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Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns Gold Medal

 

 

Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is the only hospital in Maryland to earn the Gold Medal award for quality care provided to critically ill newborns from the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) Neonatal Collaborative.

Twenty-six hospitals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia participate in the Neonatal Collaborative, which strives to

 

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

BEST OF DC Suburbs Survey: Vote Now!

It’s that time of the year again where you, dear readers, can make your voices heard and help choose the absolute best the D.C. metro area has to offer. After an exhaustive elimination process, we have narrowed down the list to the below categories and selections so that you can help make our Best Of Issue the ultimate insider’s guide to the best of the best in this region. The deadline for voting is July 1st , so don’t wait and cast your vote for your favorite businesses and people in our area.


 

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY     

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Start your weekend right by visiting The Bethesda FRESHFARM Market, Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm. The market returns for its second season, featuring meat, artisan cheeses, breads, pastries, pies and all the fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and producers on Norfolk Ave. at Veteran's Park. Enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations by the area's top chefs. Located within walking distance of the Bethesda metro stop, this farmers market is the perfect start to your Saturday morning. 

 The market is run in partnership with the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Farmers/Producers include:

Black Rock Orchard, Four Season's Nursery, Garden Path Farm, Gunpowder Bison and Trading Company, Knouse Fruitlands, Mocks Greenhouse, Praline Bakery, Spiral Path Farm, The Zahradka Farm 

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

For quick identification of the Copperhead, visit: 

Summer Reading Program for Babies, Kids & Teens

Summer Reading Program for Babies, Kids & Teens

Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program at Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) which will run from June 18 through August 13.MCPL will kick off Summer Reading for children at the Aspen Hill Library on Saturday, June 18th at 11 a.m.   

Registration is online only through the library’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library beginning June 15.   Participants can sign up for the program and log the books they read using any computer in the library or at home or school, or using any mobile device. 

 

This year’s Summer Reading Program is offered programs on three levels: