January 2, 2012
WSSC's Potomac plant wins national award The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's Potomac water filtration plant, which produces more than 100 million gallons of water daily, is the only facility in Maryland to receive the American Water Works Association's Partnership for Safe Water Phase III Directors Award for 2011. The plant was one of only 200 in the country that received this award, given for commitment to water quality and consumer safety.
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
First Potomac Realty Trust has bought two fully occupied office buildings in Columbia for $16.1 million, commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley said Tuesday. Hillside Center I and II on Hillside Court, leased to government contractor BAE Systems and other tenants, was sold by Corinthian Realty Partners. The two-building complex has a total of 86,000 square feet. The sale is the second in Columbia in the last two weeks for Cassidy Turley, which also helped arrange the $13.6 million sale of Stevens Forest Green, an 82,400-square-foot office building that New Boston Fund bought earlier this month.
By Katherine Dunn | November 22, 2011
Gilman lineman Brian Gaia has been selected to play for the United States Under-19 team in the third annual International Bowl Feb. 1 at The Palace at Round Rock in Austin, Texas. Gaia, a two-way lineman, helped the No. 1 Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference championship in a 34-32 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Calvert Hall Saturday night. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior has committed to play defensive tackle at Penn State . The only player selected from the Baltimore area, Gaia joins Potomac running back Ronald Darby as the only two from Maryland.
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
All Danielle Rowlette wanted to do was become Danielle Tate. But after taking a day off work and wasting nearly all of it in lines at the state Motor Vehicle Administration, she drove home disappointed — and still a Rowlette. It seems she'd filled out outdated name-change forms and brought the wrong documents to show officials. She went home to her new husband and complained, "I can't believe there isn't a website that can do as much of this as possible — I would pay almost anything not to deal with this.
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
Early in Saturday's Patriot Classic football game against Potomac, No. 8 Archbishop Spalding's offense moved the ball almost at will. But after Ryan Cochran scored on their first and third drives, the Cavaliers needed their defense and kicker Kevin Weiman to do the rest. Weiman's 33-yard field goal made the difference in the Cavaliers' 15-12 victory over their Prince George's County opponent at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Spalding (2-0) then used three forced fumbles, an interception and a defensive stop on the five-yard line to seal the win. "We wouldn't have won this game without our defense," Cavaliers senior running back D.J. Smith said.
By The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2011
State officials cautioned Friday against swimming, water skiing or other activities in a portion of the Potomac River and one of its tributary because of a harmful algae bloom there. Elevated levels of mycrocystis, a blue-green algae, have been reported in the Potomac south of Mattawoman Creek and in the mouth of the creek itself, according to state health and natural resources officials. Blue-green algae, which often turn the water bright green, produce a toxin that can irritate the skin on contact or cause nausea and other ill health effects if swallowed.
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
A mature, egg-bearing northern snakehead has been discovered by scientists in a river just south of Annapolis, raising the possibility that low salinity in the Chesapeake Bay this year may have allowed the invasive fish to escape from the Potomac River. The 23-inch snakehead was found in the Rhode River last Thursday by biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center taking annual fish samples by net. "The water was very murky with a lot of sediment. When a fish is that large, you assume it's a carp," said Stacey Havard, a Smithsonian biologist.
By Gregg Clemmer, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2011
Maryland commuters have long known that there are only three ways to cross the Potomac between Point of Rocks and the nation's capital. What they don't know is that a century and a half ago, there were more than a dozen. And they're still there today. Forget bridges. Think ferries, and especially fords. Throughout history, waterways have exerted profound influences on military campaigns, including the Civil War. These nearly forgotten, but in many cases still scenic and even pristine, crossings along the Potomac River endure as reminders of how and where military commanders dealt with the riverine obstacles confronting their armies.
January 22, 2011
Hardy, adaptable and prolific. We should all be so lucky. Instead, we are left to curse those traits in northern snakeheads, the toothy aliens that appeared by the hundreds in a tiny Crofton pond in 2002, touched off a national media frenzy and now have made themselves comfortable in the Potomac River. "Thousands and thousands of them" call the Nation's River home, from Georgetown to Mount Vernon to where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, says Steve Minkkinen, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.
December 16, 2010
I was disappointed by The Sun's recent editorial ("Maryland's ATM?", Dec. 15) criticizing Montgomery County's interest in being treated equitably by state government. I agree that the wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes, regardless of whether they live in Potomac or Pikesville. But The Sun and others around the state need to recognize the Montgomery County of fact, and not myth. The reality is that, despite your misconception, the borders of our county extend far beyond the town of Potomac.
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