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Congressional Polo Club hosts George S. Patton Polo Cup

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POOLESVILLE – The pounding of horses’ hooves and the crack of mallet against ball were the only sounds that broke the silence in the wide open field. The horses wore saddles and leg wraps; the riders wore helmets and knee-high boots. Several members of the Congressional Polo Club shouted instructions to their teammates during a practice session before hosting the George S. Patton Polo Cup Finals on Sunday.

Even though the sport of polo has existed for centuries, the average person is unaware of the rules. The match is played with two teams of four players each. There are between four and eight periods which are called chukkas. Each chukka lasts seven minutes and the riders must switch horses several times during the match. The object is to get the ball through the goalpost on either end of the field by hitting the ball with a mallet while still mounted on the horse.

Nicolas Eurnekian is the head of the polo club and the manager of the Congressional Polo Academy. Eurnekian started playing polo with his family as a child growing up in Argentina.

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The Last Ride

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Infamous cavalry statue takes its last ride to Poolesville to stand guard at White's Ferry

Confederate Statue 2Workmen remove the Confederate Cavalry statue to take it to its new resting place near White's Ferry. FILE PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Friday was a last hurrah for a 104-year-old Rockville statue representing an increasingly more distant past.

After two years of controversy and public debates a County contractor moved Rockville’s Confederate statue Tuesday to its new home at White’s Ferry outside of Poolesville. The statue, depicting a confederate cavalryman – and modeled after a former Rockville mayor, was taken from its home at the old Rockville “Red Brick” Courthouse where it had stayed for many years. The statue arrived at White’s Ferry on Tuesday.

For years Rockville and County residents debated the appropriateness of the statue, which for the last 104 years stood in downtown Rockville as a memorial to the County’s confederate Civil War veterans.

While the statue was the centerpiece of discussion for many Rockville City Council meetings, only about half a dozen County resident gathered on Friday to give the statue a farewell topped with a Champaign toast to a monument of Rockville’s past.

“I actually had relatives that fought for the Confederacy from Montgomery County, so this is actually part of my culture,” said Bethesda resident David King, who is a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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"Safe To Drink"

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"Water Supply Challenges" Part Five of Five: Well water in area has issues but tests confirm few dangerous contaminants

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Hard water is enough of an issue for area homes that receive their drinking water from wells that even the Poolesville town manager has a water softener installed at his home.

Water tests conducted by National Testing Laboratories for The Sentinel Newspapers showed the level of hardness at one sample site in Poolesville reached 210 milligrams per liter, 21 times the minimum detection level and twice the guideline set by the Water Quality Association and used by National Testing Laboratories.

Water hardness is not enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency like lead or other dangerous contaminants.

So while the water in Poolesville is still safe to drink, National Testing Laboratories director of business development Marianne Metzger said homeowners with hard water may want to consider treating it in order to prolong the life of their washing machines and sinks.

“It’s absolutely safe to drink. It’s totally an aesthetic issue,” said Metzger. “Knowing that you have hard water, you know it’s going to be harder on your appliances… It’s a choice that people have to make.”

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Mentorship brings results in Poolesville

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"If I block this eye, you're so blurry I can't even tell what your face looks like."

Dayla Arnold removed her glasses and covered her left eye as she sat in the principal's room at Poolesville Elementary School.

Usually a trip to the principal's office brings with it a child in trouble or some difficulty for a student but that wasn't Arnold's story the second Friday after school started.

The fourth grader wanted to explain how Colin Fisher, her mentor from Poolesville High School, helped her last year overcome distractions and helped her focus on her school work, taking notes for her in class while she focused on reading and interacting with the teacher.

"As long as I stay attentive and don't get off track, my grades can stay even," she said.

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Trio of players score two TDs each as Seneca Valley beats Poolesville, 42-20

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SVHS vs Poolesvillw-1Pooleville's Ryan Kasten chases down Seneca Valley's  Adrian Feliz-Platt. Seneca Valley won the game 42 to 20. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

POOLESVILLE – A close 13-7 contest in the second quarter turned into a 42-20 Seneca Valley blow out against host Poolesville Friday night on opening day of the varsity football season.

Seneca Valley senior running backs Adrian Feliz-Platt and Darius Golston both rushed for two touchdowns while senior quarterback Zack Robinson twice connected with junior wide receiver Harold Dotson for another two scores.

"It was just, at any moment, these guys could just bust one," said Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim about his running backs. "It was like thunder and lightning with Darius and Adrian."

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Seneca Valley dominant against Poolesville, 58-38

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BOYDS – Summer league or not, Seneca Valley coach Eddie Simpson says the Screamin’ Eagles are playing inspired basketball. This led Seneca Valley to defeat the Poolesville Falcons 58-38. 

The Eagles took the court Tuesday evening against Poolesville at the Maryland Soccerplex with the loss of former teammate Andrew Dantzler weighing on their minds. The Seneca Valley graduate passed away the previous week after drowning in Lake Linganore. 

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As property taxes rise in Poolesville so do expectations and legal concerns

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POOLESVILLE – Sitting in the shade on the stoop of his townhouse, Darren Stombaugh lamented how difficult it’s becoming for longtime residents to stay in Montgomery County.

A carpenter who moved to the County 25 years ago, Stombaugh described himself as a “country boy at heart” who loves the local area.

He moved to the rural town of Poolesville, west of the growing community of Germantown, to escape ever-expanding development in the County suburbs.

But even out in the farm town where City Hall has a lush, long front lawn and customers shop at the Dollar General across the street, it’s hard to escape the cost of increasing property taxes.

“I don’t like it. It’s as simple as that,” said Stombaugh. “In Montgomery County to begin with, their taxes are incredible. They tax everything.”

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Three towns face higher taxes

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Montgomery County homeowners living in three towns are in for a double property tax increase in Fiscal Year 2017.

Both the County government and the town governments recently approved real estate tax increases, with the County Council raising property taxes from 98.7 cents per $100 of assessed value to $1.02 per $100, an 8.7 percent increase.

Town governments in Chevy Chase, Poolesville and Somerset also all approved property tax increases this month.

Meanwhile in Kensington, personal property taxes for businesses and utilities are due to rise while the town's real estate tax rate remains flat.

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