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Montgomery County Is Battleground For Swing Votes

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County's troubles could be former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich's ticket back to the governor's mansion.

The state's largest, wealthiest and arguably most liberal jurisdiction is broke. County leaders wrestled to plug a roughly $1 billion budget deficit this year.

Ehrlich has made the county a focal point in his campaign. He announced he would challenge Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in Rockville, the county seat. His running mate, former Maryland Secretary of State Mary Kane, is from Potomac, one of the county's plushest communities.

Have Fun at the 2010 Montgomery Country Fair and Help Feed the Hungry While Doing It

The 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be held in Gaithersburg, MD from August 13 to 21.

Choose from over 40 carnival rides; participate in BINGO, cake auctions, and dance contests; and eat as many funnel cakes and snow cones your stomach can handle.

General admission is $10.00 per person while children 11 and under are free.  Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.

And please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Countrywide Food Drive benefitting the Manna Food Center.  Your canned food donations will help provide food to neighbors in need.

For more information about the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, please click: http://www.mcagfair.com/default.asp

Gaithersburg Businesses Begin Cleaning Up After Storms

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Along Brookes Avenue in Olde Town, trees block the streets. Power lines are tangled around cars. Surprisingly, some of the most heavily damaged streets have power.

Nancy Hendershot says she has electricity and phones. But because of power lines on the street, and trees blocking the road, her customers can't get to the office.

"As a financial planning firm, we have 13 people that work in our building," Hendershot says. "They don't have access to forms and paperwork."

Next door, a tree destroyed a good portion of Dr. Tom Glass's dentist office.

"It's hard, and you realize you aren't going to be able to operate for a while," Dr. Glass says.

There's water and debris on the floor, a giant hole in the attic, and some of his equipment is damaged.

He's had to cancel appointments, and hopes his patients understand.

Blue Jeans Become Insulation For Habitat For Humanity

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Scott Roewer has collected 657 pairs of jeans. It's more than enough to insulate a Habitat for Humanity house.

Roewer has been keeping the jeans in the living room of his condo.

"I'm 5-foot-11, and you can see how tall this wall goes," Rower says. The jeans tower over his head by a couple feet.

Scott started collecting jeans on Earth Day in April. It's part of a national effort to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

"They use the denim for insulation," he says.

Roewer bagged up the jeans and took them to Habitat for Humanity in Gaithersburg.

Adeela Abbasi, Habitat for Humanity, says Scott donated enough to insulate a 1,300 square foot house. And he raised cash to pay for freight shipping costs.

The jeans will travel from Gaithersburg to Brownsville, Texas, where they will be transformed into their original cotton fiber state.

Then to Phoenix, Arizona where it will be turned into eco-friendly insulation.