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February 2011 Volume 13 Issue 2
what’snews? Community Leaders Unite for Common Purpose
By Gina Dropik
What’s So Great
About Lakelands? together to create a stronger local
See page 7 for the first in a community. KCF member Dennis
series of articles about what Stiles sponsored the event and provided
refreshments for all.
makes Lakelands such a unique
neighborhood. Lakelands Community Association
President, Andy Inkeles, was among
Is FIOS Available the community leaders in attendance.
At Your House? Other attendees included Mayor
Check page 10 to see. Sidney Katz, City Manager Angel Jones,
trustees of the Kentlands Citizens
Love Is in the Air Assembly and several members of the
Lakelands residents share their KCF and the KDP. Inkeles said, “I was
very happy to see the Mayor and council
Valentine’s Day stories and
members at the meeting. This allowed
messages. See page 12. Andy Inkeles discusses strategic initiatives with community leaders including City us to demonstrate to the city that we are
Councilman Henry Marraffa and John Schlichting. a cohesive group and an economic force
Lakelands Has Gone Photo by Terry Brennan that can’t be ignored.”
To the Dogs The inaugural One Communit y Lakelands, Kentlands, Quince Orchard
See pages 14 & Leadership Forum was held at Kentlands Park, and The Orchards as well as As guests entered the Mansion, they
15 for photos of Mansion on January 20. The event was leaders from the Kentlands Downtown were asked to write on a note card what
hosted by the Kentlands Community Partnership (KDP) and the city of they thought could be accomplished by
Lakelands best the gathering of all of these like minds.
Foundation (KCF) and brought together Gaithersburg, with the goal of starting
friends and a leaders of local communities including a dialog on how the groups can work See ONE COMMUNITY on page 3
dog’s view of life
Have You Heard of Patch?
It’s the newest source of local
news. See page 19 to learn all
Leaving Lakelands for Skiing
about it. By Gina Dropik
The Lakelands Leader does not advocate ever leaving our also enjoy White Tail for a more challenging experience.
neighborhood. But it’s that time of year when the winter
doldrums are settling in. The holidays are long over. No The Wilson family has a family tradition of going to Wisp
Ski Resort in Deep Creek during winter break. Melissa
more lazy Sunday afternoons watching football. Walking
Wilson said, “They offer a reasonably priced half-day ski
the dog in frigid temperatures is losing its appeal. It’s the
perfect time to go skiing! Whether you’re an avid skier or school that includes group lessons and lunch, which was
have never skied in your life, there are many options just great for the kids when they were first learning how to ski.”
a short drive away. The closest option, Liberty Mountain, Whitetail, Liberty and Ski Roundtop are all owned by
is just a bit more than an hour away. Snow Time, Inc. Season passes are available and are valid
There is actually only one ski resort in Maryland, but at all three resorts. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Ski
there are countless resorts in our neighboring states: West Association offers a snow pass for fourth and fifth grade
Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. They all offer rental children which allows them to ski at no cost, as well as
equipment, instruction, daytime and nighttime hours, season passes and a variety of discounts.
dining, and on-site or nearby lodging. If you’re not quite The following is information on some of the local skiing
ready for skiing, try snow tubing. It requires absolutely no hot spots.
skill and is a great activity for the whole family. Or if you’re
feeling even more adventurous, try snowboarding. Canaan Liberty Mountain
Valley Resort in West Virginia offers a new sport called In Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania near the Catoctin Mountains
Airboarding — a high-tech twist on traditional sledding.
Distance from Lakelands: 55 miles (1 hour, 10 minutes)
Lakelands resident Mark Ezrin and his family of four are
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
78 Country Club Trail
The Lakelands Leader
avid skiers. They take several weekend ski trips every year, Fairfield, Pennsylvania 1 7320
usually to the Poconos. But, for a day trip, Ezrin says they 717-642-8282
prefer Liberty Mountain. “We ski on the back side of the
960 Main St.
Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing
mountain. There are fewer crowds, and even though we’re
at different levels we can all stay together,” he said. They Trails: 16 See SKIING on page 20
2 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
From ONE COMMUNITY on page 1
John Schlichting, President of the KCF, welcomed the crowd of approximately thirty
people and provided a brief overview of the KCF programs and their role in the
community. He emphasized the fact that we are several communities living together By Andy Inkeles
in one greater community, citing the Kentland Mansion as an example. “I’m glad
we’re meeting here, because although the Mansion is located in the Kentlands, it is Welcome to February, Lakelands! Just one more short
an amenity that is open to the entire community,” he said. month and we can start to talk about spring! The pulse
is high this month as Valentine’s Day is upon us. Love
Kentlands resident Clyde Horton served as moderator for the evening. Horton is in the air (or is that snow…?). I’ve always wondered
is a past chair of both the KCA and KCF, a leadership coach and organizational why Valentine’s Day falls in such a cold month. It
development professional. During his opening presentation, Horton explained that would seem a better place for such an amorous holiday
the goals of the meeting included engaging leaders in the community; leveraging would be in late April or early May. But I ramble…
existing partnerships and making them bigger and better; and creating service and
volunteer opportunities. He thanked those in attendance for their commitment to Last month, the poll was about whether the Lakelands
their community and explained that this was an opportunity to get to know each may have an identity crisis. A whopping 23 households
other and help each other out. voted, and there were 13 yes and 11 no responses. So Andy Inkeles
an overwhelming majority says yes. Interesting…
Attendees had an opportunity to introduce themselves and state their community
affiliation. The crowd then broke down into three small groups and discussed I posed this question at a gathering sponsored by the Kentlands Community
particular issues based on the comments written on the note cards at the beginning Foundation called the One Community Leadership Forum. People from the boards
of all four of the local communities (Lakelands, Kentlands, QO Park, and The
of the evening. Regarding safety and security, one group concluded that a single
Orchards) were there to speak to each other and to our elected officials and some
email system comprising all four neighborhoods would be a very effective means of
communication, especially regarding issues of crime. They also discussed means of
prevention, such as surveillance cameras. It kind of felt like a scene out of “The Godfather” with the heads of the Four
Families, minus the guns, the good food, and the money. I heard someone call
Strategic initiatives were discussed by the second group. They addressed the fact that
this community “a quadrant.” I found that to be interesting. I thought about some
although they are four different communities, this section of the city is generally of the online comments from last month’s poll and pooling resources and using
referred to in broad terms as the Kentlands. The leaders in this group agreed that the our collective political and financial power and figured this month’s question
four communities need to speak as one voice. should be:
The third group discussed economic development. They concluded that it is necessary
Do you feel that being part of a “Communities of the Kentlands Quadrant”
to market the unique character of the Kentlands Downtown area in order to not just
get businesses into our community, but to ascertain that they are going to thrive here.
would serve us and allow us to gain a collective identity?
The small groups provided an excellent opportunity to collectively share knowledge Yes No
and challenges among communities. To respond to this, go to www.lakelands.org and log on. You can also continue the
dialog on the message board. I look forward to your comments.
The consensus was that the evening’s meeting was very beneficial. In their concluding
remarks, Schlichting and Horton both stressed that the forum will only be a success
if they follow-up on the issues. All those in attendance agreed that they would like to
meet again and it was determined that the One Community Leadership Forum will
be held quarterly.
Horton said, “It was a very exciting evening, which for the first time, brought together
the leaders of all the communities. We have started to find common ground and
generate potential solutions in a collaborative trusting way. This is truly the next
logical step in the evolution of our communities.”
Carrie Dietz, director of the KCF, echoed Horton’s sentiment. “The event was well-
attended and well-received; it seemed to be a successful dialog between leaders of our
local community,” she said. “I look forward to being a part of future forums.”
FEB 2 Communications Committee, 7:00 p.m., Coal Fire
FEB 3 Bulk Pick-Up Day
Lakelands Website Working Group, 7:30 p.m., location TBD
History Book Club, 7:30 p.m., Red Room
FEB 4 Knitting Group, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Red Room
FEB 7 Design Review Committee, 7:15 p.m., 2nd floor Conf. Room
FEB 9 Environmental & Beautification Comm., 7:00 p.m., Red Room
FEB 15 Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor Conf. Room
FEB 16 Social Committee, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor Conf. Room
FEB 17 Book Club, 7:30 p.m., Red Room
Lakelands Website Working Group, 7:30 p.m., location TBD
FEB 18 Knitting Group, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Red Room
FEB 22 Budget Committee, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor Conf. Room
FEB 23 Facilities Committee, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor Conf. Room
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 3
By Gina Dropik
From the Design Review Committee
The Lakelands Design Review
Committee has reviewed the following
and Krista Brick will participate in the Mike and Robin Brille
The Leader is the only official publication Exciting New Events Pool Committee representing the Swim 925 Rockborn St.
and source of information for the
On the Horizon Team. It was also reported that the Replace front walkway with flagstone
Lakelands Community Association. Budget and Finance Committee and the
Thank you to Cathy Inkeles, Kathy and brick border.
Environmental Beautification Committee
McKee and Andra Abramson who Approved with drainage clause
need chairpersons. During the Treasurer’s
LCA stepped forward to join Leanna
Report, Linda Weisman reported that, Laura Scherzer
McKenzie on the LCA Social
BoArd of direCtors Committee. The new committee
although she doesn’t have the final 422 Kersten St.
numbers for 2010, it appears as though Install privacy panel. Install drainage
firstname.lastname@example.org met on January 19 and have already
the LCA finished the year “in the black.”
started making plans for some pipe. Install patio pavers, new landscape
fun social events to be held this in front.
Andy Inkeles February LCA Board Meeting
year, including a Happy Hour for Approved with drainage clause
The LCA Board will host their next
President St. Patrick’s Day on March 18; and
another for Cinco De Mayo on May meeting on February 15 at 7:00 p.m. Join Friends and Neighbors
6. There are still openings on the on the second floor of the Lakelands
Mike Aubrey Clubhouse. All residents are urged to
At a Community Table
committee for anyone else who would The Kentlands Community Foundation
Vice President like to join this energetic group! For attend. The meeting begins with an
(KCF) is introducing a dinner series
more information contact Melinda Open Forum during which residents
geared toward strengthening community
Linda Wiesman Nickols at 240-631-8338. can address issues of concern.
by supporting local businesses. All local
Treasurer residents are invited to join old and new
Stay tuned for complete details on all Community Bulk Pick-Up Day
friends for dinner at a rotating neighborhood
of the fun community events they will Bulk trash pick-up is scheduled for
George Reinhart be planning. Lakelands on Thursday, February 3.
restaurant. The first Community Table
will be held at O’Donnell’s Sea Grill
Secretary Place items such as clothing, toys and on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.
small household appliances by the front Participants are responsible for their own
Jake Zimmerman January Board of Directors Meeting curb of your home before 7:00 a.m. food and drink, and a volunteer from the
The Lakelands Community Association The City of Gaithersburg collection KCF will help to facilitate conversation and
Director (LCA) Board of Directors held their crew will pick up and properly dispose connections. Those who are interested in
monthly meeting on January 10. of your items. Hazardous waste [paint, attending should call O’Donnell’s at 301-
Among the topics of discussion were: gasoline, fluorescent tubes, tires, etc.]
M AnAgeMent and large appliances such as refrigerator,
519-1650 and reference Community Table.
Gaithersburg’s policy of ticketing
CMI vehicles parked in the same spot for A/C or stoves are not acceptable. For For more information, or if your
Melinda Nickols more than 48 hours; use of lap lanes any specific questions on this service, restaurant would like to host a
in the swimming pool during swim please feel free to contact the City of future dinner, contact Mary Fehlig at
team season; and collection of blowing Gaithersburg at 301-258-6370. email@example.com.
240-631-8338 x1 trash. Several committee chairpersons
reported additions to their committees.
Albert Leacock has re-joined the Design The Lakelands Leader is now on Facebook.
editor & Advertising Review Committee. Mary Ellen Sullivan Follow us for all of the latest community news!
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4 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
Useful Information from the Community Manager
By Melinda Nickols
I’ve been asked a variety of questions since I first I received a parking ticket for parking on the hours. Each resident is entitled to one Datawatch
joined the staff of the Lakelands. Some of the City street for longer than 48 hours. I didn’t card at no charge. All additional cards, including
questions are asked regularly. Here are answers to a know that was illegal. replacements for lost cards, cost $12 each. If you are
few of those questions. The law in the City of Gaithersburg prohibits vehicles moving away from the Lakelands, we ask that you
from parking on City streets in the same spot for a return your Datawatch card to the office by simply
Can I cut down a tree in my yard? period of more than 48 hours. It is not posted because placing it in an envelope, labeling the envelope
Homeowners are not permitted to cut down trees in it is a law for the entire City, not just the Lakelands “returned cards,” and slipping it in the mail box at
their yards without first obtaining permission from public streets. Police officers do not normally write 960 Main Street.
the City of Gaithersburg. To discuss this further, tickets for this rule; however, if it is reported by a
homeowners should contact the Department of Public resident, the police must write a ticket. Who do I call if I see a street sign that has fallen
Works and speak to Mark Kober, Landscape and to the ground?
Forestry Supervisor for the City of Gaithersburg at Do I have to complete and submit an application Call the City of Gaithersburg Department of Public
(301) 258-6370. Or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov, click on to the DRC if I’m only going to make a small Works at (301) 258-6370 and tell them you want to
“neighborhood services” and then “tree removal.” report a downed street sign.
What is that little spout in my yard that has a We’ve all heard the old saying, “It’s better to be safe
Where do I get a key to the tennis courts?
cap on it? than to be sorry.” Yes, if you are not sure about a
Keys to the tennis courts can be obtained in the
change, you should first consult the most recent
That pipe is for use by WSSC. WSSC says it’s either Management Office at 960 Main Street during
a main water shut-off or a sewer clean-out point. If update of the Lakelands Standards & Guidelines regular working hours. Keys cost $20. If you do not
homeowners notice that the cap has come off or have (April 2010). If you do not have a copy, you can wish to purchase a key, you can check out a key,
any other problem with those small pipes, they are to obtain an electronic copy from the management which must be returned when you finish your tennis
call WSSC at (301) 206-4002 and report it. This number office by e-mailing Melinda@Lakelands.org or on the game.
is also for any water leaks viewed around water meters. Lakelands website. If you do not find the answer to
your question in the new guidelines, you can attend Who is responsible for snow removal?
What should I do with my bulk trash? a meeting of the DRC. Meetings are held the first Our grounds maintenance contractor, McFall
Bulk trash is picked up the first Thursday of every Monday evening of every month on the second floor & Berry, is responsible for our snow removal
month. Items for pick-up should be placed on the of the Clubhouse beginning at 7:15 p.m. on all common walkways, such as the walkways
small grassy area between your front sidewalk and around the tot lots and the Clubhouse, and snow
the city street. Do not place bulk items in the Mews. How do I gain entrance into the Clubhouse removal in the Mews. The City of Gaithersburg is
If you observe bulk items being placed out on dates Fitness Room? responsible for snow removal on the city streets.
other than the scheduled pick-up day, please contact All those entering the Clubhouse must have a Each homeowner is responsible for clearing the
Bob Johnson with the City of Gaithersburg at (301) Datawatch security card. You may obtain a Datawatch sidewalk immediately in front of his/her home.
258-6370. Mr. Johnson is in charge of the Bulk Pick- card from the management office located on the Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after
Up service. second floor of the Clubhouse during business the snow has stopped falling.
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 5
By Gina Dropik
says it has always been a dream of hers to
offer a unisex environment where people
can feel comfortable and have fun while
taking care of themselves. Mills explains
This women’s clothing boutique
offers dressy and casual clothes and
accessories from designers including
BB Da kot a Rebecc a Min kof f,
Studio Booseh Offers Full Range that the word Booseh means “kiss” in Leifsdottir, Wildfox, John Eshaya,
Persian. “I want my customers to feel at C&C California, and Uggs. Their
Of Wellness Services
home and loved,” she said. spring has just arrived and all winter
Now open on Main Street in Kentlands,
items are currently discounted.
Studio Booseh combines fitness, skin With the addition of a Medical Director, (Interesting note: the name was chosen
care and nutrition to offer customers a medical skincare, laser hair removal, for the date that owners, Jason and
complete range of wellness services. The microdermabrasion and more will also Amanda Chen met – May 25.)
main floor of the studio features a dance/ soon be available at Studio Booseh.
group fitness studio where Zumba, belly Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa
dancing, hip hop, yoga, Pilates and other Studio Booseh is located at 422 Main 340 Main Street, 2nd Floor
classes are held. Director and owner Street. For more information call 301- 301-830-6288
Souzan Mills says that the focus of her 579-3344 or visit www.studiobooseh.com. Hours: Monday – Sunday,
classes is conditioning and fitness. “I 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
want people to feel at home here and to Pet Adoption Opportunities at Bark! Offers a full range of wellness and
have fun.” Bark, located at 235 Kentlands Boulevard beauty services, including acupressure
(next to Giant), has partnered with massage, foot massage/ref lexology,
A personal training area and esthetician’s local non-profit rescue organizations Swedish massage, deep tissue massage,
room are located on the lower level. The to introduce adoptable animals to far infrared sauna, waxing and teeth
personal training area is fully-equipped prospective families. The following whitening performed by highly-skilled
for strength training. Also offered in adoption events are scheduled: and experienced professionals.
this area is suspension training, which
Mills says has become very popular. Saturday, February 12 Scottrade
Studio Booseh 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Suspension training is a fitness routine 277 Kentlands Blvd, Suite 2
Photo by Kathy McKee
in which the full body is used as PetConnect 301-208-1584
resistance to build functional strength since age three and for many years (http://www.petconnectrescue.org) Hours: Monday – Friday,
and improve flexibility, balance, and offered classes in a home studio. She 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
has earned her certification as a group Saturday, February 26
core stability. Personal training is Scottrade is an investment firm offering
and personal trainer through American 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
provided by certified personal trainers. investment products, services and
Fitness Association. Additionally, she is Homeward Trails
Unlike traditional gyms, Studio Booseh educational tools for investors. The
a skin care and nutrition specialist. She (www.homewardtrails.org)
does not require a membership. Both office is staffed by specialists who are
personal training sessions and classes attended Evon Devlar Skincare School in trained to assist customers.
Virginia and has worked with a variety of What’s Going on at Tony & James?
are offered individually or at a reduced
medical spas, dermatologists and plastic Another new manager has taken over
at Tony & James. Luis Alevelyera says
surgeons in the area. At Studio Booseh, Three new establishments are scheduled
Mills offers her customers a broad range she provides consulting services about that he is trying to make the restaurant
what the community wants. “We’re to open in March in Kentlands
of experience and expertise. Of Persian nutritional health, diet and skin care in Downtown.
decent, she has been belly dancing combination with a personal fitness. She adding some things to the menu and
trying to make it more family-oriented,” Spagnvola Chocolatier
he said. He says that he is booking live 360 Main Street
entertainment that will appeal to a wide Spagnvola will offer premium quality
audience. “We’re going to have a variety chocolate bars, truffles and bon-bons
of cover bands, playing everything from which will be made in their factory
The Beatles, to class rock, to Matchbox downstairs, from cacao beans grown
20, and maybe even some reggae.” In on their own farm in the Dominican
addition he is planning to provide a Republic.
quieter evening of live entertainment
on Wednesdays, perhaps jazz. Tony and Jersey Mikes
James is open Monday – Thursday, 4:00 249 Kentlands Boulevard
p.m. – 1:00 a.m.; Friday 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 (Kentlands Square Shopping Center)
a.m.; Saturday, noon – 2:00 a.m. and A deli and sandwich shop featuring a
Sunday, noon – 1:00 a.m. full menu of hot and cold subs, wraps
and salads using top-quality meats and
Now Open! cheeses, and bread that are baked fresh
Body Tech Ideal Protein in the store each day.
321B Main Street
301-977-9434 16 Handles
Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 3:00 – 639 Center Point Way
7:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; (next door to the movie theater)
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A frozen yogurt shop featuring sixteen
flavors of non-fat yogurt made fresh
Dedicated coaches provide instruction
daily on-site, as well as more than thirty
on how to lose weight and how to
toppings. Customers create their own
keep it off forever, based on the Ideal
Protein weight loss method, an anti-
inflammatory medical protocol, which Fleet Feet Offers Free Events
promotes body fat loss while protecting
muscle. Educational workshops are held
every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Fleet Feet sponsors a Fun Run/Walk
every Thursday evening and Saturday
525 Boutique morning. Both groups are low-key and
113 Market Street are open to all paces and abilities. The
301-947-1306 Thursday evening group begins at at
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Saturday morning group
6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. meets at 9:30 a.m.
6 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
Why Lakelands Is Different — Part 1
By Walter Borotto & Jay Horman
You feel it as you enter the neighborhood, as you walk not only survived, but thrived, despite being contrary couldn’t sound more boring, but this means that
down your street, and as you shop in the stores. But to all the new codes and trends. Why? Andres Duany, a neighborhood can and should have the basics of
you may not know why it is different. This short series the “D” in the design firm “DPZ”, the Kentlands and daily life included, not excluded from its confines.
will explore those differences. We will point out the Lakelands designer, was among a very few who sought Churches, schools, work places, office space, and
minor details that make us so unique from houses just to figure that out. There was little incentive to do so retail are built into the neighborhood, not zoned
across the highway, and help explain why so many other — he’d be designing neighborhoods that were illegal outside of it. You could have a movie theatre at one
communities are copying the design. and unbuildable unless he fought for many zoning end of the street, a school at the other, and even
variances. Even then, he’d have to hope his hunch was small office spaces in between, where neighboring
Lakelands represents a very distinct change from many right and that people would buy the unique properties communities would have housing only.
decades of suburban design, zoning code and building he’d propose. After all, places like Annapolis were
practices, yet the neighborhood feels familiar at the already built, right? Mixed use is very important and often the hardest
same time. Why? Because the design was the norm zoning exception to gain. Proponents of suburbian
for neighborhoods that were built before 1920 or so, “New Urbanism” is the name of the architectural sprawl will say that people don’t want stores or offices in
and we’ve seen it before in long-established places like movement that identified the reasons why places like the neighborhood; it is better that they drive out of the
Annapolis, Old Town Alexandria, and Georgetown, Annapolis were so popular, and Duany fought to build neighborhood for these things. The criticism is that they
places that were very successful even before then. So, new versions of those places. Duany discovered a simple are dirty, unsafe, and require huge roads and parking
what changed? fact: that places like Annapolis thrive because they offer lots. Yet, mixed use can be successful without lots and
a strong sense of a complete community, a sense not big roads, and having mixed use zoning increases the
In a word, the car changed everything. Our love affair provided on a suburban cul-de-sac. Suburbia catered chances of a number of things happening:
with cars tended to put them at the forefront. It meant to cars and provided privacy, but the list of amenities
we could live further away; it meant we could drive to stopped at your property line. In suburbia, you got in • We’ll more likely walk to these places, and in doing
perform even the simplest tasks like buying milk or your car and left your neighborhood to go be a part of a so pass our neighbors doing the same.
bread; the car gave us more choices in our attempt to community, whether it be church, social, or otherwise.
get away from the dirty city. The market responded • We’re more likely to use those elements because
New Urbanism sought to return the community to the they will be so convenient — also increasing the
with homes farther from town, homes that were neighborhood by proving that form (the design of the
separated from shops and offices and with groupings chances of interaction with our neighbors.
neighborhood) can drastically influence function (how
that put “like” homes together — neighborhoods of only the residents become a community). • We’re transacting with our neighbors as they work
townhomes, or only cottages, etc. People flocked to these and own these places.
homes. Highways were built to speed the connections The differences between the suburbia of the ‘70s
between them, and codes were written to accommodate planners and New Urbanism of today are often basic You can see the theme — that stores, offices, churches
the ever-increasing traffic. People didn’t like living on and sometimes startling. We’ll look at a number of those and the like — those places where we do all the functions
busy streets, so cul-de-sacs became the norm, and streets differences here and in subsequent issues, and hope you of our daily lives, can enhance our sense of community
and buildings became more and more tuned to the car notice them yourself and gain a new appreciation for by having them in our neighborhood.
requirements. your own neighborhood, our Lakelands.
In our next issue, we will examine more idiosyncrasies of what
Meanwhile, property values in places like Annapolis and The first aspect of New Urbanism we’ll look at is makes the Lakelands so special, and why other communities
Old Town remained higher than average. Those places that of Mixed Use zoning. Yes, you’re right. It across the country have copied our concept.
Report cards will be distributed on February 2. Montgomery County Public
Schools will be closed on February 21 in honor of Presidents’ Day.
Weather Related School Closings
With winter weather upon us, parents and students are reminded that
information about weather-related school closings is announced on area
radio and television stations; on the internet at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.
org and on a taped telephone message service at 301-279-3673. In order
to evaluate early- morning conditions, road inspection begins at 3:00
a.m. so that a decision can be forwarded to media in time for the 5:00
a.m. broadcasts. The information will also be available online by 5:00
a.m. If schools are closing early, announcements are made by 11:00 a.m.
MCPS also offers QuickNotes and AlertMCPS, which provide emergency
information by text and email. Information on how to sign up can also be
found on the MCPS website.
The Search is on for a New Superintendent
Of MCPS Board of Education
The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education has
employed the executive search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea &
Associates (HYA) to help in its nationwide effort to identify and employ
a new superintendent. Dr. Jerry D. Weast will complete three terms as
superintendent with his retirement at the end of the current school year.
Community members are invited to provide input on the attributes and
characteristics desired in the next MCPS superintendent by completing
an online superintendent profile survey which is currently available at
new superintendent is scheduled to be in announced in May and will
begin on July 1.
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 7
By Gina Dropik
the Maryland Mayors’ Association,
Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund and
Local Government Insurance Trust. For
more information and details on how
Donate Used Books for School
Children at Flea Markets
Donations of gently used children’s
books are being accepted at all Indoor
to enter, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/ Flea Markets. All books will be donated
Traditional Chinese Artwork Exhibit and registration forms are available communityservices or call 301-258-6395. to local elementary schools. This effort
The Harmonious Art Group’s 16th at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/events or by The deadline for entries is March 4. is being conducted by the Gaithersburg
anniversary exhibition, “Chinese contacting Sarah Messier at 301-258- Book Festival committee.
Calligraphy and Brush Painting,” displays 6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Local Organizations Invited to
the art works of several community Participate in St. Patrick’s Day 2nd Annual Gaithersburg Book
artists. Artists will exhibit their works Your Child Could Be Gaithersburg’s Parade Festival Scheduled
in both traditional and contemporary Junior Mayor Gaithersburg’s 11th Annual St. The first annual Gaithersburg Book
Chinese styles. The majority of the Fourth graders in the City of Gaithersburg Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at Festival was a huge success. This all-day
members contribute their time to teach have the unique opportunity of being Washingtonian Center on Saturday, celebration of books, writers and literary
this ancient art to the younger generation named Gaithersburg Junior Mayor. All March 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m. All excellence is already becoming one of the
in Montgomery County. The exhibition local fourth-grade students are invited community groups and organization leading literary events in the Washington
will be on display through March to enter a statewide essay contest sharing are invited to participate. Registration region. The 2011 Festival will be held on
13. Viewing hours are Monday through what they would do if they were mayor. information is available at www. May 21 on the grounds of Gaithersburg
Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The theme is Working Together Works. gaithersburgmd.gov/stpatricksparade. The City Hall, with shuttle buses running
,and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All essays must be 275 words or less. parade will also feature Celtic dancers, from nearby parking locations. Activities
While this is a statewide contest and one bagpipe bands, clowns, fire trucks, and will include appearances, discussions
Bus Trips to Kennedy Center winning essay will be selected from each more. The Grand Marshals for this year’s and book signings by national bestselling
The City of Gaithersburg is sponsoring of the Maryland Municipal League’s parade are both Irish-American authors; authors as well as local up-and-comers;
bus trips to three upcoming shows at eleven regional districts, the City of nationally acclaimed Alice McDermott writing workshops; a Children’s Village;
the Kennedy Center. Tickets are now Gaithersburg’s Educational Enrichment and local author and musician Danny a Coffee House with poets and singers/
available for E.B. White’s The Trumpet Committee will be selecting its own Costello. At the conclusion of the songwriters; onsite sales of both new
of the Swan ($25) on Sunday, March winner. The winner will be named parade, live music will be performed by and used books; exhibitors, food, drink,
27, at 2:00 p.m; and Follies starring Junior Mayor and will have his or her the Martin Family Band. A variety of ice cream and more. Admission is free.
Bernadette Peters ($75) on Saturday, winning essay published on the City’s family activities will be available until For more information please visit www.
June 4, at 1:30 p.m. Price includes the website. As Junior Mayor, the winner will 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact gaithersburgbookfestival.org.
show and bus transportation. Tickets participate in a variety of programs and the City of Gaithersburg at 301-258-6350
for non-residents are an additional $10. special events throughout the year. The or The Harp and Shamrock Society at Summer Camp Registration Open
Buses depart from the Activity Center contest is sponsored by the Maryland 301-208-8833 or visit www.hssg.org. Resident registration for Gaithersburg’s
at Bohrer Park. Additional information Municipal League in partnership with summer camp programs begins on
Indoor Flea Market February 2. Most camps are conducted
Vendors are sought to sell gently-used in four sessions. Session I runs from June
and new items at the Indoor Floor 20 – July 1, Session II from July 5 – 15,
Market on Saturday, February 19, from Session III from July 18 – 29, and Session
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Montgomery IV from August 1 – 5. All-day camps will
County Agricultural Center. Admission operate from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with
is free. Registration for residents selling extended care available from 4:00 to
used items is $17 per space ($22 for 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee. A variety
nonresidents). Residents selling new of camps and clinics for elementary and
items may register for $22 per space ($27 middle school age children are held at
for nonresidents). Application forms are convenient locations throughout the
available at www.gaithersburgmd.gov. For City, including centers and schools in
more information, call 301-258-6350. the Kentlands/Lakelands.
Additional flea markets will be held on
March 19 and April 16. Sesma Appointed to National
Gaithersburg City Council Member
Michael A. Sesma was recently named
Vice Chair of the National League of
Cities’ (NLC) Energy, Environment and
Natural Resources (EENR) Steering
Committee. Sesma, who was elected to
the Gaithersburg City Council in 2005,
has served on the EENR committee
since 2007. Responsible for developing
policy recommendations on issues such
as air quality, water quality, energy
policy, national wetlands policy, noise
control, and solid and hazardous waste
management, the EENR committee
will discuss and identify specific policy
issues within these areas to be addressed
at the federal level in the coming year.
NLC is the nation’s oldest and largest
organization devoted to strengthening
and promoting cities as centers of
opportunity, leadership and governance.
NLC is a resource and advocate for
19,000 cities, towns and villages,
representing more than 218 million
Americans. For more information visit
8 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
Teens in Our Community
State Champion Eisley Kim Talks Football
By Kelly Baick (QOHS Class of 2012)
He is only in seventh grade, but Eisley off for him. What Eisley enjoys most experience that I truly
Kim already has bragging rights of a State about football is the thrill. “It’s fun to cherish.”
Championship. He, along with sixteen hit people,” he humorously stated.
other players, pulled out a nail biting 13– B ot h Ei sle y a nd
12 win in the Maryland Youth Football “My dad and my uncle definitely inspired Steve share a love for
Championship game this past fall. me to play football,” Eisley said. Fred football that inevitably
Kim, Eisley’s uncle, is the head football brings them together.
Eisley has been playing football since coach at Seneca Valley High School, “Football, and almost
he was seven years old, moving together where he and Eisley’s father Steve both any sport for that
with his teammates through each age attended. The brothers played football matter, is a game of
and weight division. The core players at Seneca Valley, and won a state inches, determination,
all started in the youngest and lightest championship in 1987. and heart. Chances are,
Rockville Youth League division called if you’re successful on
the Ankle Biters, and worked their way up Steve is not only Eisley’s father, but he the field, you’re going
to the Intermediate division. Throughout is the defensive coach for the Rockville to be successful in life,”
the fall season, the Rockville Intermediate Bears as well. “Before Eisley’s game, I Steve said. Even after
Bears practiced twice a week, with one told him that twenty-three years ago I a high intensity rush
game on the weekend in order to get to played and won my State Championship, of a game, Steve still
the State Championship game. and now it was his turn,” Steve said. Like wants his son to take Eisley Kim
Eisley, Steve felt it was the boys’ year to something away from it. Photo courtesy Kathy McKee
After winning the game, Eisley says he win. “They are all truly devoted to the Whether he wants him
felt amazing. Simply stating, “I absolutely sport, that’s why they deserved it,” he said. to learn how to fix a mistake, or even In college, Eisley wants to study sports
loved it.” The game was almost like a sigh Steve is also grateful for the coaching just follow a play, Steve’s true desire is and medicine.
of relief for Eisley. All of his hard work position stating that, “Coaching Eisley that his son will take something valuable
and dedication for the sport truly paid in football brings a whole new bonding from each game. The saying “like father like son” truly
embodies the relationship between
As for his own future, Eisley wants to Eisley and his dad. They each have a
Home Sense continue football for as long as possible. championship of their own for a sport
“I’m definitely going to try out for the they both dedicate themselves to, as well
Refrigerators: Size Does Matter Quince Orchard High School team,” he
said, “and I want to play in college too.”
as a shared love for the same professional
team, the Colts!
By Tom Chaikin
They say to write something well or item until it was too late. The design
interesting, you should write about also reduces the size of the refrigerator,
things you know. When it comes to which creates waste as well.
the kitchen, I’m not real interested in
appearance or cooking function. That’s Although energ y efficiency for
correct. I don’t like cooking. So, I’m refrigerators has improved remarkably
not going to write about granite tops, over the last fifteen years, they are still
stainless steel cooking ware or cabinet energy hogs. Side-by-side units use ten
choices. Sorry, but I would butcher those to thirty percent more energy, when
topics. comparing same size units of different
Still, I do love food. And I like eating
healthy. Not easy to do when my wife Refrigerators with the freezer on the
and I don’t enjoy the culinary arts. We top or bottom provide the best space
try to buy pre-made and frozen foods efficiency for storing both refrigerated
in bulk. Not the most economical or and frozen goods. I prefer a bottom
space-saving way to go. But we are what freezer because accessing items is
we are. easier, with easy to use pullout shelves.
This style, with French doors, tends
To accommodate our needs and the to be larger. Most models are around
needs of many Americans with similar 25 to 26 feet and can pose issues when
situations, the right size refrigerator to being considered for restricted kitchen
hold these goods is important. It has space. They are also more expensive.
to be big enough that food and drink On average, they run about twenty to
items don’t get piled on top of each thirty percent more in cost. And any
other, creating inventory problems and refrigerator over 25 cubic feet uses a
ultimately waste. considerably higher amount of energy
than those under that number.
Side-by-side units (freezer on one
side and refrigerator on the other), At the end of the day, as long as
although the most popular, aren’t the space will allow, I don’t mind paying
best choice for space utilization. I find a few extra bucks for the right size
the freezer on most side-by-side models and design. The ease of use and the
undersized. Stuff is constantly pilling money you save on not wasting food
up and getting lost to freezer burn will make up for the difference, in
because we didn’t realize we had the short order.
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 9
Is FIOS Available in Your Home?
By Gina Dropik
The following is a list of homes to which FIOS is currently available. Community Street Name House Number
Manager Melinda Nickols explained that this list was compiled by Ken Barnhart Main Mews 1318, 1320, 1322,1324, 1328, 1330, 1332, 1334, 1370, 1372, 1374,
of Verizon. According to Barnhart, FIOS may not be available to the remaining 1376
Lakelands homes until 2012 or 2013. Main Street 949, 953, 957, 960, 961, 965, 969, 973, 1001, 1002, 1005, 1006,
1009, 1010, 1013, 1014, 1017, 1018, 1021, 1022, 1025, 1026,
The reason behind this is that they regularly “speed up” and “slow down” projects to 1029, 1030, 1033, 1034, 1103, 1104, 1107, 1108, 1111, 1112,
make them fit in a single stream of work for their workers. Nickols said, “It’s what he 1115, 1116, 1119, 1120, 1123, 1124, 1127, 1128, 1131, 1136,
called simultaneous projects. He said they also have to consider when their agreement 1203, 1207, 1211, 1215, 1219, 1223, 1227, 1231, 1235, 1319,
with the local municipality runs out. For instance, their agreement with City of 1333, 1335, 1337, 1339, 1371, 1373, 1375, 1377, 1379
Gaithersburg runs out in the middle of 2013, whereas other projects not yet completed Market Street E 504, 508, 512, 516, 520, 528, 530, 531, 534, 535, 538, 539, 542,
run out in 2011.” 543, , 546, 547, 550, 551, 555, 558, 559, 562, 563,566, 567, 570,
571, 574, 575, 578, 579, 582, 583, 591, 683, 687, 691, 695, 701,
Barnhart did indicate that it is possible that there could be an adjustment to the 702, 704, 705, 706, 708, 709, 710, 712, 713, 714, 718, 720, 722,
schedule and availability to the remaining Lakelands homes could be bumped up 724, 726, 728, 809, 813, 817, 821, 825, 829, 833, 837, 841
sooner. Pheasant Street 602, 606, 610, 611, 614, 615, 618, 619, 622, 623, 627, 631
Phelps Street 401, 405, 409, 413, 417, 420, 422, 424, 425, 426, 428, 429, 430,
Street Name House Number 432, 433, 434, 437, 441, 445, 453, 461, 465, 469, 473, 477, 481
Bright Meadow Drive 601, 609, 613, 617,621,625, 701,705, 709, 713, 717, 721 Rockborn Street 901, 905, 917, 921, 925, 929, 945, 949, 953
Bright Meadow Mews 628, 632, 656 Sheila Mews 531, 535
Chestnut Hill Mews 601, 605, 609, 613, 617,621, 625, 629, 633, 637 Sheila Street 410, 414, 418, 422, 426, 506, 510, 514, 518, 522, 526, 529, 533,
Chestnut Hill Street 426, 430, 436, 440, 444, 448, 452, 460 537, 541, 545, 549, 618, 621, 622, 625, 626, 630, 634
Gatestone Street 603, 607, 611, 615, 619, 623, 627, 631, 635, 639 Short Street 101, 105
Still Creek Lane 602, 605, 606, 609, 610, 614, 617, 618, 621, 625, 626, 630, 634,
Helene Street 505, 509, 513, 517, 518, 521, 522, 526, 527, 530, 531, 534, 535,
701, 705, 709, 713, 717, 721, 725, 726, 729, 730, 733, 734, 801,
538, 539, 542, 543, 546, 547, 550, 553, 554, 557, 558, 561, 562,
802, 805, 806, 809, 810, 813, 814, 817, 818, 821, 822, 825, 826,
565, 566, 569, 570
829, 830, 833, 834, 837, 838, 841, 842, 845, 846, 849, 850, 853,
Kersten Street 402, 406, 410, 414, 418, 422, 426, 504, 508, 512, 516, 520, 524, 854, 857, 858, 861, 862, 865, 866, 869, 870, 873, 874, 877
528, 532, 536, 540, 544
Turtle Pond Lane 702, 706, 710, 714, 715, 718, 719, 722, 723, 726, 727, 730, 731,
Lakelands Drive 415, 419, 423, 429, 433, 437, 441, 445, 449, 453, 457, 461 734
Leaning Oak Mews 528, 560, 564
Leaning Oak Street 414, 418, 422, 426, 430, 434, 438, 441, 442, 443, 445, 446, 447,
449, 450,451, 502, 506, 510, 514, 518, 519, 522, 523, 526, 527,
Linslade Mews 625 Daisy Troop 2962 Finds
Happiness by Helping Others
Linslade Street 801, 805, 809, 813, 817
Daisy Troop 2962.
Courtesy of Kristi Swartz
Members of Daisy Troop #2962 (all RCES students and residents of
Lakelands and Kentlands) donated lunches to the Rainbow Place,
a woman’s shelter in Rockville. Their families donated the supplies. The
Daisies decorated the outside of lunch bags, wrote little notes, prepared
sandwiches, and packed the lunches.
Classified Ad Policy
To place a classified ad you must be a resident of the Lakelands and fill out a Classified
Advertising Form, which is available at the Management office. The cost is $.25 per
word. Payment must be made at the time the ad is place. Checks should be made
payable to Lakelands Leader. The deadline for all ads is the 15th of the month prior
10 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
By Gina Dropik
PTAs Host Screening of Race to Nowhere
February 10, 7:00 p.m.
Quince Orchard High School cafeteria
Quince Orchard High School February 15 at 7:00 p.m. All parents are A joint effort of the PTAs of Quince Orchard High School, Lakelands Park Middle
The second semester is underway. The encouraged to attend. Nominations are School and Rachel Carson Elementary School
PTSA is sponsoring a Back-To-School now open for the QOHS PTSA Board.
2nd Semester Reception on Monday, This film, made by the mother of a high school student, has been gaining national
To make a nomination please contact
February 14, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Nancy Ketterer at 301-977-6864. The attention. It documents the tremendous academic pressures placed on teens preparing
nominating committee will nominate for college by parents, teachers, peers, and society in general and questions whether
A Health Fair will be held at the school one eligible person for each position and such pressure helps or actually harms students. The film, rated PG-13, features the
on February 15, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. report its nominees at the March PTSA stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators
A variety of health care providers, meeting. Elections will be held in May, who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and
merchants, and other businesses and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids. The screening will be followed by
organizations will be on hand promoting The winter sports season is in full swing. a panel discussion that includes a college placement consultant, a college admissions
good health. This event is free and open See the box below for a schedule of officer, and a parent. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $10 plus a
to the public. Immediately following the upcoming home games. Visit www.qohs. small processing fee and are available online only at www.racetonowhere.com, where
health fair, the QOHS PTSA will present org for complete schedules. additional information can be found. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
a program on teenage alcohol use and In case of inclement weather, the screening will be held on Wednesday, February
driving under the influence. Captain Lakelands Park Middle School 16, at 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Didone and Officer William A meeting of the LPMS PTSA will be
Morrison of the Montgomery County held at 7:00 p.m. on February 8 in the
Police Department will speak, along Falcon’s Nest. Anyone interested in
serving on either the bylaws committee and much more. The students also September 1, 2011) are encouraged
with Meg Baker of the SAFE Coalition,
or the nominating committee should enjoyed corporate and parent exhibits by to attend. It is essential that RCES
an Under 21 Alcohol Prevention
plan to attend or contact a board BioReliance and parent Jennifer Whelan. administration know early how many
program. An opportunity for questions
member through the PTSA website, All participating students were presented children will attend kindergarten to
and answers will follow.
www.lakelandsparkptsa.org. certificates, medals and fun prizes. ensure appropriate staffing and to keep
Several QOHS students have advanced in class sizes down. These meetings are not
The Winter Dance is scheduled for The monthly Principal’s Tea and PTA for children. Parents and children will
the National PTSA Reflections Program,
February 11 from 2:30 – 4:15 p.m. It will Meeting will be held on February 1 in attend a kindergarten orientation in
an arts recognition and achievement
feature a DJ, dancing, pizza and snacks the media center. The Principal’s Tea May. An additional Open House will be
program that provides opportunities for
for students. begins at 6:30 p. m. and will focus on held on March 17.
students to express themselves creatively
Math Acceleration. The PTA Meeting
and to receive positive recognition for
The girls and boys basketball teams have will follow at 7:00 pm. The winter dance will be on Friday,
original works of art inspired by a pre-
three games remaining in their season. February 11, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
selected theme. This year’s theme was Upcoming Restaurant Nights include
They are as follows: This event is sponsored by the RCES
“Together We Can.” Entries are first February 7 at Italian Pines, February PTA. This year, the dance will be a hoe
judged at the school level, where selected Thursday February 3 15 at O’Donnell’s, and February 28 at down and will feature a DJ who will be
works are chosen to represent the PTSA Kentlands Potomac Pizza. A percentage
• Boys vs. Shady Grove M.S. at home, teaching some new dances as well as
at each subsequent level. Congratulations of the sales from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. during
3:00 p.m. some old favorites!
to the following Quince Orchard students all events will go to the
whose works in the Literature category • Girls vs. Shady Grove M.S. away, 3:00 p.m. RCES-PTA.
were selected to represent QOHS at the
next level of competition: Tia Mancuso, Wednesday February 16 A Kindergarten Open House
Marrisa Youngs, Grace Toohey, and • Boys vs. Forest Oak M.S., away, 3:00 p.m. will be held on February
Lauren Shanesy. All of the QOHS • Girls vs. Forest Oak M.S., home, 3:00 p.m. 10 at 9:15 a.m. for parents
Visual Arts winners who were selected who will be sending (or are
to represent the school went on to Tuesday, February 22 considering sending) their
receive additional recognition at the • Boys vs. Kingsview at home, 3:00 p.m. children to kindergarten at
Montgomery County Council PTSA RCES next fall. Principal
• Girls vs. Kingsview M.S. away, 3:00 p.m.
level. These included Jimmy Greene Larry Chep will meet
and Nicolette Pitts, who were awarded Rachel Carson Elementary School
the Award of Excellence, and Margaret
The RCES PTA sponsored the annual
Quinn and Katerina Prodromon, who
Science and Invention Night on January
were awarded the Award of Merit. The
12. Organizer Meredith Fogle said the
work of students receiving the Award of
fair was bigger and better than ever
Excellence continues to the state level. RCES Science and Invention
before. More than one hundred students
The next Booster Club meeting will be participated. Seventy-eight projects and Night
held on Wednesday, February 9 and inventions were displayed including Photos courtesy RCES PTA
the next PTSA meeting will be held on experiments using plants, exploring
volcanic eruptions, chemical reactions,
Students will celebrate
Valentine’s Day with
Upcoming Home Sports Events at QOHS classroom parties on
Monday, February 14,
FEB 1 Girls Basketball vs. Damascus, JV at 5:15 p.m.
from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs. Damascus, Varsity at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Moms &
FEB 2 Wrestling vs. Whitman, Varsity at 6:00 p.m., JV at 7:00 p.m with prospective kindergarten parents Muffins event will be held in the
FEB 8 Girls Basketball vs. Blake, Varsity at 7:00 p.m., JV at 5:15 p.m.
to discuss the kindergarten program A/P Room beginning at 8:00 a.m.
and answer questions. Additionally, on February 18. All moms and other
FEB 11 Girls Basketball vs. Kennedy, Varsity at 7:00 p.m., JV at 5:15 p.m. parents will have an opportunity to visit female caregivers are invited to enjoy
FEB 15 Girls Basketball vs. Seneca Valley, Varsity at 5:15 p.m. kindergarten classes. Parents or anyone breakfast with their children at school
Boys Basketball vs. Seneca Valley, Varsity at 7:00 p.m. with children who will be attending that morning. The Spring Scholastic
kindergarten during the 2011–12 Book Fair is scheduled for February 28
FEB 17 Girls Basketball vs. Northwest, Varsity at 7:00 p.m.
school year (turning five years old by through March 4.
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 11
Love in the Lakelands
I was a big flower-giver for many years
and thought nothing of it. Valentine’s Day
always meant roses. Like clockwork every
One year I walked into the flower shop
and noticed that they had yellow
This Valentine’s Day Lakelands couples caught fire and ran out and we wouldn’t **************** roses. I thought, “Those are different.”
share their romantic tales and send have noticed. Later I called Stacey with So I bought a dozen yellow roses for
My husband Jamie loves outdoor Valentine’s Day, which happened to be
each other sweet love notes. the bad news that I was not going to
adventure, and can pack a week’s that very day, so as usual, no time to
offer her a job. She was disappointed.
After dating for over eight years, Jeff worth of clothing, supplies and bedding shop for an extravagant gift. I arrived
I told her I can’t offer her the job as I’d
wanted to do something BIG to make our into a small backpack and head off to home all proud of my purchase, but my
rather ask her on a date. Thankfully, she
engagement something we’d never forget. the middle of nowhere to camp and hike wife seemed perplexed. “Why yellow?”
accepted that offer. Fourteen years and
I knew something extraordinary was about with a guide friend and several other she asked. “Ummm… Why not?” I said.
two kids later, we’re happily married
to happen when a bunch of my friends lunatics (oops, I mean adventurers). “They mean friendship,” she said. Uh oh.
and going strong. The business has long
were waiting for me in the lobby of my Several years ago the trip was to Isle The colors of roses mean something.
since been sold and continues to thrive
office building and then three beautiful Royale, a remote national park located Who knew?
in part due to the efforts Stacey put
women in a limousine pulled up and in the middle of Lake Superior — home
into it before the sale — as the unpaid T he usual s el f pr e s er vat ion
handed me a gift bag. In the bag was a to a population of moose and a growing
girlfriend, then unpaid fiancee, then contentiousness broke out. “I’ll never buy
series of puzzle pieces and a note from population of wolves. No electricity,
unpaid spouse. To date, she may be the
Jeff letting me know that I was about to no plumbing, no cell service, and no you flowers again.” I said. And she didn’t
best employee I’ve ever had!!
go on an adventure, so I should relax and hotel… just Jamie, his group, a couple get any more. Subsequent years went by
enjoy the ride. My friends took away my – Jay Horman of park rangers, and the wolves in the without the usual gesture. No roses or
cell phone and laptop and I was off! vast forests of the island…For 10 days flowers of any kind.
I worried about Jamie, and was relieved
First stop, Banana Republic in Columbia The problem was that I missed them. I
He was 23, fresh out of college when they returned to ‘civilization.’
mall to pick out an outfit for the night. missed the look of adoration on her face
and she was 33 going through a
Next stop, Baltimore city to a restaurant When I met Jamie at the airport he when I gave them to her. I also gave myself
bitter divorce, with four kids. He
named Helen’s Garden where I ordered a was sporting a very scruffy 10-day- a major expense because now I had no
was a Republican conservative
cup of coffee and then was surprised and old beard, an enormous smile and last-minute gift. Now Valentine’s Day
and she was a liberal Democrat.
serenaded by an Elvis impersonator (it was delicately holding a large piece required more thought, more expense,
He was sandy haired, with thick
was Elvis in his later years, in a tight red of paper. He careully handed me the and no fallback.
glasses and a baby face. Not
jumpsuit). Then, my tour guides took me “paper,” which he had been carrying in
her pictures of tall, dark and Still, I stuck to my guns for about four
to Broccato’s salon where I spent the rest his backpack for several days without
handsome. His parents hated years. Then I did some research. Sure
of the afternoon being pampered with incident. I immediately accidently
the idea of their only child enough, my wife was correct (as usual).
spa treatments. At each stop, I got more ripped it in my excitement to see him
dating a woman with kids and
gift bags, notes and puzzle pieces. I was (oops)…. The paper turned out to be a
a prior marriage and sooo old!
instructed to put the puzzle together by very large piece of birch bark, which Rose Color Meaning
They asked him why? He said I
the time I got to my last stop, Pier 5 Hotel Jamie had removed from one of the Red Love, honesty, bravery
fell in love with her the moment
in Baltimore. When I arrived, I was shown thousands of birch trees that populate Dark Red Unconscious beauty
I saw her — and 31 married
to our room where Jeff was waiting on Isle Royale. He had then penned a love Friendship, joy, respect or
years later it is still true — he
the balcony on one knee with a beautiful poem on the bark…. Yellow jealousy
loves me and I love him!
engagement ring, and the last piece of White Peace, purity
The words of Jamie’s poem are beautiful,
the puzzle that I had been working on all – Judy and Les Toth
romantic and scripted carefully on Lavender, Purple Love at first sight,
day. Of course I said yes! or Dark Purple enchantment
**************** ‘nature’s paper’…This bark love poem
Over dinner he filled me in on how he has been preserved and framed (with Black Protest or death
had put together the whole day — those Dear Kim, the big rip) and now hangs in our Coral Desire
three beautiful women? They worked at H ap py Val e n t in e s Day an d stairway, where I look at it every day
I have started giving her flowers often
Broccato’s, and when he went in there 13th Anniversary!!! and smile… It is truly the most romantic
again. I intersperse red with other colors,
to set up the spa services and told them gift that I have ever received…it’s like but always red. The best part is still the look
he wanted to do something different Love, Steve having a Valentine to enjoy every day. on her face. Coral works great, too.
and exciting for our engagement, they **************** – Kathy McKee – Andy Inkeles
volunteered use of their limo and asked
how he felt about incorporating an Elvis Billy B, ****************
impersonator. He loved their ideas and I will never forget our second date…going
they helped him plan the whole thing! to the “John Deer” store to buy a lawn
I still have no idea how he pulled this
off without my knowing anything, but
mower. (Who does this?!?)
Lakelands Book Club
regardless, it was a perfect way to kick off I knew at that moment… I needed to work
The History Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the
our fun and often surprising life together. on improving your romantic side.
Red Room of the Lakelands Clubhouse. They will be discussing The Nine by
– Diane Harris But, somewhere deep in my heart, I also Jeffrey Toobin, an account of the workings of the Supreme Court.
knew that you were the one.
**************** The Lakelands Book Club will meet on Thursday, February
I want you to know that twenty years and 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Room of the Clubhouse to
I owned a small business and was two beautiful daughters later, you are still discuss Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski.
seeking some part-time afternoon the one.
help. My first candidate “Stacey” was In March the two book clubs will combine to read and
introduced through a mutual friend You are my Knight in Shining Armor, discuss The Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The meeting
and the three of us went to dinner. It always have been, always will be and I will be held on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Room.
immediately became apparent that can’t imagine spending a Valentine’s Day For more information, please contact Mickey Stevens at
the mutual friend was the third wheel. without you. email@example.com.
The friend later said she could have
I love you with all my heart
12 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 13
adog’slife All photos by Kathy McKee
14 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
A Dog’s-Eye View of the Lakelands
“Let’s go Rex. Time for walkie-walkie.” like snow. Ca-dumpp, ca-dumpp, ca-dumpp. Hey, I smell French fries. This way everybody.
Oh no, not the doggie sweater again. “Mommy, Rex is pulling too hard.” “That’s a good boy, Rex. I knew you could do it.”
“You look so cute.” “C’mon Rex. Get out of that mud. Give me the leash, Oh, oh. Here comes Simon, that clodhopper. What kind of
sweetheart. I’ll take him.” name is Simon for a mastiff, anyway? He sure is big, though.
I look stupid. I’ll bet you wouldn’t be too thrilled if someone Oh, oh. He’s walking is a circle. Maybe we should cross the
made you wear a…. Wait a minute. Is that a…. “Mommy, Rex is eating yellow snow. Is that like a snow
street. No one wants to see this.
“Look Rex. We match.” “Rex! Rex, get back here!” Screeeeeeech. Crash!
“Not really, honey. C’mon Rex. That’s gross. Rex!”
Oh, joy. And I didn’t think I could look even more stupid. Next “Hey, who’s $#^%$@*&%$#!! dog is that?”
will be the leash with the bells on it. Oow! That hurt. You don’t have to yank my head off, you
know. I gotta go. Woops. This doesn’t look good. Stop howling, Simon, ya’ big
“Hold still.” corndog. Speaking of corndogs, I wonder if the gate to the
“Mommy, Rex is making more yellow snow. Is he going
How did I know? You know, I’m really not up for this. I had dumpster behind the diner is open again. There’s always
to eat that too?”
a rough night. You should never have left that pizza where I something good to eat there. Maybe I should head over in that
could reach it. You know what cheese does to me. “He might, honey. Let’s just let him get it over with direction and check it out.
or we’ll have to stop every ten feet. Gosh, isn’t the
“Now be a good boy when we get there and don’t poke “Rex, buddy. What are you doing here by yourself? Oh,
Lakelands beautiful when it snows?”
your nose into Aunt Minnie’s crotch again.” that’s a good dog.”
Lah, lah … la laahhh, mi consentida tú lo serás. I love
No, not Aunt Minnie’s. She smells like what old smells like. “There he is, kids. Over there in front of the Thai
mariachi music. It makes me think of burritos.
restaurant. See him? Mr. Anderson has him.”
“And don’t eat anymore of her candles.” “C’mon Rex. Will you hurry up? How much could be
“Oh, there you all are. For a second I thought Rex was
Hey, I didn’t know. I thought it was a salami. It was shaped in there?”
out by himself. Yeah, that’s a good dog. Oh, you want to
like a salami. It didn’t come out like a salami, though. All right, already. So, let’s see who’s been around. Sniff, snort, lick my fingers. Yeah, that’s a good dog.”
“Let’s go kids. We’re walking over to Aunt Minnie’s. It’s sniff. Hmm. There’s Butch. And there’s that cute little number
“Mommy, Rex is licking Mr. Anderson’s face. Didn’t
her birthday. There’s going to be cake.” from up the block. We like her. And…. wait a minute. Who’s
Rex just eat some yellow snow?”
that? Is there someone new in the territory? Well then, we’ll
Cake? Really? Okay, time to go. Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!” just have to let him know who’s boss around here…. Oh, I love the Lakelands. There are so many great places to
“Rex, hold still. What’s gotten into you? Okay, let’s go.” go. Say, what’s that in the bag? Do I smell egg rolls?
“Again? Mommy, he just went.”
Finally. Congress moves faster than this family. Hey, snow. I “C’mon Rex. We don’t have time for this today.”
Help the Hungry by Dining Out February 22
For over 20 years, Montgomery County residents have been raising money for their teams, clubs, neighborhoods, offices and friends. And restaurant owners are happy to
neighbors in need simply by dining out! Every year Interfaith Works, a local nonprofit fill their tables. “We’ve been a part of Thanksgiving in February since its inception,
agency, coordinates a hunger relief fundraiser called Thanksgiving in February to help because it’s the right thing to do,” says Bill Edelblut, of O’Donnell’s Restaurant in the
raise crucial funds for eleven local agencies that provide food and grocery money to Kentlands community in Gaithersburg. “We are proud to be a community partner.”
the hungry. This year, over 70 restaurants in the County have signed on as “sharing Adam Greenberg, owner of Potomac Pizza, with four participating outlets adds, “Not
restaurants” and will donate a percentage of their sales for one day. This year, residents only is it contributing to a good cause, but our receipts go up and all my customers are
will be dining out for Thanksgiving in February on Tuesday, February 22. excited. It’s a win-win!”
Proceeds from the event are distributed by Interfaith Works to eleven local agencies and Visit www.thanksgivinginfebruary.org to find a complete listing of Montgomery
food banks that are working to help feed the thousands of people in Montgomery County County restaurants where you can participate in Thanksgiving in February on Tuesday,
who are at-risk for hunger. Beneficiaries are Bethesda Cares, Bethesda HELP, Damascus February 22, and dine out to help the hungry.
HELP, Gaithersburg HELP, Germantown HELP, Community Vision, Manna Food
Center, Olney HELP, Rockville HELP, Shepherd’s Table and WUMCO HELP. Although (This information was provided by Interfaith Works)
hunger and poverty can be invisible in our affluent community, many of our neighbors
are in need, and the needs are growing. Almost 40,000 children in Montgomery County
schools qualify for free and reduced meals, and over 70,000 individuals qualify to receive
food from local food banks. The “self-sufficiency” standard in Montgomery County for
County Seeks Volunteers
a family with one adult, one preschooler and one school-age child is $68,086, about four
times higher than the $17,300 federal poverty line.
To Help Residents With Free Tax Help
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’
As the economy begins a slow recovery, families are still finding it hard to stretch Community Action Agency is mobilizing its coalition of public agencies,
their dollars and need help getting food. Manna Food Center, headquartered in nonprofits and community volunteers to support the Volunteer Income Tax
Rockville, has seen this rising need — requests for food are up over fifty percent since Assistance (VITA) partnership for 2011. Volunteers are needed to serve as
the recession began and they have distributed over three million pounds of food this tax preparers, greeters, screeners and interpreters. Flexible hours are available
year. “Thanksgiving in February is more important than ever this year,” says Barbara at convenient locations in East Silver Spring/Takoma Park, Gaithersburg,
Garlock, Interim Executive Director at Interfaith Works. “Hunger and the need for Rockville and Wheaton. Free training is provided on-site and online, with
food in our community are growing at a faster pace than local helping agencies can certification as a tax preparer by the IRS upon successful completion. To
meet, and many of our neighbors have empty pantries. Thanksgiving in February is a volunteer, call 240-777-1123 or email Taunya.Johnson@montgomerycountymd.gov.
fun and simple way for everyone in the community, to band together and get involved
while supporting local businesses.” VITA is an IRS-supported program delivering tax help to low-to moderate-income
people (generally, under $49,000), facilitating access to tax refunds, the Earned
Thanksgiving in February is a beloved tradition for County residents and restaurant Income Tax and other credits, while linking them with banking and savings.
owners alike. Starting in January each year, eager residents select from the list of sharing
restaurants, make reservations, and round up groups from their congregations, sports
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 15
Meet Your Neighbors
Walid Bannoura Helps Keep Lakelands Functioning
By Gina Dropik
A passion for tennis led Walid Bannoura was a tennis player,” said Nickols. “I artificial Christmas tree many, many
to his current position on the Lakelands asked him if he could join the committee years ago. I’ve taught my kids that we
Community Association Facilities to help with that project. Walid agreed, don’t cut down trees,” he said.
Committee. A Lakelands resident for and the rest is history.”
eight years, Bannoura makes good use of A native of Jordan, Bannoura moved to
the community tennis courts — playing He and his wife Manal have three the United States when he was nineteen.
all year round. When he went to see children; two sons (Luey and Daniel) in He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical
Community Manager Melinda Nickols college and a daughter (Diana) in high Engineering and a Masters in Computer
about malfunctioning lights on the courts, school and he says that Lakelands has Systems Management. “I love to tinker
she recruited him to the committee and he been a great place to raise kids. When with technology. I’ve known I wanted
has been a member for a year now. he’s not on the tennis courts, he enjoys to be an Electrical Engineer since I was
playing billiards, table tennis and Texas ten years old,” he said. He is a Project
“I thanked him for alerting me to the Hold ‘Em. Additionally, he joins a group Manager for the NOAA Ocean Surface
problem and then told him the Facilities of neighborhood men and women to Topography Mission where he leads a
Committee was getting ready to have play pick- up soccer in the Lakelands team in developing a satellite mission
some work completed on the tennis on a weekly basis. Another passion is with international partners. “Our
courts, but no one on the Committee the environment. “In fact, we got an satellites give information to forecast
climate changes,” he explained.
The Facilities Committee is a good
match for Bannoura, but he says he welcome any new members. Bannoura’s
would recommend it to anyone. “It’s latest project was to recommend and
really fun and hands-on. We get to deal purchase a new computer for the
with a lot of issues,” he said. He explained management office. Chairperson Eric
that the committee deals with anything Kessler said, “Walid has been an active
that has to do with the infrastructure participant and has helped on numerous
of the community, including security projects, taking the lead when asked.”
systems, HVAC equipment, the fitness Nickols added, “He is always willing to
center and tennis courts. They oversee assist and makes himself readily available
all maintenance and improvements, and on a regular basis.”
establish policies for the recreational
facilities. The committee meets monthly, Clearly, Walid Bannoura is a happy
with an occasional extra meeting to man. He has many passions and actively
discuss an issue of concern or a current pursues them. He loves his job and
project. Currently, there are four enjoys being active in his community.
members on the committee and they “I’m not rich, but I’m happy!” he smiles.
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Spotlight on a City Employee
One of the Guys Behind the Scenes...
By Walter Borotto
Such is Wes Burnette, but that doesn’t and two-bedroom apartments aimed said that, Wes revealed some initial plans
make his job any less important than at the transit-oriented community, and for the granddaddy of Gaithersburg’s
those that are in the local government will rise to four stories high. It will also upcoming developments, Crown Farm.
spotlight. By the time the work gets feature 15,000 square feet of street front Initial grading of the site near where
to Wes’s desk, the headlines have retail space, which will really improve the Interstates 270 and 370 meet at Fields
already been written, opinions have Old Towne area. The design inspiration Road is underway now, he indicated,
already been heard, and decisions comes from historic Gaithersburg but final plans have not been finalized.
have already been made. A 28-year buildings such as the old Gaithersburg Once that happens, the focus will be on
veteran Gaithersburg city employee, School and the Thomas Cannery permitting and construction. “We’ll be
Wes works in the city’s Department of building. Another 300 units with 4,000 busy,” said Wes.
Planning and Code Administration square feet of retail will be coming in at
and is Director of Permits and the corner of North Summit Avenue and It’s comforting to know that the
Inspections. Gerard Street. city has someone like Wes Burnette
working behind the scenes who has
The planning department oversees “The redevelopment of Old Towne is put the public’s safety as his foremost
growth and orderly development within Wes Burnette high on our agenda,” says Wes. Having priority.
the city, and enforces all ordinances Photo courtesy City of Gaithersburg
and codes that govern residential and
commercial construction. Wes’s area but we have to do it in a way that
is responsible for environmental and provides good customer service to
building safety on both public and our citizens while protecting them at
private sites by plan examination, bond the same time.” Besides supervising
administration, permit issuance and the city’s building inspectors, Wes’s
inspection of safety and fire codes for department is also in charge of storm
building construction. Yeah, there are water management for the city, the
a lot of people who might yawn after underground conveyance of water,
hearing that, but the alternative to not and ensuring water quality.
yawning would be unsafe construction
“There are some exciting projects on
and risk to public safety. Nothing like
the agenda,” says Wes. Among them
a roof caving in to wake you up in the
is the Archstone Westchester at Old
Towne project, a mixed-use development
“Our biggest concern is public which will be opposite the Gaithersburg
safety,” says Wes. “We have to make MARC rail station on East Diamond
sure we have quality construction, Avenue. It will be comprised of 389 one-
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 17
At the Arts Barn quilts incorporate the designs of this ancient devotional practice adapted and
interpreted for the modern media of fiber.
Classes & Workshops Silver Spring resident Shanthi Chandrasekar showcases her fascination with the
South Indian drawing tradition of the Kolam. Chandrasekar learned to draw
Winter Classes Kolams by watching her grandmother and mother draw every day at dawn and
Registration is open for winter art classes for adults and children at the Arts dusk in her home state of Tamil Nadu.
Barn. A new session starts during the week of February 14. Adult classes are
offered in Acrylic, Oil & Watercolor Painting; Drawing, Pastels, Pen and Ink, In her “Nature’s Palettes” show, local artist Christine Hekimian explores the
Printmaking, Abstract Art, and Quilt Making. Adult Workshops offered include unlimited color choices provided by glass to develop new color schemes that
Stained Glassmaking and Glass Fusing & Printmaking. Daytime art classes for are outside of her comfort zone. She uses nature as the background for this
homeschoolers include Art Exploration and Hand Building with Clay. A large design challenge to create artwork that is an experiment in color theory thus
variety of after-school and weekend classes for children include offerings in art, enhancing what nature already provides so beautifully.
acting and musical theatre. Registration is also open for the Visual and Performing
Art Camp. In “Mouse Trapped,” Marcia Wolf-Hubbard portrays a mouse saga (desperate
woman goes to great lengths to rid her house of mice) using recycled kitchen
Preschool Songs and Stories cabinet doors as a base for mixed media paintings. The series ends with a flashback
February 3 and 17, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. to 1983, from her journal documenting her first (unintentional) mousetrap.
Free. No reservations required. The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road. For more information call 301-258-
Children ages three to five and their parents or guardians 6394 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. Gallery viewing hours are Monday
explore the arts through singing, dancing and active through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
listening to story books.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
At the Mansion
February 4 – 20 A Fatal Engagement — Murder at the Mansion Dinner Theatre
February 11 and 12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30. Performance starts at 8:00 p.m.
$16 Residents / $18 Nonresidents
$45 Residents / $50 Nonresidents
This Damascus Theatre Company production explores valuable lessons of winning
and losing in comedic fashion as it chronicles the experience of six adolescent Seating for each show is limited. Reservations
overachievers vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. strongly suggested! Call 301-258-6394.
A murder has been committed at Kentands Mansion.
Arts Barn Gallery You are invited to join the investigation and help
solve the crime. Dinner theater combines with
Celebrating the Kolam — Quilts and Paintings, Glass Works and Mixed Media audience participation for a delightful evening out. Tickets include dinner and
On display through March 20 show. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.
Arts Barn artist Lauren Kingsland displays a wide range of her artistic endeavors. The Kentlands Mansion is located at 320 Kent Square Road. For information call 301-
Kingsland was introduced to the Kolam during a trip to India in 2008. Her art 258-6425 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov.
18 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
Patch Offers the Latest in Community News
By Gina Dropik
Of course the Lakelands Leader is the premier source of local For lighter reading, the North Potomac–Darnestown Patch
news for Lakelands residents. But the Leader only comes offers regular columns, such as Editors Notes in which
out once a month, so where does one go for local news the Badanes shares her best picks for the weekend and a review
rest of the month? Patch.com is a new, community-specific of the past week; Mom in the Middle which explores the
news and information source. The site provides coverage for meaning of life as a woman, a wife, and a mother in the
towns and communities throughout the United States. The suburbs; and Cooking in Real Time which offers recipes and
North Potomac–Darnestown and Gaithersburg editions offer techniques for real meals for real people.
coverage of our local community.
Patch visitors can keep up with local news throughout the
With links to local news, events, a comprehensive directory country. New towns are added to the site nearly every day. If
of local resources and more, Patch provides a quickly you have a friend or family member who lives in, say Deerfield,
accessible wealth of information, all in one place. What Michigan, you can just click the “Change Towns” link and see
makes Patch unique is that the site allows the opportunity what’s going on there. Additionally, you can see what’s going
to not only read about the news — but to participate in the on in neighboring towns, such as Bethesda, Chevy Chase,
news. Visitors to the site can comment on stories, share Montgomery Village and Rockville.
opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events
to the community calendar. The Patch organization believes it is important to give
Jillian Badanes back to the communities they serve. They donate free
Patch is run by local professional editors, writers, photographers advertising space to charitable organizations and each
and videographers and is supported by a team in their New York site has a dedicated space that links local charities with
City headquarters. Jillian Badanes is the Editor of the North Potomac–Darnestown volunteers. Through their Give 5 program, every Patch employee has five days
Patch. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from off each year in which to contribute their own time as volunteers in their own
George Washington University. For the past six years she lived in Washington, D.C. community.
where she interned at CNN and worked for the Washington Times. She moved to our
community in September when the site was launched. (All Patch Editors live within “I really want Patch to be an interactive website. I want the community to share
the communities they serve.) Badanes said, “Patch is not just a news source. It’s a their opinions, news and community events through Patch,” said Badanes.
hub of information for the community. We’re part of a national organization, but “I’ve only lived here for a short time, but I’ve really enjoyed meeting the
our focus is local. We cover everything that impacts this area.” people in the community. Everyone has been really nice.” She added that she
hopes community members will utilize the announcements section of the site
With a dedicated staff and several contributors, Badanes updates the site continually, to share news, such as weddings, a child making the honor roll, garage sales
with at least three to four news stories each day. Patch also gets advice from an and more.
Editorial Advisory Board including Phil Meyer, who is Professor Emeritus at
the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Jeff Jarvis, who is Associate To see what Patch is all about visit http://northpotomac.patch.com. Badanes said she
Professor and Director of the interactive journalism program at the City University welcomes any ideas and comments from the community. She can be contacted at
of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2011 The Lakelands Leader 19
From SKIING on page 1 Vertical Drop: 600 feet Ski Instruction: Yes
Lifts: 8 Dining: Fireside Pub & Grill, Food Dining: Fareways
Vertical Drop: 620 feet Court, Smoke House, Mountain View Restaurant & Lounge,
Dining: Tavern on the Green, The Inn at Lodge Food Court Woodstone Deli &
Carroll Valley, Alpine Market, McKee’s Lodging: Blair Mountain Bed and Pizzeria, Blue Ridge
Tavern, The Bakery, Alpine Starbucks, Breakfast (3.7 miles from the resort) is Buf fet , Sk i L odge
Sneaky’s Pizza, Boulder Ridge Lodge, among several lodging partners Cafeteria, Encounters
Alpine Patio Barbeque, Waffle Hut, The Lounge
Snow Report: (717) 432-9631
South Pole Lodging: Hotel
www.skiroundtop.com rooms and timeshare
Lodging: The Liberty Mountain Hotel
has 99 guest rooms Bryce Mountain Ski Resort condominium rentals
Snow Report: (717) 642-9000 In the Shenandoah Valley Snow Report: 800-207-
Distance from Lakelands: 125 miles (2 MASS
hours, 20 minutes) www.massresort.com
Whitetail Ski Resort 1982 Fairway Dr.
In the Tuscarora Mountains of Pennsylvania Wisp Ski Resort
Basye, Virginia 22810 Near Deep Creek Lake
Distance from Lakelands: 66.60 miles, 800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121 Melanie and Jared Ezrin at Blue Mountain in the Poconos.
(1 hour, 20 minutes) Distance from Photo provided by Mark Ezrin.
Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ski Lakelands: 157 miles (2
13805 Blairs Valley Rd. racing Vertical Drop: 750 feet
hours, 45 minutes)
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 17236
Trails: 8 296 Marsh Hill Rd., McHenry, MD Dining: Helen’s Restaurant, Slopeside
717-328-9400 Lifts: 2 chair lifts, 1 surface lift, 2 Dining Room, The Timbers, The Grille
Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing carpet lifts 301-387-4911 at Sporting Clays, Bavarian Lounge,
Trails: 20 Vertical Drop: 500 feet Fast Tracks, Lake Tahoe Lodge, The
Downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow Pizza Place, Mountain Perk, Mountain
Lifts: 8 Dining: Restaurant at Bryce Resort, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling,
Vertical Drop: 935 feet Perk Ice Cream, Gingerbread Dreams,
Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge, Fireside cross country skiing and sleigh rides Emo’s Pit.
Dining: Marketplace, Window’s Grill, Express Grill Trails: 32
Restaurant, Starbucks Lodging: A large lodge hotel is located
Lodging: None on site. A number of Lifts: 7 at the base of the mountain and several
Lodging: None onsite, but several nearby rental companies offer a variety of Vertical Drop: 700 feet condominiums, townhomes, cottages
options exist. weekend/vacation rentals. Dining: DC’s Bar & Restaurant, and chalets are available for rent.
Snow Report: (717) 328-9400 Snow Report: (800) 821-1444, ext. 229. Wispers Mountainside Bar, Pumphouse Snow Report: (800) 523-7777
www.bryceresort.com Café, Bear Claw Café, Food Court
Lodging: The Wisp Resort Hotel
Ski Roundtop Massanutten Resort features guest rooms and suites. Canaan Valley Resort
Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley
Snow Report: (301) 387-4911 Located amid 6,300 acres of state parkland
Distance from Lakelands: 92 miles (1 Distance from Lakelands: 131 miles (2 in Davis, West Virginia.
hours, 40 minutes) www.skiwisp.com
hour, 45 minutes) Distance from Lakelands: 199 miles (3
925 Roundtop Rd. 1822 Resort Drive Wintergreen Ski Resort hours, 50 minutes)
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania 17339 McGaheysville, VA 22840 Spans 11,000 acres on the eastern slopes of Route 32
717 432-9631 (540) 289-9441 the Blue Ridge Mountains Davis, WV 26260
Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing Distance from Lakelands:155 miles (3 800-622-4121 or 304-866-4121
Revolution Paintball Trails: 14 hours) Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice
Trails: 15 Lifts: 7 Rt. 664 skating, snow tubing and airboarding.
Lifts: 10 Vertical Drop: 1,110 feet Wintergreen, Virginia 22954 Trails: 39
434-325-2200 Lifts: 3
Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and Vertical Drop: 850 feet
ice skating Dining: Bear Paw Food Court, Hickory
Trails: 25 Dining Room, Caffe Sienna, Clubhouse
Lifts: 7 Grill, Quenches Pub, Laurel Lounge and
Vertical Drop: 1000 feet Valley View Grill
Dining: The Copper Mine Bistro, Devils Lodging: Accommodations include
Grill Restaurant and Lounge, The Edge guest rooms, suites, and secluded cabins
Restaurant, Stoney Creek Bar & Grill and cottages.
Lodging: Our 300 accommodations http://www.canaanresort.com
range from studios to nine-bedroom
homes Pocono Mountains
Snow Report: (434) 325-2100 Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania,
the Pocono Mountains offers several
skiing options featuring a range of
Seven Springs Ski Resort slopes from beginner to double black
Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountains. diamonds, snowboarding and snow
tubing as well as luxurious resorts,
Distance from Lakelands: 170 miles (3 family attractions, bed and breakfasts
hours, 15 minutes)
777 Waterwheel Dr.
Distance from Lakelands:
Champion, Pennsylvania 15622
Approximately 220 miles (about 4 hours)
(800) 452-2223 or 814-352-7750
Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sleigh Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
rides, snowmobile tours, snowcat rides, 1004 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA
snowshoe tours, 18360
1-800-POCONOS or 570-421-5791
Lifts: 14 www.800poconos.com
20 The Lakelands Leader February 2011
QOHS Musicians Named to County & State Bands
By Kelly Baick (QOHS Class of 2012)
Although Quince Orchard High School (QOHS) is Proctor is very proud of Booth’s
very well known for its athletic programs, it proves to achievement because of how difficult
have even more depth through the works of its Music it is to make the All State Jazz Band.
Department. The jazz, chorus, and symphonic bands
are continuously determined and self-motivated to Junior Rachel Sze has also achieved
achieve at a greater level. greatness by making All State
Honors Band for the past four years
“We are currently preparing for the March Festival,” and All County Honors Band for the
said Jazz, Concert, and Symphonic Band teacher Phillip past five. Sze truly devotes a huge
Proctor. Throughout the years Proctor has taught portion of her time to music; from
at QOHS, he has always had high expectations for practicing the euphonium, to taking
the kids. So when the time to audition for All State/ the leadership role as the drum major
County Honors Band and All State/County Jazz Band
came around, Proctor knew he had qualified students
to audition. “I truly advise the students to practice
every day at home, whether they are watching a little
television, or maybe even on Facebook, I want them to In general, Sze believes that music is such a tremendous
always practice so that their instrument becomes second part of her life, “that [it] is impossible to separate [from].”
nature to them,” he comically stated.
As only a freshman at QOHS, Joseph Poetzschke has
Whether it is due to their own motivation, or Proctor’s already been chosen for All State and All County Honors
advice, the students have proven that their instruments Band, as well as All County Jazz Band. Poetzschke plays
are their second nature, or maybe even their first. QOHS the trumpet, and also had to train for the audition. “I
had a whole list of students make either one, or multiple think I deserved to be chosen because I worked hard to
Honors and Jazz Bands. Junior Matthew Booth was one prepare for the auditions and played well,” he said. But
of the few students in the state to make All State Jazz unlike Booth and Sze, Poetzschke plans on just playing
Band. “I’ve been listening to jazz since I was little, and the for his own entertainment after high school.
sound inspired me to try the tenor sax,” he said. for the QOHS Marching Band. “Being in band was
always something that I wanted to do,” she stated. Just Although a band sounds best when everyone comes
Booth began playing the tenor sax in fourth grade, and like Booth, Sze practiced tirelessly so she could walk together to make a harmonious sound, every individual
has grown to love it more every day; therefore, making into the audition room confident and prepared. person must do their own part. Booth, Sze, Poetzschke
All State Jazz Band was a huge accomplishment. “I and all the other students who were chosen, not only did
practice a lot, and I like to be more original with my Sze definitely views music as something that will always their own part, but proved to do it well. All three students
music instead of just reading the sheet and playing stay with her. When she heads off to college, she does will be performing along with some of the best students
it,” Booth explained. He had to undergo a rigorous not plan to leave her melodies behind. “Music is such a from around the county and state at the District II High
audition process where he performed a prepared piece, big part of who I am and it would be impossible to give it School Band Festival on March 23 at Walt Whitman
numerous scales, and a short sight reading excerpt. up just because I will be moving on to college,” she said. High School from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Step into Action
By Gina Dropik
The Lakelands Community Association (LCA) Board of Directors hosted
a Jump Start event on Saturday morning, January 22. This annual event
is an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the
various LCA committees and give them an opportunity to get involved in
the community by joining a committee.
Coffee, juice, bagels and donuts were served. Property Manager Gary
Simon and Community Manager Melinda Nickols greeted residents as they
arrived in the Green Room of the clubhouse. Representatives from all active
committees were present to answer questions and explain the function of
their particular committee. Simon said, “I was really happy to see such a large
The event proved to be a success. “We were able to recruit new members
to several committees where help is needed,” said Nickols. Among those
committees are the Environmental and Beautification Committee,
Covenants Committee, Budget Committee and the Facilities Committee.
New members will be named to the committees at the February board
meeting. Nickols said that any residents who were not able to attend the
event, but still want to become involved, should call or stop by the Lakelands
Clubhouse On-Site Management Office, 960 Main Street (240-631-8338)
and talk with her. Information and contact information for all committees
can also be found on the Lakelands website at www.lakelands.org.
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