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Education Secretary Duncan, Governor O'Malley, and NEA President visit Montgomery County School

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with Gov. Martin O’Malley and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, will visit Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., as a part of NEA’s celebration of American Education Week (AEW). They will address the need to attract more bright young people into the teaching profession, and then they will take questions from students.

American Education Week, held November 14-20, honors teachers and support professionals who have dedicated themselves to the education of young people. Celebrated the week prior Thanksgiving, AEW began in 1921 as a way to generate public support for education at a time when illiteracy was a major problem.

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 9:15– 10:30 a.m.

Verizon Wireless Receives Corporate Legacy Award From Montgomery County

LAUREL, Md., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless was presented with the Corporate Legacy Award from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Family Justice Center Foundation.  The Foundation recognized Verizon Wireless for its longtime support of innovative actions to help reduce domestic violence and assist victims, and for the Company's commitment to helping the Montgomery County Family Justice Center fulfill its mission of providing primary services at one location.

In presenting the award, Chair Catherine Leggett proclaimed, "Verizon Wireless' $60,000 contribution to fund a cutting-edge video teleconferencing system has enabled the Montgomery County Family Justice Center to become a model for the rest of the state."

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Poolesville High School Ranks #5 in The Washington Post's Challenge Index 2010

The Washington Post Challenge Index measures a public high school’s effort to challenge all of its students. The formula is simple: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2009 by the number of graduating seniors. Tests taken by all students, not just seniors, are counted.

Community Radiology Offers Breast Screenings to Uninsured Women in Montgomery County, MD

OLNEY, Md., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Radiology Associates (CRA) www.communityradiology.com is collaborating with other healthcare organizations to provide digital mammograms, and where appropriate, ultrasound, to uninsured residents of Montgomery County, MD.  These breast imaging services are provided at CRA's Olney Imaging Center to help uninsured women detect potential breast cancer at an early stage.

Poolesville Farm Becomes Interested in Custom Meat Production

The Gazette reports that farmers in Montgomery, Fredrick and Washington counties are working to find ways to feed a new type of customer — one who doesn't simply ask, "Where's the beef?" but, "Where's the beef been?"

They may soon be served.

Dick Stoner of Stoner Family Farms, LLC, in Washington County, is leading an initiative to bring small farm owners, including some in Montgomery County, a sustainable, financially-digestible option by 2011.

The group plans to build a cut-and-wrap cold storage facility so farmers could ship animals there after they are slaughtered. Then, they would cool and be butchered specifically to customers' orders.

Farmers now drive livestock to one of several slaughterhouses in surrounding counties where it is slaughtered, cooled, cut and wrapped. Custom cuts often are not available, and meat is frozen on-site, so farmers must keep it frozen to sell.

Sunday Liquor Sales Approved In Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Liquor stores in Montgomery County will soon be opening their doors on Sundays.

The Washington Examiner reports that County Executive Isiah Leggett has issued an executive order to allow Sunday liquor sales. The order is expected to be finalized Wednesday.

County spokeswoman Donna Bigler says the plan is for Sunday sales to begin sometime this month.

Distilled spirits can only be purchased in Montgomery at two dozen county-owned stores. The county also acts as a distributor to restaurants and private stores that sell beer and wine. Those shops can open on Sundays.

Earlier this year, Councilman Mike Knapp estimated the county would make an additional $1.5 million to $2 million a year by opening its liquor stores on Sunday.

But some argue the change will hurt private shops.