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Welcome to the ‘Never mind Obama, it’s all about me’ Donald Trump presidency

Pres. Obama 12 31 12I can remember quite vividly the days during the 2016 presidential when Hillary Clinton was portrayed as a “third term of Obama.” Considering the current disaster in the White House, a third Obama term would be quite welcome and be a major step in returning some dignity to the American presidency.
When considering what was accomplished by President Obama during a time in which the Republicans held a majority in both houses of Congress as compared to a Trump administration which has the benefit of that same Republican majority in both houses, one can only be amazed at the magnitude of the difference.

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Be Thankful - always

Norman Rockwells Freedom From WantThe Hypnotized never lie”
– Pete Townsend “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It has none of the trappings of the LSD-induced imagery of Christmas or the Meth-induced imagery of Halloween – let alone the opioid-induced imagery of chickens laying chocolate eggs you get at Easter.
It’s just a time home with friends, family and those who matter. If you can watch football without feeling guilty about the head injuries or angry someone is or isn’t taking a knee, then you’ve got the makings of a great extended weekend enjoying those you love.
Losing a loved one at this time is bitter and remembering them becomes bittersweet.
But I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be the most heartfelt time to remember those we’ve lost and to enjoy those still with us. It is a time to celebrate our shared experiences and to remember the things that divide us are not as consequential as those which bind us together.

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase defeats Severna Park to win boys soccer state title

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BALTIMORE – The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons boys soccer team defeated the Severna Park Falcons Saturday evening at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex with the final score 1-0, as a last-minute goal by senior forward Liam Brocker gave the Barons their first Maryland 4A championship in ten years.

The game-winning goal came three minutes after a heart-stopping moment for the Barons, when it had looked like Severna Park senior midfielder Keaton Bathras had scored, breaking the 0-0 stalemate that had prevailed for the previous 77 minutes.

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Quince Orchard Cougars defeat Northwest Jags, become 4A West regional champs

QO beats NW 4A W regional champs 1The Quince Orchard Cougars celebrate their victory over the Northwest Jaguars to become the 4A West regional champs. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG — In a battle of two rivals, the Quince Orchard Cougars nabbed the 4A West regional championship title after dispatching the Northwest Jaguars 31-20.

The game heated up an otherwise frigid Friday night, and showed how each team prepared for this game.

“Ultimately they capitalized on some mistakes we made. We made too many mistakes, got penalties that were huge penalties and they capitalized and we didn’t. We made a few too many mistakes in the end,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Neubeiser.

The Cougars were coming off of a victory high after annihilating the Einstein Titans 62-0 last week, while the Jaguars arrived to this game through sheer willpower.

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Paint Branch comes up short against Howard in 4A North regional finals

 DSC2275Paint Branch tight end Jordan Griffin gets across the goal line for a touchdown just as Howard defensive back Anthony Reid catches up to him. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BURTONSVILLE — All the players from the Paint Branch varsity football team huddled in a circle Friday night after their 4A North regional finals loss. The Panthers had just put forth a valiant effort in an attempt to defeat the visiting Howard Lions, the same squad that had eliminated them from the playoffs in 2014. However, undefeated Howard would emerge victorious once again to claim its fourth regional finals victory in as many years by a score of 33-20.

Even though many Paint Branch players were visibly upset, they still put their hands together over an uplifted Panthers helmet and shouted “family.”

“When we say ‘family,’ we mean it,” said Paint Branch head coach Mike Nesmith. “In games like this, so many alumni come back and they’re always around the program. Everybody says ‘family’ but we feel like we live it.”

Perhaps it was that familial bond between the players that helped propel the Panthers to a division title and their best record since 2013.

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John Allan Furgeson sparks Damascus to 2A West regional championship victory over Walkersville

DD5A9759a 1aTwo Walkersville players force Damascus High School quarterback John Allan Furgeson (#9) out of bounds near their 10 yard line, but not before he popped through the line on a keeper for a long run to set up the go ahead touchdown. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHDAMASCUS — After a hard-fought battle, the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets emerged victorious Friday in the 2A West regional championship game, defeating the Walkersville Lions 7-3.

Until halfway through the fourth quarter, the Swarmin’ Hornets found themselves in a situation it had rarely seen in 2017: trailing.

Facing off against Walkersville, Damascus had struggled throughout the game to find any type of offensive momentum, leaving the jam-packed home-field crowd looking for something – anything – to cheer for; That is, until quarterback John Allan Ferguson called his own number, ran right, and headed downfield unchallenged until he was finally stopped 67 yards later at the Walkersville seven-yard line.

The crowd roared. Finally, Damascus had life.

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Police investigating two reports of shots fired at Gaithersburg church

New Life Seventh day Adventist Church front side view 1bNew Life Seventh day Adventist Church Photo by Glynis KazanjianPolice are investigating two reports of shots fired at a Gaithersburg church which occurred this week.

A parishioner from the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7401 Muncaster Mill Road notified police Wednesday evening about a bullet hole he found in a window frame at the building’s front entrance. Police responded to the scene and recovered a bullet fragment from the frame.

Montgomery County Police officers from the Sixth District station responded to a second call at the same location on Thursday at 11:13 p.m. about multiple gunshots heard outside the church. Police said gunfire damage occurred again at the front and also along the sides of the church; several shell casings were recovered on Muncaster Mill Road. Police cannot yet confirm the total number of fired shots or from where the shots originated.

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