Author: Ellyn Wexler

Cycling Group Raises Funds for Veterans

Photo | Dave Parrish For former Kentlands resident Walter Ellenberger, Ride Allegheny 2019 was his 18th and last ride. Ellenberger will be focusing on Return to Goat Island, a kayaking and paddle-boarding event that raises funds for Operation Second Chance Delmar that started seven years ago in the beach community where he now lives.

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Kentlands residents rode their bicycles around the community for fun and exercise. In 2001, those men—Clark Wagner, David Baseheart, Dan Borten, Chris O’Brien and Walter Ellenberger plus Ellenberger’s father—opted to add a bit…

Community Association to Support Community Composting Program

Photo | Courtesy of Key City Compost Sebastian Brown with Key City Compost collects compost bins. Key City Compost is working with the Kentlands Community Association to offer composting service to Kentlands residents starting in January 2020.

Shannon Sanchez has long appreciated the natural world, but the birth of her twins made her environmental concerns an even higher priority. “Becoming a mother last year has only given me greater purpose in protecting and improving the earth for…

Middle Schoolers Learned Leadership Lessons at LeaderTrip Camp

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf Former Redskin, sportscaster and radio sports analyst Brian Mitchell spoke to LeaderTrip par- ticipants on Aug. 21 about how he overcame adversity in his life. Mitchell is host of “The Brian Mitchell Show” with co-host Scott Linn, bringing analysis on the Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and more on The Team 980.

Joshua Lavine and Laura Mendelow share the conviction that young people benefit from learning about leadership. As such, the president of Main Street’s Capitol Benefits and the owner of the Gaithersburg-based Mendelow Consulting Group, respectively, joined forces to design and…

Novelists Engage With Suspense, Sense of Time and Place

Photo | Submitted The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Two wonderful novels ended my summer — both suspenseful efforts by fine storytellers I’ve enjoyed before. Earlier this year, author Kate Quinn, known for her 2017 bestseller, “The Alice Network,” published another historical spy  novel, “The Huntress.” In the new…

City Councilman Robert Wu Seeks Second Term

Photo | Submitted Elected to his first term on the Gaithersburg City Council in 2015, Robert Wu is seeking a second term. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, Gaithersburg residents will cast their ballots to elect three individuals to the City Council.

Having acquired solid experience and successes during his first term as a Gaithersburg City Councilmember, Robert Wu wants to retain the seat he has occupied since 2015. “Learning the role of a councilmember has been a challenge,” he acknowledged. “There…

A Community Mourns the Passing of Belward Farm’s Iconic Tree

Photo | Phil Fabrizio, PhotoLoaf The Belward Farm black gum tree greets the dawn on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, a cold but spring-like day glistening with dew.

Reports of the demise of Belward Farm’s iconic black gum tree have inspired sadness in its many admirers. Among them are Tim Newell who has fond memories of his childhood summers on his late aunt’s farm and community members like…

Musica Viva Free Outdoor Concert No. 3

Photo | Pam Schipper Maestro Simeone Tartaglione conducts the Musica Viva Kentlands Orchestra, a live 15-piece professional string orchestra, at the Musica Viva free outdoor concert no. 2 on Sunday, June 23 at the Kentlands Mansion.

This article was originally published by Culture Spot MC, www.culturespotmc.com.   Musica Viva will present its third free-admission classical music concert—its second of 2019—at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The approximately 650 people who attended the June 23 performance can attest…

History, Mystery and Romance Distinguish Winspear’s Latest Maisie Dobbs Novel

Photo | Submitted The American Agent by Jacqueline WInspear

Immediately upon learning that Jacqueline Winspear had published a new novel, I reserved it on the public library website and eagerly awaited my turn. Consistent with expectations based on previous experiences, “The American Agent,” no. 15 in the Maisie Dobbs…