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HERE’S A STORY, OF & A MAN NAMED BRADY Multitalented performer brings his act to Bethesda. The Gazette A-11 POTOMAC | NORTH POTOMAC DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, August 7, 2013 25 cents County lands $1 billion for transportation n Purple Line to receive $680 million, Corridor Cities Transitway $100M BY KATE S. ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER 65 DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE 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. C BY See TRANSPORTATION, Page A-9 200,000 expected for annual county fair in Gaithersburg n AND GOING STRONG PEGGY MCEWAN STAFF WRITER 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.” Gazette part of $250M sale to Amazon founder n DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE (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. Fair celebrates 60 years of The Big Cheese A new Old MacDonald’s Barn PAGE A-8 ONLINE n For daily coverage of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, go to See FAIR, Page A-9 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 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; See SALE, Page A-9 NEWS SPORTS Bridget Edell hosts “Lip Gloss and a Sander” on Montgomery County’s public access cable channel. College recruiters spend more time on teams than they do high school. A-4 B-1 DIY TELEVISION 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. RECRUITING SCENE ALL ABOUT AAU Automotive Calendar Celebrations Classified Community News Entertainment Opinion Sports Please B-13 A-2 B-8 B-10 A-4 A-11 A-10 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1889690

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