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Local "Silent" Beverage Company Makes National Noise

North America’s Largest Specialty Food & Beverage Event came to D.C. July 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The Fancy Food Show had 2,400 exhibitors, 180,000 products, but only one Silence Tea.

Silence Tea, originated in Gaithersburg as an all-natural tea beverage with a unique line of relaxation and calming ingredients including Chamomile and Theanine. These elements were infused with essential vitamins and antioxidants for children and adults to experience a balanced, calm, and relaxed existence.

“We have four flavors: Pomegranate Peace, Peach Chamomile White Tea, Black Tea with Lemon, and Honey Green Tea with Ginseng but plan on more.

C&O Canal Wants Feedback on Turf Farm Water Access Project

Washington County, MD. – The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake and

Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is conducting a public review of the

Summit Hall Turf Farm Water Access Project, Montgomery County, Maryland,

July 2011.

The National Park Service will be accepting public review comments

beginning July 11, 2011 through August 12, 2011.  The draft Environmental

Assessment presents information on projected impacts to park resources.

The project proposes to respond to a request from Summit Hall Turf Farm to

install/modify raw water intakes across the park between Mile 28 and Mile


In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Park

Service invites public comments regarding this project.  Comments received

will be used to evaluate this project.  The National Park Service will be

Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

Grazing Goats to Eradicate Invasive Plants

The City of Gaithersburg provided the following info:

Eco-Goats are making their Montgomery County debut July 12th at the Izaak Walton League, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg. 

The Izaak Walton League has partnered with the City of Gaithersburg Environmental Services Division, in a new program to improve wildlife habitat without damaging local water quality.

The League’s 33-acre property is home to deer, fox, beavers, turtles, and a variety of other animals and birds. Much of this property has been overrun with invasive plants, including Japanese honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Autumn Olive, and Oriental Bittersweet. These plants provide no value as food or shelter for wildlife. Instead, they crowd out and kill trees, shrubs, and other plants these animals need to survive.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

Be A Friend to Montgomery County Parks

The Montgomery Parks Foundation, announced the launch of a park wide friend’s group- Friends of Montgomery Parks. Friends will receive an e-newsletter and invitations to members-only events. An introductory rate of just $35 is offered through the end of 2011. Memberships and donations can be made on the Foundation website at: www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org/donate

As the grassroots organization for identifying community support for the parks department, Friends of Montgomery Parks is just one aspect of the fundraising plan of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. The Foundation will focus on several additional strategies including encouraging support through donations of trees and benches, and Legacy Naming Rights for Park amenities.

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

For quick identification of the Copperhead, visit: 

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

A heat advisory means that a period of excessive temperatures is expected.  Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heatstroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security recommends the following tips: