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Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

 

The following information was sent to us by Mike Bailey:

The Family & Youth Casting Call (FYCC) is a fun family and youth fishing event at Fletcher's Cove on the C&O Canal in Washington DC. The 2012 event is scheduled for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

What better way to get kids “hooked” on nature than by teaching them how to fish?  This April, local and national fishing and conservation organizations will once again host the Family & Youth Casting Call to help “set the hook” for children to learn about nature and fishing in the Washington, DC area. A wiggling fish on the end of a taut line can be one of the most tangible connections between having fun outside and learning about conserving our natural resources.

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

February is known as Heart Month in American, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Each day, across the country, roughly 2,200 people that die from the disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability across the country, preventing people from working and living their lives as they would like to. With this in mind, it’s a good time to pay attention even to the little things that can either help or hurt the heart.

“Snacks may seem like trivial things, overall,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “But if you think about it in terms of a year, you will end up eating around 400 to 750 snacks per year, if you have one or two per day. That really adds up and can make a big difference in your heart health.”

Families Displaced After Two Separate Fires

Families Displaced After Two Separate Fires

The following information was sent to us by Fire Chief, Richard Bowers:

Lincoln - Lessons in Leadership

Lincoln - Lessons in Leadership

The following information was sent to us by Nadine Mort:

 

In recognition of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Harold W. Nelson, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired) will be speaking at Sandy Spring Museum on “Lincoln – Lessons in Leadership,” Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11a.m. The lecture is free to the public.

 

Gaithersburg Releases Results of Biennial Citizen Survey

Gaithersburg Releases Results of Biennial Citizen Survey

The following information was sent to us by City of Gaithersburg's Public Information Director Britta Monaco:

In a recent random survey of its citizens, 89% of the respondents rated Gaithersburg as an excellent or good place to live, with 94% saying they would be very or somewhat likely to recommend living in Gaithersburg to someone else.  The customer service level of City staff members was also rated very high, with employees receiving excellent or good scores of 89% or higher when it comes to knowledge, responsiveness and courteousness. 

 

 

Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan

Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan

The follwing information was sent to us by Amanda Burns:

 

 

To kick off a year of bringing people together, today in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Kentucky Fried Chicken gave one military family an emotional and unexpected reunion, showing that home truly is where the heart is on Tuesday, January 10. The 17-year-old twin daughters of Capt. Cherissa Jackson arrived expecting to help KFC employees assemble gift packages, only to receive a surprise when their mom walked out of the kitchen. Jackson, an Air Force critical care nurse, was deployed to Afghanistan last June.