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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.

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. 

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Frederick, Md., Police Try to Find Stolen Fossil

Frederick, Md., Police Try to Find Stolen Fossil

Frederick (AP)-Police in Frederick are asking people to keep their eye peeled for a hot rock with a prehistoric pedigree.

It's a trilobite (TRY'-leh-bite) fossil, stolen Saturday from a display case at the downtown Earthly Elements rock shop.

Shop owner Richard Constant Bailey says the four-inch fossil, valued at nearly $490, is a collector's piece. He says it was found in the northern Sahara and is about 400 million years old.

Bailey says it's the best quality trilobite he's ever had in his store.