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No Evidence of Cancer Cluster in Poolesville by Meghan Tierney, Montgomery Gazette

An expanded look at cancer cases in Poolesville has found no evidence of unusual patterns or frequencies.

Officials with Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene presented their final report from a joint investigation into a suspected cancer cluster in Poolesville at Monday night's commissioners meeting.

A cancer cluster is defined as a greater than expected number of cases of similar cancers occurring in a short period of time among people who live or work near each other.

The study began in December 2008 after county health officials were contacted by a town resident concerned about the town's water quality. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assisted with the study during the first six months at the departments' request.

Poolesville Band Project Concert

Friday, September 3, at 7pm, the Poolesville Band Project will be performing at Whalen Commons.

This local band can appeal to all with their “unpredictable” talent in different forms of music.  Sometimes they play country, sometimes they play Motown.  The Band can also play blues!

For more information about The Poolesville Band Project, please visit their site: http://www.reverbnation.com/poolesvillebandproject

Poolesville Farmers Market

Local vendors will be selling artisan cheeses, fresh corn, soaps, breads, pastries, dog treats and more!

If you think that’s where the fun ends, you’re wrong! There will be local author book signings by Ray Hoewing, Mary Ann Powell, Jonathan Balcombe, Bernie Jankowski, and Melissa Foster; and An evening concert will be held from 7pm-9pm by Mindy Miller & The Steamers.

Where Are Montgomery County's New Speed Cameras?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WUSA)  Montgomery County announced 25 new locations for speed enforcement.   All but one of the following locations will be enforced using six mobile speed vans.  Fixed cameras will be installed at the New Hampshire Avenue location.

Deployment begins August 30th.  Enforcement will be rotated among the sites periodically.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming To Montgomery Rec Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County residents will soon be required to scan their fingers to enter recreation centers.

Officials say switching from plastic passes to finger scanners will save the recreation department $50,000 annually. The scanners will be put into use this fall at three centers, and will be expanded to all the county's centers next year.

Privacy advocates say the measure is intrusive and unnecessary. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says it isn't appropriate for a community pool.