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November 4, 2011 A Biweekly Newspaper November 4, 2011 Volume VIII, Number 17. A tragic event shocks the Hospital HealthCare, which purchased land in 2002 in hopes of build- ect merged health care, educa- tion, and economic development Upcounty, in Local News on page 7. Coming to ing a hospital in Clarksburg. The approximately eigh- in a unique way. “We are ready to move,” Upcounty teen-acre site will include a traf- fic circle, parking garage, and Holy Cross president, Kevin Sexton, said. He said the eco- By Kristen Milton medical office building as well nomic benefit will include 1,100 as the hospital. Right-of-way construction jobs in the short A site plan for the Upcoun- dedications for future road con- term and a minimum of 1,500 ty’s first new hospital in decades struction were also discussed. hospital jobs. was approved by the Montgom- Planning chair, Françoise The facility will be the first ery County Planning Board in Carrier, advocated for signage new hospital in Maryland since October. that would assist drivers who 1979 and is intended to serve the At the October 20 hear- might otherwise find themselves growing and aging Upcounty ing, the board approved four further on campus. “To me this population. Public involvement motions for a ninety-three-bed is a troubling issue,” Carrier in the project has been intensive. hospital on Observation Drive to said. “When people are looking Civic groups, including Boyds anchor Montgomery College’s for an emergency room, they Civic Association, Clarksburg planned biotechnology business shouldn’t have to switch from Civic Association, and Clarks- park at its Germantown cam- one road to another.” burg Town Center Advisory Read Tidbits on page 18 to pus. Planning coordinator, Rich Committee, had supported the see how Bill and Janet Bliss In January, the Maryland Weaver, said the visibility of Adventist project while Holy celebrated their sixtieth. Health Care Commission the hospital from Middlebrook Cross received the support of granted Holy Cross Hospital the Road would eventually make the Germantown Alliance, the Certificate of Need necessary to the path clear to people over Gaithersburg-Germantown build the new hospital, ending time. Chamber of Commerce, and the years-long debate between Holy Cross attorney, Robert Montgomery Hospice, among Holy Cross and Adventist Dalrymple, noted that the proj- others. Edwards Ferry Comes Back to Life William Price hands Frank Jamison his prize for winning the Lions putting contest with By Rande Davis a 75 foot putt. See more pictures in Family Album page 2. The National Park Service hosted the grand reopening of the historically-renovated Lockhouse 25 at Edwards Ferry on October 22. The building is part of the Canal Trust program to open facilities along the C&O Canal for overnight use. The three-story, white, brick build- ing has been restored with the theme of life during the 1860s. Originally built in 1830, atten- dants living in the house oper- ated Lock 25 (30.8 miles from The exploits of Thaddeus Lowe and his Civil Washington) for commerce and War Balloon Corps came to life during the grand Workers and supervisors are travelers on the canal. Its rustic reopening of Edwards Ferry Lockhouse 25. busy at a recent Helping Hands project. Read about it -Continued on Page 19. on page 10. November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 2 Chip Smallwood, Father O’Reilly, and Chip Dunn handled The Girls on the Run team from Monocacy cooking chores at St. Mary’s Ham Elementary School practiced at Whalen Commons. and Turkey Fall dinner. In this Moms and a brother were there to give support. Brandon Kocur built this case, too many hands certainly seasonal snowman—just in time did not spoil the soup. for Halloween! Don and Mary Lou Hoffacker set up the condiments for the folks at St. Mary’s Ham and Turkey dinner. Senior Jonique D. Lyles was crowned the PHS 2011 Queen of Homecoming. She is accompanied by her date, senior Ean Hill- Addison. November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 3 Daytripper visiting the key places of interest has been made easy. of Lincoln, who was killed at the Battle of Balls Bluff, was taken next time out-of-town guests ar- rive, give them the map/brochure, This wonderful publication after his mortal wounds. Another send them on their way, and let has been launched to coincide site tells the story of the Union them see for themselves that there Surprise! Think with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and is entitled Signal Corps, who stood ready to monitor Confederate movements. is so much more to our little town than meets the eye. Poolesville Poolesville: On the Road to the Civil War 1861-1865. It lets you in on You may be surprised to learn of the many functions of the nearby By Rande Davis the role of Poolesville in the Civil Methodist Church building. Right Daytripper usually takes you War, identifies the buildings of outside that building, you can to great places to visit within significance, and provides brief find historical tombstones from ninety minutes of Poolesville. information on the role of each a previous cemetery for soldiers. This time, Daytripper tells you of location. Just wait to you hear about the a place you may not have even Perhaps you aren’t familiar intriguing things that occurred at considered before. It is right with all the historical aspects of- the Presbyterian Church. here: Poolesville. We have always fered in the town, so you may be The brochure even explains known our town is a great place surprised to learn about the very how you can download a special to live and, now, let the word go important role Poolesville played app to facilitate your tour. The forth, it’s a great place to visit. during the war between the map is being distributed to retail- Maryland Heritage Area, North and the South. Now, that ers throughout town and can be Heritage Montgomery, and the history is right at your fingertips obtained at the Poolesville Town Town of Poolesville have joined in one simple brochure. Hall. together to publish a new bro- In addition to the listing To get even more detail on chure/map on the Civil War in of the buildings, there is also a the sites in Poolesville and in the Poolesville that is simple, enjoy- concise history of Poolesville immediate surrounding area, able, and highly informative. along with a larger map pin- you can also visit historicmedley. With the help of the His- pointing even many more his- org, heritagemontgomery.org, or toric Medley District, Inc. (HMD) torical places of note outside of sugarloafregionaltrails.org. The and many other friends named Poolesville in the Upcounty. The National Park Service has placed in their newly-published bro- walking tour of Poolesville has eight historical markers with chure/map and walking tour of eleven stops along the way. One historical narratives and pictures Poolesville, grasping the histori- stop is the place where the only throughout our area. cal significance of Poolesville and sitting senator and close friend Take the tour yourself, and November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 4 Commentary last six years, or maybe ever. It doesn’t take much to be declared an apostate, and once one has apostatized, one has to start back- Learning to Love pedaling. Apostasy Global warming was an By John Clayton example of this; it had little effect on the polls, but it is illustrative. It is Halloween, and there is Two candidates have said in snow on the ground (you down so many words that the scien- county readers will just have to tific record suggests that global take my word for that). Baseball warming is occurring and that season is over, and the Redskins human activity is likely con- and the Terps have finally turned tributing. This is not supported into what we suspected they were by current right-wing dogma, all along—losing teams. Thanks and they had to backpedal. Rick to the National Basketball As- Perry, who is about as right wing sociation players’ strike or own- as I would ever want anyone ers’ lockout (does it really matter to be, was turned into Dennis which one it is?) the Washington Kucinich overnight when he had Wizards are enjoying their least to backpedal over immigration embarrassing season in years. I reform and the horror of his plan don’t really follow hockey too to extend tuition benefits to the closely, so I am grateful for the children of undocumented (sorry, presidential race to keep the news illegal) immigrants. I suppose interesting. it would be difficult for a Texas The race boils down to this: governor to just wash his hands The Democrats have Barack of these issues, but if he wanted Obama, for better and for worse, to be the Republican candidate, and are comfortable with the he would have been better off policies and initiatives that he lathering up. There is a myriad believes in and wants to pursue. That is the good news. The bad of examples—I could go on. Mitt Romney’s past transgressions Rande(m) Thoughts news is that even his most loyal against the party line could keep commissioners tried the whole supporters have to admit, if only us here all week. There You Go Again! approach last time and ended up behind closed doors over a plate The question is: Which of By Rande Davis with crumbs scattering and a mess of warm brie, that he is making a these people understands that a all over their faces (hmm, maybe hash of things and might not be lot of this is just campaign non- Who would have thought the there is a message to national lead- the type of personality that can sense and if you get the big job, it Poolesville Commissioners would ers here, too). thrive in this most unforgiving of goes out the window? Obama has, do it again. On Monday, Novem- So now they start with one jobs. Admit it: George W. Bush, to his credit, continued a number ber 7, the challenging process to slice at a time, with perhaps the whatever his shortcomings, what- of policies from Mr. Bush that he update the Town Charter will most contentious issue last time ever his mistakes, looked pretty lambasted during the campaign, begin again. When they tried around: postponing final approval comfortable at the controls, and causing many of his supporters to eighteen months ago, they tried of the budget until all actual rev- knew exactly who he was. Do you rend their garments. Every good to do everything all at once. The enue data is provided by the state, get that feeling from Mr. Obama? president does this and apparently result was a confusing, complex county, and elsewhere. No, but you are not worried about some not-so-good ones as well. document that opened the door to Why do they want to do that? what he believes. You have to deal with the situa- confusion allowing opponents to Better to finalize a budget with The Republicans, however, tions you face and pitch some of obfuscate the issue resulting in a actual numbers than estimated are quite concerned with what the stuff that got you elected into referendum petition, which only guesses during these uncertain their candidates believe. They the hamper. Are we going to elect added to the confusion and, at times. What’s the problem with not only worry about what their candidates who will stray from times, misled voters in the intent that? Doing so doesn’t leave candidates believe now, they the constraints of the party plat- and purpose of the charter revi- enough time for a voter petition worry about what they believed form for the greater good? Will sions. and referendum process prior to back then, in their various pasts. such a person ever get the chance As the commissioners go back the July 1 start of the fiscal year. The Republican right wing, which to compete in front of the general to the drawing board, they have Here’s the catch. The peti- is calling the shots, maintains a electorate? I sincerely hope that learned a lesson. This time they tion option in the old and the new tight playlist of issues and answers the presidential race boils down to will do it piece by piece. By offer- proposed charters kicks in only to which candidates must strictly two tickets populated by people ing up the changes one at a time, when the budget meets or exceeds adhere, now, then, and forever. who will move beyond the plati- their contents and purposes can a seven percent increase in rev- Orthodoxy is all. Over the course tudes to embrace the complex- be followed more accurately. You of the last six months I think I ity of our problems and discuss can have your cake and eat it too, -Continued on page 22. have read the word “apostasy” in workable solutions. Is that really but better to cut the cake in slices print more times than I have in the asking for too much? rather than offer it up whole. The November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 5 In the Garden End of Garden Season Thoughts By Maureen O’Conell The last few flowers await the I have just come in from my coming of winter. evening walk in the garden. As usual, my two sous-gardeners, and about doing their important Labs Sam and Tom, accompanied pollination work. But this year, it me. A different mood has furtive- was the early spring rain and cool ly crept in and has settled around weather and the torrid mid-sum- the roses, annuals, and perenni- mer heat that did the most dam- als. It is not the same feeling as age to my plants. Watering was ‘‘there is a touch of fall in the air.” no help; the plants shut down the In the early spring and summer process of photosynthesis. Even months, hope and delusions of my usually very tolerant and glo- grandeur overtake our view of rious David Austin roses refused our gardens. We are full of energy to bloom. The only flowering and enthusiasm; sap is rising, the plants that completely thrived in birds are singing, and we are in the intolerable heat were my lan- control. We trim, prune, and stake tanas. They grew almost to three our plants into total submission. feet and never stopped blooming. If we prune a little too heavily, If you haven’t tried these annual a few days’ growth will cover winners, do so next year. our mistakes. We insert our wills In late September to mid-Oc- and referee boundary squabbles tober, autumnal decline arrived; between unequal neighbors. We the garden started to take con- are the masters of our garden trol of its life and I let it. I have world. Then comes the solid part stopped trimming, deadheading, of summer—heat, drought, pests, and pruning for now; I will deal and plant diseases—and we with all those chores after the first slowly (and sometimes quickly) or second frosts. My beautiful lose our control over our little white ‘David’ phlox now has few patch of Earth called our garden. blooms, and its leaves have a bit By August, many once dedicated of powdery mildew. My annuals gardeners “throw in the trowel” are giving it “one more go,” but and go on vacation, both liter- they have spread out into quite ally and figuratively. I start to a tangle. I always say that it is a feel guilty; I have abandoned my good year for my roses if I still friends. To be more ecologically have blooms by my daughter’s responsible, I sprayed for pests birth date, October 26. This year, and diseases only twice this year, there are a few scattered buds and that was early in the morn- -Continued on page 22. ing when the bees were not out November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 6 Youth Sports tational on September 24. Alison Gaynor sixty- The Division II leading ninth. That accounted Poolesville boys’ cross country for a team score of 244. Poolesville team stepped up to the big time “The boys are 3-0,” and competed well against the says Vollmer. “We have Cross Country large 4A schools. “The Bull Run defeated Damascus, Meet was at Hereford High BCC, and Magruder. Team Runs School, the site of the state meet,” The girls are 0-3 but are says Head Coach James Vollmer. continuing to improve Large “We ran in the large school divi- and make strong show- By Jeff Stuart sion. Because of homecoming ings. When we ran the small school race was in the against Magruder at Thirty-one members of the afternoon.” home on Tuesday, Sep- The Poolesville High School Cross Poolesville High School cross Austin Hayslett of Urbana tember 27, new school Country Team country team competed in the finished first in 17:03.Chase and course records were Poolesville Day 5K run, spon- Weaverling led Poolesville, fin- set on the boys’ and the boys’ team was led by Joey sored by the Poolesville Area ishing fifth in 17:47. Joe Werble the girls’ side. Weaverling broke Werble in a time of 16:58 in a Chamber of Commerce. Even finished a close seventh in 17:49. Psaltakis’s record that was set sprint to the finish with teammate running against tough and seri- Jordan Psaltakis finished four- when we ran against Damascus. Jordan Psaltakis. Werble finished ous competition in and out of teenth in 18:03. TariqBeidleman The old record (lasting less than first in 16.58. Psaltakis finished our area, they had nine of the top finished fifty-first and William two weeks) was 17:08. Chase second in 16:59, and Weaverling finishers. Jordan Psaltakis (16:46), Stamm finished fifty-fifth, al- ran the course in 17:03. Pennello third in 17:09. Beidleman and Chase Weaverling (16:57), Joey lowing the Falcons to post a ran it in 20:27 breaking her old Stamm finished sixth and seventh Werble, Tariq Beidleman, William team score of 126. Freedom High record which was also set during as the boys won, 19-36. There was Stamm, Patrick Krisko, Daniel School of Virginia finished first the September 14 meet against only a spread of 1.04 between O’Reilly. with a team score of 90. Chelsie Damascus.” The boys defeated Poolesville’s first and fifth place Chelsie Pennello, the top lady Pennello led the Poolesville girls Damascus, 19-42. The girls lost a runners. finisher, placed twentieth. at the Bull Run finishing seventh close contest, 29-27. A third place finish by Chel- The PACC 5k was great in 21:35. Megan Gerdes was forty- On September 20 against sie Pennello led the girls’ team in preparation for the second place fourth, Meaghan Harkins sixtieth, B-CC at Candy Cane City in -Continued on page 21. performance at the Bull Run Invi- Emily Murphy sixty-fourth, and Meadowbrook, Rock Creek Park, November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 7 Local News the gas station and he still owns considerable hold- saw that Lopez and ings in the area. A steel chain William had visited stretched across an entrance to Missing Boy the establishment on a field on Clarksburg Road. The October 1. owner pointed out a path that Found Slain in Police believe that led to the edge of a field and to a William had spent the wooded area with heavy under- Clarksburg night of September 30 brush and bramble. It was in this By Jack Toomey away from home and area that William’s body had was not aware of his been concealed. Ironically, this When the Germantown mother’s murder that location is less than a mile from Panthers gathered for warm-ups may have happened the Montgomery County Correc- before their game on October 1, on that evening. Lopez tional Facility in Clarksburg. coaches and parents noticed that then picked him up, Friends and relatives estab- William McQuain, one of their went to the storage lished a roadside memorial near star players, was not on the field. facility, and then to the the gas station, and people were A parent called his mother’s cell Liberty Gas Station. seen coming to the site all day phone and William answered. The double homicide of William and Jane Then, under some leaving messages, footballs, flow- She asked whether he knew that McQuain has resulted in the arrest of her pretext, they walked ers, and photographs. the Panthers were playing that husband, Carlos Lopez. into the woods where The funeral for Jane and Wil- day, and William told her that he Lopez killed William. liam McQuain was held on Octo- wasn’t coming to the game. At A Monocle reporter ber 29. At press time, Lopez had lotte police led to a motel where that very time, William had just visited the area after the discov- yet to be returned to Montgomery Lopez was located. Contact was hours to live. ery of the body. The owner of the County. Prosecutors are study- made with Montgomery detec- When William did not show property, who did not want to be ing Maryland law to determine tives about the circumstances of up for school on October 3, no named for publication, explained whether the death penalty can be the discovery of McQuain’s car. one thought much of it, but after that he owned a large parcel of sought in this case. Montgomery detectives obtained four days of absence, the Mar- a warrant charging Lopez with property that at one time con- tin Luther King Middle School first degree murder, and he was tained the land where the Clarks- automated system began call- arrested on the morning of Octo- burg Town Center is now located. ing the home of Jane McQuain, ber 13. He refused to provide any That parcel was developed, but William’s mother. The calls were information about the location of not returned, and Montgomery his stepson. County Public School officials In the meantime, police later said that school counselors obtained surveillance video from began calling emergency contact a storage facility on Wisteria numbers in an attempt to find out Drive in Germantown. The video why William was not attending showed that Lopez and William school. had visited the facility on Octo- On October 12, a friend of ber 1, and that William appeared Jane McQuain contacted the to be unharmed as he was seen Montgomery County Police and riding on his skateboard. Police reported that she was concerned also began focusing their search about her friend. Police went in the Clarksburg area based on to McQuain’s apartment in the cell phone records that they had 13100 block of Briarcliff Terrace in obtained from Lopez’s provider. Germantown and found the door Officers, detectives, K-9 officers, locked. They used a ladder to get and some citizens participated in in a window and found Jane Mc- the searches. On the morning of Quain dead inside the apartment. Tuesday, October 18, a police K-9 An autopsy revealed that she had officer and his dog, and a han- been stabbed and beaten. In the dler from Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. meantime, police were looking Search and Rescue were in the for McQuain’s husband, Carlos woods just off of the 23300 block Lopez, in hopes that he had cus- of Clarksburg Road when they tody of William. An Amber Alert discovered the body of a young was issued for William and for boy who was later determined to Jane McQuain’s car. be William McQuain. The loca- On the morning of October tion was just fifty yards from the 12, a woman driving Jane Mc- Liberty Gas Station at Route 355 Quain’s car was involved in a and Clarksburg Road. Detectives minor wreck in Charlotte, North reviewed surveillance tape from Carolina. An inquiry by Char- November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 8 Local News event manager, had decided to step down and announced her experienced background in decision at the PDC dinner. “I event planning. feel blessed to have worked side- Among her More Changes by-side with Brice and the rest of the Poolesville Day Commit- many contri- butions was With the tee over the past five years. We have a spirited, hardworking, and the creation of the sponsor- Poolesville Day dedicated committee, and it has been wonderful to see the fes- ship package, Falcon Lane, Committee tival blossom into an event that really showcases our community. headlining entertain- By Rande Davis I feel proud to have been a part of ment concept, Although normally the sound Poolesville’s history and believe Whalen Com- advice to “leave the party early” that the future Poolesville Day mons layout is spot on, sometimes sticking Committee is in good hands un- including the Bridget Burke (shown here with Brice around can prevent a problem as der the leadership of Faith Ether- food court, and Halbrook) co-chaired Poolesville Day for five well. As a sponsor of Poolesville idge and Gina Beck,” Bridget told she was also years. Day, the Monocle was pleased the Monocle. “I would love to see in charge of to enjoy the festivities during the festival still going strong ten the marketing and able for some consultation, she the Poolesville Day Committee to twenty years from now!” exhibitors. This background and leaves a very big hole in the sponsor appreciation dinner, but, Bridget attended Poolesville her legendary attention to detail administration and management alas, we had to leave early. In so High School with Jake Perkins, are unlikely to be matched by any of the event. doing, we missed an important the previous PDC chair. His replacement. As is her wont, she The committee is going to announcement and change to untimely death coupled with her will be leaving behind an exten- need a number of new volunteers the committee that resulted in love of the community prompted sive manual for the committee to to fill in the gaps. The PDC has al- a regretful oversight in report- her to volunteer on the commit- guide her replacements. We use ready heard from Link Hoewing, ing the change of leadership in tee. She felt it was a great way to plural in this regard because it who, in leaving his commissioner the last issue. Bridget Burke, honor Jake and help her home- is unlikely any one person will position, promised he would stay who has served on the commit- town. She brought so much more be able to pick up with all of her close, and he has already fulfilled tee for five years, notably as the than goodwill and desire, she also responsibilities. brought a highly-professional and While she still will be avail- -Continued on page 19. co-chair and more recently as the November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 9 Youth Sports with 1:35 left, he methodically moved the Falcons downfield, aided by some heavy duty run- ning by Nickolai Henze. Par- Falcons Football rott’s one-yard touchdown run with twenty-three seconds cut Whatever It the Panthers lead to 20-19. New Head Coach Will Gant raised two Takes fingers, electing to go for two points and the win. Henze (108 By Jeff Stuart yds) bulled his way in, and Coach Either Kirby Carmack or Gant’s Falcons had their first win. Deandre Parrott like losing. Both “I am extremely proud of our had brashly predicted a 14-0 players,” said Gant. “Through a record before the season. Then difficult beginning of the season, fate took hold, Carmack, among they have continued to work very The 2011 PHS Football Team the county leaders in passing, and hard. Seniors Robert Winning Jonah Hessels, among the leaders and Chris Oyer have been tre- in receiving, were both injured. mendous leaders of our football Gotta Feeling.” consuming drive, aided by critical Leading rusher, Thomas Gray, team.” Parrott, a senior who also The Falcons scored first on a Falcon penalties. They scored on also sat out most of the game. plays varsity basketball for PHS, ten-yard pass from Parrott to Joe a six-yard run and completed a Parrott was going to have to share came out for football for the first Cho. Josh Womack added the ex- pass for the two-point conversion more of the load if Poolesville time this season. Deandre (3-10- tra point, but at halftime and after to retake the lead, 20-13, with was going to beat visiting Pikes- 1-2) completed only three passes three quarters, PHS trailed, 12-7. less than two minutes remaining. ville on Thursday, October 6. De- and was intercepted twice, but Parrott scored early in the fourth That set the stage for the dramatic andre stepped in at quarterback on this night, he and his team- on a two-yard run to give PHS comeback. and stepped up nicely, running mates—and Coach Gant—were a 13-12 lead. Poolesville’s first for two touchdowns; running not going to be denied. It was “a two-point conversion attempt and throwing for another. With good, good night,” as in the lyrics of the game failed. Pikesville Poolesville trailing by seven of the Black Eyed Peas song, “I responded with a long, time- November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 10 Police Blotter: Past and Present By Jack Toomey option laws. Sheriff Plummer visited his house and arrested him Current Crime after a police officer purchased Assaults: 17400 block of ten gallons of corn whiskey from Hoskinson Road, 19800 block of Gregg. Beatriz Avenue. November 8, 1926 It was Theft from vehicle: 19500 block reported that Officer Joseph of Fisher Avenue Oldfield did not suffer a fractured Disorderly conduct complaints: skull as was first feared. He 17000 block of Tom Fox Avenue, had been chasing an automobile 19500 block of Conlon Court, on the Rockville Pike when 19600 block of Fisher Avenue, his motorcycle crashed into a 17200 block of Elmer School pedestrian in Rockville. The Road. woman suffered a broken leg. Past Crime November 10, 1925 Dr. Henry November 4, 1925 During a Dixon was charged with session of Police Court, Judge manslaughter in the death of Riggs passed the following Mary DeVoe. Miss DeVoe, 26, sentences. In a case that involved and a nurse from Washington, interfering with an officer, died at a Montgomery County Raymond Riley of Seneca was sanitarium while under the care of fined $50. It was said that Riley Dr. Dixon. interfered with an officer who November 16, 1925 Lee was trying to arrest Riley’s friend. Smith and Paul Scream, both Kenneth Krischler, who said that of Dickerson, were arrested by he was a marine, was sent to jail for thirty days for operating his Officer Roy Bodmer and Game Warden Clyde Smith on a charge Local News appearance of our facilities and environs.” machine under the influence of of hunting on Sunday. Both All five Poolesville-located liquor. Louis Voltz was fined $50 Helping Hands claimed that they had gone for churches are members of Help- for operating a vehicle recklessly. a walk and had simply brought ing Hands-Poolesville: Memo- November 4, 1925 Algie their guns along. rial Methodist, Our Lady of the The latest project of Helping Gregg, well known farmer and Some material for this article was Presentation, Poolesville Baptist, Hands-Poolesville, the ecumeni- threshing machine proprietor of obtained from the archives of the Poolesville Presbyterian, and cal community service organi- Barnesville, was arrested and Washington Post. St. Peter’s Episcopal. A steering zation, occurred on Saturday, committee composed of repre- charged with violating the local October 15. An interdenomina- sentatives of the five congrega- tional group of fourteen individu- tions envisions expanding its als went to work to paint, repair, community service work beyond and spruce up WUMCO-Help the WUMCO work days and the headquarters near Beallsville. annual Rebuilding Together proj- Tasks accomplished included: ects—the most important aspects gutter repairs; staining of the of HHP’s work to date. exterior walls of the food pantry facility; removal of brush, trees, and undergrowth from a side yard; minor carpentry inside and outside the building; and grass seeding and landscape work. Executive Director Jane Stearns was ecstatic about the accom- plishments of the Second Annual WUMCO Workday. She thanked the group “for your generous contribution that improves the Even the younger generation offered helping hands for a good cause. November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 11 November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 12 November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 13 did the bad thing, and now ev- ing spaces which will replace a which would have added to traf- Local News eryone can say, ‘Yeah, the devel- oper’s dead,’ so do you want the single residence on the site. All existing forest will be cleared for fic at the location. No community testimony project to die or do you want the septic and storm water manage- was submitted regarding the New Developer developer to die?” Flanagan said his company ment facilities, but new trees will be planted. The approximately project. And New was paying nothing to assume the project and that he would pro- two-acre lot is located just out- side Germantown but is in the Church pose changes to “fix an unbuild- able plan...It’s a very ugly situa- county’s Agricultural/Rural Open Space master plan. By Kristen Milton tion, but I think Newland’s done As a condition of approval, a very honorable thing handing it the church will have no child care A potential new developer is to us, trying to take care of their or educational uses on weekdays, on deck for the troubled Clarks- homeowners and not just running burg Town Center but told the away.” planning board he doesn’t want “That’s a pretty sobering to pay for the sins of his predeces- speech you’ve got there, Mr. sor. Flanagan,” Planning Commission The big news of the quarterly chair, Françoise Carrier, noted. status update required of current Carrier said she took the “bad developer Newland Homes by a boy provisions” seriously since 2006 Plan of Compliance was the they had been negotiated as a assumption of the development replacement for penalties but ap- by Elm Street Development, re- preciated Elm Street’s openness sponsible for the adjacent Clarks- with its intentions. burg Village. Newland’s vice president, Elm Street president, David Keith Hurand, said the closing Flanagan, said his company was date for transferring the property prospectively taking over the was December 1. town development, which he said Commissioner Norman #128570 was “$10 million underwater at Dreyfus said he hoped the change least,” just as the 900-building would lead to the end of the permit threshold was reached, quarterly updates he called “pa- which triggers retail, road, and role hearings.” other requirements. Meanwhile, Hurand said Work on the 270-acre town Newland has continued with center development located at road paving, tree replacement, Clarksburg Road and Snowden home construction, and other Farm Parkway largely stopped projects within the development. years ago when area residents He also presented a commercial noticed that construction did and retail study illustrating the not match approved plans. After current economic challenges of hearings, court challenges, and the area. The study was commis- policy changes, it was decided sioned as a response to board that the building violations members who questioned the would be addressed with a delay in finding a retail developer Plan of Compliance negotiated to begin construction of a gro- through mediation rather than cery-anchored shopping center. monetary penalties. A prospective buyer terminated Since then, Newland has negotiations with Newland in moved—more slowly than many July, days before its last quarterly would like—towards completing update before the board. its project. The housing downturn New Church Approved and recession complicated efforts. The planning board unani- Flanagan said some of what mously approved plans October he called “bad boy provisions” 20 for St. Jude African Methodist in the compliance plan made the Episcopal (AME) Church which project economically infeasible. It plans to construct a hundred-seat would be two decades before the facility at the intersection of Brink project could be built as currently and Wildcat Roads. approved, he said. The church’s preliminary “Some things have to go,” plan showed a 3,200-square-foot Flanagan said. “The bad boy building with twenty-five park- things killed the developer who November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 14 November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 15 Local News PPC Welcomes New Minister By Rande Davis The congregants of Poolesville Presbyterian Church officially welcomed their new minister, David Williams, on Sunday, October 3. Reverend Williams joins our community from his home in Annandale, Vir- Reverend David Williams was ginia, and to make the commute welcomed as the new minister of more fun (and less expensive) Poolesville Presbyterian Church you might catch him coming into on October 3. town on his bright yellow motor- cycle. at the University of Virginia. He Reverend Williams is a native wouldn’t call it a “call” necessar- of the D.C. area but went to high ily, but we think someone must school in Falls Church, Virginia have been tapping on his shoul- where he met his wife, Rachel, der. although they didn’t start dating As with his educational until both were in college. She is choice, his early career with the a vice president with the Coun- Aspen Institute was a decision cil of Foundations in Arlington, Virginia. As a young man, he chose to -Continued on page 16. study religion and philosophy November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 16 Things to Do November 6 Poolesville Baptist Church Spe- November 7 issues. Poolesville Green has received cial Concert Public Workshop on Environ- many questions about lighting is- PBC is hosting a free concert by mental Issues Concerning Light- sues and, in joining the builder, is November 4 the Mwamba Children’s Choir at ing offering this workshop to answer Entertainment Night at Cugini’s 6:00 p.m. Poolesville Green and Kettler the many questions on light- Featuring: Felix Soho Band Forlines Homes are pleased to ing’s new requirements and new 9:00 p.m. The Mwamba Children’s Choir sponsor an event, What’s It All technologies. For more informa- was started in 2008 by Stephen About: Lighting, at the Brightwell tion: poolesvillegreen.org or on November 5 Sekitende to promote talent and Crossing model home. Light fare Facebook. Annual Christmas Bazaar to change lives through music. will be served starting at 6:30. The Brightwell Crossing model home Memorial United Methodist The choir sings in eight different focus of the evening will be on at 17919 Elgin Rd. (Maryland Church – Poolesville languages and is composed of developments in lighting tech- Route 109) in Poolesville. 6:30 This is a day of fun with vendors young children ranging from six nologies and standards, and what p.m. to 9:00 p.m. offering holiday gifts, crafts, and to thirteen years of age. It sings it means for homeowners and decorations. There is a special mostly Christian-based songs businesses in Upper Montgomery Commissioners’ Meeting luncheon and silent auction. 9:00 of hope and inspiration. They County. The meeting features a public a.m. to 3:00 p.m. released two albums in 2007 “It is easy to get confused about hearing for the purpose of receiv- and 2008. In addition to singing, the new lighting products on the ing public comments on Charter November 5 and 6 the children perform traditional market, plus there’s a lot of mis- Amendment Resolution 001-11, Grand Opening of Sugarloaf Ugandan dances and short skits. information out there,” says Erin which will amend the procedure Alpaca Farm Shoppe Speck, Assistant Professor of Inte- and timetable for preparation of Featuring yarns, sweaters, hats, They’ve also traveled to Den- rior Design at George Washington the annual budget. Copies of this gloves, etc. mark, Sweden, and the U.K. University and a member of the proposed charter amendment are Spinning and weaving demostra- During the 2008 tour in Denmark, Illuminating Engineering Society available at Town Hall. tions the choir raised enough money to of North America (IESNA). Ms. 7:30 p.m. 1347 Buckeystown Pike, Adam- buy six acres of land in Uganda Speck, who will be leading the stown on which to build a school. evening’s discussion, will touch November 11 Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a free will offering on the future of incandescent Veterans Day Observation Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. collected. light bulbs, CFLs, and LEDs, as American Legion Post #247 – well as lighting color and appear- ance, energy usage, and safety -Continued on page 17. “Welcome PPC Minister” Contined From Page 15. highly involved in Sunday school teaching and their outreach mis- based on pursuing personal sions for indigent and mentally ill interest as opposed to be- persons. He finally acknowledged ing “career” oriented. The Aspen that ministry might be on his hori- Institute mission is twofold: to zon and became a deacon there (do foster values-based leadership, we now hear the sound of a loud encouraging individuals to reflect backslap this time or is this what on the ideals and ideas that define you call a bear hug?).More recent- a good society, and to provide a ly, Reverend Williams has served neutral and balanced venue for at Trinity Presbyterian Church of discussing and acting on critical Bethesda, similar to Poolesville in issues. He may have left Aspen that it is a small congregation. He to pursue pastoral goals, but he chose Poolesville Presbyterian as has never left them far behind. he found the congregation to be, After obtaining his Master’s in although small in size, a group “of Divinity at Wesleyan Theological positive people working to do a Seminary in the District, he has lot.”What he was looking for was a continued to further his education church that emphasizes “warmth, through a doctorate program in laughter, and support.” Sounds leadership.With a career steeped like he found it in PPC and, judg- in helping others and working for ing from a man who has a warm good causes, there still seemed to smile, has spent a career in and out be something missing, and it was of the clergy helping others, and his wife who encouraged him to who drives a yellow motorcycle, return to attending church more PPC has found it in him. Married often (do we hear another tap-tap for twenty years, the Williamses here?). In going back to the church have two children, Samuel (13) and of his youth, New York Avenue Elijah (11). Presbyterian Church, he became November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 17 “Things to Do” Continued Saturday Matinee: 2:00 p.m. for Government Relations at the sponsorships and advertising are From Page 16. University System of Maryland available. Participants get $50,000 November 14 and former State Senator from in “fun money” and catering by Poolesville A Public Forum on the Maryland District 39 (Montgomery County), Geppetto’s. Included is a glass of There will be a brief ceremony to Dream Act will argue for the bill. Mr. Patrick wine, beer, or soda. There will be honor and remember those who A public forum will be held on McDonough, State Delegate from a live auction, as well. For more have served in the U.S. Armed the Maryland DREAM Act at the District 7 (Baltimore and Hartford information, contact Dawn Albert Forces. The public is encour- Poolesville Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Counties) and honorary chair of at disneyDawnTours@aol.com or aged to share in this special and The DREAM Act—which would the Stop the Dream Act Petition, Dreama Hemingway at ddmon- solemn event. allow some illegal immigrants will argue against the bill. The firstname.lastname@example.org 11:00 a.m. (who have graduated from a event is open to the public. Admission: $75.00 couples, $40.00 Maryland public high school and single November 12 and 13 whose parents can prove they November 17 Potomac Hunt Club Joseph and the Technicolor paid Maryland taxes) in-state or Storytime Peachtree Road Dreamcoat in-county tuition at Maryland Poolesville Library 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cast members and production colleges—was signed into law by Pre-school and kindergarten pro- staff from Memorial United Governor O’Malley on May 10, gram of finger plays, music, and Entertainment Night at Cugini’s Methodist Church present their 2011. A petition drive succeeded other fun activities. Featuring: Jay Summerour version of the highly-popular in getting the Maryland In-State 10:30 a.m. 9:00 p.m. musical, as they get ready to Tuition Referendum placed on begin the holiday season. The cast the November 2012 ballot, so the November 18 November 19 has been hard at work for many DREAM Act has not been enacted 50th Anniversary MES PTA Ca- Entertainment Night at Cugini’s weeks to present this family fun and remains in a pending status. sino Night and Auction Featuring: In-Kilter and Monica presentation. You will not want The Rural Women’s Republican Join in the milestone celebra- Boagley miss seeing many of your friends Club has invited two knowledge- tion in recognition of the fifti- 9:00 p.m. and neighbors perform. able speakers, representing both eth anniversary of Monocacy Admission: $15.00 for adults, sides of this issue, to present their Elementary School. Business $10.00 for children under twelve, positions and answer questions $40.00 per family from the community. Mr. P.J. Friday Evening: 7:00 p.m. Hogan, Associate Vice Chancellor Marketplace Subscribe to the Monocacy Monocle $31.80 per year The Monocacy Monocle POB 372 Barnesville, MD 20838-0372 email@example.com November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 18 Sixty Years of Bliss Tidbits from the budget, housing, envi- ronment, and jobs. Following the Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bliss of conference in the Old Executive Poolesville are celebrating their Building, guests were invited to sixtieth wedding anniversary. Bill Hoewing Recuperating from and Janet were married October the White House for a reception. Home Accident 22, 1951. They are blessed with President Obama greeted the city Ray Hoewing had an accident four children, eight grandchil- leaders during the reception. while doing home maintenance dren, and three great-grandchil- The Maryland Municipal on October 25 resulting in a frac- dren. They divide their time be- League was asked to recommend tured pelvis and other hairline tween their homes in Poolesville city and town leaders from their fractures, a gashed forehead, and and Grasonville, Maryland. A organization. From this list, the a jammed elbow. He was taken to family dinner was held at Dutch’s White House selected the guests. Suburban Hospital for immedi- Daughter restaurant in Frederick. Mr. Kuhlman was grateful for the ate care and then transferred to opportunity, stating, “It was such Adventist Rehabilitation Center an honor to represent Poolesville, on October 28. He is expected to Bill and Janet Bliss attend the meeting, and having start in-home physical therapy the chance to shake the hand of a by November 6. Although having United States president.” painful injuries, he exhibited his Honoring Local Heroes usual good nature and sense of In 2002, Bob Ouellette, humor. He told the Monocle how then the Montgomery County grateful he was “for the outpour- American Legion Commander, ing of support which is typical established a banner in Selby’s of the good people of Poolesville market saluting those from the and for the many cards, phone Poolesville area serving in active calls, and expressions of prayers duty in the armed forces. There and support offered to him and are fifty-eight persons so recog- the family.” The recovery process nized. Now the recognition of may take up to three months, military service will be expanded but for the person most recently to all who have served in the selected as grand marshal of military and were honorably dis- the Poolesville Day parade, the charged. Bob Ouellette and Amer- community appreciation that his ican Legion Post 247 Commander injuries were not more severe is Bill Poole are working on identi- held by all his many friends in fying persons to be included and the area. also to find a permanent memori- Kuhlman Attends White al to Poolesville’s heroes. It can be House Function expected that some veterans will Eddie Kuhlman, president of humbly not step forward to be so the Poolesville Town Commis- honored; t herefore, if you know sion, attended a conference held of any local persons who have by the National League of Cities served, you can contact Bob or for mayors at the White House Bill on behalf of those persons. To on October 27. David Agnew, get more information or to submit Deputy Director of Intergovern- a name for inclusion, please write mental Affairs, and Senior Advi- to Project_Hero@post295.org. sor Valarie Jarrett were among the speakers covering topics ranging November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 19 “Edwards Ferry “More Changes with Reenactment” Continued from sharing stories of supplies and inventors, scientists, and entre- Poolesville Day Committee” page 1. groceries arriving by canal boat. preneurs. One of his patented Continued from page 8. comfort (no electricity or indoor inventions in ice-making made The folks of Edwards Ferry plumbing) is for guests to experi- him a millionaire. He moved to saw their share of Civil War his- that promise by coming forward ence life in the bygone era of the California, built a 24,000-square- tory. From June 25 to June 27, to join the group. C&O Canal with authenticity. For foot home, and incorporated the 1863, General Joseph Hooker of As the committee meets to those intrigued by the concept of Pasadena and Mount Wilson the Army of the Potomac, using a plan for 2012, the Monocle will stepping back in time, a stay here Railroad Company. Alas, the 1400 foot pontoon bridge, crossed help by publicizing the slots will be illuminating in spirit for railroad went in to receivership his 75,000 troops on their way to that need filling along with task history buffs. The six-room build- and he died at eighty, living with Gettysburg. Rebel raiders also requirements. If you agree that ing has two comfortable living his daughter. The legendary man used the crossing on three differ- Poolesville Day is the highlight of areas on the first floor with two also had one more legend that ent occasions during the war. festivals and celebrations in town, bedrooms upstairs that can sleep remains unsubstantiated: suppos- Additionally, Thaddeus hopefully you will consider join- eight comfortably. All the furni- edly he served as the model for Lowe’s Balloon Corps was based ing the group by volunteering for ture reflects the stark efficiency of the ballooning professor in the at Edwards Ferry from December one of those slots. Consider your the times. Wizard of Oz. 1861 until March of 1862. The talents and advise the PDC where Tom Kettler of Poolesville It’s been over one hundred intelligence-gathering role of your assistance may be most use- was one of a party of six in the years, but Edwards Ferry has ballooning had its most impor- ful. Please note that this writer inaugural night stay on October come back to relive the glory days tant role in serving to safeguard has done just that and holds a 22. He was enthralled with the of the canal and its dramatic wit- Union troops from surprise attack highly-respected role with the experience which included sitting ness to history. You can experi- at various times during the war. committee and plans to continue around a campfire outside roast- ence it for yourself and obtain Bringing authenticity to the as the Official Porta-Potty Coor- ing hot dogs and s’mores while all necessary information at the event, the ol’ professor (balloon- dinator, so if you were hoping for sharing stories. Inside, the Park website, www.canaltrust.org. ists at the time were also entitled that slot please consider another Service, in partnership with Canal professors) encamped just outside position. Otherwise, let the com- Trust, provides a number scrap- the lockhouse on the other side of mittee know of your interest and books depicting various epochs the canal. Well, it wasn’t actually get included in the flow of com- of life at Edwards Ferry and other Lowe himself but rather a group munication on upcoming meet- historical artifacts. of re-enactors specializing in ings by emailing poolesvilleday@ When asked if they had any the exploits of his balloon corps. yahoo.com. ghostly experiences, he laughed. There, Lowe (enacted by Major Despite there being no rebel or Kevin N. Knapp, U.S. Army, union troops walking around, retired) greeted visitors pleased they did have an amusing experi- to learn more about Lowe’s role ence. As the group retreated close at Edwards Ferry and elsewhere to the riverbank to watch the sun during the war. Lowe, who is rec- set over Leesburg, the dim light ognized as the father of military seemed to show a ghostly figure reconnaissance and U.S. Chief of on the western shore in a flowing Aeronauts during the Civil War, white dress. Turned out, though, brought a small contingent of she was a just bride with her his company. Joining him were groom getting pictures of their Captain Cyrus Comstock (a.k.a. wedding on a golf course across John Boyer), one of his privates the way. (a.k.a. Mark Tennison), and his In the mid-1800s, Edwards father Clovis (a.k.a. John De- Ferry was a little town where perro) who handled maintenance lockhouse keepers also helped of the balloon. For an aviator, run the redbrick Jarboe Store lo- maintenance is the essential key cated fifty yards south. The build- to success, requiring a trusted ing was a center of commerce individual. Who better to trust where residents could obtain sup- than his father? plies, and travelers could replen- In full union uniform and ish their stock of groceries and dress of the day, the balloon other essentials. The Jarboe Store, corps pitched a tent, displayed while far too dilapidated for full a replica of the balloon baskets restoration, has been cleaned up used at that time, floated a mini- and structurally made sound. It replica of the original forty-five- provides an additional glimpse of foot-tall reconnaissance balloon, life and commerce at the location and shared war stories of Ameri- from 1836 to 1906. The grandfa- ca’s first military aviators. ther of Doris Poole, Marion Beall, While Lowe only lived in our was the last Lockhouse Keeper, area a short time, he went on to and Doris remembers the family become one of America’s premier November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 20 Commercial Display Morningstar Welding, LLC COMMERCIAL, FARMING, & RESIDENTIAL WELDING We service snow plows 301-349-2702 17612 Elgin Road – Poolesville S&S Improvements “Plus” Inc. No Job Too Small! 3017482670 Bathrooms – Shower Doors – Kitchens‐ Painting Email: Scottyboy1465@hotmail.com Replacement windows – Gutter cleanup – Hauling Yard cleanup – Yard Mowing – Ceiling Fans Licensed and Insured MHIC#67678 November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 21 “Cross Country” Continued From Libertytown, the boys placed Page 6. first, beating nine other teams. Weaverling finished in second place (17:02). Psaltakis was 20:08. Megan Gerdes continues to fourth (17:29). Werble placed fifth show strength finishing four- (17:30), Beidleman sixteenth, and teenth in 22:30, followed closely Stamm twenty-second. by Megan Harkins and Alison The girls were led to a sec- Gaynor. Emily Murphy finished ond-place standing by Pennello’s in 24:14 as PHS’s fifth runner. first-place finish (20:19). Follow- Unfortunately, they lost to B-CC, ing her were Gerdes at thirteenth 18-45. (22:52), Gaynor fifteenth, Murphy On Wednesday, September nineteenth, and Larson twenty- 27, the Falcons hosted Magruder. fifth. Oakdale High School placed The boys won, 19-39. Weaver- first, beating PHS by nineteen ling’s record run was followed by points, 54 to 73. Psaltakis and Werble. Biedelman Cross country could be called finished fifth overall. Stamm was the solitary sport, athletes who next in eighth place with a time work hard and perform out of of 18:31. Patrick Krisko ran in the lime-light. Through grueling 18:45. Nick Stopak ran a fabulous summer training and on-going race finishing in 19:04. The score practices, all the members of the was 19-39 with Poolesville win- Poolesville cross country team ning. Following Penello’s course exhibited a determined effort to record, Megan Gerdes ran 22:25 excel. During scheduled practices for fifth place, followed by Alison and on their own private time, Gaynor in 23:07. Emily Murphy these students can be proud, ran a great race in 24:07 with knowing this sport is something Denise Larson in eleventh place. they can take with them through- Magruder won, 22-35. out their lives. Good luck next On Thursday, October 6 year at the PACC 5K. at the Oakdale Invitational in November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 22 “Rande(m) Thoughts” Continued “End of Garden Season” from page 4. Continued From Page 5. before digging up your dahlias. and age, if they do raise taxes, I Cut down the stems to a height of think the voters have one thing to and open blossoms, but they look six to eight inches; rinse the dirt enue. To be clear, petitioning your say: “Go ahead, make my day.” somewhat like things on a stick. It off of them; let dry in the sun and representatives for a referendum Along with the importance of is okay to let your garden go for a then store for the winter. Store is an important tool in democratic representative government, there bit. The first frost will arrive soon, them in an area that will stay governance. The difference in the is something of equal importance: and we can close the door on our between forty and fifty degrees, proposed change is that by man- participatory government, oth- 2011 garden. not too warm but not too cold. dating a commissioner-approved erwise known as citizen involve- Enough of sad thoughts; let For me, my basement is a good resolution requiring them to hold ment. The upcoming town meet- me tell you about the darling location. to the less than seven percent ing has set a time to hear from of the fall garden, the dahlia. If Now is the time for you and increase, the petition process citizens on the matter of changing you are one of my readers who your garden to have a little rest. becomes moot and the budget does this part of the town charter. This not have to be finalized prior to is your best time to learn more followed my advice last spring having the crucial financial infor- and to be heard. No need to listen and planted some dahlia tubers, mation. to me or to wait for a petitioner you are now enjoying their It’s a management thing, not to buttonhole you at Selby’s. You beauty. In fact, they are, in my an insidious attempt to circum- say you have lived in town a long mind, the only truly beautiful vent voter power to increase taxes time and have never attended a flowering plants for a fall dis- every year forever. If they do town meeting? The right time is play. In our climate zone, dahlia not resolve to hold to the restric- now and this is your time. tubers should be dug up in the tions, they still will have to allow Just because you do not take fall, divided, and stored over enough time for a petition for an interest in politics doesn’t mean winter and re-planted again in referendum process. politics won’t take an interest in you! the spring after the last frost. As the legislative arm of the — Pericles (430 B.C.) Some people say that dahlias can town government, the commis- survive left in the ground over sioners have always had the abil- the winter if they are heavily ity to increase or decrease taxes. mulched. I have tried that for two Nothing has changed. That’s a years; they don’t make it. If the decision they are elected to make. cold doesn’t kill them, the wet On the other hand, in this day winters will rot them. Wait at least one week after the first frost November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 23 November 4, 2011 The Monocacy Monocle Page 24
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