"Water Supply Challenges" Part Five of Five: Well water in area has issues but tests confirm few dangerous contaminants
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.”
"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.
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."
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.
A local high school team is sending two relay teams and a jumper to a national track meet in a couple of weeks; meanwhile two other athletes are pursuing the Junior Olympics, according to their coaches.
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.”
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.
POOLESVILLE - Driving up to what seemed to be a scene in a film set in the 1800s, one can see the signs in front of Rocklands Farm pointing either way with the words “Artisan Tour” on them. According to farm manager Greg Glenn, the farm was only one stop in a tour that spanned most of the countryside in Poolesville.
The closest stop to Rocklands Farm was up the road toward Beallsville, where artists like David Therriault welcomed tourists into their studios to see works such as stone sculptures.
The Artisan Tour consisted of 15 stops spread out between Poolesville and Glenwood. Each stop was at the home and studio of the artists displaying and selling their work. Their mediums ranged from stone sculptures to hand-blown glass.
GAITHERSBURG– Damascus crowned four champions among seven finalists and placed eight wrestlers in the top three of their weight classes and 10 in the top four toward winning its fifth consecutive and 14th overall Montgomery County Tournament title in the 54th annual event at Gaithersburg High.