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Potomac: Mural Honors C&O Canal Partnership with School

Seven Locks Elementary School students pay tribute to 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks.

Each class at Seven Locks Elementary School looks forward to field trips to the C&O Canal. They study the ecosystem, gain an understanding of the history and the economics, experience the fun of dressing up in the clothing worn by the lock keepers and families who lived on the canal boats, meet the mules and take a ride on the General Jubal T. Early canal boat. They learn to love and appreciate the nearby C&O Canal through their school’s collaborative educational partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).

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Potomac: Kennedy Creates Chemical-Free Skin Care Products

Business began in effort to help her mother.

“If you asked me 10 years ago what I'd be doing today, I don't think making natural skincare products would have been on my short-list, or even on my long-list for that matter,” said Potomac’s Renan Kennedy.

Potomac: Hatten Celebrates 40 Years at BCC

Opted for tennis over law.

Frank Hatten began his career in tennis in 1976 at Bethesda Country Club (BCC) with five outdoor asphalt tennis courts, an 800-square foot tennis shack and a pay phone.

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Potomac Family Heading to Spain for Unusual Outing

Working in a vacation spot.

This summer, one lucky Potomac family will have the opportunity to travel to northern Spain to hike, and explore, practice their Spanish, enjoy the mountains and assimilate into the culture. However, it’s not all about pleasure ….

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Potomac: Join 16th Annual ‘Autism Speaks’ 5K/Walk

Seeking to raise $250,000 for research.

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the 13 American colonies a new nation.

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Potomac: MPT Salutes Local Hero

... and all Vietnam War veterans.

Retired Navy Captain Michael Cronin graduated in 1963 from the Naval Academy from pilot training in Cecil Field, Fla. in 1965.

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Potomac: KEEN Sportsfestival Returns Sunday

Still time to volunteer.

On Sunday, June 5, the fields of Avenel’s Community Park will come alive with the squeals, grunts, cheers and high-fives of more than 500 athletes vying in tug-of-wars, kick-ball, volleyball and obstacle course challenges. The KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Sportsfestival 2016 is an annual afternoon of activities and games for children and young adults with disabilities, their volunteer coaches, family members and supporters.

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Potomac: Churchill Junior Organizes CPR Workshop for Fellow Students

New law, cousin’s death inspires effort.

Churchill junior Noah Perales “a-ha” moment came as he was engaged in reading about Breanna’s Law in The Washington Post. He read that Maryland ninth-grade students will be required to learn CPR as a graduation requirement.

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Potomac: KEEN Athletes Enjoy Their First Prom

Event organized by Bullis KEEN Club members.

For the past two years, Bullis students Carly Morgan and Sabrina Epstein have changed the lives of numerous KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) athletes and their parents, as well as those of many Bullis students. Sabrina and Carly founded the Bullis KEEN Club, searching for students to volunteer their time every other Sunday to meet with KEEN participants with special needs.

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Potomac: Annual Strawberry Festival Returns Saturday

Potomac United Methodist Church hosts fundraiser event.

Spring has arrived and it is once again time for the Potomac United Methodist Church (PUMC) Strawberry Festival.

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Potomac: Students To Compete in Odyssey World Finals

Bells Mill students to compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Next week, the Rhino Team, composed of seven fifth-graders from Bells Mill Elementary School, will board a plane to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, determined to capture victory in the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) World Finals competition.

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Pacelle Launches Latest Book in Potomac

“The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals”

"There's no shortcut to long-term reform," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and author of a New York Times’ best-selling novel, “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals.”

Potomac: God and Broadway Unite at St. James.

Interaction of show tunes and religion at St. James.

Broadway songs emanated from St. James Episcopal Church on Monday, April 18, when members of the cast of the Jersey Boys National Tour and the St. James Chancel Choir came together to perform tunes from Broadway musicals.

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Potomac: Taking Pride in C&O Park

Volunteers complete clean-up.

On a rainy and cold Saturday, April 23, more than 100 volunteers braved the elements for Canal Pride Day at the C&O National Historical Park at Great Falls.

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Potomac: C&O Canal Gains New Bridge

Park staff and volunteers install replacement.

Walkers, bikers, hikers, birdwatchers — and all who love the C&O Canal Towpath — will appreciate the new bridge over the canal at Marsden Tract near the intersection of MacArthur and Brickyard roads.

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Potomac: ‘Sam’s Backyard Carnival’ Benefits Colon Cancer Alliance

Joining in a mom’s battle.

Seventh-grader Sam Benaim didn’t know a lot about colon cancer until his mom, Michelle was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Life as the family had previously known it totally changed to focus on supporting Michelle Benaim in her fight.

Potomac Village Deli Opens in the Kentlands

Authentic Jewish-style deli returns but in new site.

“We’re back,” said Potomac Village Deli owner Adam Greenberg.

Potomac: Gathering for ‘End of an Era’ Party

Current and former members of Potomac Tennis Club share memories.

Since 1977, Potomac Tennis Club (PTC) has been teeming with enthusiastic tennis players from 6 in the morning until 10 at night — seven days a week throughout the year. Thirty-seven years of close friendships, serious competitions and meaningful memories were celebrated by more than 160 current and former members on Friday evening, April 15.

Potomac: ‘Tiger Trot’ Leaps into Action

6th annual 5K run/walk returns April 17.

Potomac will come alive on Sunday, April 17 as more than 400 runners and walkers await the starting gun and then leap forward to sprint or stroll in the 6th Annual “Tiger Trot.” The 5K run/walk, sponsored by the Connelly School of the Holy Child, benefits the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department as well as the wellness and fitness programs at the school.

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Potomac: Local Artist To Participate in Sugarloaf Art Festival

Sasha Berman to display fused glass.

“Glass is interesting because it moves between liquid and solid stage and can be manipulated into beautiful pieces of art,” said Potomac’s Sasha Berman. Three years ago, she attended a class at Seattle’s Chihuly Museum in glass-blowing and became fascinated with the unique properties and malleability of glass. She spent a year experimenting with an array of methods for working with glass, choosing fused glass as the medium for her bowls and plates. Berman will exhibit her pieces this coming weekend — April 15, 16 and 17 — at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg.

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Potomac Health & Fitness: Launching Springtime Routine

10 tips for exercising after a winter’s delay.

The minute the weather edges up over the 60s and sunshine abounds, streets and sidewalks are crammed with bikers, joggers, walkers, strollers — everyone thinking about fitness and squeezing into spring clothes and swimsuits after a winter of sitting on the couch. However, to launch a springtime exercise routine, one needs to consider a number of factors.

Local Author To Discuss His Novel at Potomac Library

Neil Currie crafts “The Stanstead Incident.”

“I hated to see my words just disappear into thin air.” Neil Currie, longtime news anchor for the Voice of America, Congressional correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting and writer for ABC News spent his career writing for media presentations – and listening to the words he had written evaporate as soon as they were spoken.

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Potomac: Local DAR Chapter Provides Patriotic Service

Hungerford’s Tavern chapter encourages new members.

On June 7, 1974, the Hungerford’s Tavern Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in Potomac. Ever since the organization was begun, they have provided patriotic service to the nation, the state and community. Their motto, “God, Home and Country” serves to define their mission: dedication to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.

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Potomac: Churchill To Present ‘Blast from the Past 27’

Musical performances to revolve around “elements” theme.

Earth, wind, fire, water — these elements have influenced culture throughout history as well as music since society’s early beginnings. “Blast From the Past 27 – Elements” will present a testimony to their power through vocals and dance performances of songs such as “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “Rain” by the Beatles, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King.

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Potomac: Teaching through Problem-Solving

Kumon relocates to Potomac Promenade Mall.

Karen Forng of Potomac is the owner of the newly renovated and relocated Potomac Kumon Math and Reading Center. Because of her first-hand experience with the Kumon program, she is a true believer — and she opened her business to share Kumon with the many students who need academic support in reading, math and study skills.

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Celebrate Library Lover’s Month at Potomac Library

Activities for all ages.

Although we think of Valentine’s Day, President’s Weekend and snow days when we think of February, it is also Library Lover’s Month — a month for the Potomac Library to demonstrate its versatility in appealing to everyone from aged 2 to 102.

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Potomac: ‘Changing the World, One Child, One Community at a Time’

Potomac Kiwanis Club committed to help.

Would you like to help Wounded Warriors? Serve meals at the Children’s Inn? Tutor a child? If “yes,” then attend a meeting of the Potomac Kiwanis Club to learn about its commitment to making the community as well as the world a better place to live.

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Potomac: Running To Benefit Children with Special Needs

Friendship Circle brings youths together.

Seventeen-year-old, Reuben Winston ran the Miami Half-Marathon on Jan. 24, placing 90th out of nearly 15,000 runners.

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Potomac: ‘The Music Man’ Struts onto Har Shalom Stage

Performances set for Feb. 20-21.

There may be “Trouble in River City” according to Professor Harold Hill, but there will also be toe- tapping and singing along to the well-known tunes of “The Music Man” presented by the Har Shalom Players.

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Potomac: Students’ Proposal to Take Spaceflight

Bullis pair’s experiment selected for International Space Station.

As the winners of the Bullis Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), Amanda Kay and Skylar Jordan’s experiment will be launched on the spring/summer 2016 International Space Station (ISS) payload. What an accomplishment for these Bullis sophomores!

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Potomac’s Ronnie Chantker Leads Rotary

Assumes role of district governor-elect.

"Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary International — an organization that Potomac’s Ronnie Chantker has been chosen to lead. She has adopted the motto as her creed and lives it every day as she dedicates her time and talents to local, national and international projects that make our world a better place to live for scores of people and families.

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Potomac Pilates To Relocate to Potomac Village

Larger site to accommodate more students.

The Potomac Pilates studio will be relocating to the heart of Potomac Village from the Potomac Tennis Club on Potomac Tennis Lane. Helen Marshall, owner of Potomac Tennis Club, has decided that the multi-use facility, frequented by hundreds of Potomac residents each month, will be closing permanently in April.

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Bethesda Country Club Women Capture Challenge Cup

With long drives, solid putts and confident chips, the 18-hole women of Bethesda Country Club (BCC) won the Challenge Cup for the first time since the competition began eight years ago.

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Potomac: ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ Flies into Randolph Road Theatre

BRAVO Productions presents Jan. 16-17 performances.

Peter, Pan, Wendy, John, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and definitely the notably evil Captain Hook will be “flying into” the Randolph Road Theatre on Jan. 16 and 17 to entertain youngsters and their families.

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Potomac: South Glen Band Rocks at Old Anglers Inn

“Many professionals are really interested in exploring their creative bent.”

It’s not unusual to spot Potomac’s South Glen Band unloading their amps, drums, keyboard and other instruments at Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Boulevard.

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Potomac: Santa and His Elves Ride into Potomac

Collecting toys for The Children’s Inn at NIH.

Santa came roaring into Potomac Village on Wednesday, Dec. 16 — not on a sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer — but on a Harley surrounded by elves and a bevy of police officers on motorcycles.

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Potomac: Diener Students and Bullis Buddies Give Back

Project helps the homeless.

“It’s nice helping homeless people and it really gives me something to smile about,” said Bullis 5th grade student Dillon Malkani. He and his fellow classmates have served as “Bullis Buddies” since the beginning of the school year to students at The Diener School — a school which serves children with learning challenges.

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Chloupek Retires from Potomac Community Center Friends Board

Recognizing more than two decades of commitment.

Twenty-five years ago, when Larry Chloupek joined the Friends of the Potomac Community Center (PCC) Board, basketball and baseball programs were popular among Potomac youngsters.

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Potomac: Garden Club Decorates Great Falls Tavern

Local club keeps 38-year tradition.

The Christmas Spirit descended on the Great Falls Tavern in the C&O Canal Park on Monday, Nov. 30 with 40 members of the Little Farms Garden Club volunteering their time and talents. Fresh live greens, red bows, Christmas wreaths, and holiday garlands provided the joy of the season to the historic Tavern.

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Potomac: ‘Jolly Fat Man’ Supports Veterans

Fundraising event marks 20th anniversary.

Yank yourself out of that warm bed, jump into your running gear — and head to Bethesda’s Capital Crescent Trail on Dec. 12 to run or walk with the “Jolly Fat Man.”

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Clara Barton Center To Host Holiday Craft Show

More than 50 local artisans to exhibit their work.

The 9th annual Clara Barton Center Holiday Craft Show is an opportunity to shop for imaginative holiday gifts.

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Equilibrium Activewear Debuts in Potomac

Holstein adds clothing line.

Potomac’s Stacy Holstein is a fitness guru — a personal trainer, nutritionist, fitness class instructor, and a weight loss consultant.

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Potomac: Muslim Foundation Helps the Needy

Annual event highlights charitable work.

Every November, the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) makes Thanksgiving dinner a reality for many families who cannot afford to purchase the many items needed for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.

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Potomac Resident Biking to Raise Funds for Leukemia Research

Potomac’s David Zamkow pursues 3,000-mile journey.

From Potomac to the University of Louisville, to the Peace Corps in West Africa, to a 3,000-mile solo bike trip across the USA — even though, “I have never been a cyclist,” David Zamkow, son of Eileen Zamkow of Potomac, is an adventurer at heart, a young man driven by his passions to experience and explore the world around him.

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Potomac: Annual WHC Boutique Returns Sunday

Eighteen years ago, Lisa Sandler Spaeth asked her mom, Froma Sandler, to make a bow for her daughter's hair that would stay there without falling out.

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Casual Apparel Boutique Opens in Bethesda Row

Morley’s “best of coastal living.”

Champagne and hors d’oeuvres flowed on the evening of Oct. 9 at the grand opening of Morley — a new shopping destination in Bethesda Row.

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Potomac: ‘Race for Every Child’ To Benefit Children’s National

Local team, “Jamie’s Joggers” to participate.

Team “Jamie’s Joggers” is getting ready to lace up their shoes this Halloween to support Potomac‘s Jamison Eberstein, a 5-year-old born with a rare terminal disorder called Cockayne Syndrome (CS).

Beware of Haunting Stories at Potomac Library

Authors of “In Search of Ghosts” to share tales this Saturday.

Ghosts and goblin stories will be rampant at the Potomac Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Potomac: Construction Begins on Discovery Center

Bullis project to be completed in spring 2017.

The Bullis student body and staff gathered on a crisp fall day in October to celebrate the groundbreaking for the first new building on campus in more than 13 years.

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Celebrating the Potomac Community

A day filled with food, rides and music.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by Potomac’s own opera singer, Chrissellene Petropoulous, opened the 2015 Potomac Day activities.

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