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This Week in Potomac

Manual Override

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s veto of a bill, initially sponsored by Del. Bill Bronrott (D-16) which mandates higher energy efficiency standards for nine appliances. “It’s a great victory for anybody who is concerned about the environment,” said Bronrott.

The bill passed the legislature and was vetoed by the governor in 2003.

It goes into effect on March 1, 2005 and will require higher efficiency standards in seven industrial appliances. Ceiling fans and torchiere floor lamps are the two which have a primarily residential use. The law would only apply to new products, not to those which residents already own.

“There are already a number of products that are available today that consumers can choose from,” Bronrott said. “Maryland will now be in the vanguard of energy efficient products in the country.”

Advisory Board Members

Applicants are sought to fill five vacancies on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board.

The 15-member board advises county government about the priorities for residential and business community in the western area of the county, including Potomac.

Members serve three year terms without compensation. The board typically meets the third Monday night of each month in Bethesda. Members also serve on committees which will meet at other times during the month.

The Deadline for applications is Feb. 13.

Applicants should write to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, Office of the County Executive, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850. Include a brief resume with home and work numbers.

Correction

In the Jan. 28 issue of The Almanac, the president of the Potomac Elementary PTA was misidentified in the story, ‘If Not To Be a School, Then What?’. Her correct name is Julie Dobson.

Man Found

Montgomery County Police have found Thomas Michael Hennessy Sr., 77, who was seen leaving his house on the 9000 block of Marseilles Drive on Jan. 27.

Hennessy has Alzheimer’s disease and his destination was unknown. He was found in Baltimore on Jan. 28 in good condition.

Residential Burglaries

* Between 11 p.m. -11:27 p.m. on Jan. 15, a house on the 10600 block of River Road was broken into. Suspects entered a side door, but took nothing.

* Between 12 and 2 p.m. on Jan 26, a house on the 10900 block of Stone Cutter Place was broken into. Suspects pried a frame on a window and took jewelry and money.

Burglary Arrest

*On Jan. 25, at 12 p.m., Michael Velez, 22, of Green Meadow Road in Gaithersburg, was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree burglary, three counts of trespassing, two counts of destruction of property, theft under $500 and possession of CDS paraphernalia. The arrest was the result of an incident in the 12300 block of Pissaro Drive in Potomac.

Cryor Honored by Maryland Municipal League

Delegate Jean Cryor (R-Montgomery County), who represents Potomac, Germantown and Upcounty in District 15, was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Maryland Municipal League. It cited her exceptional efforts on behalf of municipal governments.

The Municipal League is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by city and town governments.