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This Week in Potomac 7-27-05

GIRL FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN ROAD

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Units responded to Cripplegate Road in Potomac Falls Saturday morning for the report of an unconscious person lying in the road.

Units responded at 6:30 a.m. to what rescuers believed might be a “dead on arrival,” according to Eugene Roesser, spokesman for Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. Instead, they found a 16-year-old girl, alive but unconscious from the effects of alcohol, according to Roesser.

The girl was released to the custody of her parents.

WORK GROUP RELEASES REPORT ON DEER

The Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group has released its annual report and recommendations on deer management in the county for fiscal year 2006. The report is on-line at www.mc-mncppc.org/environment/deer/index.shtm

The interagency group makes recommendations on lethal and non-lethal strategies to manage the deer population and reduce deer-related traffic accidents and other impacts in Montgomery County. The report includes a history of deer management activities in the county and general recommendations regarding education and outreach; specific details about managed hunt plans for 2006 will be released later this summer.

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which oversees local deer management, will notify homeowner and civic associations when the managed hunts are announced. The information will be posted at www.mc-mncppc.org/environment/deer.

In the past year, managed deer hunting and police-based sharpshooting have been used in 14 county parks, two state parks and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission land to reduce deer populations in communities experiencing a high level of deer-related impacts. The state’s Department of Natural Resources continues to make changes to state deer hunting regulations in an attempt to increase the annual harvest of deer, with an emphasis on deer without antlers.

The State Highway Administration and the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation are investigating and implementing measures such as wildlife passages under new roads, wildlife reflector systems, and new signage and driver-warning systems to reduce the occurrence of deer-related automobile accidents.

For more information or to make comments on the report, e-mails MCP-deermanagement@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-949-2909.

SOCCER CLINICS PLANNED

The Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning and Challenger Sports, a leading soccer company, are planning a series of British Soccer Training Camps in three Montgomery County Parks Aug. 1-5. Falls Road Local Park is one of the locations.

The British camps focus not just on skill development but on the cultural aspects of soccer as a world sport. The British coaches, who will fly to the U.S. specifically for the camps, teach lessons on teamwork, sportsmanship and self-discipline.

One of the most popular parts of each camp is “Camp World Cup.” Coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, and customs and traditions of other countries.

Park and Planning and Challenger Sports offer British Soccer Training Camp sessions for the following ages groups: First Kicks (ages 3-4) 10:45-11:45 a.m., $75;  Mini Soccer (4-5),  9-10:30 a.m., $100;  Half Day Camp (6-9.), 9 a.m.-noon,  $155;  Half Day Camp (10-14), 1-4 p.m. $155; Full Day Camp (9-16), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with break noon-1 p.m.,  $210.

Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season.

Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt, soccer ball, bag tag and player evaluation.

For more information or to sign up for the camp contact Steve Chandlee at 301-299-1981 or stephen.chandlee@mncppc-mc.org or visit www.challengersports.com.