Potomac Almanac

08/15/2019
Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center

Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center

Only 3 more days until we kick off #ClearTheShelters!! We just can't wait, and we hope you can't either!
For more information on Clear the Shelters, please visit our event page, Clear the Shelters- Free Adoption Event. See you there!

Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center
08/09/2019

Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center

Happy #InternationalCatDay! We are so lucky to be a facility full of so many sweet, loving, happy, beautiful cats, and we are excited to give them the recognition they deserve today!

As much as we enjoy having them here for us to love on, we would be SO thrilled to see all our purrfect felines find forever homes with loving families. Do you have room in your heart and home for a rescue cat? If so, Percy (A453571), Cinnamon (A418803), Taylor (A451847), and Rio (A453309) would really love to meet you! Check all our available cats out by visiting
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/animalservices/adoption/cats.html

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
07/26/2019

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

UPDATE(8/2/19) : This stretch of towpath has reopened!

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Original post below:

Closure Alert!

The towpath between Swains (mile 16.64) and Pennyfield (mile 19.63) is CLOSED.
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A microburst (a strong downdraft, or sinking air, produced by a thunderstorm) occurred in the park and caused many downed and hazardous trees along the towpath. There are broken tops of trees hanging over the towpath that create serious hazards for anyone underneath. Staff is working as quickly as possible to remove the trees.
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The towpath will be closed through the weekend and until further notice. A detour will be established in the near future. (SS)

Check our website for updates and detour information, once available: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

NPS Photos | Pictures of downed and hazardous trees along the towpath.

Montgomery Parks
07/24/2019

Montgomery Parks

We invite residents and community groups from Poolesville, Potomac, and Boyds to join us for a community meeting Monday, July 29, 10:30 am, to discuss the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a tenant for the historic Seneca Store.

The meeting will be held at the property at 16315 Old River Road in Poolesville.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/pCf250v7RZS.

Image: Front of Seneca Store on a sunny day.

Potomac French Market
07/19/2019

Potomac French Market

Thank you Potomac Almanac and the amazing Debbie Stevens for continuing to support our new small business. We are so happy to be in the Potomac community! The best of the best❤️
#mckeebeshers
#sunflowerfields
#potomac
#montgomerycounty
#visitmoco
@ Potomac, Maryland

Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern
07/11/2019

Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern

Here are a few photos of the Tavern area shortly after yesterday's deluge. BTW, these photo came to me indirectly, so I don't know who took them. Whoever you are, thanks very much!

This was unlike a typical flood. Instead of the river rising, a flash flood came down the entrance road, quickly surroun...
07/09/2019

This was unlike a typical flood. Instead of the river rising, a flash flood came down the entrance road, quickly surrounding the entrance booth. ... I'm told that the ranger in the booth required rescue.” The water ran down the road and filled up the empty canal rather than the other way around.

This was unlike a typical flood. Instead of the river rising, a flash flood came down the entrance road, quickly surrounding the entrance booth. Even after cleanup, some mud remains. I'm told that the ranger in the booth required rescue.

07/05/2019
Montgomery County Police Department

Montgomery County Police Department

We are aware of the video that was posted on Twitter regarding the use of force during an arrest by officers from the Montgomery County Police. The event occurred in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in the 4th District. The officers involved have been identified.

We have initiated an investigation into the incident and are in the process of gathering all available information regarding the facts and circumstances of this event. Witnesses and involved persons are encouraged to contact our investigators at 240-773-6000.

The Montgomery County Department of Police takes any complaints or evidence of excessive force seriously. An investigation into this matter has been opened and will be investigated thoroughly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

#THURSDAY/JULY 4: 19th Annual Autism Speaks 5K. 8- 10 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Start the...
07/02/2019
Team Up - Autism Speaks

#THURSDAY/JULY 4: 19th Annual Autism Speaks 5K. 8- 10 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Start the Fourth of July holiday at the 19th Annual Autism Speaks 5K Run - 1 Mile Walk. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support. Learn more and register at www.AutismSpeaks5k.org.

#Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration. 7 p.m. at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, Rockville. Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration is celebrating its fifth year at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm. The evening kicks off with live music by The Nighthawks, followed by remarks from the Mayor and Council, the National Anthem with the fireworks beginning at 9:15. Bring a blanket or chairs for great viewing from the park. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/ 663/Independence-Day for more.

#Montgomery County Recreation will host two Independence Day fireworks displays on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks displays will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. at both celebrations. The timing of the fireworks shows may change due to weather conditions. Low lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome at both events. There will be food vendors at both locations. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. The rain date for the fireworks display only is July 5.

#Germantown Glory will kick off at 7 p.m. with a concert by Quiet Fire, a soul, rhythm and blues and rock band that covers hits from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Follow the directional signs for free on-site parking. South Germantown Recreational Park, located at 18041 Central Park Circle in Germantown (Boyds).

#Mid-County Sparkles begins at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by Bobby & the Believers, a Motown and rock and roll cover band. The only parking available on-site at Einstein High School will be for individuals with disabilities. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from Westfield Wheaton, which is located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road. Parking at Westfield Wheaton will open at 6 p.m. Event goers who park at Westfield Wheaton prior to 6 p.m. may be subject to towing by the property owner. Shuttle service will begin at 6:15 p.m. Follow the directional signs for event parking and shuttles. Albert Einstein High School, located at 11135 Newport Road in Kensington.

Register for our event today and get involved with your community.

C&O Canal Trust
06/23/2019

C&O Canal Trust

We did it!! After years of planning and work, Swains Lockhouse is opening! Check out our new blog post about the rehab and see the behind the scenes photos of the work. https://zurl.co/x665

Want to see it for yourself? Join us next Saturday, June 29th from noon until 4pm for our free open house event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/386483488654817/

#ThisPlaceMatters #PreserveMD #SaveSwains #CanalQuarters

C&O Canal Trust
06/19/2019

C&O Canal Trust

Swains Lockhouse is now accepting bookings! Visit our website and book your stay in our newest #CanalQuarters lockhouse, and make plans to come to our Swains Open House on Saturday, June 29 for a sneak peek inside! https://zurl.co/KBBx

Heritage Montgomery
06/19/2019

Heritage Montgomery

Join us June 29 & 30 for Heritage Days 2019 and discover the many parks of the Montgomery County Heritage Area! Visit Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion in Chevy Chase, Thomas Harper Cabin at Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, Woodlawn Museum at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Farm, Glen Echo Park (U.S. National Park Service), Swains Lockhouse in the C&O Canal Trust / C&O Canal National Historic Park, Hyattstown Mill Arts Project in Little Bennett Regional Park, and Button Farm Living History Center, Grusendorf 1855 Log House and Black Rock Mill in Seneca Creek State Park. Find full details at bit.ly/2WLzQay

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
06/19/2019

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Bats are one of the least understood groups of animals in our area. Unfortunately, many species are declining due to multiple threats, including white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats across the continent. To help study bat populations on the refuge, we partnered with Maryland Department of Natural Resources to install a series of artificial roost boxes. These structures will provide much needed opportunities to learn about the natural history of this fascinating group of animals.

06/19/2019
Walker Nature Center

Walker Nature Center

A cute video of our Reston foxes to brighten your day...

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service
06/19/2019

Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife & Heritage Service

Did you know? It's National Pollinator Week!

Animal pollinators are responsible for pollinating over 80% of the world’s flowering plants. Local pollinators include ants, bees, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, ruby-throated hummingbirds and more! Unfortunately, many of our pollinators are in decline, but you can help by planting species that are native to your area.

For more information, check out: https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/habitat/wawhatsthebuzz.aspx

Photos: Blue-winged wasp by Kerry Wixted; Squash bee by Jenn Forman Orth CC by NC SA 2.0; Ruby-throated hummingbird by USFWS

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Fairfax County Region
06/18/2019

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Fairfax County Region

Graduation celebration with some of Murraygate’s elementary, middle school, and high school graduates.

Potomac Almanac's cover photo
06/18/2019

Potomac Almanac's cover photo

Potomac Conservancy
06/15/2019

Potomac Conservancy

These brand new dolphin calves were just recently spotted in the #PotomacRiver! As hundreds (possibly thousands) of #dolphins return to the river and #ChesapeakeBay to breed and raise their young this summer, it’s even more clear why we need to keep the water free of pollutants and #plastics.

Today is the final day to vote in our #NamePotomacDolphins contest (at potomac.org/name-potomac-dolphins)but the fight for #cleanwater and healthy wildlife continues year-round.

#plasticfree #savedolphins

Friends of Dyke Marsh
06/14/2019

Friends of Dyke Marsh

We are mid-way through the breeding bird survey at Dyke Marsh. So far we have determined that Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, and Orchard Orioles are quite common. Although we have easily confirmed Eastern Kingbirds and Orchard Orioles as breeders, Warbling Vireo has eluded us so far. There seem to be fewer Baltimore Orioles about, and although we usually confirm this species before May is over, we have found nothing beyond territorial males so far. Acadian Flycatchers are concentrated in an area around Morningside Lane in the south marsh (four or five singing males), with a handful scattered elsewhere throughout the survey tract. A Prothonotary Warbler has taken up territory around the marina and often sings from one of the boats. The biggest surprise has been the disappearance of Yellow Warblers, except for one lone songster on territory on Dyke Island. As far as the open marsh, Marsh Wrens have been confirmed as a breeder only once since 2014, and none have been reported this year yet. Least Bitterns are also getting harder to find. A recent canoe survey produced one bird. We have some great photography at Dyke Marsh and I would like to offer one of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on nest by JANE GAMBLE. She is highly talented.

Steve Descano
06/12/2019

Steve Descano

To start - we won!

I started this campaign because Fairfax County’s criminal justice system doesn’t reflect the values of the community. It was guided under a tough on crime ethos from the 80s and the Commonwealth’s Attorney hadn’t faced a primary since the 60s. It was so clear to me that despite the overall prosperity of the county, that our neighbors from poorer zip codes, women, kids, were not being treated equally under our criminal justice system and were struggling as a result.

I have a plan for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office: Progressive Justice. Fairfax County’s criminal justice system should reflect our shared values. It should treat every member of the community equally, be held accountable for its actions and should make decisions with an understanding of how it impacts everyone. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office doesn’t have to tear apart families, instead it should build people up.

You all agreed with my vision and because of your support we made it happen. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. If not for your support of the criminal justice reform movement, we would not have the opportunity to change it. I look forward to representing the Democratic Party in November.

06/11/2019
Councilmember Evan Glass

Councilmember Evan Glass

Today we kicked off #pride month in Montgomery County and made history by raising the rainbow flag at the county government headquarters! #loveislove

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