Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Summer Adventures

“Mom, I am bored.” A common summer lament, yet these words will never be uttered by some teens and young adults this year who found adventure outside of Gaithersburg city limits. Washingtonian Woods resident Quinn Rowe headed to Annapolis and…

If I Do Say So Myself …

It is a stream of consciousness really, not an actual conversation. I hear my voice wafting through the air unrefuted, and there is some satisfaction in it. But there is mortification as well because I am unabashedly talking to myself.…

The Final Laps of Swim Season 2013

Divisional Swim Meet at Kentlands

The local swim team post-season began with Divisional Competition for all MCSL teams on June 20 and concluded the following weekend with All-Star Individual and Relay meets July 27-28. The Kingfish will remain in Division E heading into 2014 with…

At Home on the Job

Living in a planned community has many obvious benefits. The walkability, a sense of neighborliness and activities for the whole family are but a few that come to mind. In addition, many teen residents are finding an unexpected benefit —…

Rule of Thumb

As my friend Karen noted years ago, there are certain rules you never thought you would actually have to say out loud. You know, actions that would, presumably, set off a red flag in your head and give you a…

Feeling the Heat of the Season

The swim season really heats up in the final weeks, with Relay Carnivals, Mini-Meets, Coaches Long Course Invitational and Superstars, in addition to the normal schedule of A and B Meets. Here is a recap of events at local pools.…

Swim Season Hits Halfway Mark

With three swim meets down and two more to go, area teams are experiencing the ebb and flow of division competition. Washingtonian Woods is familiar with being atop the standings as they have dominated Division O for several years. Currently,…

Swimming for a Cause

Local swim teams have hit a stroke of genius by incorporating a fundraising swim-a-thon into a daily practice session, putting all those laps to good use. The Kentlands Kingfish work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a cause that…

Local Schools Get Summer Makeovers

While students enjoy summer break, local schools will be hard at work improving facilities before September. James Song, director of the Facilities Division of Montgomery County Public School, said, “We have over 400 projects county-wide set for the summer. We…