, a former competitor for Jamaica College High, represents the Caribbean half of the name and takes care of the sprints and coaches alongside Dillard at Paint Branch. Spruill, also a New Jersey native, heads the jumps and Re-

umante, a former Northwood graduate who won a state title in the 800, setting a school record in the process, is the middle distance coach. “Realistically, we knew it would be competitive, but seeing that the summer track scene was new for us all, we weren’t sure how the kids would rise to the occasion,” Dillard said. “We were just kind of feeling things out, didn’t want to set the bar too high. We knew we would do well, but we didn’t know how well.” Sam’s All-American hat is a testament to just how well a first-year track club can do. But the most satisfying element of the inaugural season was the overwhelming amount of participants who, had it not been for the USA-JA, would not have been able to compete with a team over the summer.

“The expectations for the kids was to get better, to come out on the track to not just run,” Shannon said. “Their job the first day was to come ready to run and run the right way. This year was really a blessingformostofus,thatwecan build this up from the ground.” With the first summer under its belt, USA-JA expects the numbers to nearly double next season, as word spreads and more and more athletes seek competition. Shannon said the aim is to add two more coaches for next summer and to start the middle and elementary-school students in the winter while the high schoolers have indoor track as an outlet. “We’re very excited and ready for the club to grow and see where we can go next year,” Dillard said. tmewhirter@gazette.net

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Transitioning to college from high school can be a difficult process. So, in order to make next year’s transition to the Colgate University men’s soccer team easier, Albert Einstein High School student Karl Brown said he has opted to not return for his senior high school season. Instead, he has decided to play for newly-founded Olney-Bethesda Boys Academy in order to compete against the nation’s top players. “In the long run, I know that the academy is going to help me as a player a lot more,” Brown said during a phone interview on July 24 from Kansas City, where his current U-17 team, the OBGC Rangers, was competing at the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship. “Going into col-

lege, I’m going in to a whole new environment, so this last year I really want to get some good practice in.” Starting last season, studentathletes are only permitted to play for an academy team or a high school team. They can no longer play for both. The Olney-Bethesda Boys Academy was created in an effort to merge the struggling McLean and Potomac academies, according to Brown. His club coach, Matt Pilkington, was sought after to coach the new academy team, and the rest of the U-17 Rangers squad came along. While Brown is expected to thrive as a member of the academy team, Einstein will miss him, coach Adrian Baez said. “He is an awesome player, I can’t replace him,” Baez said. “I still have a pretty good, solid team, but my gosh that is a crushing blow.” Without Brown, who has served as captain of the Titans since his sophomore year, Baez

is expecting seniors John Marc Charpentier and Erik Maradiaga to step up as leaders of the squad. Brown said he will miss the opportunity to serve as a leader on his team. “Playing high school soccer is a lot of fun. You’re playing with your friends and in front of your friends, and it makes you realize why you love soccer so much,” he said. When Brown first started playing recreational soccer at the age of 4, his father, Jim Brown, was his coach. When Brown was first asked to try out for a club team at the age of 8, he was unsure if he wanted to play for a team that wasn’t coached by his father. “I didn’t know if I wanted to do it, but my dad really pushed for me,” he said. “He knew I was a good player, so he’d always challenge me.” Brown said his father has supported him at every game, and especially in his recent decision to play for Colgate.

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Feliciano, Otwell Phillip and Molly Feliciano of Silver Spring announce the marriage of their daughter, Erin Inez Feliciano, to William Alexander Otwell, son of Billy and Becky Otwell of Alexandria, Va., formerly of Madison, Conn., and Roswell, Ga. Their children were married on May 4, 2013, at St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring with a reception following at Manor Country Club in Rockville. Erin is a graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., and certificate in Graphic and Web Design from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington, D.C. She is currently employed as assistant art director for Science News magazine in Washington, D.C. Alex is a graduate of Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Conn. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is currently employed as a director of sales, small business, with Vocus in Herndon, Va. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and reside in Arlington, Va.

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On June 29, Elvira and Jerry Hroblak, who met as teenagers, celebrated 50 years of marriage. They celebrated with more than 50 family members and friends during a party held at Norbeck Country Club. Elvira and Jerry have three children, Kimberly McDanald, Kevin Hroblak and Kristine Hodge, and nine grandchildren, Megan and Ashley McDanald; Ben, Zack and Sarah Hroblak ;and Emilia, Ellie, Erin and Evan Hodge. Before the guests were served dinner, the best man, Eugene Doria of Pennsylvania, made a speech as he did 50 years ago. The maid of honor, Bernadine Whalen, also flew in from Texas. After dinner, Ben performed the anniversary waltz on the piano. Following, Megan and Ashley, the two oldest grandchildren who are twins, played “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain on the guitar. Elvira and Jerry loved the performances by their grandchildren.

Gut Happy, from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton. A healthy digestive system begins with a good diet. Wendy Weisblatt, registered dietitian at Suburban Hospital, will highlight which foods promote healthy digestion and which should be avoided. She will also discuss what probiotics are and how they can help with digestion. www.suburbanhospital.org. CPR and AED, from 6:309:30 p.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. The Heartsaver class teaches basic CPR, rescue breathing, and relief of choking for adults, infants and children and Automated External Defibrillator use. After successful completion, the student will receive a Heartsaver AED card from the American Heart Association. Note: This class is for the lay community and is not adequate for individuals who have or will have patient care responsibilities. This class is not designed for healthcare providers. If you are a health care provider, please register under BLS and CPR for Healthcare

ONGOING St., Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school year.

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old

Plunkett, Campbell Wanda Marie Thomas and Cornell Clayton Houston Sr. of Adelphi will wed in holy matrimony on Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. The couple will also celebrate their marriage at Secrets The Vine Cancun Resort on Sept. 12, 2013, in Cancun, Mexico. Celebrating with the couple will be their children, Felicia, Stayce, and Quentin Thomas II, and Melody Houston and Cornell Houston Jr.

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MONDAY, AUG. 12 Simplify Your Life, from 7-9 p.m. at Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. De-clutter for summer. Discussion will include more than just cleaning out your closet. Learn techniques and skills for decluttering and destressing your everyday life. $20. www.suburbanhospital. org.

ONGOING New Mothers Postpartum Support Group, 10-11:30 a.m.

Mondays at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive, Olney. Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, angry or irritable, group support can help. Group led by two therapists who specialize in the postpartum period. Babies are welcome. Free; Registration required. 301-774-8881, www. montgomerygeneral.org.

RELIGION CALENDAR Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church

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Professionals. $80; Registration required. 301-774-8881, www. montgomerygeneral.org.

Craig and Denise Plunkett of Burtonsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Marie Plunkett, to James Andrew Campbell, son of Charles and Jeanne Campbell of Woodlawn. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Blake High School and graduated from Towson University in 2009, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is currently working as the administrator of a local Montessori school. The prospective groom graduated from Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in 2002. He is a carpenter, by trade. A Nov. 23, 2013, wedding will take place at St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish in Baltimore.

Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. libertygrovechurch.org.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown

Church Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and adult’s Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit www. kemptownumc.org. Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, conducts

services every Sunday, with child care from 8 a.m. to noon and fellowship and a coffee hour following each service. 301-881-7275. For a schedule of events, visit www.TrinityELCA.org. Chancel choir auditions and rehearsals, 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at Liberty Grove Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-9166 or visit www.libertygrovechurch.org. “Healing for the Nations,” 7 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month at South Lake Elementary School, 18201 Contour Road, Gaithersburg. Sponsored by King of the Nations Christian Fellowship, the outreach church service is open to all who are looking for hope in this uncertain world. Prayer for healing available. Translation into Spanish and French. Call 301-251-3719. Visit www.kncf.org.

Geneva Presbyterian Church, potluck lunches at

11:30 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. There is no fee to attend. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those not bringing dishes are also welcome. Call 301-4244346.

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I AM A NANNY:

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care giving for Autistic High School Boy, supervised in community & pool, Potomac, need car, $14/hr, special needs experience preferred rbobroff@verizon.net

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Wanted In Potomac. M-F, 1:30p - 5:30p. Driving. Refs req’d Call 301-299-0337

ROCKVILLE: lovely prvt apt in Pastors home exchange for few mid day errands + salary, must drive. Call once only & lv msg. 301-871-6565

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Up Pre-K program, Computer Lab, Potty Train. Lic# 15-133761 Call 301-972-1955

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PUPS - World Class Pedigree Full AKC Reg. Parents on Site. Health Guarantee. B o r n 07/15/13. $1700. Call 2 0 2 - 4 1 5 9709. www.vonderwald.com

SPECIAL NEEDS CAREGIVER WANTED: Weekend

HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED: FT Tues-

Sat, small family in Potomac, clean/cook. Indian cooking is pref’d 240 498 0318

Residential House Cleaning Over 11 years exp. Reasonable rates. Free estimates. Call 240-439-7005 or Email oscarguido96@ hotmail.com

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Perform day to day AP tasks which includes matching purchase orders to vendor invoices, vendor inquires, issuing checks, filing and other admin. duties and responsibilities. Must be knowledgeable of the AP process, organized and detail oriented. Please email resume to ap.jobs@aol.com or fax to 301-670-0194.

Asst Prop Mgr.

N. Beth, MD Condo Assoc has an asst property mgr position open on mgmt team. Good admin, communication, computer & people skills req’d. Previous property mgmt experience a plus. Email your resume to wisconsincondo@verizon.net or fax to 301-984-5863.

EVENT DEMONSTRATOR If you are an enthusiastic and detail oriented individual looking for weekend work, join the Champion Windows team! We are looking for a motivated Event Demonstrator to work parttime gathering leads at our retail, event, and show locations. This position will be responsible for greeting potential customers, collecting leads, as well as setting appointments. As an Event Demonstrator, you must be highly self motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills. Strong time management and prioritization abilities are a must for your success in this role. You will be required to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Please email your resume to shalle@getchampion.com, fax to 301-990-3022 or call 301-990-3001

Custodial Assistant Non-Exempt

The City of New Carrollton is seeking a detailed oriented Custodial Assistant to perform assigned housekeeping tasks in the City Municipal Building five nights a week, 12:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M., Tuesday - Saturday. Hourly wage is $11.83/hour. The City provides a generous benefits package, covering health, dental, and vision 100% for single enrollment. A copy of the job description and employment applications are available in the Municipal Building at 6016 Princess Garden Parkway between the hours of 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday. For more information, contact 301 459-6100. Position Open Until Filled. The City of New Carrollton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Offer contingent upon a criminal background screening and drug testing.

Restaurant Staff

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Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524

Maintenance

CLEANER/ FLOOR TECHNICIAN

Experienced cleaner to work at multiple commercial properties. Applicant must have knowledge of stripping and waxing vinyl floors. Maintenance experience is a plus but not required. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and own transportation . Great compensation package. Please email resume to: kmcjobs3@gmail.com or fax to: 301-309-9503. EOE.

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Management

Healthcare

RN/LPN needed FT for a busy Pediatric Office in Rockville, MD. EMR knowledge a plus. If interested please FAX resumes to 301-881-8451.

NW, DC apartment Building seeking an experienced cleaner for prep of turnover apartments, common area cleaning and light landscaping. Please email resume to: kmcjobs3@gmail.com or fax to: 301-309-9503. EOE.

For a Commercial Lawn Maintenance and Landscape Company at our Rockville/Gaithersburg location. Pay based on experience. $9-14/hour Call: 866-898-1620

∂ Ability to earn $40,000 - $50,000+ ∂ Quarterly Bonus Program ∂ Fortune 500 Benefits including Medical/Dental insurance, vision discount program, 401(k) ∂ Paid Vacation Apply at www.crestcleaners.com

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Foster Parents

Treatment Foster Parents Needed Work from home!

Call 301-355-7205

GC3008

Needed for growing Dry Cleaning operation. Responsibilities consist of helping customer at counter, ability to operate all machinery, assembling orders, checking quality and production standards, generating reports, and controlling payroll. Excellent organizational and great customer skills are a must. If you are dependable, work well with others, detail oriented and a "hands on" person apply today.

Janitorial/ Cleaner

LABORERS and SUPERVISOR

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

Experienced Manager & Manager Trainees

RN/LPN

û Free training begins soon û Generous monthly tax-free stipend û 24/7 support

µ Wait Staff µ Buss Persons µ PM Line Cook Full & Part time shifts available Apply In Person: Normandie Farm Restaurant 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac

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Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

SALES/CUST SERVICE REP For a Rockville Insurance Agency. FT. Experience and a P&C license a plus. Will train. Salary plus commission. Email resume to insurance0709@yahoo.com

VET ASSISTANT/KENNEL HELP Part/ Full Time

Busy small animal hospital looking for a motivated individual. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Some heavy lifting required. Please email resume with phone contact attn Beth at office@potomacanimalhospital.com or call 301-299-4142

Silver Spring

Work with the BEST!

Be trained individually by one of the area’s top offices & one of the area’s best salesman with over 34 years. New & experienced salespeople welcomed.

Must R.S.V.P.

Call Bill Hennessy

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AP/Admin Clerk

301-388-2626 301-388-2626

bill.hennessy@longfoster.com • Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. EOE

PreSchool Education

Teacher /Asst Teacher

Head teacher for the 4’s, FT/PT. ECE 4yr degree or equivalent. Asst. Teacher needed Potomac Pre-School M-F 8-1pm, to start 8/26. Great benefits! Exp a plus! Energetic, warm team players Send resumes to Jackie potomacglendayschool@gmail.com

On Call Supervisor

Great job for students, retirees and stay at home moms. Work from home! Answer and handle phone calls from 5pm to 9am two evenings twice a month for staffing agency or one weekend a month. Must have Internet access, and a car. Fax resume to 301.588.9065 or email to cc2439@yahoo.com

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Careers 301-670-2500

K-12 Transportation Manager

Direct and control all aspects of the school’s bussing services. This includes bus driver supervision, public communication, route scheduling, bus maintenance, and child safety and discipline protocols. For detailed job description and to apply go to www.gazette.net/careers

WAREHOUSE ASST.

Responsible person to assist in our growth. Fax Resume to 301.948.4113 or email Careers@gaithersburgair.com

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Warehouse/ Logistics Project Manager

Responsibility will be to provide full-time oversight of the NIHSC contract and SoBran personnel. For detailed job description go to www.gazette.net/careers. Apply via the careers page: www.sobran-inc.com

WE’RE HIRING WEEKEND CNAS, GNAS, AND HHAS!

Provide non-medical care and companionship for seniors in their homes. Personal care, light housework, transportation, meal preparation. Must be 21+. Must have car and one year professional, volunteer, or personal experience www.homeinsteads.com/197 Home Instead Senior Care To us it’s personal 301/588-9023 Call between 10am-4pm Mon-Fri

ACCOUNTING OFFICE MGR

Contractor seeks experienced Accounting Rep for a PT position. If able to perform Office Mgr duties, FT position also available. Send resume to: Jobs@Systems4.com or fax 301.258.7747 EOE Part-Time

Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900

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